Adults to blame
Regarding the shooting death of Kenzie Marie Houk ("Boy, 11, Charged in Slaying of Father's Girlfriend," Feb. 22):
Why were the guns and bullets not secured in a household of three children? No amount of education can make an 11-year-old an adult. The adults in this household, as any household, could have prevented this tragedy.
Lock up the guns
Regarding the Feb. 25 editorial "Unjust Treatment": For many years, I've been an avid reader of your editorial page; this editorial had the most egregious "sin of omission." It rightfully stated that 11-year-old Jordan Brown should not have been charged as an adult in the fatal shooting of his father's pregnant girlfriend and unborn baby.
Of course, mental help for the boy is a must, but how could the opportunity have been missed to state that the boy's father should be held accountable for leaving a gun unlocked and available to his child (troubled or not)?
It's akin to leaving an open bottle of poison. Parents, wake up and lock up!
Stop kid killers
In the Feb. 24 column "An 11-Year-Old Is Simply Not an Adult," Tony Norman makes the argument that Jordan Brown should not be tried as an adult. He notes that we all will be judged eventually by God.
I wholeheartedly agree with him on this. But as the Bible states, "an eye for an eye."
We can no longer allow children to kill and maim without repercussions. We are seeing far too many of these cases across our country. Children need to be made to understand that if you shoot and kill someone you have to pay the consequences.
Experts will say it does no good to put children behind bars for life. For the safety of all of us, I say it is time that something is done. A teenager hates one or both of his parents and calculates he can murder them, spend a few years in a juvenile facility and then it's as if the event never happened.
Proponents of the death penalty say one reason for the death penalty is to deter others. Well, it is about time we use this rationale on the children who are running rampant. I believe once they realize they could be behind bars for their entire lives, they may think twice before picking up that shotgun.