A Prior Lake couple allegedly thought it would be “a good educational tool” for their son and his friends to learn how to make homemade explosives from PVC pipe and gunpowder.
They had no idea, they reportedly said, that the teens would go on a destructive spree, using pipe bombs to explode mailboxes in Burnsville, Lakeville and rural Scott County.
I must admit that I’m not quite sure what to think about this. My guess is that the typical knee-jerk reaction to this is quite negative. Blowing up mail boxes? Obviously wrong. But I’m not so sure about teaching kids to build pipe bombs.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with pipe bombs. It’s what you do with the pipe bombs that matters.
If someone taught their kids to hand-load rifle ammunition, and the kids then used that ammo to shoot out windows in local buildings, we wouldn’t claim teaching kids to hand-load was wrong, would we? We wouldn’t claim that hand-loaded ammo was bad.
Obviously, parents need to be responsible and use their best judgment with their kids. And it apparently failed in this case.
For the record, I would have no concern about my son learning to build pipe bombs. I haven’t taught him that yet, but if/when I do I’m quite confident that he won’t do anything wrong with that knowledge.
What do readers think?