Homeowner cleared in David Park shooting

The Buffalo News reports that the homeowner who fatally shot Albany teacher David Park has been cleared of criminal responsibility by a grand jury. Toxicology tests indicated that Park had been drunk the night of the shooting. He was in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst for a party and apparently had entered the wrong house by mistake.


As it turns out he mistakenly entered a home when he was drunk, and was not threat in any way, this is truly a senseless death caused by gun ownership. Imagine, had they not owned a gun, he likely would have stumbled out of the house upon realizing he was in the wrong home and woken up the next day with a bad headache.

I don't want to place too much blame on the shooter. I don't know what I would do in that situation. But, if he didn't have a gun, there likely wouldn't have been a death.

how could anyone blame the shooter?

YOu don't know what he was doing or saying in that guy's house, Jay.

Maybe he refused to leave, maybe he made threats, who the f*** knows.

It was caused by alcohol just as much as by guns, but that doesn't fit your gun control agenda does it? Why don't we go back to prohibition, that would save many more lives than gun control ever would. The fact of the matter is the homeowner did nothing wrong, but the drunken ass did.

Homeowners are certainly entitled to the right to protect their home and family. A nice start would be locking the door.

@Ike - I think you missed the end of my comment. "I don't want to place too much blame on the shooter. I don't know what I would do in that situation. But, if he didn't have a gun, there likely wouldn't have been a death."

Meaning, I probably would have shot if I were in the situation.

What I wanted to point out, however, was that if the homeowners didn't have a gun, a life would not have been lost. That's the fact.

This does not absolve the drunk guy of any blame. He should have been more responsible. But, to flippanlty write-off a death for that kind of mistake is utterly inhuman.

Finally, relax with the gun control thing. Just because a gun wasn't a good thing in this situation doesn't mean they are bad in every situation - and I made no claim likewise. It's not all black and white.

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