How young is too young for a gun? Death of 2-year-old raises question

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  • airnaut Everett, 00
    May 6, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    Happy Valley Heretic
    Orem, UT
    Brahmabull, why do you wan to take away his 2nd Amendment right to arm himself.
    What part of "shall not be infringed" do you not understand?


    Ya -- the gun-lobby thinks you can't "Constitutionally ban" weapons from ANYONE....including children, criminals and the mentally insane.

    The blood of this child is on the hands of all uber-pro-gun kooks....

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 5, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    This is where the pro-gun lobby's argument breaks down. When they throw out the tired old "protect my family against intruders" argument, what they fail to tell you is those same family members the gun is supposed to protect are far more likely to kill themselves or another family member with the gun than an intruder.

    The bottom line is gun ownership for protection is a red herring...what it boils down to is gun owners like having guns because it gives them a feeling of power.

  • A Liberal Crank santaquin, UT
    May 4, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    As a liberal I would say that juvenile should be supervised with an adult if using a firearm. The younger they are the the closer the supervision needs to be. I would also say that guns should be secured to protect children from thinking they would be fun to show their off to their friends.

    As a conservative: I would you say you it's never to soon to practice your right to bare arms. If a fetus had one, they could defend themselves against abortion. If you start taking away guns from kids; teens will be next, then adults. Then how will we defend oursleves from... the USA. You know, from ourselves. It's a slippery slope when you start talking about limiting our children's 2nd Amendment rights. Gun control is not the answer.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 4, 2013 6:52 a.m.

    Did the kid have an NRA membership card in his pocket? If he did, then it's all okay. Even little folks have their rights. What part of "shall not be infringed" don't you all understand? Where is there an age limit in the Second Amendment?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    May 3, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    Brahmabull, why do you wan to take away his 2nd Amendment right to arm himself.
    What part of "shall not be infringed" do you not understand?

    This is the 3rd time in as many weeks that a child has shot by another child playing with guns, how can the NRA or any rabid gun worshiper defend this kind of nonsense?

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    May 3, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    Children and guns is a fascinating topic.

    A few years ago one of the networks did a little experiment with kids. They explained to them if they encountered a gun, they should leave it alone and tell an adult, they must not play with it. To the astonishment of gun-owning parents who had repeatedly trained their kids on how to properly deal with a situation where a gun is found, the experiment showed a high percentage of the time the kids went ahead and played with the guns.

    On the other hand, thinking about the issue from the pro-gun standpoint, where bad guys can attack from any direction, at anytime, at anyplace... isn't it really a form a child abuse to *not* allow children to defend themselves from bad guys? I mean, if your 10 year old goes to the ice cream store and a bad guy comes in, why does the 10 year old have to be defenseless?

    We're told incessantly that the police can't be everywhere, and that's why citizens need the right to carry weapons. Doesn't the exact same logic apply to children?

  • Res Novae Ashburn, VA
    May 3, 2013 4:04 p.m.

    Mistake 1: giving a gun to a 5-year old.

    Mistake 2: failing to secure the gun when not in use.

    Mistake 3: not ensuring that the unsecured weapon was unloaded.

    My heart aches for the boy and his parents. But this was foolishness and utterly preventable.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    May 3, 2013 3:37 p.m.

    A child at the age of 5 has no business with a gun. He cannot make decisions relating to gun safety. Nobody under the age of 10 should be shooting a gun, and even then it should be supervised. How can anybody think it is ok for a 5 year old to have access to a deadly weapon? That is nuts.