Do shooting by toddlers demonstrate need for toddler control?


In its continuing campaign to disarm Americans, The Washington Post breathlessly reports that toddlers getting their hands on guns have killed 15 people this year.

The stories go on and on like this: Roughly once a week this year, on average, a small child has found a gun, pointed it at himself or someone else, and pulled the trigger. Boys are disproportionately likely to do this: I could find only three cases where a girl under the age of 4 wounded someone with a gun. In 13 of the 43 total incidents, a child's self-inflicted injuries were fatal. In two other cases, another person died after being shot by a toddler: a father in Alabama, and a 1-year-old in Ohio.

They even produced a color map, showing state by state how many shootings occurred. There was one in Arizona; two in North Carolina, three in Texas. Practically an epidemic.

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The article was sadly incomplete, because it didn't have a map showomg how many people who were shot to death who were unarmed. There also was no map showing how many people died in car crashes because their cars, as mandated by the federal government, were lighter and less crash resistant. There also was no map showing how many people died in each state from other accidents. I suspect it would probably be more than one in Arizona, two in North Carolina, and three in Texas.

...the NRA continues to promote a response that seeks to solve gun problems with more guns, and aims to broaden the saturation of firearms in nearly every sphere of public and private life, from homes to schools to churches to bars to airports and beyond. In a country with more guns than people, it's only natural that a certain number of small children are going get their hands on an unsecured firearm, with tragic consequences.

The NRA is so evil, trying to get guns in the hands of every citizen who wants them, right?

Maybe this problem calls not for gun control but toddler control. After all, toddlers are the ones pulling the trigger. I think people who want to have a baby should have to register first with the government. They should have to go through a background check to make sure they have a minimum IQ so they won't leave guns around the home, and a minimum income level so they can support a child. If they can't pass a background check they should be denied a license to have a child.

Or maybe, we can accept the fact that in a free society some people are going to misuse tools, whether they be guns, knives, cars, or whatever, and while the results are tragic, taking away these tools from everyone is like aborting the baby along with the bathwater.

Since the Post is so concerned about 15 human lives, I wait breathlessly for the Post to provide a map showing state by state where people have been murdered by illegal aliens, and then calling for their deportation to solve that problem

(Abridged version originally published in AT)



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