WTVM 9/2/13 Editorial: Kids and gun safety

WTVM 9/2/13 Editorial: Kids and gun safety

(WTVM) - It's a controversial topic that isn't going away thanks to recent news stories: kids somehow getting their hands on deadly weapons.

In the gun rights debate, everyone agrees on one thing: the responsibility to keep guns out of the hands of a child.

There have been several news stories about kids 18 and under who got a hold of a gun, with deadly results.

In Montgomery, a 13 and a 15 year old were just charged with killing a 19-year-old.

And there's the high profile Georgia case of an 18-year-old shooting an infant in the head in Brunswick. The alleged accomplice is only 15 years old.

Then there is the case of a three-year-old Michigan boy killed when he shot himself in the head with a gun he found on a closet floor. The owner of the gun thought he had locked it securely in a closet - but that was not the case.

Someone must be held accountable. Gun ownership demands responsibility and most gun owners are responsible. Locking guns and ammunition separately is a good start.

Teaching children that guns are not toys is another proven safety measure.

We would like to see more news stories on how to be responsible gun owners and less stories about kids getting guns with tragic results.

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