Are gun nuts still promoting the fairy tale that legal gun owners don't commit crimes, only gang bangers and other criminals use firearms violently? Because news stories like this one contradict that fantasy narrative.
If this man had not had a gun, he is far less likely to have killed his son, and to have traumatized his daughter who witnessed the event. Guns make killing and maiming too easy.
From MSNBC.com crime and courts:
APOPKA, Fla. — WESH.com
A retired Orlando police officer was arrested after shooting and killing his 21-year-old son Saturday evening, police said.
Tim Davis, Sr., 47, pulled out a gun and shot his son, Tim Davis, Jr., during an argument at a home on King's Eagle Lane in the Pines of Wekiva subdivision Saturday evening, Apopka police spokesman Capt. Jerome Miller said.
He has been charged with first-degree murder and was being held at the Orange County Jail late Sunday.
According to an arrest affidavit, Davis, Sr., said his son punched and pushed him, bloodying his mouth. Police said he told them that he went to his car, got the gun and shot his son twice.
"I was in a funk," Davis Sr. said, according to the document. "I went and got my gun and I shot him."
Police said the men were arguing about the custody of Davis Jr.'s child.
Davis Jr. was a former standout football player at Apopka High School and played for the University of Alabama-Birmingham in college.
Davis Sr.'s 9-year-old daughter said she saw her grandfather get the weapon and was there when her brother was shot.
Davis Sr. was charged with first-degree murder with a firearm.
Neighbors said the incident was out-of-character for the way they remember the family. They said family members are well-known in the Apopka area for community service and involvement in football.