Suzanne Thorne, 15, gunshot to head. Attended the party with her 18-year-old boyfriend. Her mother, Nancie, told The Seattle Times she did not approve of her daughter going to raves.
I am very sad for all of the parents, but I cannot understand the parents of these two children. I don't care how much you "trust" the people involved - a 14-15 year old does Not need to attend this kind of event. And 'not approving' of the raves? I'm sorry - that means you put your foot down and say "No". My parents didn't have any trouble telling me No when it was the best thing for me, I can tell you that!
I think the tragedy here is that these girls were in a place they clearly should not have been, and it makes me sad that the media thinks the biggest tragedy is that the gunman owned guns.
I have no children, so it is obviously easy for me to have these opinions. I'd like to hear from all of you who have kids - of any age. What do you think about all of this?
** UPDATE **
The Analog Kid makes some good points about Chief Kerlikowske and the potential for a drug angle on this story, and warns that we gun owners should prep for rough times ahead.