Letters to the Editor

Letter: Gun sense

September 13, 2014

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To the editor:

I am deeply concerned about the number of children who are victims of gun violence in this country. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is working to prevent this kind of tragedy by electing officials who support laws that keep children from accessing unsecured guns.

Twenty-eight states plus the District of Columbia have some kind of law on the books that holds gun owners responsible if children access their guns. Kansas is NOT one of those states. It is critical that we elect officials who support laws that prevent children from accessing unsecured handguns. Child Access Prevention laws do reduce the number of firearm deaths and injuries.

It is up to all of us – gun owners and non-gun owners alike — to do our part. Sensible measures that deter irresponsible gun storage can both respect the rights of lawful gun owners while protecting our children. Vote to keep guns out of the wrong hands, especially our children’s hands.

Comments

Lawrence Freeman 3 years, 2 months ago

OMG another "I'm' afraid of gun's" letter! No law is going to punish a parent who has lost a child more than they will punish themselves. If there is some form of parental neglect there are laws that they can be charged with.

Philipp Wannemaker 3 years, 2 months ago

And no law can force a person to use common sense and that fact applies to far to many gun lovers.

David Reber 3 years, 2 months ago

Underage drinking kills about 5,000 kids every year. I wonder if the writer would support laws that alcohol in private homes be kept under lock & key?

Philipp Wannemaker 3 years, 2 months ago

And, as one would expect, a post comparing apples to oranges, metaphorically speaking.

Lawrence Freeman 3 years, 2 months ago

Or comparing 5000 deaths to 100? If you really want to save lives, texting has surpassed alcohol related deaths in teens. Let's outlaw cell phones, they are not even constitutionally protected.

Josh Thompson 3 years, 2 months ago

Cell phones, unlike guns, were not invented to kill. They were invented to enable the owner to communicate more effectively on the move. Guns were created to enable owners to kill more efficiently.

The only way to best protect your children from guns? Keep them the hell away from them.

Josh Thompson 3 years, 2 months ago

The difference here Hedley, is "an unintended side affect to cellular telephones." Guns don't have an unintended side effect, a novice can kill just as easily as a marksman at close enough range.

Playing around with a cell phone in the living room can't kill you, but the same can't be said for doing that with a gun.

Lawrence Freeman 3 years, 2 months ago

I agree with your last paragraph. If everyone's stated goal is saving lives, what difference does it make what is used? Are you trying say a child killed by a gun is different than a child killed by a cell phone? Or alcohol? Or drugs?

Lawrence Freeman 3 years, 2 months ago

Great article! I'm really surprised it was in the New York Times.

Tom Thomson 3 years, 2 months ago

Indeed. Given how biased they have been in the past, I really was surprised to see that in there..

Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 2 months ago

This is an interesting site to check out about firearms. They have been around for a long time and used for a wide variety of purposes.

http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/technique/gun-timeline/

Leslie

Bob Smith 3 years, 2 months ago

PBS needs a proofreader who understands firearms. In just a quick read-through, I noticed that they wrote "breach-loaded" when "breech-loaded" would have been correct.

Jason Johnson 3 years, 2 months ago

A much more significant amount of lives (including children!) could be saved if breathalyzer locks were mandatory in vehicles. The author of this letter doesn't care about lives saved, but instead just about getting rid of guns.

The "save the children" argument is getting really, really old.

Josh Thompson 3 years, 2 months ago

I find it astounding that if you buy tobacco for an underage kid you face fines and/or jail time, if you buy underage kids booze, possible fines/jail, but you buy a kid a gun, and people think there's nothing wrong with that?

Only in "Merika!

Bob Smith 3 years, 2 months ago

There are laws in Kansas, as in most states, that regulate a minor's possession of a firearm. "...Kansas firearm laws regarding possession require that a person be at least 18 years of age. Minors under the age of 18 may possess firearms if under the supervision of a parent, legal guardian, or qualified instructor. A minor engaged in activities such as hunting, trapping, and competition shooting are allowed to possess firearms during the activities. This also includes the transportation of the firearm to and from the locations of such activities--including their related safety and instruction courses or classes--with the consideration that the firearm be unloaded and not in the immediate reach of the individual. Possession of firearms at the minor's place of residence is also allowed, in so far that permission is granted by a parent or guardian. Kansas firearm laws place a strict focus on situations that involve people convicted of felonies and the involvement of firearms..."

But don't let that get in the way of your reductionist and absurd narrative.

Chris Golledge 3 years, 2 months ago

Every child's death is a tragedy, but let's keep things in perspective.

... Motor vehicle accidents 35,303 ... Accidental discharge of firearms 591 Accidental drowning and submersion 3,556 ... http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr63/nvsr63_03.pdf

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