Prosecute parents of 3-year-old shooting victim
The Kansas City Star
I hesitated to write this about the death of 3-year-old J.J. Turner.
Clearly his parents are suffering terribly “…in the wake of their firstborn son’s death from a horrible mistake,” and I don’t want to seem insensitive to that.
I’m a parent, and I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child.
But it wasn’t “simply… horrible,” as J.J.’s mother said. It was completely and utterly foreseeable.
Unless The Star left something out, J.J., age 3, picked up a loaded gun in his parents’ home and shot himself. J.J.’s parents have to live with that for the rest of their lives, yes, but if the facts are as they appear, they also need to be prosecuted for criminally negligent homicide. And their younger child should be put in protective custody.
This has happened so many times before and everyone says “they’re suffering so much already - we couldn’t punish them more than they’re punishing themselves.”
We darn well can, and we should throw them in jail. Because maybe the next parent who has a gun will think twice about leaving it loaded and within reach of a child.
Maybe then, J.J.’s short life will count for something.