CNN reports on the tragic shooting of a 12-year-old trick-or-treater.
An ex-convict who said he thought he was being robbed gunned down a 12-year-old trick-or-treater, spraying nearly 30 rounds with an assault rifle from inside his home after hearing a knock on the door, police said Saturday.
Quentin Patrick, 22, is accused of killing 12-year-old T.J. Darrisaw on Friday night. T.J.'s 9-year-old brother, Ahmadre Darrisaw, and their father, Freddie Grinnell, were injured but were released after being treated at a hospital.
What should we take from this sad story? Is this just another case of there being 100 gazillion guns out there and rare occasional incidents that always receive national attention in the liberal press? Is this similar to the case last week of Christopher Bizilj, who was killed in a tragic shooting range accident? Even I agreed that the percentage of such incidents is so low that no gun control proponent should use it in his argument.
This time we've got an assault weapon, and AK-47, in the hands of a 22-year-old ex-convict, supposedly for the purpose of self-defense and home protection.
I have several questions which in all our discussions have not been sufficiently answered:
Is an AK-47 really necessary for home defense? Did young Quentin have a reasonable fear of a small army storming his house? Or was he coked up and so paranoid that, as soon as someone knocked, he fired the weapon through the door until it was empty?
Who's to blame for the fact that a weapon like that was in the hands of someone who probably had lost the right to own any guns and who obviously was not psychologically fit to do so? Do gun rights activists bear some of this responsibility? How can people who insist on the widest interpretation possible of the 2nd Amendment divorce themselves from people like this one? We've seen it time and again that from the large group of legitimate gun owners, there a seepage of weapons and individuals towards the "dark side" as I call it. Just like the road rage guy, Quentin Patrick was one of your number until he transferred over. Is that really so rare?
And what about compassion, what about empathy? I'm overflowing. I can only guess at the wonderful life Quentin Patrick has enjoyed up until this Halloween. I'm sure there are mitigating circumstances enough to choke a horse. I'm into all that, which is why I'd like to take the gun advocates to task on this one.
The victims include a 12-year-old dead, his brother and father wounded, a family destroyed, in other words. What a waste.