On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, some moron apparently fired a dozen or more shots into the air. Those bullets landed on six homes in the Forest Heights area of Edmonton, Alberta.
Negligent discharge of a firearm doesn’t even begin to describe this stupidity.
“My daughter woke up and she is playing in her room and she is sitting on the floor, and looked up and there is a hole in the wall,” Julee Enman said.
“So a bullet had come through my daughter’s bedroom. It landed on the floor, just a foot from where my three girls were sleeping in their bunk beds. It was pretty scary,” she said.
“Actually it’s pretty scary,” said Tristyn Lindbeck. “Because if I had woken up and cleaned the house like I had planned, then I would have been in that room putting books
“It’s pretty scary” is a gross understatement, but some idiot shooting into the air isn’t the worst part of this story.
What is even more moronic is the RCMP’s response to someone with such incredible disdain for public safety.
They refused to file any charges against the offender.
“While we understand the concern this caused, we believe that this incident was not meant to cause any community harm,” says RCMP Corporal Josef McCoombs.
Since when is a person’s intention the determining factor in whether or not to file criminal charges?
The shooter “didn’t mean to terrify anyone” so the bullets landing beside a child are of no concern?
By this absurd rationalization Marcus Nugent, the alleged murderer I wrote about yesterday, should not be charged so long as he says he “didn’t mean to kill Shawn Williams” when he fired a bullet into his body.
The concept of personal responsibility is based entirely on judging a person by their actions. Their intentions are 100% irrelevant.
This person failed (refused?) to follow the most fundamental rules of firearm safety.
- ALWAYS keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
- ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
- ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.
And, the rule epically failed in this specific case:
- ALWAYS know your target and what is beyond it.
This is really simple, basic stuff. They’re the foundational firearm safety rules hammered into every student who takes the Canadian Firearms Safety Course.
Failing to heed them, as this unidentified person did, should lead to criminal charges.
“This is a reminder to all gun owners to practice firearms safety and be diligent about where and how guns are used.”
Wrong, Corporal McCoombs. Wrong on all counts.
This is a reminder the RCMP is refusing to apply the Criminal Code as they should – as those homeowners with bullet holes in their houses rightly demand.
This gross incompetence by the Beaumont RCMP only heaps more damage on the RCMP’s already tarnished reputation. That any law enforcement officer considers this a rational decision disgusts the average person in ways the RCMP obviously cannot fathom.
And the fact they’re protecting the identity of the person responsible for sending bullets into half a dozen homes makes me question the Beaumont RCMP’s integrity.
NOTE: The RCMP seized two firearms from the individual in question and the investigation is “ongoing.” While it remains to be seen if anything will come of that investigation, given Corporal McCoombs’ public statement I won’t hold my breath.