Lots of guns are fine. Lots of bad decisions are fine. But it’s never good to live in a place with lots guns and bad decisions. That’s been our position here at AATTP for some time, and this latest tragic shooting from Washington is Exhibit No. 1…million.
North Bend, Washington’s Robert Navarro and his roommate (who he originally called his “brother,” later confirmed as his long-time friend) were having a typical, middle-aged roommate sort of Monday night: watching TV, drinking a few beers, almost assuredly passing the time talking about sports, cars and women. The standard male triumvirate of conversation.
But a fourth subject happened to come up around 10:30 p.m. — which most guys would call “a half-case past nine.” (Navarro later told the police they had been drinking, but “nothing substantial whatsoever.”) This new subject was Robert’s 9 mm pistol, and the particulars thereof. Exactly what happened next isn’t clear at this point, but one thing is:
The gun went of as Navarro checked to see if it was loaded.
The exact location of the shot hasn’t been reported, but Navarro told dispatchers during his frantic 9-1-1 call that his friend and “brother” had been “wounded.” By the time medics arrived at North Bend Way, he had passed away.
Immediately recognizing it as an accident, police were forced by protocol to arrest the grief-stricken Navarro and book him into the King County Jail for manslaughter. Said Capt. Nick Almquist of the Snoqualmie PD:
“Whenever somebody is killed and there is some sort of negligence involved it fits the category of manslaughter. Even though it was a horrific scenario, we do have to follow through with filing the case with the King County prosecutor’s office.”
So, a man accidentally tragically kills his best friend, and then immediately goes to prison for manslaughter.
And the night started so well.
Chalk up another victory for the Second Amendment, Wayne LaPierre, and the NRA.