Thrown it out of the window, maybe ...
... but this story just shows what owning a gun does to people. This is no way to resolve a conflict! What are you going to shoot next? The parking meter? The meter maid? Let me not go there!
This dad's reaction aside, what can we learn from the incident?
One: Putting it it in Facebook is telling the world. And I mean The World - that does indeed include dad! Never forget that, no matter how painful it is to get used to your sexual hormones when they first hit you. A youngish chap named Mark Zuckerberg is making ZILLIONS out of your need to run a diary in the public domain, but there was a reason why those old paper based "systems" had a little lock and key ...
Two: If you can't handle your offspring's criticism, don't listen in - this does not only apply to Facebook, by the way.
Three: Whatever happened to "count to ten before you react?" Right!
Four: If you are that trigger happy, rather don't own a gun, even in the "Land of the Free!" - Or, if you must assert your right to own one, keep it in the safe in your bank's vault. Then at least, if you use it they will be able to prove premeditated intent. Believe me, the world will be that much safer. One moment ago you were a perfectly legal gun owner, and then suddenly you are a felon.
In my adopted home country, South Africa (yeah!) we need to tell people that most victims of gun violence are the previous owners of a previous legal gun that started its carrer as an illegal gun when the attacker snatched it away from you only to kill you with it. Is that your idea of your right to self defense?
But this story - this story is about your own flesh and blood going through that painful experience called "growing up." We all did that, most of us eventually pulled through without shots being fired. Maybe it should be listed amongst all the other "unalienable rights" of every human, not just US citizens ...
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