When the kid's an older teen, as opposed to the following story about the Georgia 10-year-old, it's somewhat less likely that the problem is at home. 17-year-olds have the contacts and the means to procure weapons outside of the home. Nevertheless, I would put a big spotlight on the parents even in this case. If the gun turns out to have belonged to them, they should be arrested and forfeit their gun rights.
Does it sometimes seem that the gun crowd is all for strict sentencing except when it comes to guns? They're quick to point to the gang members who supposedly get off light, but when it comes to the non-violent crimes that they themselves commit, it's suddenly about infringement of their rights.
That's called a double standard.
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