|courtesy of the Violence Policy Center|
Having 2 young grandchildren who attend day care, I get shivers just thinking about their teachers or parents of some children carrying guns around while caring for them or coming to pick up their kids. There is a code box on the door to their day care center so that strangers cannot get inside. That is good protection and makes me feel better about their safety during the day. I suppose it is possible that some crazed person would actually enter a day care facility with a gun and attempt to shoot young children. As sick as that is, it has, of course happened. In 1999, a member of an Aryan nation hate group sprayed 70 rounds at a day care center with his Uzi automatic weapon. Five were injured, including several children. Who can forget the photo of those children being led across the street by the police all in a row? I know I can't. This event terrorized the neighborhood and the community of Grenada Hills in the Los Angeles area. It was also the impetus for the 2000 Million Mom March. The answer to this rare event is not more guns in day care centers. It is to stop these crazed people who shouldn't have guns from getting them in the first place. Why is it that prevention is never on the mind of the NRA? It is more into punishment after a shooting has happened or vigilante justice to attempt to stop a shooting as it is happening- something that will just not yield the imagined results.
And speaking of children, how old is a child anyway? When I say that 8 children a day die from gun injuries, that includes children up to age 19. I don't know about you, but my kids were my children while they lived in my home and attended public K-12 school. Even now, my 2 children are young adults with children of their own. When someone asks me how many children I have, the answer is 2. They don't ask how many young adults I have or how many teen-agers I have. Some take issue with the gun control groups using the figure of 8 child gun deaths a day. Here is a recent comment"