Once again, someone gained access to guns who had no business doing so. And the consequences turned deadly. Innocent lives that were just beginning have now been ended and the mentors who tried to save them as well. Gun advocates will say that guns don’t kill people, well, they don’t unless a person has it in their possession and uses it.
Why has this nation become so careless with obvious danger? Guns are left out and kids and adults are hurt or worse, killed. The so called responsible parties are left greiving and then thinking to themselves, I should have locked it up. Now, let me state for the record that no one deserves to lose a loved one. Thinking ahead could save lives though.
I can remember working as a cashier and customers leaving thier little ones in the cart at my register and other registers where other employees could see them. Mom goes in one direction, Dad another, and there we are, stuck, unable to leave for fear that the child will be kidnapped. Recently, at a grocery store, I saw a woman leave her daughter in the cart just inside the entrance while she ran outside to retrieve something from the vehicle. I just stood by the girl and waited for mom to return , which she did.
Where are the brains of these inviduals? What will it take to make them realize they are endangering innocent lives by being stupid. You don’t leave your children in a locked car, van, etc.. while taking a few minutes to go inside a store. Take them with you. Definitely don’t leave a pet in the vehicle either. This is abuse.
There are many unanswered questions regarding the Newtown, Ct. tragedy, and one I’d like to know is, did the mom know her son had serious mental issues? And if so, why keep the gun collection within his reach? Of course, she’s gone too, so she can’t speak now. Neither can the victims. It’s cliche to say this but why does it take a tragedy to wake us up to fact that something has to be done about safety in schools, workplaces, and anywhere else we gather.
I’d like to know why gun advocates say it’s okay to have guns for purposes other than for hunting? Hunting is a noble sport, and practical, within the seasons, as you can feed your family with what you find. But get real, assault weapons? Seriously, what purpose can they serve in the private sector? Oh, and feel free to explain your reasons to the families who are suffering right now. I’m sure they won’t listen.