This is such a horrible tragedy! The parents of the 12 yr old just left my house
after finding out that their youngest child was dead and the grief was so
intense that it was almost physical. I ask all of you to pray for this family.
Do you think the readily available gun in the home was used to protect???? When
will we learn?
Prayers going out to this family...this is every parents' worst
nightmare!!! So tragic.
SweetMamaJean --Are you saying that the 12-year-old did not live in
that home?Your child goes to play, and is killed?I think all
parents need to know more about what goes on in the homes their children
visit.Are there guns?Are they secured?Can the children open
the gun safe?Are guns displayed in the home?
Charge the gun owner with negligent homicide.
why would they need a warrant to go back into the scene of a crime?
Deepest condolences to the families involved.American Academy of
Pediatrics:"The absence of guns from children’s homes and
communities is the most reliable and effective measure to prevent
firearm-related injuries in children and adolescents. Adolescent suicide risk is
strongly associated with firearm availability. Safe gun storage (guns unloaded
and locked, ammunition locked separately) reduces children’s risk of
injury. Physician counseling of parents about firearm safety appears to be
effective, but firearm safety education programs directed at children are
ineffective. The American Academy of Pediatrics continues to support a number of
specific measures to reduce the de- structive effects of guns in the lives of
children and adolescents, including the regulation of the manufacture, sale,
purchase, owner- ship, and use of firearms; a ban on semiautomatic assault
weapons; and the strongest possible regulations of handguns for civilian
use."The NRA opposes safe storage laws.
@TruthseekerYeah, and a union of childrens doctors are totally the
type of established firearm experts and constitutional scholars we should be
turning to for nuanced, effective ideas on gun legislation. Really?Also, since your post is misleading, I want to emphasize that the NRA opposes
safe storage LAWS, not SAFE STORAGE. Safe storage LAWS will not be effective
unless you eliminate the 4th and 5th amendment and allow police to do random,
warrantless checks of the homes of gun owners. Only the most blissfully ignorant
people actually want this.Critical thinking skills help here.
Storage laws by themselves are not a solution, the would require massive
constitutional violations and infringements in order to be effectively enforced.
Without active enforcement, they are just some words in the state law book that
people will be free to ignore until such time an accident happens and then the
police can charge them with violating it.The NRA constantly educates
on safe storage, both to adults and to children via the Eddie Eagle firearm
safety program, and even occasionally provides shopping discounts on storage
equipment through their various partnership programs with dealers.
Re:ManuretruckMaybe gun storage laws combined with legal and
criminal liability for "accidents" involving unsecured guns would prompt
more people to become more responsible. "Gun avoidance programs
are designed to educate children as a way of reducing firearm injury (eg, Eddie
Eagle, STAR); however, several evaluation studies have demonstrated that such
programs do not prevent risk behaviors and may even increase gun handling among
children. In contrast, results of a large national randomized controlled trial
demonstrated that brief physician counseling directed at parents, combined with
distribution of gunlocks, may be effective in promoting safer storage of guns in
homes with children. A recent randomized controlled trial found that a safe
storage campaign with gun safe distribution was both feasible and effective at
limiting household exposure to unlocked and loaded guns."(American
Academy of Pediatrics)
This is so similar to the recent tragedy in West Point where two boys died at
the hands of their brother. Would be interested in knowing what really
happened. We may never know.