The opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone and I am writing it from the comfort of my couch therefore my work has absolutely nothing to do with it. I am writing it as a mother, a grandmother, and a human being - not as a dispatcher or member of the EMS community therefore I would appreciate it if no one would call my place of employment and try to get me fired for having an opinion and expressing it.There - that should do it, I hope ...
The parents of Wyatt Matteau, the blonde-haired 2-year old little boy who accidentally shot and killed himself in late August when he got his hands on his father's unsecured and loaded gun entered their plea in court today and, even though I shouldn't be, I am somewhat surprised as they have plead not guilty at their arraignment and are going to a jury trial. Inconceivable.
Having read the court affidavit along with probably most of Connecticut, I'm not exactly sure how they had the guts to plead not guilty to the charges of risk of injury to a minor and negligent storage of a firearm or how they found two lawyers to encourage them to do so. Sometimes in life we screw up and break laws even when we don't mean to and if that court affidavit was the truth that's exactly what happened here. People screwed up, laws were broken, and a little boy will never see his third birthday because of that.
Again as in the past, I've got to ask where the responsibility for this tragic preventable accident lies? If the parents of Wyatt aren't guilty of breaking the laws that would have prevented their son from being killed, then who is? Even when you accidentally screw up and break the law - you still broke the law - and that usually means that you pay the penalty for having done so.
I'm not saying I'm better than anyone else and I'm not saying that I haven't screwed up in my life but were I either Jason or Becky Matteau, I would have plead guilty and thrown myself on the mercy of the court because I would expect and want to go to jail for having provided the means for my own son to kill himself. The last thing I would be doing is proclaiming that I wasn't guilty when it was obvious that I was. I would owe my son that much.
I'm surprised that the Matteaus don't feel the same way.
Guess it's a good thing that there's no way I'd ever be on the jury that they're hoping will vindicate them being the "cruel, heartless, self-righteous, liberal vulture, hate-monger" that I am. Of course, if I'm so heartless why does it bother me so much that a little boy will never be there to tease his younger sister, lose his first tooth, climb trees, go on his first date, graduate from high school, or maybe even be the one to find the cure for cancer? That shouldn't bother me, should it? And yet ... it does.
Anyhow ... just my own opinion on my own blog ... fire away with your own opinions.