Turning Grief into something Destructive

Mother turns Grief into action after young son accidently shoots, kills self.

The first thing you might notice is that the authorized journalist (probably an editor) that came up with the headline has issues with the spelling of “accidentally”, but that’s neither here nor there.

The basic gist of the story:

Mother and son (no mention of dad) were visiting family. Step-uncle Shawn had a loaded gun in his bedroom.

Unsupervised son enters bedroom where “the gun went off,” killing him.

Uncle Shawn happens to be a convicted felon. Not just any ol’ convicted felon mind you:

He was convicted of murder in September 1991, when he was 12, and sentenced to 20 years in the California Youth Authority.

A murderer at age 12. Yup, exactly the kind of person I’d want MY son to be around. Sounds like he was all reformed and everything. And, ummm 1991+20=…carry the one….2011

Wow, time flies when you’re having fun doesn’t it?

Johnson, then 28, fled after the shooting, taking the gun with him, but eventually turned himself in to police. He told investigators that he threw the weapon off the Bay Bridge.

At first, I thought I was going to be able to write a glowing blog post about a mother actually using her grief for something truly constructive:

“I didn’t know what to do, but I knew I wanted to do something, so I started to go into the schools and educate kids (about guns),” Franklin said. “There are so many (real) guns lying around, and then you give kids toy guns and they play cops and robbers and they pick up a gun, point it at their friends and say `bang, bang.’

“It has traumatized me for life, and I just don’t want that to happen to anyone else.”

The impression I got there was that she was pursuing the best method of preventing tragedy: combating ignorance through education. That is the proper response.

But further on in the article, the true agenda comes out.

Franklin said she is determined to turn the tragedy into something good for the community. She plans to go to Sacramento and lobby the Legislature for new gun control laws, including a ban on the manufacture of toy guns.

Just damn.

It’s not because a child was unsupervised in the home of a convicted murderer and (presumably) gang banger. It’s not the fault of the criminal who had the gun in the first place. It’s not the fault of a judicial system that routinely releases violent criminals back into society without even serving their full sentences. It’s not the fault of a society who insists on keeping kids ignorant about guns in the hopes that they will never encounter them.

It’s those evil toy manufacturers…oh…and law abiding gun owners. Can’t forget them. ’cause God knows, one more gun control law would have prevented her convicted felon step-brother from having an illegal gun now wouldn’t it.


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