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14 year old girl shot by stepfather as she snuck back into her house

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Mail Online: Distraught Bronze Star-winning stepdad who shot girl dead 'as she tried to sneak into the house' could face no charges under 'Make My Day' law

    This is a Colorado Springs tragedy that is repeated again and again across America so often that it is not even news anymore. My local paper has largely "censored" the coverage for whatever reason. I had to go to the Daily Mail (UK) to find out more.

    The step father who mistakenly shot the girl three times thinking she was an intruder is distraught. Under Colorado's "Make My Day" Law he will likely not face charges.

    It's Christmas Eve...
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Gross disregard for gun safety. ALWAYS identify your target before shooting. I must disagree with the "make my day" interpretation. I'm assuming, since I don't know the exact wording of the law, that the intent was to protect your house against people who don't belong there. If the law is indeed used like this, could it set a precedent of shooting a person in the dark which accidently turns out to be a family member walking around?
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Bad things happen all of the time, there was an instance that I recall that happened awhile ago where a father killed his daughter who was behind the car in the driveway while he was backing up, bad things happen to people all the time, again lets not attach any political significance to this event or try to make a political point about the Second Amendment while using this tragedy as a focal point for tougher gun laws
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    If there's someone out there who thinks they can use this for ..."political significance"... and I'm betting there is, then they will use it and it will be soon. Wasn't it Rahm Emanual who said "Never let a crisis go to waste" or something like that.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    ......is this my opening? There is insufficient cause to allow this tragedy to be an example of what's wrong with guns. Although a tragedy, it is an added statistic to the thousands that are accidentally killed by fear and the careless use of a gun. We should all pray for the family, especially hard during this season of celebration.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: ......is this my opening? There is insufficient cause to allow this tragedy to be an example of what's wrong with guns. Although a tragedy, it is an added statistic to the thousands that are accidentally killed by fear and the careless use of a gun. We should all pray for the family, especially hard during this season of celebration.
    No cause whatsoever, because I can cite many examples of home owners using their handguns to save members of their own family from either home invaders or other burglars. This doesn't mean that every household should be armed to the teeth, but I won't go there on this night. I don't think this father used his gun carelessly, it was an accidental shooting not a careless act.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    It's a terrible and very sad situation. I've had teens sneak out and sneak back in. Thank god nothing bad happened. I'm surprised this guy hasn't shot his dog because he heard a sound at night. Why not shoot a warning shot into the air ? Hindsight is 20/20.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Firing a round into the air does not put that round in outer space, it must come down and so often when it does come down someone is struck, here in Phila. several years ago during a neighborhood New Years Eve celebration several shots were fired in the air, one of the rounds came down about a hundred yards away and a struck a 10 year old boy standing on his steps in the head and he was just here visiting his relatives, the boy survived but now has a permanent disability and needs constant care.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Schmidt Wrote: Mail Online: Distraught Bronze Star-winning stepdad who shot girl dead 'as she tried to sneak into the house' could face no charges under 'Make My Day' law

    This is a Colorado Springs tragedy that is repeated again and again across America so often that it is not even news anymore. My local paper has largely "censored" the coverage for whatever reason. I had to go to the Daily Mail (UK) to find out more.

    The step father who mistakenly shot the girl three times thinking she was an intruder is distraught. Under Colorado's "Make My Day" Law he will likely not face charges.

    It's Christmas Eve...
    Just keep loving those guns America.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    johnnycee Wrote: Firing a round into the air does not put that round in outer space, it must come down and so often when it does come down someone is struck, here in Phila. several years ago during a neighborhood New Years Eve celebration several shots were fired in the air, one of the rounds came down about a hundred yards away and a struck a 10 year old boy standing on his steps in the head and he was just here visiting his relatives, the boy survived but now has a permanent disability and needs constant care.
    johnny,
    You are correct. A very bad result can happen. But the shot towards a known person killed his daughter (a horror he'll live with the rest of his life) where a shot into the air is 99% chance going to land in a yard or onto a parking lot. Too many senseless deaths in this country.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    TJ Wrote:
    johnnycee Wrote: Firing a round into the air does not put that round in outer space, it must come down and so often when it does come down someone is struck, here in Phila. several years ago during a neighborhood New Years Eve celebration several shots were fired in the air, one of the rounds came down about a hundred yards away and a struck a 10 year old boy standing on his steps in the head and he was just here visiting his relatives, the boy survived but now has a permanent disability and needs constant care.
    johnny,
    You are correct. A very bad result can happen. But the shot towards a known person killed his daughter (a horror he'll live with the rest of his life) where a shot into the air is 99% chance going to land in a yard or onto a parking lot. Too many senseless deaths in this country.
    Christmas will never be the same for this man and his family , ever, my prayers go out to his family and I hope and pray that there is a healing process for this family somewhere down the line.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    johnnycee Wrote:
    TJ Wrote:
    johnnycee Wrote: Firing a round into the air does not put that round in outer space, it must come down and so often when it does come down someone is struck, here in Phila. several years ago during a neighborhood New Years Eve celebration several shots were fired in the air, one of the rounds came down about a hundred yards away and a struck a 10 year old boy standing on his steps in the head and he was just here visiting his relatives, the boy survived but now has a permanent disability and needs constant care.
    johnny,
    You are correct. A very bad result can happen. But the shot towards a known person killed his daughter (a horror he'll live with the rest of his life) where a shot into the air is 99% chance going to land in a yard or onto a parking lot. Too many senseless deaths in this country.
    Christmas will never be the same for this man and his family , ever, my prayers go out to his family and I hope and pray that there is a healing process for this family somewhere down the line.
    The statement "bronze star winning" says enough; it is the sick military mindset which stays a killing robot forever; strange country; getting medals for killing people you never met or did do you harm because you were ordered to do so; pulling triggers is so easy a baby can do that!!!
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    So if this combat veteran stabbed his step daughter instead of shooting her , this would make a difference how?, when the end result would be the same. Don't blame the instrument for the deed done by the holder of it.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Typical; if it would have been a knife he would hopefully seen it was his daughter; however the "military" mindset likes to kill from a distance and prefers not to see what he killed, way too messy. Love those guns!!! Hand to hand combat was in the time of Napoleon; our military prefers not to see what and whom it kills therefore the "drones" are loved by them.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Military mindset? You actually think everyone in the military enjoys killing ,that's a pretty narrow minded way of expressing your distaste for the military, unless of course you need them, BTW, I was wounded in a hand to hand encounter ,I lost that particular battle but not all combat is from afar , most of the time objectives are achieved by the boots on the ground. The fact is most shootings in the civilian world done by criminals and Law Enforcement officials are in the 3 to 7 yard radius, so much for that far away blind killings theory of yours.