What a country. I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Kentucky tragedy where a 5 year old shot and killed his 2 year old sister- with a 22 caliber rifle designed for children and given to him by his parents.
And apparently no action will be taken against the parents for leaving the children unsupervised and with access to a loaded firearm. And of course the manufacturer- who makes firearms specifically for children (and whose website prominently features disturbing images of toddlers and small children with their firearms) are of course protected by the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act” our congress oh so wisely saw fit to ram through a few years back.
And yet, in Kentucky, the simple act of possessing and/or use of marijuana is grounds for the state to take your child away from you. Yes- use of a substance that is less harmful and less addictive then two of the states major industries- hard alcohol and tobacco.
Now, I am not an anti-gun zealot. I grew up with them- as did everyone in my area. But, and it is a big but- there is something terribly wrong with both allowing a child unfettered access to a firearm, and with manufacturing and marketing of these weapons for children. Children, who do not have the cognitive ability developed yet to fully understand death. To seperate fantasy from reality. To comprehend the potential ramifications of their actions.
It is mind blowing that many childrens toys are under much heavier regulation and exist under no protections from lawsuits, while these guns are not.
And somehow these parents, as well as the manufacturers of these guns, and the stores that sell them (and profit from them, 60,000 manufactured a year!) are somehow just fine and dandy to raise children in our society, while an individual who uses a substance, cannabis, – whether for pleasure and/or medicinal purposes, is not.