Why Monitoring Guns in America is Necessary
by jpd95 on February 2, 2015 - 9:20pm
Another case for gun control in the United States has come up. A toddler in New Mexico reached into his mother’s purse to grab an iPod – but instead he pulled out a 9mm handgun.
According to the article on the Montreal Gazette website, written by the National Post and published on January 2, 2015, merely seconds after picking up the handgun the three-year-old child accidently fired one shot. The shot “hit his father in the buttock”, went through and “then struck his mother in the shoulder”. The parents were taken to hospital and are expected to survive. His mother, however, is “eight months pregnant” and is described “as ‘seriously’ injured”.
This shooting is the “latest in which a young child fired [an] … unsecured weapon” whether by accident or by playing with the weapon. In 75% of cases where a child shot dead by accidents in the USA, another child fired the weapon. Last month in Missouri, “a five-year-old shot dead his nine-month brother”, the child had found his grandfather’s loaded pistol. In Idaho last December “a mother was shopping at a Walmart store died after her two-year-old son reached into her purse and accidently fired her handgun”.
I firmly believe that if a country’s government decides to not implement gun control, as is the case in the United States, people who are purchasing weapons needs to be better educated as to how easy it is for a gun to go off. People need to also be educated as to how to properly store a handgun and how to make sure accidents cannot happen. Parents need to also take every precaution possible to make sure their children do not have access to the weapon at any time.