It's certainly comforting to know that no charges will be brought against the father. We wouldn't want gun owners held responsible for the misdeeds of others, right? After all, the gun was properly registered.
No charges are expected to be filed against the Niles teen who accidentally shot his sister in the face Sunday with a gun he took from his father's business more than a week ago, authorities said.
"Was anything done with criminal intent? We didn't see that," said Sgt. Tom Davis. "There's nothing to charge the parents with because they didn't do anything, and the boy — he didn't do it with intent to hurt his sister."
The girl was expected to be released Monday night from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Davis said.
Authorities said the 13-year-old boy and his 8-year-old sister were playing with a toy gun in the basement of their house in the 8600 block of North Oketo Avenue about 3:40 p.m. Sunday.
"The girl was pretending to shoot him with a cap gun," and then the boy pulled a semiautomatic pistol from his pocket and shot her, Davis said.
The parents told police they had no knowledge a gun was in the house, Davis said, adding it was later learned the boy took the gun without anyone's knowledge from his father's Chicago business on Jan. 16. The gun was properly registered, police said.
Sarcasm aside, I find it absolutely unacceptable that gun owners can get away with things like this. If a man cannot control the guns in his possession, he should not be allowed to own them. If a man who owns guns has not taught his 13-year-old the difference between a real one and a fake one, that man should not be allowed to own guns.
If these qualities are too difficult to screen beforehand, fine, we wouldn't want to violate anyone's privacy or rights. But, once someone shows such appalling irresponsibility, he should become disqualified.
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