Amy’s Life in Brief

Such a sad story
June 14, 2009, 7:17 pm
Filed under: child neglect, death, family life, grief, youth | Tags: , ,

I heard about this story on the radio today. It is just so sad. Because of my profession you would think I would take an absolute stand against guns. It’s probably pretty close to absolute, being absolutely against having guns in the same home as children. However, I did grow up in a household with guns. My father is still a hunter and owns guns. I understand that some people find guns as a recreational outlets and find some sense of security in having them in their homes. I, however, do not hunt and have no desire to have any type of firearm in my home.

What I cannot understand, having grown up in a household with guns and where guns where treated with respect and care, is how a gun could get into a child’s hand. We would have, as children, been unable to get to the guns in our home. It’s likely had someone broke into our home while we were there, the guns in our home would have been little use.

It’s this sort of situation that makes me feel like we really should have strict gun laws. Did this child’s parents have adequate education about how to keep guns safely in their home, so that they could keep their children safe? Did they have enough respect for the power of guns? Is that something that can be taught? What ever sense of security the parents got from having a gun in their home, was it worth the ultimate cost?