Guns Gone Wild: Springs father kills 14 yr. old step-daughter

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

NRA won the battle here and helped perpetuate further gun violence and needless deaths:

A Colorado Springs father fatally shot his teenage step-daughter Monday, saying he thought she was a burglar. Prior to the incident, police received a call about a burglary in progress. But when they got there, they found the 14-year-old with a gunshot wound. She was taken to the hospital and died soon after, according to CBS Denver.

Police have not said yet if they will file charges against the Colorado Springs father whose name has not been released, but Colorado is one of many states that has a “shoot first” law that authorizes the use of deadly force in defense of one’s home, and shields individuals who do so from any criminal or civil charges. Although Colorado does not have a Stand Your Ground law, it does have its own version of what is known as the Castle Doctrine, which allows homeowners to use deadly force to protect their dwelling without a duty to retreat. The law was dubbed the “Make My Day,” law after the 1983 Clint Eastwood film ”Sudden Impact,” in which Detective Harry Callahan — “Dirty Harry” — aims a gun at a criminal suspect and says, ”Go ahead, make my day.”

The statute is particularly broad because it authorizes deadly force not just for fear of great bodily harm or death, but anytime a person “has made an unlawful entry into the dwelling, and when the occupant has a reasonable belief that such other person has committed a crime in the dwelling in addition to the uninvited entry, or is committing or intends to commit a crime against a person or property.” Castle doctrine laws that empower civilians with guns to take the law into their own hands have been associated with many tragedies.

What more can be said? This is not surprising in the least. The NRA, with the help of local politicians and radical partisans, has glorified the gun culture and ramped up the paranoia of citizens to the point where this type of tragedy is a regular occurence. That's not to say accidents like this could or would never happen, but the gun rights side consistently stretches the truth, browbeats politicians, and perverts the political process to make sure of one thing: there are more guns in the hands of more people who are more inclined to use them at the drop of a hat.

Zappatero

About Zappatero

Just a guy with a keyboard trying to get CO's Dems to support key Democratic and Progressive policies.

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ZappateroZappatero says:

    UPDATE: Father was decorated Iraq veteran and officer.:

    A man who told police he shot and killed his 14-year-old stepdaughter after mistaking her for a burglar is a 29-year-old Fort Carson officer with multiple deployments behind him and a Bronze Star for service.

    Sources on Wednesday confirmed that 2nd Lt. Daniel R. Meade is at the center of the tragedy that has drawn headlines across the world.

    A dispatch recording suggests that Meade opened fire on the girl about 6 a.m. Monday as she was crawling through a window of a home in the 4000 block of Ascendant Drive, off North Carefree Circle and Peterson Road.

  2. Ralphie says:

    Another young life snuffed out.  I don't think there's any political advantage to be gained here.  Just unopened presents under the tree and a very sad Dad who probably wishes he could trade places with her.  Try to have some compassion, will you?

  3. Not Dame Edna says:

    A very sad story. I wonder if it occurred to the dad to ask questions before shooting. But that doesn't bring the 14 year old girl back.

  4. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Freaking tragic. Two more lives wrecked by profitable paranoia. The daughter's…and her father's.

  5. scarter says:

    Sad story.  I don't know the statistics, but it seems as if a high percentage of the victims of gun violence in Colorado are those who promote unlimited access to firearms or their families.  Darwinism at work?

  6. dwyer says:

    Zappatero, You give the so-called gun enthusiasts far too much credit for this tragedy.  I totally disagree with this statement of yours:

    The NRA, with the help of local politicians and radical partisans, has glorified the gun culture and ramped up the paranoia of citizens to the point where this type of tragedy is a regular occurence. That's not to say accidents like this could or would never happen, but the gun rights side consistently stretches the truth, browbeats politicians, and perverts the political process to make sure of one thing: there are more guns in the hands of more people who are more inclined to use them at the drop of a hat. – See more at: http://coloradopols.com/diary/52793/guns-gone-wild-springs-father-kills-14-yr-old-step-daughter#comments

     

    This step-father was a decorated combat soldier who had served in Iraq. I think it is unconscionable to use a tragedy to further your own political agenda, without knowing anymore about the circumstances.

    I had a strong opinion, also, about this tragedy.  However, I hope that we all can observe a respectful silence until the facts are more apparent.

Leave a Reply

Comment from your Facebook account


You may comment with your Colorado Pols account above (click here to register), or via Facebook below.