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The Conviction of a School Shooter’s Mother

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Jennifer Crumbley, center, as she left the courtroom in Oakland County, Mich., on Tuesday after the guilty verdict.Credit…Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

To the Editor:

Re “A Jury Convicts a Teen’s Mother in His Rampage” (front page, Feb. 7):

As a retired law enforcement officer and just someone with common sense, I am heartened by this verdict. The parents’ dereliction of their responsibilities was beyond inexcusable.

I was raised around firearms. I was given my first rifle at age 6. But my father’s training and supervision were, to say the very least, strict in the extreme. We wouldn’t dare even make a joke about a gun.

But the infatuation with guns in this country will continue to wreak havoc until, somehow, we learn to care more about our kids and the safety of our society than we do about guns and the ridiculous, tortured interpretation of the anachronistic Second Amendment.

Guns are tools. They don’t impart “manhood.”

MacKenzie Allen
Santa Fe, N.M.

To the Editor:

Jennifer Crumbley has been found guilty of four counts of involuntary manslaughter. From what I’ve seen, I concur with that judgment.

But nonetheless … as a parent, whose children have never done anything destructive and have not been troubled by the same demons that Ethan Crumbley was, I feel some dark sadness for her as she faces her own imprisonment.

I know the verdict will be debated, and will set a precedent about parental responsibility and care of firearms. I hope that it will truly bring about change.

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