Gun control advocates often bemoan the lack of “debate” over “gun safety” (i.e. gun control). Truth be told, their call for a “discussion” over “common sense gun laws” is nothing more than a demand that society embrace their vision of civilian disarmament. They’re about as interested in genuine debate as they are in discussing the relative merits of one type of hollow point self-defense ammunition vs. another. So when something bad happens involving a firearm, they don’t spend a femto-second contemplating the fact that positive firearms-related outcomes outweigh negative firearms-related outcomes. In other words, defensive gun uses more than make-up for the carnage caused by negligent discharges. Let’s start with the bad news . . .
A toddler reaching for an iPod in his mother’s purse grabbed a loaded gun instead before shooting both his parents in an Albuquerque motel room on Saturday, according to news reports.
Police said the bullet hit the father in the buttock and the mother, who is eight months pregnant, in her right shoulder, but did not strike a 2-year-old child who was also in the room. . .
“This case will be forwarded to the DA’s office and pending charges of felony criminal negligence will be reviewed on both parents,” Albuquerque police spokesman Simon Drobik said, according to ABC news.
“The Albuquerque Police Department cannot emphasize enough that if you choose to be a gun owner ALWAYS secure and lock up your firearm out of the reach of children and adolescents,” Drobik added in a news release on Saturday, according to KOB-TV.
That’s The Washington Post‘s take on a clear and compelling case of negligence.
Now I don’t expect WaPo scribe Peter Holley to put the heart-tugging tale into its proper perspective. The fact that tens of millions of children grow up around firearms without any firearms-related injury is not the story here. But I would expect – sorry, hope – that the paper would give equal time to this sort of item [via mlive.com]:
Deputies from the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department responded around 3:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 to a Five Lakes Road home where the girl was home alone when a vehicle pulled into the driveway.
A Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office news release states one person knocked on all the doors and forced their way inside the home when there was no response. The girl locked herself inside a bathroom closet with a shotgun.
The suspect eventually opened the bathroom door and closet where the child was hiding with the weapon. The girl aimed the shotgun at the suspect, whom then fled from the home.
Police said the girl was not harmed during the encounter.
Whom fled? I don’t think that one wouldn’t have made it past the Post’s editors. But I also reckon the Post won’t report this child-involved defensive gun use. Or the fact that even the most conservative estimates of defensive gun uses indicates that Americans’ gun rights are a net positive for society. And that’s without considering civilian gun ownership’s deterrent effect on government-sponsored genocide. (Trust me: it’s a thing.)
Luckily, we now have alternative media to establish an editorial balance. Are we as a nation getting the message that guns are good for society? I doubt it. Cynical as it may sound, I believe that the expansion of gun rights has more to do with self-protection than public morality. And you know what? I’m OK with that. You?