To the Editor:
With every gun incident involving a child that hits the news, my passion and determination to protect my three children grow stronger. It is imperative that gun owners be properly educated and held responsible for the storage, use and maintenance of their weapons so that children do not have access to a loaded gun.
Kansas is one of 22 states with no child access prevention laws. Accidents involving children will continue to happen until gun owners are held account-able. Safety standards are present everywhere we go, be it the airport, swimming pool, gym, construction site or simply walking through our neighbor-hoods. Those rules are carefully thought out and executed to prevent accidents from happening. Common sense and a long history of tragic incidents dictate that people follow similar rules of safety in their homes and in public to earn the title of “responsible gun owner.”
Studies estimate that more than 2 million American children live in homes with unsecured guns. At least 100 children were killed in unintentional shootings during 2012. Who will be held responsible for these preventable and unnecessary tragedies? At what point does an accident involving a deadly weapon become negligence?
I feel a great amount of responsibility to protect my children, but every life matters and every child deserves the right to a gun-safe environment.