By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Monday, November 10th, 2008 at 12:06 pm in Other.
Authorities have charged an 8-year-old boy in Arizona with the murders of his father and a man renting a room in the family’s home. The boy will be tried as an adult for shooting his father, Vincent Romero, and the renter. Police say the “who” of the crime is answered but not the “why.”
Here’s the part I found troubling. Romero’s Catholic priest told the Associated Press that Romero had taught the boy how to use a rifle to kill prairie dogs.
Romero was from a family of avid hunters and wanted to make sure the boy wasn’t afraid of guns and knew how to handle them, the Very Rev. John Paul Sauter said. The boy’s stepmother had suggested he have a BB gun, the priest said.
So, clearly that wasn’t a smart move. What do you think? Would you teach your child how to handle a gun?