This week’s lesson in gun safety (#22)

For this week’s lesson in how obviously safe guns are and how clearly responsible gun owners can be we travel to Hamilton County, Ohio. Where we defer to firearms safety officer Deandre Kelley

Prosecutors say that on Jan. 12, Shanti was having a slumber party with several friends when Kristina Lanza began arguing with Kelley about him bringing a gun into the home. Lanza ordered Kelley out of the house, but he returned drunk around 3 a.m., prosecutors said.

The children, who were downstairs watching TV while Lanza slept upstairs, opened the door for Kelley, who walked in, turned and fired a gunshot out the front door, prosecutors say.

Shanti got scared. So she…

…ran upstairs for her mother, who again ordered Kelley to leave. That’s when Kelley walked out and fired two shots into the air. One of them hit Shanti in the lung as she hid in an upstairs bedroom. She later died at a hospital.

Of course she did. Later, in court, the adults reacted predictably.

“I know Shanti would have forgave her daddy,” Lanza [Shanti’s mother] told Allen. “This was a total accident.”

[Judge] Allen told Lanza that was a stupid thing to say.

“Does anybody think that guns shot in residential neighborhoods don’t go into buildings?” Allen asked Lanza, according to the Enquirer. “You’re saying things that are foolish.”

Kelley was sentenced to 6 years. That’s when it occurred to Shanti’s family – something had gone wrong.

…loud noises erupted in the hallway outside court and Shanti Lanza’s aunt, Danielle Lott, could be heard screaming, “No justice served!” according to the Enquirer.

That prompted Allen to call the Lanza family back in. She then cited Lott and Kristina Lanza for contempt and ordered them jailed, prompting another eruption of screaming from family members, the Enquirer reported.

Sent to jail. I ask you, could things have gone any worse? I can’t imagine. From this we once again conclude: The more guns you have, the safer your daughter – who is hiding in the closet from your boyfriend – is.

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