Shoot First And Then Find Out You’ve Just Killed Your Son

Congratulations, Mr. Giuliano.  You’ve murdered your own son.

A man fatally shot a masked teenager in self-defense outside his neighbor’s house during what appeared to be an attempted late-night burglary and then discovered it was his son, state police said.  Police identified the dead boy as 15-year-old Tyler Giuliano, who was shot at about 1 a.m. Thursday in New Fairfield, a town along the New York line just north of Danbury.  A woman who was alone in the house believed someone was breaking in and called the teen’s father, who lives next door, and he grabbed a gun and went outside to investigate, police said.  The father confronted someone wearing a black ski mask and black clothing and then fired his gun when the person went at him with a shiny weapon in his hand, police said.  When police officers arrived, the father was sitting on the grass next to the woman’s home and the teen was lying in the driveway with gunshot injuries. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

She believed she was being robbed (but the kid wasn’t ever even in her house) and he believed he was being attacked.  Seems they both believed something that turned out to be untrue and now a dad has murdered his own child- all because of ill-founded ‘belief’.

Perhaps she should have called the police instead of her trigger happy neighbor and perhaps he should have fired a warning shot into the ground before he shot directly into someone’s torso.

Gun-lust and the ‘old-west’ shoot first and ask questions later constantly ends in tragedy and yet we Americans are incapable of changing our behavior.  It’s appalling.

1 thought on “Shoot First And Then Find Out You’ve Just Killed Your Son

  1. 1. If you think that someone is breaking into your house, turning on a light or making noise will usually dissuade them. Yelling loudly, “I’m calling the police!” is a good first step.

    2. If you come upon a burglar while holding a gun, saying, “Hold it, I’ve got a gun,” will generally bring the process to a halt.

    I’m reminded of a story in which a girl jumped out of a closet to surprise her father for some occasion and got shot for her festivities. Even if this boy had taken up burglary, there is no good reason for his father to have killed him.

    Simultaneously infuriating and heartbreaking, that’s how I see our gun culture.

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