Gun Appreciation Day2
January 23, 2013 by Chris Kite
This video is painfully scary to watch. I flinched and cringed throughout. It is pretty clear evidence that our current methods of determining who can and cannot have a gun are NOT working. According to the CDC, in 2010 there were 606 deaths from accidental discharge of firearms and 31,672 injuries from firearms.
These aren’t “criminals.” They are everyday people that were probably convinced guns are perfectly safe. But the simple fact is that in many people’s hands, guns are NOT safe. We need to do a better job of keeping potentially lethal firearms out of the hands of those that are not properly trained and prepared to handle them safely.
I cannot believe you would deny kindergartners their constitutional right to bear arms! Train those kids to handle all firearms as soon as they can hold them. It’s the only way to insure they are safe!
Arguably, bullets are a much safer alternative to candy. Candy makes kids obese and gives them cavities. Guns are perfectly safe and pose no risk to decent law abiding American citizens. I know because the NRA tells me it is so.
It is insane. So I propose an equally absurd response. While we’re teaching our children to hide under desks in case of a tornado, let’s teach them how to handle guns, too. It seems to make sense; the guns are out there, there’s no denying that. And the NRA w/its considerable mega-budget lobbying efforts taking out politicians like fish in a barrel won’t go away.
Maybe after kindergarten we can exchange water guns with small revolver education. As they progress through the grades, we can soon be confident the kids will understand how to operate the weapons more accessible to them than are drivers’ licenses. And since kids are now coming to school with guns in their backpacks, as long as they know how to use them, they can come to the defense of their classmates when the next crazy guy with a semi-automatic weapon enters a classroom to take down 20-30 of his/her classmates.
After all, it’s not the guns, assault rifles and grenade launchers that are the problems. It’s the mental health of the person who has access to armories. And the mental health of a population trying to sound sane as it attempts to rationalize existing gun laws in the aftermath of the 20 little boys and girls who all got up to 20 bullets each in their classrooms instead of candy canes and stockings last Christmas.