Letters to the Editor

There are no gun accidents

Steven Lucas is accused in the accidental shooting death of his girlfriend, Kayley Leavitt.
Steven Lucas is accused in the accidental shooting death of his girlfriend, Kayley Leavitt. Leavitt family

Re “Slain girlfriend’s family asks for light penalty on her killer” (Our Region, Jan. 9): This was no accident. According to The Bee’s story, a young couple was drinking on New Year’s Eve when one decided to go outside in a densely populated urban area to ring in the new year with a couple of blasts from a handgun.

Did they think bullets fired into the air never would come down? Was there any consideration at all that a negligently discharged bullet could hit a neighboring house and injure or kill someone inside?

Years ago, a U.S. Marine gunnery sergeant put his face right up to mine and screamed: “There are no accidents with guns. If you shoot somebody, it’s because you intended or because you (messed) up.”

It’s a lesson that I’ve never forgotten. Unfortunately, it’s also a lesson that far too many gun owners and, apparently, members of the local judicial system who are promoting a light sentence for the killer, never learned.

Will Stockwin, Colfax

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