Sadly, another child is dead due to an irresponsible gun owner (notice how I didn't say due to the gun itself).
Four children were left in a car as a couple of adults, who we can only assume are the parents, went into a building to pay a bill. Only, they were left with an easily accessible, loaded handgun in the purse of the mother.
An eight year old boy decided that he'd try to unload the gun, in the absence of his parents. Instead of successfully unloading the gun, he shot his little brother—in the head. The little boy was airlifted to the University of Tennessee's Medical Center, where he later died.
I can't even imagine. As a father of three beautiful little children, I can't imagine losing one of them. But to know that I'm the gun owner in our house would mean that it'd be my fault if any of my guns were ever used to kill my Hannah. Or, my Leah. Or, my little Andrew.
Then again, when my guns aren't in use by me, they are hidden in a spot the kids can't get to—locked up.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, lock up your guns. Keep them out of reach of your nosy eight year old. If you can't do that, then I'll go on record to say that you shouldn't have a gun. If you can't be a responsible gun owner, you shouldn't have a gun.
If you've got children and can't afford to buy a lock box from Amazon for less than $50, you should not have a gun.
There is never any circumstance where little children should have access to a loaded weapon. I believe in training kids at a young age. I began my training at a young age, and I'm doing the same with my children. But, I'd never leave them with a loaded handgun in an un-locked, easily accessible spot.
That's just common sense.
Kids are curious. And, if you tell them that they can't do something, they'll do when you aren't looking. It's the way they're built. Be responsible. Lock it up.
What do you think? Am I overstepping my bounds by saying people shouldn't have guns if they can't be responsible and lock them up away from little hands? Let us know in the comments below.