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Are Kids Getting More Dangerous?


Eleven-year-old Jordan Brown has been charged as an adult for a crime that is becoming more and more common in the news: shooting a family member. In this case, the family member was Kenzie Marie Houk, the twenty-six-year-old fiancée of Brown’s father (shown with her daughter). Houk, who was eight months pregnant, was asleep in bed when Brown shot her in the back of the head with a 20-gauge shotgun kept in his room. After shooting Houk Brown boarded the school bus as if nothing had happened. The police were notified when Houk’s four-year old daughter told workers on the property she thought her mom was dead. Brown told police he saw a black truck on the property that morning, but an interview with Houk’s seven-year-old daughter led police to take a closer look Brown, who later confessed. Despite Brown’s father’s insistence that there was no warning of the attack, family members claim he told Houk’s nephew that he wanted to shoot her.

As devastating as this story is, my biggest question has to be this: why did an eleven-year-old boy have access to a loaded gun (not to mention the fact that it was in his bedroom)? With all of the stories of kids killing their parents in the news lately, do you think parents need to start re-thinking having guns in the house? Did you grow up with access to guns? Do you think kids should be educated on gun safety, or should guns simply be kept locked up?



Story and photo from Komo News

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