Every day, the newspapers are filled with fresh stories about children and guns. And still parents seem to turn a deaf ear to the news. Children are harming themselves and others by finding guns that their parents have put aside and using them as toys.
Nobody seems to be listening. Children are curious. When parents leave little children at home alone they prowl, looking to find treasures to play with. They do not realize that guns are dangerous; they just know that they have stumbled onto something their parents have hidden away.
Parents claim to be surprised that children can find weapons which they are sure they have tucked away. But the truth is often children know where everything is in the house.
Nothing is more tragic than one child shooting another. Parents keeping weapons in their homes should make certain that they are kept locked up, out of sight. Really, there is hardly any point any longer to ask adults not to keep their weapons in their homes. People are terrified of home invasions and burglars breaking into their homes. Many families live in crime-ridden areas where robbing and stealing are common everyday occurrences. Many of them feel they need to have weapons to protect themselves and their families.
People should talk to members of their households about gun safety. Instead of just hiding guns away from children, as soon as they are old enough to understand about violence, they should be told about guns and that only adults are permitted to handle them. When people have weapons they need to be trained about how to use them safely.
Adults simply have to become more responsible about gun ownership. When children become old enough to go hunting with their parents they should be given a full course on gun ownership. They need to be taught how to shoot safely and how to put their weapons away when they are not in use. And above all, it should be emphasized to children that guns are not play toys and should never be used as such.
America has become such a dangerous place. Many Americans feel that their safety is at risk when gun laws are passed. But truly, people are not trying to do away with guns, they are simply searching for ways to do away with the violence. People should realize that the less security we provide for each other, the more violent our society becomes.
The children are innocent. Let us value their lives and not put them in jeopardy. Lock up your gun.
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