On the same day children across America left school to march against gun violence and for sensible gun laws, a two-year-old child in Alabama wandered into his parent’s bedroom and found their 9mm pistol, which was not locked away or hidden, and then used it to shoot his 11-month-old sibling in the back, killing the child.
The two-year-old was one of four children in the home in Mobile, as the mother was elsewhere in the house talking to her mother-in-law, according to AI.com.
The two-year-old came to his mother complaining his ears were ringing, apparently from the discharge of the pistol.
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When the baby was found, it was taken to a local hospital, where it was pronounced dead.
The Alabama police investigated and turned the information over to the local prosecutor, who declared that “there were no elements of probable cause to prompt criminal charges,” according to AI.com.
The local police chief said the only punishment would be the parent’s guilt: “As a parent to know that you possibly left a weapon where your child could be injured, you’ve got to live with that pain for a long time.”
This disgusting, horrid and unnecessary murder was a criminal act by the parents who left the gun where a child could find it, but in Alabama, they don’t see that as a crime.
Maybe that is because much of Alabama is a crime. In December, a United Nations team of investigators studying the worst poverty in the world found that parts of Alabama are among the worst, making parts of the state little more than a third world country.
Alabama ranks among the lowest of the states in education, public services, social welfare and many other categories, even as a wealthy few use their power to keep many of the state’s residents in conditions that are almost inhumane.
This murder of an innocent child is just another symptom of a state and system where the law is stacked on the side of a few, and the rules are lax for many, as long as they stay in line and do as the power brokers demand.