June 04, 2009

Great Moments in Parenting

A five-year-old kindergarten student was found with a handgun at my child's elementary school (name removed) in Raleigh, NC today. Don't bother to check the news, as that information hasn't been released to media outlets, just sent out as a phone alert to the parents of students, who are—at least at this moment—unaware of the prepubescent gunmen in their midst.

We were assured that the gun they recovered was unloaded, and from the moment it was discovered, that no student saw or touched it. Would that make you feel better if it was your child's school? Frankly, the seeing it isn't what concerns me.

I'm all in favor of having guns in schools. I think concealed carry permit holders should be allowed on college campuses as faculty, staff, and students, and would feel comfortable—actually, more comfortable—if I knew that public school faculty and administrators were empowered to act as a last line of defense against prospective school shooters.

But I also know you must always treat all guns as being loaded weapons all the time, and you simply cannot put them where children and irresponsible adults in your home can access them. Owning a firearm is a right, but it is also a serious responsibility.

Wake County law enforcement is dealing with the child, and his family.

I'm simply thankful that this time around no one is having to deal with the coroner.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at June 4, 2009 02:55 PM

So, so SO glad my parents taught us basic gun safety-- which, at that age, boiled down to "do not touch, not a toy, don't even play with strange toy guns."

Thank goodness nobody got hurt.

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