by Doug Bevins
Gun control has cropped up AGAIN (seriously when is enough enough). I recently (within the last two weeks) came across an article about a five year old who was given a gun when he was four accidently shooting and killing his two year old sister when their parent was not in the room. Oh yeah, the gun was purchased from a company (won’t mention the company, but if you search the internet you’ll figure it out very quickly) that markets guns to children. First off, what sane person would allow a child of any age under ten to own a gun? Kids don’t have maturity at that age and, if this article is any indicator, some companies and parents do not either. Secondly, why would a parent in their right mind leave a gun laying around when there are young children in the house? Children are not, unless supervised safely, able to understand that a gun (or knife, etc.) is dangerous. As a result of what that parent chose to do (willfully or due to ignorance) that child now has to live with and also is scarred by the knowledge that he killed his sister. Come on people! Guns need to be controlled period. How many more Newtowns, Columbines, or Auroras must we face as a nation before someone pulls their head out of their nether regions and actually does something to improve gun control! After reading that article the other week, I now do not see any other fix to this issue except stricter gun control measures and I ask you how many more lives (children or otherwise) need to be taken by violence which could have been prevented with stricter gun control laws and systems. It is your children’s future after all so now is the time to act before an entire generation (victims or aggressors) is lost to the seemingly unending tide of violence.