It's a sad day when a 12-year-old boy gets shot dead by a policeman. Tamir Rice of Cleveland, Ohio, pointed an authentic-looking toy gun at a police officer. Why didn't Tamir know better? Why did he aim a fake handgun at a police officer? Did Tamir and his parents believe that all policemen are bad?
Why do some people feel that the policeman should not have defended himself? There is a split second of time for the officer to determine if the gun, being aimed at him, is real. He must defend himself.
When are we, as a nation, going to look at the root problem of this horrible situation?
Ohio state Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) has proposed a bill requiring look-alike guns to be brightly colored. Democratic Rep. Reece wants to make yet another law (bigger government) to make up for poor parenting.
Apparently, Tamir Rice was not taught by his parents, was not taught to respect a policeman, was not taught to not aim a gun at a policeman, was not taught that a threatened policeman would use his firearm to defend his own life, and, sadly, not taught the consequence of his own action.
Rep. Reece should direct her energy to solving the root problem instead of attempting to put a Band-Aid on the situation. If the proposed bill succeeds, how soon before the criminals paint their guns a bright color? Think about it.