Friday, January 4, 2013

SC 8-Year-old Dead - Lawful Gun Owner Dad Arrested

Local news reports on the original story in which no charges were made.

A South Carolina man has been charged in connection with the death of his eight-year-old son, whom he accidentally shot on Sunday night.

The State Law Enforcement Division has charged 30-year-old Justin Brueger of Bennettsville with unlawful conduct toward a child for the December 30 shooting death of 8-year-old Easton Brueger. Police claim Justin was cleaning his rifle when it accidentally discharged, hitting Easton in the stomach. The boy later died of his injuries at a local hospital. 

According to the State Police warrant, Justin placed his son at "unreasonable risk of harm" by pointing the weapon in the boy's direction while cleaning it. "I want to say I'm very sorry to my son," a distraught Brueger told the court at his arraignment on Wednesday. 

Judge Robert Stanton placed Brueger on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond and ordered all guns removed from his Fayetteville Avenue home. He was also ordered to stay away from Easton's mother and her family.
That's the proper handling of an accidental shooting.What's your opinion? 

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  1. I like handling each accident on a case-by-case basis. I think our criminal justice system is handling this case correctly. Had the father not harmed anyone and simply shot a hole in his floor, I would advocate a hefty fine (say 1% of his annual income) as a complete course of action without surrenduring any firearms. This case was the other extreme: he was totally irresponsible and has no possible excuse or extenuating circumstances so he should stand trial (and hopefully be imprisoned from the details that I read) for involuntary manslaughter.

    1. I would say surrendering the guns is part of the sentence and it could be suspended in certain cases. I do agree the difference between the guy who breaks 2 or 3 rules and puts a hole in the floor and the guy who breaks 4 and kills a kid is great and the punishment should reflect that.

  2. It's important to understand with killings like this that people want the opportunity of these events to happen. It's important. More important than the innocents killed.

    There has to be a way to test for the STUPID before someone can own a weapon.

    1. When you come up with that test, let us know. It's one that could be applied broadly across all areas of life.

  3. So now you see that a rush to judgement wasn't necessary. The police did their jobs. This should make you wonder how much else you're wrong about.

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