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How to wreck your family for decades

Sometimes there is so much pain out there it is a wonder that human hearts don’t just burst. As I read this, I thought that this is a perfect way to damage your family for decades. My heart goes out to the child forced to shoot at his or her father: Miner threatened to kill ...

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Sometimes there is so much pain out there it is a wonder that human hearts don't just burst. As I read this, I thought that this is a perfect way to damage your family for decades. My heart goes out to the child forced to shoot at his or her father:

Miner threatened to kill his four children, physically assaulted his wife and threw a loaded handgun to the teen who came to her aid.

'Do you want to play the gun game?' Miner -- who served in the 82nd Airborne Division and was sniper qualified -- asked the teen.

Sometimes there is so much pain out there it is a wonder that human hearts don’t just burst. As I read this, I thought that this is a perfect way to damage your family for decades. My heart goes out to the child forced to shoot at his or her father:

Miner threatened to kill his four children, physically assaulted his wife and threw a loaded handgun to the teen who came to her aid.

‘Do you want to play the gun game?’ Miner — who served in the 82nd Airborne Division and was sniper qualified — asked the teen.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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