How many times have we turned on the news, signed into our Facebook accounts or opened the paper to see a story about a child hurting themselves or someone else because they got their hands on an unsecured gun? In March of this year, a 4-year-old shot his NRA supporting, gun-loving mother in the back because she left a gun within his reach. In April, a mother was shot and killed by her two-year-old when the toddler got their hands on a gun. Last year, a 13-year-old shot his mother in the neck after playing with a gun that he found in his neighborhood. I could go on and on and on, but the point is that guns should not be left where children can get ahold of them. That is common sense. But as we know, common sense is not something that grows in the NRA’s garden and that’s why they have suggested that parents leave weapons in their kids’ rooms for safety. Seriously. They actually believe this.
During a seminar on “home defense concepts” at the NRA’s annual meeting in Louisville, firearms instructor Rob Pincus said:
Why would you consider staging a firearm inside a child’s room? It’s the first place I’m going to go! As I’ve said…many times, if your kid is going to break into the safe just because it’s in their room, you have a parenting issue, not a home defense issue.
A gun in a kid’s room? What could possibly go wrong?! Oh wait…
After Pincus made the suggestion to the crowd, a woman raised her hand and discussed how it is her duty to “ensure” that unauthorized people, including kids, do not get their hands on her weapons. Think Progress reports that Pincus shut her down and said:
Ensure is a strong word,” he said. “So I’m going to say we have an obligation to try to prevent unauthorized access.” He added that hidden, instead of locked or secured, is a perfectly appropriate way to secure a gun.
This is how incredibly stupid ammosexuals are. They literally come up with a million different excuses to keep guns lying around. He says it is a “parenting issue” if a child gets their hands on a gun and hurts themselves or someone else and I agree. A parent should never, ever be stupid enough to leave a firearm in a place that is easily accessible to a curious kid.
Our kids are given toy guns to play with from the time they are little. Nerf guns, squirt guns, cap guns, etc. It is a cultural problem in the United States. We live in a society that teaches kids that guns are toys except when they are not. Hell, I’m not perfect, my son has about 20 Nerf guns in his bedroom and I’m constantly being pelted by those stupid, little styrofoam bullets, but I also do not have guns in my house. If I had them in my house I certainly would not leave them in my child’s room. Why? Because I know kids are curious little creatures that touch EVERYTHING.
The only thing Pincus did with his asinine suggestion is perfectly illustrate why the majority of the NRA crowd has no business owning tools made solely for killing other living beings.
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