This story about the poor dead kid in Goodlettsville is just incredibly terrible on so many levels it's hard to know where to begin. From WKRN:
Prior to the shooting, the dad had been watching television with the two children and was playing with the family’s cat with a laser mounted onto a gun.
Police said the man later went into the kitchen and forgot to put the firearm out of the children’s reach.
The older child picked up the gun in an effort to get the cat to chase the laser. Police said the child was unfamiliar with how the laser worked and instead pulled the gun’s trigger, firing one shot.
The 5-year-old victim was struck and killed.
The father stated he kept a weapon nearby for protection.
Set aside, just for a second, that a child died in a completely predictable and preventable way. This jackwagon who lives in an apartment complex was waving his loaded gun around in the vicinity of his children in order to play with his cat. He was playing with his cat by flailing a loaded gun around.
One day last week, as I waited twenty minutes to turn left from 20th Avenue onto Charlotte because discourteous assholes, five or six at a time, blocked the intersection by being in it when the light was red on their side, I gave some thought to what might improve the situation.
1. We could change all lights to do like they do on Lower Broad. Briefly, they're red in every direction. But, instead of allowing pedestrians to move through the intersection, this four-way red would be the time that spikes jutted up in the middle of the intersection, ruining the cars of all the jerks in the intersection. This would be a nightmare for the week or so that it was necessary, but people would learn to stay out of the intersection.
2. The city could identify ten or twelve especially ridiculous intersections where people repeatedly sit in the intersections through red lights and put four or five police officers on foot at the corners of those intersections. When the lights turn red, the police could walk into the intersections and ticket everyone in them.
3. We could put up signs that say, "If you can't get through the intersection, do not get in the intersection." I have my doubts about how well this will work, considering that we put up a bunch of signs up to tell people that they, pedestrians, have the right of way in crosswalks and yet, as any pedestrian can tell you, our crosswalks are still really dangerous.
But we need to do something. Yes, traffic is bad and only going to get worse, but we have time to set a driving culture that will make this bad traffic bearable. The answer may not be impaling bad drivers, but it's not ignoring the situation.
Right on the money, as always, JC. Couldn't have said it better ourselves.
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