posted on May, 1 2013 @ 03:12 PM
A) My heart and prayers go out to the family and the children. It is a sad situation.
With that said, I have photos of me learning how to shoot a .22 rifle at about the same at (5 years old.) I knew exactly where my father kept (keeps)
his guns in the house. Unlocked.
I also knew, at an early early age, to NEVER 'play' with those guns. I learned that a gun is ALWAYS loaded, even when you think it's not.
And not one time in my 18 years of living in that house did I ever go get the rifle or shotgun out to play with or to even show my friends.
Again, this is a tragic situation. But I can already see how it will be blown up to support more gun limitations.
In other news: Every year children steal their parents cars and end up killing themselves by reckless driving. (Three kids, all under 16, were killed
in my neighborhood a few years ago this way.) Are those parents blamed for having a car or for leaving the keys in a place where the children can get
(Although, yes, leaving a gun loaded is a bit different, and definitely careless. Again, I'm not defending the actions of the parents, but I am
saying that this is a case that involves individuals and cannot be applied to all gun owners. Use it as a sad reminder as to why gun safety is so
important, but not as a reason as to why guns are not important.)