Tuesday, June 14, 2011

More on the Fresno 2-year-old Killer

 Crime Voice reports. We talked about this one already here and here, but today there's a bit more about the dad.

The gun was placed inside a box under Dubois’s bed and wasn’t locked, he told detectives. The .45 caliber handgun had one round in the chamber. Emily’s 2-year-old brother got the gun from under the bed and accidentally fired the weapon, hitting Emily in the chest.

[The attorney for Dubois, Mark] Coleman added that Dubois is a former Marine who even taught gun safety in the military and to Boy Scouts. Coleman also confirmed that Dubois’ is a National Rifle Association instructor who owns most of the 53 guns stored inside the North Boyd Avenue residence.

“Jarred had a gun safe,” Coleman said. “His dad didn’t have a gun safe at his location at the time. So the guns were being stored in Jarred’s house in the gun safe.”

Dubois is currently facing a charge of negligent storage of a firearm that led to an accidental death. The case has gone to the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office for review.
Can you believe this guy was a trained firearms instructor? I can. I think the quality of so-called experts is dubious to put it mildly.

Do you think the charge of "negligent storage of a firearm" is sufficient? I don't. In cases like this, I usually feel incarceration is not right, but I don't think a slap on the wrist is right either. One strike you're out should apply to this guy, especially because this was one helluva big "strike."

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.


  1. Thanks. I repost it on my Facebook.
    Bob Peters, CA

  2. Mikeb: “Do you think the charge of "negligent storage of a firearm" is sufficient?”

    I believe it is a felony, so you should be happy with it.

    By the way, have you seen that The Manteca Bulletin is calling you Mike Barkley?


  3. This flies in the face of all the comments I've gotten over at New Trajectory from pro-gun folks who claim that they've always taught gun safety to their kids, and thus don't need to lock up their guns or be concerned about their kids' safety. Hogwash. It's a lethal weapon that kills with just the twitch of a finger, and children are naturally curious and impetuous. Kids and guns don't mix - period.

  4. Right on, Baldr.

    TS, I'll check that out.