God-is-a-Taco: If a pellet gun is powerful enough to kill a human, does it still serve a purpose?
doglover: killed by a shot to his chest from a .17-caliber pellet rifle fired by another nine-year-old boyYou can kill a boy with a pellet gun?
Fark Me To Tears: As for the charge, it's murder. You can certainly argue heat-of-the-moment, but it's still murder. Try him as a juvenile and be done with it. You can always provide psychological evaluation and counseling after he's been convicted and sentenced.
Magorn: Big_Fat_Liar: The regressives got beaten so badly in the 2nd amendment national debate that they now resort to really pathetic attempts at humor to make a point, and at any perceived opportunity - perceived by there own warped selves. Awesome. Anyone advocating for infringement on the Bill of Rights deserves the pathetic life they probably have.I firmly believe in, and will defend to the death your right to own any single-shot, muzzle-loading, black powder pistol or musket you choose (though I will expect you to muster out with said weapon and a quantity of shot and powder and iron rations on the courthouse green whenever the church bell calls the milita to action). What? You want to own MODERN Firearms? Sorry, that would require me to believe that the Constituion is a living document and that the meanings of words can change with time rather than being a rigid reflection of no more or less than what the words meant when the Founding Fathers wrote them. And that, as Justice Scalia recently told us, is Heresy and Error
stevarooni: That's sound reasoning, yep. I know a few gun enthusiasts who won't let their kids have (non-shooting) toy guns for the same reason. Guns must be respected...not feared, but definitely respected.
mod3072: I used to think my old man was crazy because he would let me shoot real guns when I was a kid, but refused to let me have a BB gun or pellet gun. His reasoning was that kids often treat the latter as toys, and that's when windows get shot out or someone loses an eye. He figured it was better to show me how to properly use a gun that I knew was dangerous and would treat with respect. After reading this article, I guess I can see the logic in that now. I doubt very much if the kid thought that the pellet gun would kill someone, and so he wasn't as careful with it as he should have been.
ecmoRandomNumbers: I had a BB gun when I was 6 and a pellet gun when I was about 10, and my first hunting rifle -- a .30-30 Winchester -- from my grandmother when I was 13 (legal hunting age in Arizona). I've been around guns all my life, and I swear I never would've even thought that a pellet gun could kill. I know it'll sting like a biatch if you shoot somebody in the ass, and sometimes break the skin. Something must've gone exactly completely wrong to result in a death like that.Nevertheless -- RULE #1: ALWAYS treat EVERY gun like it's loaded.Gun-control trolling arguments aside, this is just sad.
smadge1: Pellet guns are a bit more dangerous than marshmallows, but marshmallows can kill too.
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