All In The Family

Make That A #4 To Go

Life may be one big tragedy but where kids and guns are concerned there is a hierarchy of devastation.

1) The worst has to be a parent killing a child;

2) Then any adult killing a child;

3) Followed by a child killing a child;

4) Then a child killing a parent;

5) And, finally, a child killing any adult.

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The Unintended Murder

In the most recent case, at a Walmart in Idaho, a toddler found a gun in “mommy’s purse” and it was a #4 to go.

Last month another mother in Oklahoma was killed when her three-year-old shot her as she changed a diaper on another child.

About two children die every week in unintentional shootings in the US.

According to a study published in the medical journal Pediatrics, “3,000 children die from gun injuries before making it to the hospital, bringing the total number of injured or killed adolescents to 10,000 each year.”

It Could Have Been Worse

In Idaho and Oklahoma the toddler-assassins “targeted” family members as opposed to bystanders so at least the trauma is contained to a single family.

Of course, shooters with pacifiers are hardly responsible but it raises the issue of just who is?

The unfettered possession of firearms now transcends, by several orders of magnitude, any rational or responsible need for them.

For many, possession has become emblematic of their political values and it is demonstrated with religious fervor.

There was a time when bumper stickers and  pins served that purpose just fine.

Whatever “values” are associated with the political position of unfettered access to fire arms, the list should include wanton and reckless disregard for the safety and well being of children.

Less guns would mean less child deaths (and police officer killings, too.)

Both the Idaho and Oklahoma cases are sure to be classified as “accidents.”

They are about as accidental as crashing a 747 while flying blind-folded.

 

7 Comments

  • Dick says:

    You aren’t going to get any comments from the gunners that follow your blog. There are too many moving pieces that don’t follow the talking points.

    The fact is that if you get shot in this country, it’s your fault. From Dick Cheney to Michael Brown (as the case against him unravels), this victim get the blame and the shooter walks. Mom is dead because she was paranoid enough to believe that she needed to be armed for combat everywhere she went. This paranoia is changing the social dialog and preventing good sense from shining through. You can’t interact with your fellow citizens well when you are packing heat because you believe that the boogie man is around the next corner. Guns make us stupid and that is proved every day countless times.

    The damage this family heaped on this child is nearly unforgivable. The boy is two and is now saddled for life with the fact that he killed his mother. The gunners will try to spin the facts so that they sound better, but regardless of the intent, the fact is that this two year old is going to grow up knowing he shot his mom to death. The mom’s actions destroyed the life of her child. Do I feel sympathy for the family or the mom? No–the only person I feel sympathy and pain for is the child. Everyone else could have prevented this, but their personal actions were focused on themselves and no care was given for the people they may hurt. That’s the thing with gun owners, most I’m exposed to give no concern to the people they may hurt with their weapon. They are fully sucked in and expect that they may be involved in combat at a moments notice.

    One further thought, since law enforcement loves their no knock, swat mentality, whose fault is it when a homeowner kills a cop in the protection of their home? We know whose fault it is when the cops kill a homeowner, especially when the cops no knock the wrong house. We are blinded by the bullet.

  • Bob Gray says:

    Bullseye, Eric!

  • Victoria Huckenpahler says:

    I agree with you and commentator Dick 100%. It saddens me, Eric, that so many people, including one in my own household, still believe people should be able to pack heat at will. It almost seems as if the more episodes occur, the more they dig in, against all intuition and common sense!

  • Miguel Lima says:

    I personally feel that there is more to the issue then careless gun owners. We have created a society that villainizes those that choose to protect themselves their families and their property. Just remember you can create all the gun laws you want but the so called boogie man will still get them. I’m not saying what happened couldn’t be prevented but we have yet to create a pill for common sense. I don’t have an answer or the solution but guns don’t kill people, people do.

    • Spartacus says:

      “About two children die every week in unintentional shootings in the US.”-source?

      “3,000 children die from gun injuries before making it to the hospital, bringing the total number of injured or killed adolescents to 10,000 each year.” I call bullshit data manipulation. Is this a per year figure? Does ‘children’ include 17 yo gang bangers?

      ‘paranoid enough to believe that she needed to be armed for combat everywhere she went.’-or realistically sure that no policeman is close enough to save her.

      ‘You can’t interact with your fellow citizens well when you are packing heat’ – man, I must have been doing it wrong for the past 40 years then. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

      ‘Guns make us stupid’-who is us? Speak for yourself. If you don’t trust yourself with a gun, you probably shouldn’t have one.

      I own the guns I own because I acknowledge mankind’s shortcomings instead of pretending that they don’t exist. There are evil men and women in this world and there just may be a time when I need to do the unthinkable to protect myself or my family.

      Collective responsibility is a fascist concept.
      I will not be held responsible for misdeeds committed by people who look like me, or with guns like mine, nor for any actions by other people.
      I am responsible only for my own actions.

      Instead of regurgitating useless dogma, educate yourselves.

  • Mike Mohler says:

    Thanks Eric for your blog. I wish the main stream media was less intimidated by the rants of those who seem to thrive on fear. Keep up the great work!

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