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Guns 'n' kids

I have been mulling over "Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll," part of a New York Times series called Bearing Arms: Examining the gun industry’s influence and the availability of firearms in America. This article found that there are considerably more "innocent victims than official records show," that is, "Children shot accidentally—usually by other children—are collateral casualties of the accessibility of guns in America, their deaths all the more devastating for being eminently preventable."

Honestly, I don't even know how to think about this in any way that is sympathetic to (most) gun owners. I kinda sorta make an exception for hunting, although by Jewish tradition, we aren't to eat anything that hasn't been slaughtered humanely, meaning quickly. So hunting is out, even if not banned.

I hold with the mother of one such victim who said, "My child living is more important to me than somebody stealing my flat screen.”

I was going to post a stock shot of a gun to go with this post, but just looking at them was too creepy. The stories are too sad.
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