Monday, May 6, 2013

Shot to Hell

One of the bright ideas to emerge from the recently-concluded NRA convention in Houston was for parents to store their guns in their kids’ room.

The course was taught by Rob Pincus, who owns the popular firearm instruction company I.C.E. Training. Pincus argued that, in the event of a home invasion, parents would instinctually run to their children’s room anyway, they might as well have a gun stored there to kill two birds with one stone.

“Kill” being not the best choice of words here.

A 2-year-old Kentucky girl was accidentally killed by her 5-year-old brother who fired a rifle he had been given as a gift, officials said Wednesday.

Cumberland County Coroner Gary L. White said an autopsy of Caroline Starks showed the toddler had died from a single shot from the .22-caliber rifle. The death has been ruled accidental and no charges will be filed, he said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“Most everybody in town is pretty devastated by this,” White said. “Nobody wants to take anyone’s guns away, but you’ve got to keep them out of harm’s way for the kids. It’s a safety issue.”

The girl, Caroline Starks, was in her Burkesville, Ky., home when her brother fired the rifle he had been given as a birthday present about 1 p.m. Tuesday. The mother had just stepped outside the house for a moment, White said. The child was pronounced dead at Cumberland County Hospital.

The rifle used in the accident is a Crickett designed for children and sold under the slogan “My First Rifle,” according to the company’s website. It is a smaller weapon designed for children and comes with a shoulder stock in child-like colors including pink and swirls.

Marketing real guns for kids is along the same lines as putting Jack Daniel’s in a sippy cup so that kids can learn early on the joys of drinking and that just a little snort every so often — if done in moderation — is actually going to teach them how not to get shitfaced.  Because kids know all there is to know about self-control.

My guess is that these people who are in favor of storing guns in their kids’ bedrooms are violently opposed to giving away condoms to high school kids or allowing 15-year-olds to get the morning-after pill because that will only teach them to have sex.  Just a hunch.

By the way, if anyone thought the NRA might back off from its reactionary and wingnutsery stands after Newtown and the fact that 9 out of 10 people in the country are in favor of universal background checks and restrictions on gun clips, they are proceeding from a false assumption.  The new president of the NRA, Jim Porter of Birmingham, Alabama, is an unreconstructed gun nut who claims that Barack Obama is a “fake president” and that the Civil War was really “The War of Northern Aggression,” a term used mainly by the Klan.

Mr. Porter is also an attorney who has spent a lot of time defending gun manufacturers from lawsuits, so any pretense that the NRA is just a group of gun enthusiasts and isn’t a cover for the arms dealers is pretty well shot to hell, so to speak.

3 barks and woofs on “Shot to Hell

  1. Well, y’know, iff’n Caroline had been armed wi’ wonadem pretty pink 9 mils from that Komen Foundation, she woulda been able to defend herself.

    “An armed society is a polite society.” Especially for the under-seven crowd.

  2. Some Americans are obsessed with guns. To store a gun in a child’s room is ridiculous. What is wrong with people?

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