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May 12, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Police officer fired after 3-year-old son kills daughter

Who is the bad guy?

I am still waiting for Wayne LaPierre or any other current or former National Rifle Association (NRA) official to weigh in on the Derek Carlile case [“Marysville fires officer whose tot killed sister,” NWTuesday, May 7].

The NRA line, as best I can determine it, is that “good guys with guns” are the preferred solution to terrorists, thugs and pretty much any “bad guy”. But who is the “bad guy” in this case?

Carlile is a longtime police officer who “sees the devastation of a careless moment more often” than us ordinary citizens. His lawyer described him as “a conscientious father.” It is hard to make the case that he is some kind of dirtbag bad guy. Yet, as a result of his “tragic mistake” or perhaps a “momentary lapse in judgment” a small child, the child of Carlile, is dead.

To compound the tragedy, the death is at the hands of another of Carlile’s small children. So, despite his virtues, is Carlile the bad guy? Is the small, dead child the bad guy? I am at a loss to find a bad guy in this tragic and terrible situation.

But perhaps the NRA can pick one out for us. So I implore the NRA to answer the question: “Who is the bad guy in this case”? And, if there is no bad guy in this case, what should be done?

To the best of my knowledge, the NRA has chosen to remain silent so far. Now that the case is completely closed, they may feel that the appropriate time for comment has finally arrived. Or not.

Patrick Russell, Seattle

0 Comments | Topics: gun control, guns, National Rifle Association

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