Thursday, July 18, 2013

At Point Blank Range

Stories like the following are one of the reasons why we need stricter gun laws across the nation. Until the gun lobby stops putting profit before human lives, there will continue to be one tragedy after another.

A video entered as evidence in the murder trial of John Henry Spooner on Tuesday shows the 76-year-old shooting his 13-year-old neighbor Darius Simmons in the chest a point blank range killing him.

The Milwaukee senior is charged with first-degree homicide after the alleged incident in May of last year. Jurors saw the video, taken from Spooner's own surveillance camera, that shows the suspect walk out of his house, brandishing a gun. After a short argument, the man in the video waves the gun around before he shoots Darius in the chest. Darius then managed to flee outside the scope of the camera before dying.

Spooner has been found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide in the fatal shooting. I guess there is still some justice left in America.

Cases like this are all about perception. This 13 year old child was automatically perceived as a threat because of the preconceived notions of a geriatric gun slinger, and he was murdered because of it. There is no disputing the facts, and there is no mistaking the intent to kill, and another young life is lost to gun violence.


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