A young man in Evergreen, MT (near Kalispell) is being charged with negligent homicide after a 19-month old girl he was supposed to be watching allegedly picked up the loaded pistol he had beside him on his bed and ended up shot in the head when he tried to grab the pistol back from the child. Whatever happened, this story is a very sad one.
Just two things: First, the JP up there set bond for this young man at $200k; if this had happened in Billings I would not have been surprised to see $500k or more. We’ve seen a couple $1 million bonds in the last year, which is insane.
Second, in light of stories like this, how can anyone seriously argue that the solution to violent crime is for more people to be armed? (E.g., here or here.) I realize the issues are not identical — guns in private homes v. guns in public places such as schools, but still, what seems clear is that more people w/more guns means more deaths.