Three Children Killed, Injured in Separate Shootings Proves Need for Laxer Gun Laws

Jul 13, 2011 at 7:50 am
click to enlarge That's right. Open the floodgates.
That's right. Open the floodgates.
Here's what happened between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in and around St. Louis last night.

  • A three-year-old girl in south city found a gun belonging to her dad's girlfriend and accidentally shot herself in the head while playing with the weapon. She's dead.
  • A twelve-year-old boy in north city was shot in the neck while playing basketball. Witnesses say a teenager walked up to the boy and fired about four rounds. The victim is in critical condition.
  • A thirteen-year-old girl in East St. Louis shot herself in the side while playing with a gun she found in her home. She remains hospitalized.

So, what's the solution to this senseless and horrific violence? The answer is clear. More guns!!

In the case of the two girls who accidentally shot themselves yesterday: If only a few more handguns had been lying around their homes, perhaps they would have chosen a weapon to play with that was more difficult to engage. And maybe, just maybe, they'd be okay today.

And the boy shot while playing basketball? He should have been armed himself! Last week Missouri governor Jay Nixon signed into law a bill backed by the NRA that lowers the age for concealed-carry to 21. Clearly, that's not low enough.

If National Rifle Association really wants to protect American families (as it claims), it should push to eliminate any and all age restrictions concerning guns. If only the three-year-old killed yesterday had been able to apply for a concealed-carry permit, she'd have been forced to take the gun training that could have saved her life.

The time is ripe, NRA. Seize the opportunity from last night's tragic shootings of children, and help us deliver the laxer gun laws that can make America a safer place!