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Toddlers and Access to Guns… A Recipe for Disaster!


We would like to think that it would be self-evident that if guns are accessible to babies in a home, that this is a recipe for disaster. We would hope that adults–if they have the sense that God gave geese–would lock away their weapons in a high place in their home or garage and spend the extra nickel it might cost to purchase a gun safe, ultimately, to ensure the safety of their family and their family’s friends, relatives and anyone who might visit their home.

It’s a given, children get into things.  And, what is it about babies who gain access to guns, a worst case situation, that people do not seem to understand?  Children, especially toddlers, are curious and they put everything in their mouths. This scenario replays over and over again in cities and towns throughout this country.  And it needs to stop.

People… parents, and I use the term loosely… who allow this situation to occur should be charged with reckless endangerment, at a minimum, or worse…

According to Chicago Tribune’s article published online August 23, 2014, it was reported that a 3-year old boy was (no doubt, accidentally) shot in Chicago’s West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, about 7:30 p.m.  A boy in a closet with at least one other child was playing with a gun.  It discharged hitting the 3-year old in the head. The boy’s father took the gun and fled the scene. The article said, “It is unclear whether the boy’s mother was at the home.” (per Tribune Reporters Williams-Harris, Perez, and Gorner, 8/23/2014).

What is wrong with this picture?  Plenty.  Need we say more?

Author: Marianne Halterman

Marianne is a member of the SafeKids Coalition of the Central Shenandoah Valley.

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