Welcome to Common Gunsense

I hope this blog will provoke some thoughtful reflection about the issue of guns and gun violence. I am passionate about the issue and would love to change some misperceptions and the culture of gun violence in America by sharing with readers words, photos, videos and clips from articles to promote common sense about gun issues. Many of you will agree with me- some will not. I am only one person but one among many who think it's time to do something about this national problem. The views expressed by me in this blog do not represent any group with which I am associated but are rather my own personal opinions and thoughts.

Monday, July 26, 2010

An answer to "How do kids get guns?"

A few days ago I asked, and partially answered, "where do kids get their guns?" This was in response to a shooting of a 13 year old by other teens in some sort of dispute. Isn't it perverse to think of kids shooting at each other? There is really something wrong when shooting incidents such as that in the Brooklyn Park suburb of Minneapolis happen. But happen they do. Again in Minnesota, and from today's Star Tribune, here is another incident of a child with a gun almost succeeding in a mass school shooting. The students and teachers of this Hastings, Minnesota middle school must still have bad dreams about how close they came to becoming victims of a troubled teen with a gun.

So the answer to the question of where this Minnesota teen got his gun is simple- from the home of his foster parents. He knew where the key to the gun cabinet was and he just took it. Easy. One does have to wonder what these foster parents were thinking- or more accurately, what they weren't thinking. Surely anyone with common sense understands that kids know where the guns in the home are stored and also know how to get them. Guns are weapons designed to kill and not to be cavalierly stored in homes. Great pains must be taken to make sure they are securely stored with the ammuntion in a separate place. The only reason a tragedy was averted was because the boy had the wrong kind of ammunition! Further, this boy was known to have problems which makes this situation worse. So let's get real and do something sensible to stop these type of shootings or almost shootings. Lives depend on it.

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