First of all, let me say my heart goes out for the father. No one should ever have to bury their children; it's simply not right.
This has nothing really to do with gun control (other than the obvious pun, which decorum prevents me here from using intentionally) and everything to
do with gun safety
. Firearms are indeed dangerous, and should be treated with due respect. I wouldn't have let my son shoot an Uzi; I won't
let him handle my shotguns yet, and he's 14 and pretty strong. He is restricted to guns he can handle until he learns enough self-discipline to
respect the power he's holding.
I also won't let him handle a chainsaw, my powerful angle grinder/cutter, or the Saws-all. He can use the power drill, the drill press, and under my
direct supervision, the router, table saw, welder, and machine shop. These tools, while dangerous, are within his realm of being able to handle; the
others are not and may kick with more power than he would expect, causing injury.
It is paramount to any parent who wishes to avoid this type of thing that they educate first themselves, and then their children, on the equipment
they wish to use. It is also paramount to safety that before someone is allowed to use a tool, any tool, including a gun, they be physically able to
handle it safely.
I think the big problem with guns is the number of people who have become so militant and pro-gun that they fail to recognize that this tool is
powerful and designed specifically to be deadly. I see it all the time on this site alone; some people tend to see a gun as a guarantee of survival in
a fight, or perhaps as an adult 'toy'. It is neither. It is a device, a tool, designed to cause severe, hopefully lethal, damage to something or
someone. If used correctly, it can save lives and deter crime; if used improperly it can kill the innocent. A chainsaw used properly can harvest
enough firewood to heat a home during the winter months or clear land for building; if used improperly, it can remove a leg, an arm, or a head just as
To those who will decry this as somehow 'proof' that guns should be outlawed, allow me to say this: it takes two to tango. The reason that some
people take gun safety for granted is that they are, in their own mind, fighting against those who would outlaw them outright for no reason other than
their fear of them. You are not offering a solution; you are being part of the problem. Deny all you want, but a few drops of this boy's life-blood
is on your hands as well. Why not, instead of trying to blame an inanimate object for your fears, devote your voice to preaching for gun
? That way, perhaps we could deter crime and afford self-protection without the senseless accidents that happen all too often over the
natural reaction to a perceived threat.
Speaking of whom
reply to post by C.C.Benjamin
Did I miss something? I didn't hear anyone mention Enzyte...
I just can't see the valid argument of letting a kid hold a lethal weapon. We won't let them *snip* and produce life until they're adults,
but we'll give them the means to take it way before that?
You got me on this one. I have to agree... kids and high-powered weaponry simply do not mix well.
Mod Edit: Removed offensive off-topic quote and edited profanity from second quote.
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