'It's been an everyday hell' since the shooting, Eric Charlton says
What a very well presented story. Thank you Emiley Morgan. You are a great
writer, because you understand writing is about more than just words and
grammar.I am sorry Eric Charlton, about what happened to Cameron. I
do not know if I have ever seen anyone take such a high road of remorse as you
have. There are certainly a lot of people who respect you, including me. And
we all share the loathing of carelessness about mistakes that hurt others,
including yours, and including the mistakes we each have made that have hurt
others.May we learn to forgive ourselves.Eric Charlton,
it appears you are not asking for forgiveness. I think you deserve all the
support of the community, and more.RIP Cameron.
Poor guy is going to need a lot of help and I hope he gets professional
counseling. There wouldn't be anything much harder to deal with than that.
These are the kinds of things that happen when people drink. Nothing good comes
from drinking. It's tragic.I know it was completely
unintentional and I know he is a good guy. I wish him and his family all the
Eric, as much as Cameron idolized you, he wouldn't have blamed you for the
accident nor would he have wanted you to spend the rest of your life grieving
for him. Instead, commit yourself to doing as much good, as you possibly can, to
honor the memory of your brother. And console yourself in the
knowledge, that if you save even one life by passing on your story, you will
have redeemed yourself in your brother's eyes.
Tragic. Lean on a higher power for the support you need. Just
wondering why Mr. Charlton has to give presentations on the dangers of mixing
drugs and alcohol since nowhere in this article did it state he used drugs. I
agree it is dangerous as well as using either without the other. Maybe he has to
give presentations on the danger of mixing guns and alcohol? More correct would
be the danger of handling guns while drinking alcohol.
I'm Mormon.But, lets not start throwing this is why drinking is bad
comments.Alcohol and guns don't mix. Period.
Btw. I firmly believe is the death penalty, and no second chances.But,
this guy shouldn't of been sent to jail for this.He is already
damaged for life. He already knows his mistake.But, think about it. Judges
let child predators off with less of a sentence.This tells you about our
Incredibly tragic story. It sounds like Eric was trying to be responsible and
careful, but even when completely sober, guns are not to be treated lightly.
Adding alcohol to any activity increases the risks associated with that
activity. Unfortunately, events coincided and resulted in an untimely death. I
plead with those who own guns to be as safe as possible. Guns are incredible
instruments when used properly and I believe everyone should know how to safely
handle a firearm. They should be respected as they most certainly are life
threatening when handled improperly.I'm sorry for your loss
Eric. Time heals all wounds. I trust that Cameron is in a much better place
than this world though. Honor his life by living your life to the fullest!My prayers are with you.
Accidents occasionally lead to really hard things but it was only an accident.
While it was an accident, and I concede no jail time would be appropiate, a life
was taken which must be accounted for. I wonder if the judge issued the 90
sentence with that in mind. I suspect a much longer sentence was considered as
I am reminded of Jesus' parable of the sinful woman brought to him for
judgment at the Temple. When asked whether she should be stoned according to the
Mosaic Law, the response from Jesus has rung down thru' the tunnels of time
to our day: “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her
first.” Jesus personified the God of second chances. There is not one of
us who hasn't at some time or another done something stupid which resulted
in something bad, even tragic. This young man, right now, needs desperately to
feel the Love of Christ - and that love can be expressed by all of us, either
directly to him or in prayer. God has indeed given many "second chances"
to people in the Bible who were guilty of deliberate murder, not of accidental
death. Moses killed an Egyptian guard; David was an accomplice in a murder
conspiracy; Saul, later the Apostle Paul was responsible for the deaths of
numerous followers of Jesus. Look what God did with them and through them by
giving them not just one, but many second chances! May we all reflect that Grace
here and now
The 90-day sentence was for carrying a weapon while under the influence of
alcohol, so it was totally appropriate. Nevertheless, this story is such a
tragic one. I have shed tears each time I read about this accident that happened
last summer. My heart aches for Eric, his parents, his wife and children, as
well as for Cameron's friend who was at the scene also. I hope all may
heal, and that at some point in time Eric will be able to forgive himself.
EricForgiving yourself will be the hardest but most important work
you have to do. As rvalens2 stated, Cameron would not want you to keep
grieving for him or spend your life blaming yourself. I've heard the
best antidote to finding yourself again is to lose yourself. Reach out to help
others, look for ways to give back or teach others. Sorry for your
I have a hard time believing that prosecution was necessary here. What purpose
did it serve? Deterrence. You think he will ever drink while holding a gun
again? Retribution. Isn't what he has to live with enough punishment?
That is a judge that had taken mercy into account. He could have imposed a far
stiffer sentence, but imposed one that dealt with the main specifics - drinking
alcohol while in possession of a loaded weapon. I applaud the judge. Eric is
already beating himself up for Cameron's death. That is his own sentence he
is imposing on himself. It will take time to even come to grips with what
happened. It's at his own pace.We still have to deal with the
consequences of choices. It is through grace and mercy that they are lessened.
My heart really goes out to this family.
Eric you are a son of God and He has forgiven you. Your dad has immediately
forgiven you. Eric you need to forgive yourself and let the healing peace of
Jesus Christ bathe your spirit and mind and body. Jesus told us to cast our
burdens at His feet and He will give you rest unto your soul. Put this burden
down and allow Jesus Christ to heal you. Look around you at the love of your
wife and children and your family and friends and the community folks who
supports you. With all of us behind you encouraging you, you will succeed !
Look up and God will Bless You. - this I know.
I'm not sure what is accomplished with the sentencing in this case, or the
prosecution, for that matter. Punishment? He's already punishing himself
far more than the State can ever do. Deterrence? People in those circumstances
that lead to the death aren't even thinking about shooting anyone or the
gun going off, so there's nothing that can be deterred by the threat of
prison. Respect for the law? No, it doesn't gain respect when judicial
resources are wasted on a case where public opinion holds that it's not
appropriate to prosecute. And those who do think that it needed to be prosecuted
will be whining that he "got off with a slap on the wrist". This would
have been much better had it been simply found to be an accidental shooting.
Nothing was accomplished by the prosecution except to mess up Eric's life a
little bit more and leave him with a criminal record to follow him around.
The choices we make, dictate the lives that we liveEric Charlton Is a Man
A Man who is willilng to pay the price for his actions.Gun safety should
be a must at all times on ones mind.
I admire him .he is in the proses of forgiving him self. He well never forget
but he will forgive him self. He done nothing to make him ask others for
forgivness. He is a good Man. He is willinf to pay for his actions. Wished more
people were like him
I'll go one further. Drinking and anything don't mix...
I can think of things I have done, which were not well thought out that could
have had just as damaging of an effect, but I had the luck that it didn't
turn out bad.I think we all do stupid things but most of us have
better fortune than this poor man.
Please forgive yourself. The pain may always be there to an extent, but you must
forgive yourself. I promise you that your brother does, and I believe he is in
pain watching you punish yourself endlessly for what happened. Let him be at
peace knowing that you, his brother who he loves so much, will allow yourself
forgiveness and peace. Please.
This is a tragic event. I have read a lot about the use of alcohol in this
horrible death. But, no one seems to note that this would not have happened if
the gun had been left at home. It is not the alcohol that killed him but the
I found this story very sad but I am happy to read he is realizing his fault in
this tragedy. The question I ask is....does he realize how important it is that
he never take another drink of alcohol? If he does have a drinking problem that
needs to be addressed before he can completely forgive himself. I'm hoping
he will not be one of those reckless drinkers who have admitted what they did
was wrong and then uses this as an excuse to continue drinking. His drinking
took a precious life and he needs to be reminded of that every day of his life.
As soon as alcohol enters the equation, all common sense goes out the window. It
couldn't be counted as an "accident" because of the impairment.
Had he not chosen to drink, circumstances would be different and his brother
would still be alive. Hopefully, his remorse will cause him to change his life.
Unfortunately there are those that will use this this as a reason to ban guns
and get rid of the second amendment to the Constitution.Instead
Ammunition needs developed for use around people that will not kill them, but
will only temporarily disable them and actual killing ammunition needs reserved
to use for game hunting. If this sort of thing were used in this gun the
brother would still be alive, as definitely it would have been the only thing he
would have used that night in that gun.Who in the whole Deseret News
reading audience has the money and the inventive ability to develop this sort of
ammunition? There is a dire need for it.It would save our
Just a tragic accident. They can happen to the best of people. Sad. But
history is full of sadness. You just have to put it behind you and move on.