In all fairness I have to point out that Arizona makes Texas look like a reasonable and progressive state. In Texas, "under state law, children younger than 10 are barred from arrest or prosecution for any offense." Bravo Texas.
Marble Falls Police Department officials say they have referred a Colt Elementary School student who brought a gun to campus today to Child Protective Services and mental health professionals.
No shots were fired, and no one was injured, police said.
Officials didn’t name the student because of the student’s age and because the student wasn’t charged. Officials said that under state law, children younger than 10 are barred from arrest or prosecution for any offense.
The student showed the gun to a group of students outside the school, Superintendent Ryder Warren said in a statement. Those students immediately reported the gun to teachers, who then took possession of the weapon and escorted the student to the principal’s office, he said.
Police department officials did not say how or where the student got the gun. Officials said the incident remains under investigation.
But it brings up some difficult questions which the folks in Arizona don't have to look at when they charge an 8-year-old with whatever crime there is. In this Texas case you have to ask who is responsible and who is to blame. If it's not the kid, then who?
I say the parents, of course, maybe some other relatives. In a secondary sense, not legally but morally, the generally attitude towards guns is to blame. All the gun owners who push for lenient gun laws and encourage others to arm themselves are to blame. The only people free from the taint of this blame are the gun control advocates, those intrepid warriors in the battle for common sense over paranoid and self-serving gun laws.
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