Lessons For Gun-Owning Parents is a must-read.
Last year after another horrible accidental shooting made headlines, someone pointed out that “we don’t want to control your guns. We want YOU to control your guns.” It’s a line I’ve parroted here many times because it’s so true. The fact that we have so many gun accidents, mass shootings, gun crime with stolen weapons, etc. is proof that gun owners cannot control their own guns.
Case in point: this good piece on the absence of responsibility and gun safety from our national conversation on guns. This quote from Ladd Everitt, of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, resonates:
“There’s no reasonability and no discussion about what one’s responsibility should be. It’s long past due to have a serious discussion about the responsibilities that come with these Second Amendment rights.”
I don’t understand why this has been ignored. It’s all “mah rahts!” and full stop. The gun loonz shout over anyone who dares point out that not all gun owners are the most responsible ever, and even the most responsible gun owner has moments of being irresponsible. It’s as if merely owning a gun makes them “one of us” and they don’t need to be accountable for their behavior, ever.
There’s a reason a lot of these gun accidents happen: human nature. So to Winter Haven Police Chief Gary Hester, I have two words for you: wake up:
Winter Haven Police Chief Gary Hester said most gun accidents happen for one reason: human error.
“Firearms aren’t the problem,” he said. “Firearms don’t kill people; people kill people.”
In Ruby Bing’s death, her mother was not handling the pistol in a safe and appropriate manner, Hester said. He said Adele Bing told police she had the weapon as protection, but her misuse of it led to a deadly shooting.
Right, well, what the hell do you expect? A woman thinks her boyfriend is coming to kill her, and she’s not thinking “am I operating my gun safely.” She’s thinking, “holyfuckingshitI’mgonnadie.” The rational mind is not operating in these situations. This is a no-brainer, and the cliche that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” is pretty much null and void when you remember in the majority of these situations, people are not in control, the gun is. Put a loaded gun in the hands of a two-year old and what do you expect to happen? The gun is in charge of that situation, not a rational, adult person.
Everitt points out that incidents of negligent gun behavior are not sufficiently prosecuted. I would add that they are not fairly prosecuted, either.
The only way this is going to change is to start prosecuting these incidents of negligence and mandatory liability insurance for gun owners.