JL - posted on 06/16/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )
So here I am visiting my family in Alabama and every morning that I have read their local newspaper the Huntsville Times I continuely see the same theme---gun related violence, gun deaths, and arugements over gun laws. Here is the deal the state of Alabama is ranked second in the nation for the number of gun deaths per capita and at the same time it is a state where the majority of households have guns as according to studies conducted by the Violence Policy Center.
The other five top states that topped the list for gun related deaths included Louisiana, Alaska, Mississppi, and Nevada all of which also have high gun ownership rates and weak gun laws. To me this just validates the reason behind the need for strong gun laws that enforce safe and responsible gun ownership.
The reality is that not only does irresponsible gun ownership put the children who live in the households with access to guns at a higher risk but it puts my childrens lives at a higher risk. Why as a parent would you not want to spend the extra time and money on buying a gun cabinent that keeps guns safely locked a way, why would you not vote for laws that enforce people to do this, why would you not want laws that prevent crazies and just plain irresponisble and dangerous people from having legal access to guns. I know I hear the arguements that locking up my gun will take away valuable seconds in the case of an intruder breaking into my home. Here is the fact-statistically you are less likely to have someone break into your home than you are at having your child get a hold of the loaded gun you have just merely placed on the top shelf with the safety on. It can take a child a matter of minutes to find a way to release the safety and shoot your, or themselves, or their siblings. So I aks is your child's life not as an important as the prospect of an intruder.
Today in the Huntsville Times I came across the headline-Boy, 10, dies after shooting by brother, playing with father's gun. Now this should not be happening yet statistically most of the children who die from gun shot wounds are shot by a legally owned gun.
Take into account that the states with stronger gun laws and lower rates of gun ownership have lower rates of gun related deaths and these states include Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Conneticut, and New York. States with stronger gun laws are considered to be the states that add significant state regulation in addition to federal alws and the states with requirements for minimum safety standards for guns which means there is a requirment of a permit, restriction on concealed -carry laws.
States with weaker gun laws are considered to be states that add little in addition to the federal restrictions and have permissive concealed-carry laws which allow civilians to carry concealed handguns.
I brought this issue up because I am tired of hearing the mantra that Obama and the Democrats want to take away my guns. I am worried because of the rise in hate groups. I am worried because in the recent acts of violence from the crazies they all ranted about protecting their gun ownership rights. I am worried because the one thing that has not been affected by the economy is the purchase of weapons. Once Obama came into office people starting stocking up on weapons and for what I ask. But I ask how the heck does enforcing responsible and safe gun ownership, protecting children, and preventing crazies from legally owning weapons through stronger gun laws violate personal rights and the Second Amendment.
I was taking a breakk from debating issues in the political debating moms community because I was at the point where I was letting my emotions get the best of me, but I posted this over in OM and Christa encouraged me to post this issue over, so I would like to know what everyone thinks concerning gun laws.