“Whenever tragedies occur like the one that engulfed Jeanine LePage and her family in Tabernacle, we ask ourselves how this could have been prevented.” So says Carole Stiller, President of the NJ Million Mom March, at the dailyrecord.com. “While there are many unanswered questions about what led to this tragedy, we cannot forget this simple truth: Too many shootings occur because proper weight has not been given to the risks that come with gun ownership.” In other words . . .
People are too stupid to remove guns from their homes when their homes are inhabited by the mentally ill. Which could very well be them! So society should step-up and remove firearms from these troubled souls. For their own good. Better yet, society should prevent them, the troubled souls, from acquiring guns in the first place.
Only Ms. Stiller doesn’t have the cojones to make that argument. Instead she dances around disarmament, hiding her true intentions behind emotionally-laden generalizations.
A gun in the home increases the risk of an unintentional shooting, suicide and homicide to the women and children who live with guns. A gun in the home can turn a stressful situation, whether it’s around money or relationships, deadly. But we can prevent many of these tragedies by helping families understand these risks so they make better choices around gun ownership and use.
A young child can find a gun and accidentally shoot a friend or himself. Or a depressed teen could decide to easily end it all. And once a gun is no longer required by the original owner (due to death, other means of protection, etc.), the weapon should be removed from the home.
Who, exactly, is going to “help” families to understand the risks of gun ownership? Somehow I don’t think the NRA’s on Ms. Stiller’s imaginary list of firearms counsellors. By the same token, who exactly should identify at-risk gun owners and/or their families and disarm them?
We as a community also share a responsibility to recognize when people are in crisis and ensure they do not have access to a gun.
And there you have it; the kindler, gentler face of civilian disarmament. Is anyone fooled by this firearms folderol? Unfortunately, yes. How sad, make that dangerous is that?