I saw something Tuesday on twitter about a 4 yo accidentally killing a deputy sherriff’s wife at a cook out. WAIT WHAT?
So I went in search of the story. The article assumed accident. How could it be anything else. The child was 4, still in preschool, maybe even pull-ups, 4! And then another story of a similar incident, this time the 4yo shot his brother.
The next line news item was talking to the mother of a 4yo who was shot by a 6yo. She doesn’t blame the kids. Again WHAT? How can this still be happening ? Why are we allowing children to get near loaded guns? When are we going to understand that having a gun around makes you 40% more likely to be shot by it! THIS IS INSANE! I wanna scream at something. This is all so preventable. Why is American so hung up on gun ownership and hand guns and assault rifles for that matter. One of the articles mentioned that 600 people die of accidental gunshots a year while 31,000 die of gunshot wounds. So wait does that mean that the 30,400 others are intentional? That blows my mind and NOT in a good way.
Now before you get your knickers in a twist and want to write a ranty comment, which of course you totally can, I grew up with guns, I’ve used guns and I’ve let my children use guns under the strictest of control. But I don’t own any. There are none in my CITY apartment, I have no need. No wild animal is coming for me. I don’t hunt and I don’t need it for protection. It makes me sad that America is going this way. It’s been 5 months since Newtown and nothing has changed. Assault weapons are still readily available, there are no restrictions on purchase or how many guns you can own. Ten’s of thousands of people a year die and nothing changes, school children, college children, office workers… and nothing changes. How is this acceptable in a civilsed society?
One person puts a bomb in their shoe and we have to remove shoes, belts and jewellery at airports and get subjected to xrays and metal detectors. ONE. We can’t carry a bottle of water on the plane but any idiot can buy a high capacity magazine off the internet, hell you can buy guns and have ’em shipped to your fucking house! It’s crazy. I have great respect for sporting shooters, those who have guns for hunting, but hunting with a semi automatic rifle with a high capacity magazine is hardly sport. It’s not like Bambi can fight back.
Why are we so concerned about one plane full of people when that many die every single day of gun related incidents?
There must be a change, we must protect our community from the carnage, accidental or not. You think these children will recover from this? They’ve killed someone, that’s never going away, regardless of whether they understand yet or not.
All this is so preventable and I just wish someone had the balls to stand up, change the laws and make it a safer environment for all.
It seems that this is still not the time. It’s just so SAD.
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