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Why Do Americans Own Guns Again? Teen Kills Mother Over Halo 3
Prosecutors recounted the tragic incident to a Lorain County judge in Ohio this morning.
After attempting to sneak the Xbox 360 classic Halo 3 into his house, Daniel Petric, aged 17, was caught by his parents who consequentially confiscated the game. The game was locked away in his parent's closet, where a 9mm handgun was reportedly kept.
Daniel Petric took the game and handgun from the closet and took them to his parents, asking them to close their eyes to await a surprise.
Mark Petric, Daniel's father, told the court that he had expected a pleasant surprise, but found his head had gone numb. He had been shot in the head, as had his wife Susa Petric, 43, who died instantaneously.
Daniel then put the gun in his father's hand, saying "Hey Dad, here's your gun. Take it."
Mark Petric only lived due to his daughter and her husband returning home to find him yelling for help. Daniel attempted to bloke their entrance, explaining that "Mom and Dad had a big argument."
The shooting took place last year, when Daniel was aged 16. Since the incident Mark has visited his son in jail, accepting his heartfelt apology;
"Dad, I'm so sorry for what I did to Mom, to you and to the family. I'm so glad you are alive."
"You're my son," Mark Petric responded. "You're my boy."
Daniel Petric's lawyers also told the judge that due to a snowboarding accident, Daniel was under great stress with a sever infection, leaving him homebound for nearly year, with nothing but video games to entertain himself.
So what's to blame? Video games? The parents for confiscating the game, the boy's deranged mind, or the fact that Daniel could get hold of a gun?
I'll go for a combination of the last two. Lets not play the connection to video games too strongly here. It was his passion to get hold of the game and not the virtual "killing," that led him to this crazed act of violence.
His parents acted responsibly, though over-parenting could have led their son to become distant and even angry with his parents during his year at home.
What's the biggest factor? Guns. Guns don't kill people, people kill people, but especially if they have a gun. Performing the same swift action with a knife is less believable, since the jump from an instantaneous head shot to stabbing your mother, is quite a big one.
"Canadian's own guns, and there's magnitudes less gun murders there." There's less. Really, why do you need guns except to shoot a pigeon, or a deer? You're not a policeman. You can't ensure that you're children won't get hold of your gun. You can't hold yourself to be a responsible adult when you return home angry, drunk and volatile.
Just bury the damn thing, change the constitution and ban guns. Stop blaming violent video games and Marilyn Manson. Enough is enough. These tragic murders need to stop.
Source: Cleveland Metro
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