He's totally forgiven
Each year, thousands of people die by gun in America. Whether for homicidal reasons, suicidal reasons, or by accident, gun deaths and injuries in the U.S. occur in far higher numbers than anywhere else on Earth. Mainly because, in America, access to these deadly weapons is fairly easy.
One family in Washington was nearly torn apart when the son decided to treat his own parents like a couple of ballistic targets, shooting them six times, attempting to kill them. Afterwards, however, his parents decided that the violent act was no reason to stop loving him.
In Moses Lake, Washington, six .22 caliber shots rang out in the middle of a quiet night. Nathon Brooks, 14, had been grounded and stripped of his video games after getting detention for being late to class.
He was angry with parents for the punishment, so Nathon retrieved a Smith & Wesson revolver from his home’s gun cabinet and unloaded three rounds into each of his parents while they slept.
What Guns Do
His parents lived, and the police were called by Nathon’s injured father, who thought a stranger was in their home.
Nathan, of course, was taken into custody and questioned about the incident. There was no evidence of a break in, so police knew Nathon was the shooter. He, at first, denied the allegations, saying someone else did it, but eventually gave himself away.
When asked by investigators what he was trying to accomplish by shooting his parents, Nathon simply answered, “What a gun does. Kill.”
His parents, Jon and Beth, were injured in the attack, but survived. Two years after the attempted double murder, Nathon was sentenced to 15 years behind bars.
Jon and Beth didn’t understand why their son did this to them, but Jon explains that it was the best feeling to have. He explained in a BBC documentary entitled I Shot My Parents, “At the beginning there were so many questions. ‘What the heck was he thinking?’ That total disbelief and shock protected us. It was good for us.”