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.
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 studyÂ published in the medical journalÂ Pediatrics,Â “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 Â 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 747Â while flyingÂ blind-folded.