To be delivered to: The New Hampshire State House, The New Hampshire State Senate, Governor John Lynch, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH-2), The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate and President Barack Obama“Harsher punishments for people who use guns in an irresponsible way! Amend the Reckless Conduct punishment and change it to time in prison, depending on the circumstance!”
We want harsher punishment for irresponsible gun use! People who use guns irresponsibly should know that there are consequences for there actions and that they will go to jail if they use guns irresponsibly, This is about our cousin, Tony Girginis, who was killed by irresponsible gun use, the person responsible only got RECKLESS CONDUCT!
Being the naturally curious type, I decided to do a quick Google search on this fellow and find out just what had happened. Who shot him?
I mean, surely, reading that, he must have been shot, right? He was killed by irresponsible gun use, and someone else is to blame, so that means he must have been shot.
Er, well, apparently not:
Joseph Harding, 23, was charged in connection with the shooting at a house party in April. Prosecutors said several people were playing with guns at the house when a shot was fired, killing Anthony Girginis.
Prosecutors said that at one point, Harding placed a round in a revolver and didn't tell anyone. He then pointed the gun at his head and pulled the trigger before giving the weapon to Girginis, prosecutors said.
Investigators said that Girginis put the gun to his head and fired a fatal shot.
Seriously, is there anyone out there who thinks that putting a gun to your head and pulling the trigger is a good idea? (And yes, boys and girls, this breaks more rules than just Rule One, but that's the one the others all depend upon.) I mean, other than this dude.
The partygoers not only pointed the unloaded .357 but other firearms at themselves as well, according to one of the indictments for reckless conduct. Walsh declined to speak further about the game the partygoers allegedly played and the guns used.
Now, this would be a hell of a way to commit a murder. Except, well, Joseph Harding DIDN'T murder Anthony Girginis. Anthony Girginis killed himself. Unintentionally? Yes. And stupidly. Stupid should hurt. And sometimes it is deadly. Which sucks for those left behind.
Here's the thing. Anthony Girginis did something colossally stupid. And so did Joseph Harding. I can't find anything after Mr. Harding's trial, but the wording on the petition leads me to think that the jury didn't go for the homicide charges. This is because, to a reasonable person, "Don't point a gun at your head and pull the trigger" is a, well, no-brainer. (Too soon?)
I know how bad it hurts to lose someone you love. I had a friend killed in a car wreck back in high school. Hit a telephone pole at roughly twice the speed limit. One of the worst parts of the whole thing was coming to grips with the fact that Paul died because of his own stupidity. But he did. And so did young Mr. Girginis.
No change in law would help that, sorry folks.