Portland, Oregon – Portland Senator Ginny Burdick tells NBC News she thinks the parents of the teen who shot and killed another student at Reynolds High School in Troutdale and then killed himself should be held criminally responsible. The Oregonian reports her office has received dozens of calls since then. She’s also received a death threat which is being investigated by Oregon State Police.
She wants the 2015 Oregon Legislature to consider making it a crime to endanger a minor by allowing access to a gun. A similar measure failed to gain traction during the 2013 session.
Reaction to Burdick’s proposal is mixed. We asked listeners on our KXL Facebook page what they think. Here are some of the responses. Amanda says maybe if the shooter were 5, but he was 15, so no way. Buck says the kid defeated the gun safe; not the parents’ fault. Sharlie says let’s continue to blame others. That will solve everything. Hello. Take responsibility!