Manslaughter – Oxford High School Shooting (Detroit, Michigan)
First and foremost:
My condolences to the families who lost children. There is nothing that I can say to ease your pain ….. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Right from the start, I’d like to make one thing perfectly clear. Guns do not kill. People do. Saying guns kill is like saying automobiles kill. If you’re too dense to comprehend this fact, you aren’t going to be able to grasp the concepts of this post.
Obviously, it’s too early to make a guilty or innocent judgment, the arraignment was just this morning, and the trial has yet to occur. However, at some point in the future, we’ll know the answer. And then what? Live Die Repeat. Did we forget Columbine and Parkland?* Here it is, happening again.
It’s too early to decide guilt or innocence, but based on what we know today, it’s not too early to express opinions.
In broad strokes, this is what we know:
- Ethan Crumbley is a psychologically disturbed teenager who is accused of committing a heinous adult crime. His mental condition was no secret: his parents knew, the school administration knew, the student body knew, and Ethan himself, knew.
- Ethan’s father, James, purchased an early Christmas present for Ethan: the gun used in the Oxford School shooting.
- Ethan’s mother, Jennifer, took him target shooting and had prior knowledge of Ethan’s desire to obtain more ammunition for his gun.
My RBDBE question of the day is this. Why would parents of a child like Ethan ever buy him a gun and then, do everything in their power to make him proficient at using it?
Let’s go back to my guns and cars analogy. Maybe your child has a congenital heart condition, or epilepsy, or is legally blind, or for some other reason, simply can’t operate a motor vehicle safely. The one thing you wouldn’t do is buy your kid a car for Christmas.
That said. Here comes the most disturbing part of my RBDBE.
Why did Ethan’s parents buy him a gun when they knew he was mentally unstable? Why would they train him to use it? Why would they facilitate his purchase of ammunition? The only thing that makes sense to me is Manslaughter by Proxy.
What do I mean by that? If James and Jennifer want to commit a crime, but insulate themselves from the consequences, what better way than to get a kid to do it? It’s like hiring an assassin to kill your ex-husband because you can’t, or won’t, pull the trigger yourself. Plus, minor children have added protections under the law.
Why would James and Jennifer want their kid to shoot up a High School and kill innocent children? I have no earthly clue. But look at what they did, and what they didn’t do.
Mark my words. There’s something sinister here.
PS – I firmly believe that children can be taught to use firearms correctly. Just like children are capable of learning to drive, they’re also capable of learning to shoot. But that’s not true of all children and it’s the parent’s job to figure it out. Contrast the Crumbley’s to the Rittenhouse’s. It really is that simple: Ethan Crumbley … bad, Kyle Rittenhouse … good. My hope is that the American justice system works again.
PSS – Live Die Repeat courtesy: Edge of Tomorrow. FYI, I’m not a huge Tom Cruise fan. But have you noticed how most of his more successful character portrayals, are not very WOKE in nature? Hmmm.
* Also, I do think the school administrators were negligent and culpable. Should there be lawsuits? Absolutely. But we’re talking second and third lines of defenses here. The first line of defense rests with the parents. James and Jennifer Crumbley needed to be arrested, charged, and now prosecuted.
James and Jennifer Crumbley parents of Ethan Crumbley