Gun Violence…particularly among school-aged kids. That’s the problem. Columbine. Connecticut. And more. The proposed solutions? Outlaw violent video games. Outlaw gun possession–not just assault rifles and extended magazines–but all privately owned guns. Dismantle the Constitutional Amendments…for our own good, of course. And while some of these wild-eyed responses, above, occasionally carry nuggets or crumbs of common sense, neither the right nor the left, neither politicians nor talk show hosts, discuss the one control that seems missing from, at least, the gun killings in schools.
What adult bought the guns and therefore is responsible for the guns used in each of these incidents? And what legal repercussions should there be for adults who allow teens and adolescents to gain access to guns? In my opinion: if you, supposedly the “adult,” purchases a gun–particularly a semi-automatic pistol–you should be required to ensure no teenager, adolescent, or child can access that gun. It doesn’t matter if that teen is or isn’t playing COD or, God forbid, Grand Theft Auto, or does or doesn’t take pyschotropic meds, or is or isn’t into Goth. That teen has no business accessing a weapon of this nature without supervision.
You, the adult purchaser of said weapon, should face serious charges, perhaps manslaughter or murder accessory charges, in the event your weapon is used in a deadly manner by your child. It should be the law. If it is the law already, it should be enforced and publicized.