Exercising 2nd Amendment rights, Kentucky 5-year-old kills sister


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Once again, Pultizer Prize winning politial cartoonist and commentator David Horsey nails it.

This week, a 5-year-old Kentucky boy was playing with the mini-rifle he had gotten as a gift and ended up shooting and killing his 2-year-old sister. Apparently, even kindergartners have a right to keep and bear arms that shall not be infringed.

For many people, it was a revelation that there are companies that manufacture guns specifically for children. The boy in question had a Crickett rifle, a smaller version of an adult weapon designed specifically for little trigger fingers. The guns come in a variety of happy colors, including pink and even swirls.

Some people think giving guns that shoot real bullets to kids is a rather insane idea, but not folks in the gun culture, where it is perfectly normal. A state legislator in Kentucky, Rep.Robert R. Damron, insisted that the kiddie rifle was not the problem.

“Why single out firearms?” Damron asked, according to the Associated Press. “Why not talk about all the other things that endanger children too?”

Well, perhaps because, in this case, a child died — not because she swallowed a toy or fell off a playground swing, but because her brother, who probably cannot yet even tie his shoes, had been entrusted with a lethal weapon.

I suppose someone will suggest that giving guns to children under 3 feet tall should be outlawed, but such a law would certainly be opposed by the National Rifle Assn. as the first step down a slippery slope toward confiscating all guns and enslaving America. Maybe a better idea would be to fine anyone idiotic enough to put a gun in the hands of a tiny child. Possible? Naw, the NRA would kill that idea too. The gun lobby depends on a legion of idiots.

But, hey, here’s an idea the NRA could support: Arm 2-year-olds so they can defend themselves. A toddler militia — what could be more American?

 

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3 Responses to Exercising 2nd Amendment rights, Kentucky 5-year-old kills sister

  1. lwk2431 says:

    The major failure in this case was a lack of 100% parental supervision. That should be obvious. However introducing guns to kids at a young age – under full parental supervision 100% of the time the gun is in the kids hands – is one of the best ways to deeply instill habits and attitudes of gun safety. Stop wetting your pants that kids might get their hands on a 22 with adult supervision. The problem was not guns for kids, it was parents without brains.

    lwk
    free2beinamerica2.wordpress.com

    • No- it is one of the best ways to instill a love for guns.

      Sorry- but no one should be allowed to handle a firearm until they are old enough to have the cognitive ability to understand that guns can kill- and what that really means.

      Hell, a cigarette lighter has more laws on it to protect a child then does a gun. Hell- a toy gun or an air-soft gun has more restrictions.

      Yes- Parental Failure played a role here. As did a society that seems to think it is ok to manufacture and provide to children firearms which they are incapable of understand the ramifications of.

  2. Al says:

    You can’t buy alcohol until you’re 21. You can’t vote until you’re 18. You can’t drive until you’re 15 or 16. You can legally give a gun to a 5 year old or a 10 year old. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

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