One news story about kids and guns is already too much. But this week — well, there are just too many. A 3-year-old boy is dead. A 22-year-old college student is dead because three teens were “bored.” Eight hundred kids had to be evacuated from their elementary school through a hole cut in a fence by a SWAT team.
Much of this week’s news focus was on the school shooting in DeKalb County, in which, thankfully, no one was injured — in large part due to the calm and resourcefulness of school administrator Antoinette Tuff. In that case, the suspect is an adult: 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill.
But in four other news stories stories, children — aged 3 to 17 — held or fired the weapons themselves. Two guns were left loaded and unlocked in closets. It’s not clear where the other weapons came from, but one 15-year-old suspect had posted a video of himself to the social media site Vine back in May, in which he points a large, scoped rifle at the camera and smiles.
I’m not entirely opposed to guns. I am, however, opposed to both crime and stupidity. If you have a gun in your house, lock it the hell up. And while I respect the rights of those who legally own guns and use them for things like hunting, we clearly have a problem in this country. We need to have a sensible discussion about gun control, because the guns in this country are obviously not being controlled well. People are leaving them unlocked for small children to find. People who can buy them legally are giving and selling them to convicted felons.
When I talk about gun control, I’m not talking about eliminating guns from our country. I don’t think that’s practical or reasonable. But damn, can’t we at least try to keep track of them a little better? A five-year-old boy took a loaded gun from an unlocked closet, put it in his backpack, and went to school with it, and charges aren’t being filed against his mother. WHAT THE HELL. Nothing? Child endangerment? Nothing?
Take a look at these sobering stories from this week’s news, and tell me what you think.
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