I'm going to dispense with my usual snarky commentary for these two stories from the news, because there's just too much of this sort of thing happening in this country for it to be treated as anything but tragic.
On Saturday night, a Wilson County, Tennessee, Sheriffs Department deputy's wife was shot and killed by a four year-old boy at the woman's home during a cookout. The deputy had taken a relative into his bedroom to show him a rifle he had purchased. In order to get to the rifle, the off-duty deputy had to take a pistol from the closet, which he then placed on the bed. His wife and a four year-old boy entered the room, the child picked up the gun and it discharged, killing the woman instantly. No charges are expected to be filed, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
In Toms River, New Jersey, a four year-old boy found a loaded .22 rifle in his parents home, then took it outside where he shot and killed a six year-old who was standing 15 yards away. The child's parents were not home at the time of the shooting.
They say "Guns don't kill people, people do". They say that a lot.
But in these two tragic cases, what are the odds that this kind of thing could have happened had there not been guns within reach of children?
Tennessee's one of the nation's worst states for accidental gun fatalities, according to this chart:
|State||Accidental firearm deaths 1999-2010||Rate per 100,000 people|
A slew of GOP Senators is threatening to filibuster any gun control legislation, even though over 3,000 Americans have been murdered with guns since the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut last December. In less than four months, more people have died from gun related deaths than were killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.Where's the gun control equivalent of The Patriot Act for those people? Why aren't our legislators as eager to protect our citizens from one another as they were to protect them from terrorists?
Maybe terrorists should get a lobby as powerful as the NRA, then they work with impunity in America.