I don’t really like guns. Never really have.
I grew up with a BB gun; could hit the eye of a bird flyin’ too. But I never went beyond that. I never had a shotgun or eve a .22. I was happy shootin’ my tin cans.
So, I get that people don’t like guns. I get that if a person doesn’t have a gun, it’s harder to hurt someone. I get all that.
But, it’s a right that has been established; we GET to own a gun if we want to. And the reason we get that right is that it’s important that the government isn’t the only people with the guns.
But still; I don’t like guns. But I love kids more.
A common example by the anti-gun rights crowd is that accidental discharge of guns is a danger to folks and especially to kids. Which, by the way, is a large reason I don’t like guns and why I don’t like ’em around my kids. In fact, just the other day I came across a post that made this exact argument:
A nine year old faces possible jail time after a .45-caliber gun that he brought from his mother’s house accidentally fired and wounded a classmate.
Crying and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, a frightened 9-year-old boy accused of accidentally shooting a classmate sat before a judge in juvenile court Thursday as his father gently rubbed his back.
The scene — coming a day after police said the boy accidently shot a fellow third-grader — raised questions that will be played out in the legal system: Did he know what he did was wrong? And is anyone else responsible?
The father is quoted as saying, “I just want everyone to know that my kid made a mistake. It was a terrible mistake;” however, no one is quoted about the abject stupidity of leaving a gun lying around where a nine year old could access it.
Cdogzilla links to a story about a pastor’s 20 year old daughter who was mortally wounded in her father’s church when her fiancée was showing another church member his gun.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Hannah Kelley was pronounced dead at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday at Bayfront Medical Center. An autopsy is pending.
Kelley had been hospitalized since Feb. 12, when she was struck in the head by a bullet at Grace Connection Church in St. Petersburg, where her father Tim Kelley is pastor.
Investigators have said Moises Zambrana was showing his gun in a small closet to another church member interested in buying a firearm. The St. Petersburg Times reports that the other church member, Dustin Bueller, was Hannah Kelley’s fiancée.
Tragic and horrible stories to be sure. And a valid concern. But if we are going to talk about gun control by mentioning the downsides of guns as it pertains to kids, let’s expand that argument to it’s logical conclusion.
Let’s take a look at the leading causes of death among children in the United States:
No, no it’s not. That category is MVT or Motor Vehicle Traffic. And the next largest category? MVT again. And the one after that?
In fact, gun isn’t even listed. As in, the numbers are so small that they don’t make the top 11 say nothing of the top 10.
So, if your case for gun control is that you love children, then a proper argument would first include a ban of things like kids in cars, fire and swimming pools.