Thursday, June 15, 2023

Legal, Political Analogy

 A friend owns an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon and keeps it in his gun safe. Let's call him Zach (and as far as I know, any Zach's in my family or acquaintances don't own an AR-15). Another friend, who we'll call Adam, wants to see the weapon in Zach's home. Zach shows it to him. Zach even lets Adam fire it in Zach's personal home gun range.

Adam asks to borrow the AR-15 and Zach agrees with the warning that it should be kept secure. Adam takes it home. Later Adam brings it back to Zach's house. He uses it in Zach's gun range again. Adam takes the gun home again. Adam's wife tells Zach's wife that Adam is leaving the AR-15 out in the living room, loaded, unsupervised and the kids could get hold of it. Zach hears this and asks for the weapon back. Adam says, "Oh, I only have the bullets. I'll send them over to you." Zach gets the box of ammo and some bullets are missing. 

"Adam, I need the weapon back and the rest of the bullets. You're not complying with my demand that you keep the weapon secure."

"Zach, I don't have it."

Zach heads over to Adam's house. He looks in the living room. No gun. He goes home. Adam's wife later tells Zach that Adam moved the gun to the garage. Zach heads back the next day to Adam's house and looks everywhere. No gun. Adam had moved it to his parent's house. 

Does Zach stop looking for the gun? They're friends. Might even have brotherly love for one another. Or does Zach keep pursuing the return of the gun so that nothing bad happens to Adam's wife or kids or Adam himself because the AR-15 is not being kept in a gun safe? Should he involve the police so there's more authority behind the return? If Adam still resists the return, what should the consequences be for Adam? Merely a loss of gun privileges, loss of friendship, fine/jail time for reckless endangerment of children?

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