When Toddlers Kill Selves with Guns in Florida - Guess Which Color Gun Owners Get Arrested

"It's just one of those things that happens where everything happens the wrong way."


“Just one of those things,” is exactly what white Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said after the gun of Kevin Ahles was left in reach of his 2-year old son Kaleb, who grabbed the loaded gun, and killed himself on January 21, 2015.

“Just one of those things.”

Yet in neighboring Hillsborough County, when on May 7, 2013, 3-year old Jadarrius Speights grabbed his uncle’s gun and proceeded to kill himself, the white Sheriff David Gee had a different reaction. In that case it was not, “one of those things,” but culpable homicide, and Jeffery D. Walker was arrested.

See if by looking a these pictures you guess which is the gun owner that was charged with a felony:

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You guessed it, the African-American was sent to jail.

Both held concealed weapon permits, both were negligent, and in both cases, that negligence led to the death of a child.

Yet in the land of Jeb "Stand Your Ground" Bush, George Zimmerman and Marissa Alexander, we all know which of these two negligent adults was charged for their crime.

While we fantasize about equal protection under the law, and debate the existence of white privilege, this story shines a light on the racism and injustice that still exists in South.

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