by William Brown
People with children in their homes are acquiring guns at record rates, supposedly to protect their homes and children. What those people refuse to acknowledge is the chances of their children dying before maturity – increased markedly when guns are in their homes. Certainly, the chance of the children dying of gunshot wounds goes through the roof.
In 2008 and 2009; 236 children died in the United States from gunshots. That’s a two year total of 472 small children. In 2008 alone, 28 of those deaths were classified as accidental and in 2009, the death rise to 33. [http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/protect-children-not-guns-report-2009.html].
A claim by parents that they have educated their children to leave the family arsenal alone is so much horse manure. Almost every child who has shot him/herself or a playmate had been strictly instructed that guns were not toys, guns were to be left alone, adults should be called if a gun were discovered, etc. etc. Kids don’t follow the rules.
Kids believe themselves to be invulnerable. Kids don’t understand the permanency of death.
Perhaps worse are suggestions to arm school teachers. Cops spend hours every month renewing their training, practicing, running scenarios and they still occasionally shoot the wrong person. Anyone who thinks armed, half-trained school teachers will increase safety in the schools is a lunatic or a moron.
See Brown’s blog at http://centralvirginiaandbeyond.blogspot.com/2012/12/gun-control.html