An 8-year-old Arizona boy charged with premeditated murder in the deaths of his father and another man shot each victim at least four times with a .22-caliber rifle, methodically stopping and reloading as he killed them, prosecutors said Monday.Apparently the murder weapon was a single-shot, .22 caliber rifle. Meaning, the kid had to reload--either individual rounds, or by jacking a round from a clip with the bolt--after every shot. Meaning the act was as much pre-meditated as an 8-year-old can be. His dad, an avid hunter, had taught the kid to shoot and kill prairie dogs. In early reports, I heard the child was perturbed over having been denied access to video games.
Although investigators initially said they thought the boy might have suffered severe physical or sexual trauma, they have found no evidence of abuse, said Roy Melnick, the police chief in St. Johns, Ariz., where the shootings occurred. Psychologists say such abuse is often a factor in the extremely rare instances in which a small child murders a parent.
Figger there's any connection?
As my pal, the Scintillating Santa Fe Satirist, Jim Terr, mentioned in an e-mail on the subject: "WATCH FOR SOME RIGHT WING PUNDITS TO NOTE THE INSIDIOUS IMPLICATION BY THE LIBERAL MEDIA THAT BEING TRAINED TO KILL PRAIRIE DOGS MAKES AN INSENSITIVE KILLER OUT OF YOU.
OH, WAIT A MINUTE..."