Gun Control is not the answer, RESPONSIBILITY IS!
Actually what is needed is “gun responsibility.” No child needs own a gun or handle a gun unsupervised by an adult. The exception of course being youngsters working on ranches and such where sometimes carrying a gun is a necessity of the persons job. I am not saying children should not be allowed to use and learn about guns. What I am saying is children should be allowed to learn about and use guns under the supervision of an adult. And, when they are done the weapon is secured properly. Face it, children are far too volatile to be allowed firearms without supervision. The failure of “parental responsibility” to eagerly accept the responsibility for their child’s use and possession of a firearm is ridiculous. No Government should even have to consider telling a parent to protect their children from potential misuse of a firearm.
The failure of gun owners to accept their responsibilities as owners of firearms also is ridiculous. What should be “common sense” for any gun owner is that they are responsible for the use and/or misuse of their firearm and to ensure it is not misused the gun need be properly secured. This is another thing we should not have to be told by our government.
What will likely happen is sometime in the future a parent or other adult that fails to properly secure their weapon will be charged for the misuse of their weapon due to their negligence. In other words, the gun owner fails to secure their weapon, a kid picks it up and kills another kid, and the gun owner get charged for the murder/death of the weapon, which is as it should be.
We really do not need additional “gun control.” Do you realize that most of the shootings that have happened at our schools over the past 20 or 30 years were completely avoidable had the parent and/or gun owner just taken responsibility for their weapons? And, there is no justification for failing this responsibility. It is only common sense. You can sleep with a gun under your pillow any time you want. But you cannot leave that gun under your pillow for your child to discover and shoot his brother with it. Your teenager can have a gun for use when supervised by an adult, but for him to have control of 52 rifles, a bazooka, 14 hand grenades, and a partridge in a pear tree while you are at work is just plain stupid. Can you think of a single reason for a teenager to have control of a firearm without supervision?
Common sense dictates that gun owners are going to have to take responsibility for their weapons. Hopefully prior to their misuse and somebody else getting killed. I must admit that I like the idea of gun owners being charged for the failure to secure their weapon from misuse by others. I do not mean that a gun owner that has their gun stolen in a burglary should be charged for the murder committed by the criminal that gains possession of the gun. I mean that the gun owner that leaves his gun where his child or relative can access and/or use it and people are harmed because of it.