I just read this, and you should too: Toddlers Killed More Americans Than Terrorists Did This Year. There
were at least 11 deaths in the past five months in which the shooter was three to six years old.
Three years old.
It’s simple math, or simple epidemiology, or just simple common sense: where there are more guns, there are more gun deaths.
Eight children. A day.
Where there are loaded guns left within the reach of children, there are more gun deaths.
Where there is a big, profit-driven lobby blockading any and all sensible public safety laws that would: 1) require adults to store guns locked and unloaded, 2) require adults to be held accountable for any violence committed with their guns, 3) require everybody to pass background checks before buying a gun, 4) require–and here is a radical notion–adults who buy guns to take a training and skills program as is done in many countries, 5) require–and this isn’t even being proposed–gun makers to stop marketing their guns because they are dangerous consumer products, and 6) require video game and movie makers to stop normalizing “gunplay” in children’s media, it’s no wonder we have gun death rates in our country similar to those of a war-torn, “third world” country.
It’s enough. Have you had enough? I’ve had enough (Click the link–watch my video–you can do some Art=Ammo activism in YOUR community, too.)
Is there a gun where your children play? ASK about it. Asking Saves Kids. Watch this video.
And if you didn’t read this moving, heart-breaking, and ultimately mobilizing profile of the parents of one of the Sandy Hook victims, please read it. Please read it now. But get the tissues handy first.
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