Editorial: Another killing

POSTED: 02/13/12 7:36 PM

While the details are obscure at this moment, one thing is certain. Another citizen has died at the hands of someone holding a firearm.

The story is about two brothers who lived in Fort Willem. Apparently they got into an argument yesterday and around six thirty the older brother shot his younger sibling who shortly afterwards succumbed to his gunshot wounds at the hospital.

If this is the way people think they have to solve their differences, there is not much perspective that things will get better in the near future.

Sadly this seems just the case that proves the objections against the availability of firearms. Had there been no gun in the house – legal or illegal, we don’t know at this moment – the dispute between the two brothers would have ended at best with a black eye or a broken rib.

We don’t feel comfortable bringing up possible angles to this case that are already eaten up by our local gossip mongers. We’ll wait for the facts to come out.

In the meantime, our justice minister may want to start looking into firearm safety.

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