Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Guns don't kill people; Wal-Marts do

DALLAS -- Near the end of her short life, Shayla Stewart, a diagnosed manic-depressive and schizophrenic, assaulted police officers and was arrested for attacking a fellow customer at a Denton Wal-Mart where she had a prescription for anti-psychotic medication.
Given all those signs, her parents say, another Wal-Mart just seven miles away should have never sold her the shotgun she used to kill herself at age 24 in 2003.
Her mother, Lavern Bracy, is suing the world's biggest store chain for $25 million, saying clerks should have known about her daughter's illness or done more to find out.

Gee, can you think of someone else who should have known about Shayla's problems?

1 comment:

Adam Scavone said...

I just saw an interview with the girl's family's lawyer. Apparently she got into a violent confrontation with security at a Wal-Mart 6 miles away, not too long before she bought the gun and offed herself.

I would think that Wal-Mart would have a policy of not selling guns to people who get into violent confrontations with their security staff, but hey - it's their store, not mine.