maybaby10 wrote:I think they should be charged with something, definitely child endangerment. I can admit that I have no understanding of guns because I don't personally have a use for them in my home, but I can't imagine that this is appropriate use of a firearm. I thought of it as if my own child went over there to play and was accidentally killed because they left a loaded gun in their couch cushion, I would probably pursue every legal action that I could against them and their own child deserves the same.
Your bolded is my exact sentiment on the "they lost a child and have suffered enough" opinion. Had a neighbor's child been the one to die, there wouldn't be a question of whether they needed to be held accountable. While there is that human emotion of wanting to see them "punished" legally because an innocent life was needlessly lost, that is arguably not the role of the legal system. However, the legal system is responsible for charging those who have broken the law. Perhaps manslaughter charges would be debatable, but these parents clearly endangered the lives of their children.