If You Give A Kid A Gun …

Guns in the hands of so-called ‘adults’ are bad enough, but guns in the hands of children is unconscionable!  It is a recipe for disaster!  The very same crowd that would deny a woman the right to have an abortion, would happily put a gun into her child’s hand!

I imagine most of you have seen the video clip that went viral a couple of days ago about a child in a diaper running around the hallway of an apartment building waving a loaded pistol.  The child pulled the trigger at least twice, but luckily, although the gun was loaded, there was no bullet in the chamber.  He pointed the gun at a woman and her daughter, who immediately went into her apartment and called the police, probably averting a catastrophe.  The child’s father denied owning a gun, but the child led police to the desk where the gun was stashed and the father was promptly arrested.

And this came just a week after a six-year-old child shot his teacher!

So, with those two things fresh in my mind, can you imagine my horror upon reading of a gun trade show being held in Las Vegas this week that will feature a JR-15 .22-caliber long rifle meant for kids?  WTF???  Whoever thought this was a good idea needs to have a lobotomy right away!  According to the trade show’s website …

“The JR-15 is the first in a line of shooting platforms that will assist families in safely passing on the proud American tradition of responsible gun ownership to the next generation of recreational shooting and hunting enthusiasts.”

Every state has laws that prohibit a child from having a gun, yet the gun manufacturers are making guns specifically for children … where’s the sense???  Oh wait … sense, human lives, logic, compassion, and all that take a backseat to the big P … PROFIT!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

The good news, if any can come of this, is that even young people are up in arms (no pun intended) over this, and on Tuesday a group of student protesters, including at least one who is the survivor of a school shooting, demonstrated outside the trade show’s venue, the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

One of the students, Ade Osadolor-Hernandez, a member of Students Demand Action, had this to say …

“I really am just afraid to walk at night, to go to class, and obviously with the school violence epidemic and school shootings, I was even scared to participate in class. I was always looking for the nearest exit.”

Isn’t that a damn shame?  We send our children to school to learn history, science, literature, to become well-rounded, knowledgeable, thinking adults, but instead of focusing on the lessons of the teachers and textbooks, they are focused on watching every movement around them and remembering where the hiding places and exits are.

Last weekend at a mall in Columbus, Ohio, 40-50 youths were involved in a fight that caused police to evacuate the mall.  Loaded guns were found on at least two of the youths that we know of.  But perhaps this statement by a patron of the mall identifies the real problem …

“We’re numb to it now, because we hear it so many times. It’s not like it’s something that happens and it’s a huge big deal, because tomorrow we’re probably going to hear it again somewhere else.”

Chew on that one for a while, my friends.

Meanwhile, Clay Jones has an excellent post on the topic of kids ‘n guns … check it out.

25 thoughts on “If You Give A Kid A Gun …

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  2. I am beyond words. Americans used to symbolise freedom, yet now they’ve become a nation of people who fear everything. Because fear is the only explanation for why they allow the gun lobby to manipulate them so blatantly.

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    • Ever hear the song “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin? One line goes, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose …” Today, the U.S. is a divided nation, one filled with hate, one where violence is becoming the norm and we are becoming inured to it. Daily shootings, school shootings, kids with guns, mass shootings … just another day. Sigh.

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        • At this point, I cannot even try to predict what the next decade holds for this nation. It’s possible that some very catastrophic event will bring the people of this country together, help them set aside that which divides them. But, it is equally possible that the divisiveness and violence will leave a gap that will be filled by a new autocracy and the U.S. Constitution with its democratic underpinnings will be burnt to ashes. Sigh.

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  3. Agree, Jill! Give us more than a few years here in Bavaria, and our children are also good for disasters. The police discovered two thirteen -year -old boys in our district with a soft spot for explosive. They planned a killing spree and had acquired the necessary knowledge via the Internet. They had stolen professional explosives with a friend. ;-/ xx Michael

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  5. Jill, I don’t know the laws of the area, but parents who do not safeguard a weapon endangering a child need be charged with a crime. There should be no push back on gun owners to take a class on gun safety to get a permit. They can take the class while a background check on a conducted. Keith

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    • I fully agree, Keith. Our laws are far too lax … in many states now you don’t even need a license, there is no testing requirement, and no laws about keeping guns under lock and key. Even background checks are being shunned in some places. It’s beyond lunacy!

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  6. We can only be glad, that this young kid, wasn’t holding a semi-automatic, imagine the damage that could’ve, done, and, the Congress still don’t think it’s, absolutely, necessary, to pass a, gun-control bill! This is, too, dangerous, for, everybody in these, “neighborhoods”!

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    • You’re so right about that! No, the Republicans in Congress will not act, for doing so would mean an end to all that money the NRA donates to them each election cycle just to make sure they vote down any and all gun legislation. The key is to get the Republicans … as many of them as possible … OUT of Congress! When there are more guns than people in a nation, and when the nation is as stressed as this one is, it’s a recipe for disaster.

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  7. I have recently acquired a new young dog and went looking for toys for her. If I give her a ‘newspaper’ or ‘chcken’ or ‘soft toy’ how is she to know she must not claim the real ones? How then is a child, given even a toy gun let alone a real one, to know nthe difference between play and real life? Having said that my son used sticks or his fingers as a gun when playing with friends and I did wonder why I bothered denying him them. Luckily he grew out of that phase.

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    • I well remember having both water guns and cap pistols as a child, but by the time I had children of my own, I had opened my eyes to the gun culture in this nation and the dangers of guns, so toy guns were forbidden. Now, my only grandchild is 28 years old, but last summer I ran some children out of my yard who were playing with toy (hopefully) guns that looked almost real to me! Have I mentioned that I hate guns? I’ve had one pointed at me twice in my life and I have no tolerance for guns in the hands of civilians, and certainly not in the hands of children! That said … I don’t think your new pup will go seeking a chicken just because he has a squeaky toy shaped like a chicken! 🤣

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