14-Year-Old Boy Allegedly Kills Woman With Her Own Parents' Gun

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You seriously have to wonder what the world is coming to. We hear more and more about young kids committing horribly violent crimes. Now here comes this story of a 14-year-old Tulsa, Oklahoma, boy who broke into a woman's home to rob it and ended up finding four guns in the residence. They were sitting there unlocked. And they must have been loaded with bullets. And what happened next doesn't take a genius to figure out.

The boy reportedly took her .22 caliber rifle and hid in the kitchen when he heard the woman come home. He reportedly told police that he then surprised the woman with the gun and brought her to another room. There, he shot her in the head.

This story is horrible in so many ways. First off, the woman this young boy killed, Mary Escue, was a wife and mother. Secondly, they weren't even her guns. She was visiting the home of her parents from out of town. Details are scarce, but the guns must have belonged to her parents. They probably had them for protection. The poor parents came home to find their visiting 47-year-old daughter dead in their house.

This is the main thing I don't understand about using guns for protection. If you are careful with them, as all gun owners claim they are, they are locked away and the key is hidden or the combination written down somewhere safe. Additionally, gun owners always say the guns are unloaded. So how, exactly, are you going to protect yourself if someone barges in? Do you really think you're going to have time to unlock your gun and load it? And yet, if you keep a loaded gun nearby, you are asking for all kinds of trouble, especially if there are children in the house.

This 14-year-old boy, Joshua Scott Mooney, is an eighth grader. An eighth grader!! The police questioned him with his mother there. The saddest thing is what the Jenks County police chief had to say: "It is a safe community, [we] want to convey that to the public. As you can tell by our crime stats, we don't see this type of crime here." Hm, why are four guns in the house if it's such a safe community?

Do you keep guns for protection?

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Flori... Floridamom96

"Hm, why are four guns in the house if it's such a safe community?" You've answered your own question. The community is safe because the bad guys know the good guys can shoot back.

Mommi... MommietoJB

Thanks for writing this article. I am disgusted by the amount of people that defend having guns let alone rifles in their home. Did having guns in their house protect anybody?..no.It simply gave the boy a lethal weapon that should of never been their in the first place.

Carme... Carmen8706

I hope they charge him as an adult.

fave82 fave82

They didn't remotely have them stored properly. And btw, the time it takes to unlock my gun case and load my weapon is FAR less time than it takes to wait for assistance from the police.

CPN322 CPN322

Why do people keep blaming guns, an inanimate object, when things like this happen?? Had he had a knife(which he could have found in the kitchen), he still probably would have succeeded in killing her as he stated that he surprised her. Listen, I had an accident with a gun 3 years ago. Did I blame the gun? No, I blamed myself for handling the thing when I had no business doing so. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. I personally do not like guns. They scare me. But I am a huge fan of the ALL of our freedoms. And yes, there are 3 guns in my apartment all owned by my boyfriend(2 are passed down through his family and one is a hand gun) and I do feel safer with them there even though I live in a secure access building you just never know.

Flori... Floridamom96

Because, CPN322, guns have magical powers to animate themselves and act on their own. How many people have written articles about murder victims killed with knives or other tools found in their own homes? 

Natas... NatashaGreen

Yet another article meant to start a war on gun rights. Does anyone else find it hypocritical that liberals want to take our right to defend ourselves away with the justification "guns kill people!" but at the same time they're pro-abortion? Last time I checked, abortions killed people too. Yes, a fetus is a person. Go ahead and attack my opinion now.

nonmember avatar Kim

Glad you jumped right on the gun control bandwagon with this one!! So sick of it. Maybe the father was a hunter; you know, seeing as it was a rifle and we are right smack in the middle of deer season. And since there are no kids living in his house, maybe he does not need to lock up his weapons. IMO, we should start looking at the parenting instead of the weapon. When I was 14, I would have never dreamed of burglary and murder. So why did this kid? So sick of everyone blaming the weapons instead of the murderers!

Doomy234 Doomy234

"Why did they have four guns if its such a safe community?" Well, for reasons like this. The kid DID break-in which is illegal, and obviously intended to use deadly force. Sounds like a good reason to have a gun to me. I also agree with everything fave82 said.

SKDMo... SKDMom1020

CPN322-I agree.  While I don't own a gun, I support those who want one for protection.  The only thing I am "anti gun" about are automatic weapons.

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