The parents of a teenager suspected of a deadly school shooting have denied charges of involuntary manslaughter following their arrest on Saturday. They are accused of ignoring warning signs before their son's alleged rampage. Prosecutors say Ethan Crumbley, 15, used his father's gun to shoot classmates in the nearby Michigan town of Oxford, killing four and wounding seven.
Here's some cold hard news: Parents, your kids actions are because of you. I hear it all the time, "I couldn't control little Johnny" etc.. etc... Okay so let's say thats true. Then why the hell do you leave your firearms unlocked and within reach of said problem child? You are responsible for guiding your kids into a safe world... you are also responsible for a world safe from your child.
Guns and problem children don't mix. Guns and depression don't mix. Guns and criminals don't mix. Guns and irresponsible citizens don't mix. Guns and your child's problematic friends don't mix (believe me every kid has one friend like that).
I'm not an advocate for more laws, yet I am an advocate of holding parents responsible for their kids actions. I don't know how many times I've been on the news talking about free gun safety tips, free gun locks and free storage advice on keeping communities safe. Yet time and time again I'll get the call that another child was shot - because of irresponsible parents.
Its time parents spent time in jail for their kids actions & held liable financially. Most LE agencies don't prosecute the parents but I think it's time to do just that.
This doesn't let society and friends off the hook either. If you have a friend, neighbor, acquaintance who is having issues, step up and see if you can help. No one is a complete loner. Perhaps if someone would have shown interest in these kids earlier in life we wouldn't have these issues. There were no mass shootings when I was growing up... and we had guns everywhere. What is wrong with our super tech world that doesn't even show interest in helping problematic kids? We would rather text someone with a happy friggin face than sit across from them and show true interest.
If my child were shot I would be devastated beyond repair. I can only imagine the heartache that is caused by irresponsible parents allowing firearms to be accessible to children, by irresponsible parents not seeking professional help for the kids mental states, by schools looking the other way from problem kids, depression, and from mental health issues. If a kid has come to the point he is willing to kill others he/she/etc needs professional help, to be in an institution.
It's time to step up parents. This is right at your door knocking. Ask your kids about their day, how their friends are doing, who is happy, who is not. Show interest. And for Gods sake, lock your guns up and away from your children and their friends.