Don't need them, don't want them, and I question/distrust those who say they want/need them.
That said, this is pretty fucked up:
A judge in Pennsylvania has denied a request from a 12-year-old homicide suspect to have his case transferred to juvenile court.
Jordan Brown is facing adult charges in the February 2009 shooting death of his father's pregnant girlfriend, and a judge turned down a petition to have the case transferred from criminal to juvenile court.
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Under Pennsylvania law, anyone over 10 accused of murder or homicide is charged as an adult. If convicted, the boy faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, Bongivengo said.
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The weapon was a youth model 20-gauge shotgun, designed for use by children, that belonged to the boy, according to investigators.
Thanks, Pennsylvania, for being so protective of children. At least those under 11. Because everyone know that at 11, adulthood sets in, with requisite understanding of responsibility and process.
Add John Cole:
I’m going to make the bold declaration that the last god damned thing we need in this country is “youth model” shotguns.
I'm waiting for the usual conservatarian suspects to weigh in: 2nd Amendment rights vs. Law & order . . . No wait . . . head . . . feedback loop . . . argghhh . . . brain explodes!
I guess Zero Tolerance expands to everything done by a kid. So the next time Isabella gets cranky & tired and cries, it's 30 days for disturbing the peace.