That’s Right Nate

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Boy 8 Shoots His Own Father

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childrenincrisisThis we saw another casualty of the teacher unions and the bloated educational bureacracy in this country.  An 8 year old Arizona boy was charged with premeditated murder after he shot and killed his father and another man with a .22 caliber rifle methodically stopping and reloading as he killed them.

This is hot on the heels of the case of another 8 year old boy from Massachusetts who shot himself in the head while firing an uzi.  Now, from everything we have heard this Arizona boy was well adjusted and not a discipline problem.  His father tried to do all he could by teaching him to shoot prarie dogs, but how is a working parent supposed to have enough time to teach his child about proper gun safety including that you never ever point a gun at another person and shoot them.  This is the job of our schools and it is a job they are neglecting.

Fortunately, since the boy is 8 he can be charged as an adult in Arizona and not coddled by juvenile justice, but this tragedy should never have happenned in the first place.  Firearm safety is as important to our children’s future as math or reading and if scholars are right about this being the end times maybe moreso.  Until we start holding school boards responsible for making sure that every 8 year old in this country is able to properly care for and safely fire a gun we are all at risk.  While some parents might opt for homeschooling I really believe that children gain more responsibility by handling firearms around other children–something that parents simply cannot provide as readily.  Let us begin to demand more of our schools.  Let’s hold them accountable so that tragedies like this do not happen again.


Written by thatsrightnate

November 11, 2008 at 4:09 pm

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  1. I can only hope you are kidding. First gun safety and education a parent is responsible for teaching such things if they choose to have weapons in the house. Second this isn’t Israel where we need to teach children to use and Uzi and anyone who turns their back on a child of 8 while they are holding a loaded automatic weapon is a moron.

    Most important in the case in Arizona is we need to know a lot more about what happened and why it happened. A kid who shoots one person knows this isn’t TV when they go on to the next person shooting them too. I don’t think teaching your kid to go out and shoot prairie dogs falls under the umbrella of teaching gun safety.

    An 8 year old normally does not wake up one day and go on a shooting spree. We don’t even know how close to 7 or 9 this child’s age truly is.

    In reality to file adult charges on an 8 year old is way out there in my opinion. Even speaking to this child without counsel is pushing it. I believe there is much more going on here than some kid going rouge.

    Pat Dazis

    November 12, 2008 at 10:20 am

  2. No kidding aside, I actually don’t feel sorry for someone who liked to kill prairie dogs to get shot. Not that I know what prairie dogs are, but still.


    November 12, 2008 at 11:36 am

  3. It’s obvious this is a failing of our health care system. The kid obviously needed and didn’t get glasses if he mistook his father for a prairie dog.

    I think this is a lawyer’s dream for a suit against Lenscrafters. They tell you that you can get glasses in an hour but then it always takes a few days. What if this kid had gotten glasses in an hour as promised? Then he could have clearly seen the difference between prairie dogs and his father.

    Such a sad thing.


    November 12, 2008 at 10:01 pm

  4. you are so right, sarah – and we can only expect it to get worse if obama’s socialist healthcare proposal goes through: dead people and snickering prairie dogs everywhere.


    November 13, 2008 at 8:23 am

  5. Sarah, Gina, your comments are very funny and all, but could someone please tell me what prairie dogs are? We don’t have those here in Brazil. Actually, we don’t have 8-year-olds shooting their fathers either, so your hyphotheses might be right.


    November 13, 2008 at 8:40 am

  6. Oh, ok, never mind. I googled “prairie dog”, and now I have another doubt: why do you call a squirrel a dog? No wonder the boy had to shoot them and his father. I understand his confusion now.


    November 13, 2008 at 8:46 am

  7. Teaching children to hunt and kill is a form of child abuse. A kid that age does not have the maturity to handle such moral decision as life and death. It has nothing to do with gun safety — it has everything to do with stopping violence towards kids, Oh, yeah, the kid was beaten by the father, too.

    Rake Morgan

    November 13, 2008 at 10:33 pm

  8. prairie dogs are just the cutest little things ever!


    November 14, 2008 at 1:12 pm

  9. … and they make darn good target practice, too!


    November 14, 2008 at 7:16 pm

  10. [for cute, you have to check out this puppy-cam!]


    November 14, 2008 at 7:57 pm

  11. [for cute, you have to check out this puppy-cam!]


    November 14, 2008 at 7:59 pm

  12. you want cute, you have to check out this puppy-cam:


    November 15, 2008 at 7:16 am

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