Last week, a local two-year-old child died as the result of a tragic accident that was all too avoidable: He was shot while playing with an unsecured handgun in his own home.
I don’t want to pile on the parents over this. I’m sure the remorse and pain they’re already feeling is worse than any punishment that could possibly be inflicted upon them. But it troubles me that tragedies like this aren’t even uncommon.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, in 2014 and 2015 combined, over 1,300 children under 12 were accidentally killed or injured with handguns in the U.S. That’s an average of over one in every state, every month.
Unlike many people who are uncomfortable around guns, I’m also uncomfortable about demanding that no one else should be able to own one. But every gun owner needs to recognize their weapon’s deadly potential and be responsible enough to make sure they don’t fall into irresponsible hands. And it’s a disgrace that Kentucky has no laws at all requiring guns in homes with children -- and not in the personal possession of the owners – to be secured with a gun lock or kept in a locked gun safe.
That wouldn’t solve the whole problem. But it would make a statement on where our priorities lie. And I believe it’s time for our lawmakers to do just that.
But call and tell us what you think.
I’m Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.
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