Especially if they’re in the hands of someone a serious gun collector misguidedly trusts:
So much for the notion that owning guns, lotsa guns, will protect you against robbery and murder. In the case of poor old Mr. Kuhn, guns were the motive for the murder. Since he knew and trusted his own killer, he never thought to use one against him. And now, that pricey gun collection is out there on the streets, wreaking God only knows how much havoc.Somehow, though, I just can’t see the NRA putting that on a bumper sticker.
Retired attorney Carl Kuhn was 82 when he died at home, so no one doubted his sons when they said for public consumption that he had died of natural causes.But all the while, they knew that DuPage County detectives thought something was suspicious and had opened a homicide investigation. The house, near Bartlett in unincorporated DuPage County, appeared to have been ransacked, Assistant State’s Atty. Robert Berlin said.Sheriff’s investigators were interested in a phone call that Kuhn received earlier that day from Terry Bratcher, 43, an ex-con who had become close friends with his former attorney, often visiting the much older man’s house, working on his cars and taking him out to movies.Kuhn had become so close with his former client that Bratcher was welcome to enter Kuhn’s home without knocking, said Kuhn’s son Eric.On Tuesday, Bratcher and Keith Allen, 21, were facing murder charges, accused of smothering Kuhn with a pillow. The victim was an avid gun collector, and Allen and Bratcher took 43 guns during the home invasion Friday, officials said. The weapons were later found in Bratcher’s garage in West Chicago, authorities said.“My dad trusted him,” said Eric Kuhn, 47, the oldest of three sons. “The hardest part of this whole thing is this wasn’t someone who just wanted to steal my father’s guns or someone who just wanted money. … They didn’t kick open the door; my father opened it and let them in.”