Thursday, January 24, 2013
Why Teen Who Killed 5 Had Access to Dad's Guns
I've followed the New Mexico mass murders since last weekend, and then wrote posts here and at The Nation wondering why the national media have barely bothered. Kid, 15, kills mom, dad, three younger siblings, and plans to slaughter more at a WalMart, and it's all very....ho-hum. So you may have missed close relatives of the boy spinning that he is really not a "demon" but a good kid. And also perhaps offering an answer to the question of why he had access to his father's arsenal (assault rifle, two shotguns and a .22). Claims the boy's uncle, who is a former state senator: "It's because my brother was gone and he really believed that Nehemiah, as the eldest there, needed to protect the family."
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