Gun control laws have, obviously, been a huge issue in today’s political debates. The fight for mandatory background checks for gun purchases has been shot down by the Red states because of their profound rooted gun culture.
This debate goes much deeper than what may be seen aesthetically with this debate. Recently, a 5 year old boy accidentally shot his 2 year old sister with his own, child sized, Crickett rifle, made and marketed to and for young children. These guns even come in fun colors that appeal to children, such as pink, blue, and even pink camo.
Does anyone else see something terribly, terribly wrong with this picture?
The 5 year old shooter had access to his gun at all times, it was sitting in a corner of the house and was loaded with a bullet (the parents claim they were unaware it was loaded). Advocates argue that the gun should have been safely locked up; which is very true. However, what is the purpose of children having guns at such a young age in the first place?
It is understandable that cultural traditions introduce children to guns for hunting and targeting purposes at a young age, but is giving them a “My First Rifle” necessary? We can train these kids in gun safety all we want, but at the end of the day, that won’t make a difference. We could train children to drive cars, but we don’t do that because a car is a dangerous weapon that they are not mature enough to properly handle yet; so is a gun.
Here are some gun fatality statistics that you won’t see in the media:
• Fatality by firearm <18 yrs old: 5,740
• Fatality by firearm <10: 299
Most people would associate these numbers with the gang violence in urban areas; however, a majority of these deaths, 3,003, were of white children, in rural areas and were not victims of urban violence or gang affiliation. This means that a majority of these deaths are accidental due to the prevalence and abundance of guns to children in unprotected and unsupervised environments.
No one is advocating such strict gun regulation that it becomes difficult or impossible to purchase guns or give the government an unfair advantage in fire power; but the entire country is in favor for a reformation of gun laws of some kind, and it’s about time Congress started listening to its citizens before things get even uglier.
Sources: Washington Times