In eighty-five percent of cases in which a shooting victim is a child, the shooter is also a child. This chilling figure alone should be enough to convince the right-wing that it is probably a good idea to take measures to protect our nation’s children. But, even the fact that 500 children die and 7,500 are injured by guns each year does not help to convince the “gun rights” crowd that we need to take action to ensure kids’ safety.
The NRA’s irascible nature when confronted with the prospect of passing even the most rational gun legislation, of course, does not do much to help matters. The NRA opposes even legislation like Michigan Senate Bill 268 requiring gun owners to store their firearms in locked boxes with trigger locks installed if children are in the home despite admitting that ” Everyone knows that firearms must be stored safety, particularly when housed with children.” According to the Children’s Defense Fund, forty percent of gun-owning households with children under 18 store their guns unlocked and twenty-two percent of children handle guns without parents knowing about it.
The NRA strongly advocates simply teaching children to be responsible with guns, and offers its own gun safety program. Children are informed that if they see a gun to stop, not touch it, leave the area, and tell an adult. That’s great advice!
ABC 20/20 decided to see what, exactly, happens if children who have been taught proper gun safety encounter a gun outside of the NRA’s fantasy world in which they always do as they are told–and the results are shocking, to say the least.
Let’s see how well this works in practice…