“KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sha’Quille Kornegay, 2 years old, was buried in a pink coffin, her favorite doll by her side and a tiara strategically placed to hide the self-inflicted gunshot wound to her forehead.She had been napping in bed with her father, Courtenay Block, late last month when she discovered the 9-millimeter handgun he often kept under his pillow in his Kansas City, Mo., home. It was equipped with a laser sight that lit up like the red lights on her cousins’ sneakers. Mr. Block told the police he woke to see Sha’Quille by his bed, bleeding and crying, the gun at her feet. A bullet had pierced her skull.”
Source: One Week in April, Four Toddlers Shot and Killed Themselves – The New York Times
This story breaks my heart. To be allowed to buy a gun, a citizen should have to go through a background check, buy a license, take a course, and pass a difficult exam. Hand guns should only be owned by law enforcement, professional security personnel, and military. Hand gun violence is reported to be much lower in countries with strict gun controls.
I am not sure that the adults who made these mistakes should be prosecuted as felons. They have been punished by their loss. We need less incarceration, and more support for the poor, the careless and even the stupid. Instead of destroying them and their families further, take away permanently, their right to own guns.
“The question of whether the lawsuit will be allowed to proceed is at issue because Congress, prodded by the gun lobby, in 2005 foolishly granted the gun industry nearly complete immunity from legal claims and damages from the criminal use of guns.The Sandy Hook parents argue that their suit should continue because that law, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, allows claims against companies — gun shop dealers, for example — if they knew or should have known that the weapons they sold were likely to risk injury to others. The parents contend that the maker of the Bushmaster is no less culpable because it knowingly marketed a risky war weapon to civilians.”
Source: The Right to Sue the Gun Industry – The New York Times
The Supreme Court held in 2008 that the Second Amendment conferred a right “to keep and bear arms.” But it did not prohibit strong gun laws.”
Source: Effective Firearms Regulation Is Constitutional
“Ms. Bailey was right: Being killed by a falling object is extremely rare. On average, about 680 Americans each year die this way, or about two people per million. The accident was seen as so unusual that it became national news, covered by CNN, The Los Angeles Times, MSN and The Daily Beast.Yet in other developed countries, there is another cause of death that is just as rare: homicide by gun.In Germany, for example, about two out of every million people are fatally shot by another person each year — making such events as uncommon there as the campers’ deaths in Yosemite. Gun homicides are just as rare in several other European countries, including the Netherlands and Austria. In the United States, two per million is roughly the death rate for hypothermia or plane crashes.”
Source: In Other Countries, You’re as Likely to Be Killed by a Falling Object as by a Gun – The New York Times
“In California, some gun smugglers use FedEx. In Chicago, smugglers drive just across the state line into Indiana, buy a gun and drive back. In Orlando, Fla., smugglers have been known to fill a $500 car with guns and send it on a ship to crime rings in Puerto Rico.In response to mass shootings in the last few years, more than 20 states, including some of the nation’s biggest, have passed new laws restricting how people can buy and carry guns. Yet the effect of those laws has been significantly diluted by a thriving underground market for firearms brought from states with few restrictions.”
Source: How Gun Traffickers Get Around State Gun Laws – The New York Times
“States and countries that have gun limits have far fewer gun deaths than those that do not, he said. “So we know there are ways to prevent it,” he said.
He pointed out that the government responds to mine disasters by insisting on safer mines, to weather disasters by improving community safety, and to highway deaths by fixing roads and insisting that drivers wear seatbelts.”
Source: Obama Condemns ‘Routine’ of Mass Shootings, Says U.S. Has Become Numb – The New York Times