As TTAG has reported, there have been three firearms accidents involving children in Washington state over the last three weeks. While one wonders how many automobile accidents have claimed young lives in the same time frame, gun control advocates’ reaction to the trio of tragedies was depressingly predictable. On Wednesday, the Seattle Times ran an article on the accidents: After third child is shot, some say state’s gun laws are too lax. Only not really. The piece was hardly gung-ho for gun control. Into the breach steps letter writer Bob Geary, who proclaims that “We need to stop killing children with their elder’s guns.” Mr. Geary follows his outrageous statement with a three-part plan to prevent firearms accidents involving children . . .
First, all guns must be registered so we know who owns them and where they should be. This should be a national database.
Second, gun owners must have liability insurance for their weapons, as we require of the owners of automobiles.
Third, the owner must prove that he/she possesses an effective trigger lock for each weapon.
In time, common sense will prevail among responsible gun owners, who are the vast majority, and the liability insurance industry will identify and deny insurance to the miscreants who are the cause of the problem.
The Second Amendment was not intended to institutionalize stupidity. Reasonable people can make reasonable accommodations to prevent future tragedies.
“Reasonable people” might beg to differ.