God. What a load of crap.
When anyone brings up the emotional/knee jerk arguments of "its for our kids/we must protect our kids", I shake my head and roll my eyes. Abandon
all logic, all ye hysterical anti-gun nuts. If you really want to protect kids, then you would limit the leading causes of death in children: vehicle
accidents, household chemical poisonings, and drownings. More kids die in bathtubs and swimming pools than by fire arms.
While school shootings are tragic, the number of children killed in them is minimal compared to the number of kids killed by drowning:
140 kids drown in one summer
Child Mortality Causes
Accidental firearms deaths are at the bottom of the list for unintentional deaths.
in Suicides, guns are second, kids seem to prefer hanging instead.
Homicides? Yep, guns lead there. However, homicides have little to nothing to do with a gun being available in the home. Many youth homicides are gang
related, and stem not from the presence of firearms, but from the absence of parental guidance, care, supervision, or upbringing. Guns in those cases
are acquired through illegal or questionable means.
Here's a shocker: I was raised around firearms my whole life. So were all but one of my friends. And guess what. None of us ever shot anyone,
including ourselves. It had everything to do with the firearms being kept in places were were forbidden to go. As well as my elders explicitly telling
me that they were not toys, that they were dangerous to play with casually, and some pretty nasty punishments awaited us if we got caught near them
without close supervision and permission. As well as proper safe handling training when we were old enough.
True story: 60 years ago, guns were much more common in homes. In fact, kids often received guns as gifts. There were more kids with firearms then
than now. But school shootings/youth violence was far lower. Why is that, I wonder? Could it have more to do with the mentality and values of society
now, on top of the state of mental health and failure of modern methods to successfully treat it? That kids now are more medicated than they were
then, and the side effects of those meds include violent and psychotic behavior?