The most powerful argument for rigorous gun control

From yesterday’s New York Times. Can you read this without screaming? Especially that last line…

Minnesota: Man Charged in Deaths of Intruders

Published: November 26, 2012

A Little Falls homeowner was charged with second-degree murder Monday for shooting two unarmed teenagers in the midst of an apparent Thanksgiving Day break-in. The man, Byron David Smith, 64, told authorities he feared they had a weapon, but acknowledged firing “more shots than I needed to” and appeared to take pride in “a good clean finishing shot” for one teenager, according to investigators. Mr. Smith said he was in his basement when he heard a window break. He said he fired when he saw Nicholas Brady, 17, coming down the stairs. After the teenager fell down the stairs, Mr. Smith said he shot him in the face. Mr. Smith told investigators he shot Mr. Brady’s cousin Haile Kifer, 18, several times as she descended the stairs, but his rifle jammed as he tried to shoot her again after she had tumbled down. He then pulled out his revolver and shot her several times in the chest, according to the complaint. The Morrison County sheriff, Michel Wetzel, said that Mr. Smith waited until Friday to report the deaths, explaining that “he didn’t want to trouble us on a holiday.”

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