Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Parents Are Responsible For Gun Safety In The Home

In 2005, Congress passed the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act" to protect the firearms industry from stupid litigation.

Now, some parents want to sue Berretta (the world's oldest firearm manufacturer) for a shooting wherein a 13-year-old shot another 13-year-old while they were handling a pistol with no adult supervision. This is just one more example of where we have gone wrong as a society -- nobody wants to be responsible.

In this case, parents don't want to be responsible for the safety and behavior of their children. They don't want to be responsible for teaching their children how to be safe around guns. They don't want their children to be responsible for their own actions.

The firearms industry is the most heavily-regulated business in the nation. Thanks to the safety and education programs developed and offered by the NRA, the shooting sports are among the safest of sports (safer than soccer). Sure, any child's death is a tragedy, but it's time for the parents in this case to grow up a little bit and accept responsibility for that boy's death and the court must tell them exactly that.

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