Another senseless shooting in the US

Here we go again.

A 9 month old baby boy was shot dead by his 5-year old brother, with the latter thinking it was a toy. This happened near Kansas City.

This isn’t the first time and won’t be the last time this happens.

It is time for authorities to get tough on gun owners.

Some may say that the family may have suffered enough but I think there should be charges laid against the parents [following the grieving period].

There are probably a multitude of charges could be used such as child neglect [twice], failure to store a weapon properly, maybe charges related to having a loaded weapon, etc.

There was a story like this that happened right around Christmas time a month ago and I’m sure there are others.

Americans have the right to bear arms as per their constitution but they also are required to secure those same arms when not in use.

If parent are required to keep chemicals and dangerous items [knives, screw drivers, nails, etc.] out of children’s reach, why not a gun.

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3 Responses to Another senseless shooting in the US

  1. 3boxesofbs says:

    If parent are required to keep chemicals and dangerous items [knives, screw drivers, nails, etc.] out of children’s reach, why not a gun.

    And just where do families keep their kitchen knives, household cleaners, nails, screw drivers?

    I’ve been to a large number of homes and haven’t seen those objects secured safely. Most people keep them in drawers that are never locked, in most cases can’t be locked. Or under cabinets that at most have ‘childproof latches’ — ones that any kid over 5 or 6 can figure out.

    No, don’t get me wrong if a parent willfully endangers their child’s life, I think charges should be filed. But it is bordering on a lie to say that safe storage is required for the things you list.

    More importantly, do you think any parent already irresponsible enough to let a firearm be accessible by a child is going to change their ways because of a law?

    Or perhaps you are just interested in punishing them.

    Bob s.

  2. ebraiter says:

    With young children you do try to restrict where they can or can’t go. For example, a “utility” room [or equivalent] should be locked. Nothing in there for a child to do. At least while young, if there isn’t any childproof drawers them move knives, forks and other items to the higher cabinets [above sink level].
    As in this case their child has died but they still have another child. Isn’t it time to properly secure the house? Probably some parents don’t even know [or care] about laws that are in their jurisdiction.
    If leaving a gun around was by mistake then it is one thing but if the house is not secure, then at one point they should be charged [but both parents do “their time” if any sequentially].

    • 3boxesofbs says:

      Ebraiter,

      You are moving the goal posts here

      If parent are required to keep chemicals and dangerous items [knives, screw drivers, nails, etc.] out of children’s reach, why not a gun.

      Are parents required — that is the key word, required to keep chemicals and dangerous items out of children’s reach?

      The answer is no. No requirement, no law, not regulation, exists. Oh there are plenty of warning labels “keep out of the reach of children” but nothing in the law requires that.

      In fact, we encourage children to use many dangerous products as they grow up. We are proud of them when they use cleaning products in their bathroom, bedroom and in the kitchen. We cheer them on as they learn to cook; using dangerous items like knives.

      So which is it going to be — by your words – are we going to require parents to secure their homes or not?

      If leaving a gun around was by mistake then it is one thing but if the house is not secure, then at one point they should be charged [but both parents do “their time” if any sequentially].

      So you advocate charging any parent when their child dies due to drowning, ‘accidental poisoning, drug overdose, etc?

      It seems the idea of ‘intent’ gets thrown out the window when firearms are discussed. It doesn’t matter if parent didn’t intend for their child to find the gun; put them in jail. right?
      But if a parent leaves the car keys on the counter and the child dies in an collision (driving when they shouldn’t) few if any people advocate charging the parent, Right?

      See there is a double standard and you are displaying it here.

      Cause Number of Deaths Mortality Rate
      Unintentional Injury 8,684 10.4
      Motor Vehicle 4,419 5.3
      Drowning 1,027 1.2
      Fire/Burn 365 0.4
      Poisoning 838 1.0
      Suffocation/Strangulation 1,176 1.4
      Firearm 134 0.2

      http://www.childdeathreview.org/nationalchildmortalitydata.htm

      Children — and this includes ‘children up to 19’ die in unintentional auto accidents 26 times more then unintentional firearm. The at twice the rates due to fires and burns. the list goes on. Unintentional firearm related deaths is way down on the list of ways kids die. Let’s keep a little perspective and focus on what will save more lives, eh.

      Bob S.

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