Keep guns away from chil­dren

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

As noted in the Oct. 20 ed­i­to­rial “Pre­ventable ‘ac­ci­dents,’ ” pos­si­bly the most tragic el­e­ment of our na­tional im­mer­sion in guns is that chil­dren are re­peat­edly able to get hold of firearms and take the lives of other chil­dren or their par­ents or other adults. What must it be like for a child to have to live with that ex­pe­ri­ence and his­tory? We are told that th­ese are tragic ac­ci­dents. In fact, they are com­pletely pre­ventable tragedies.

We are told that re­spon­si­ble gun own­ers will be un­duly bur­dened by any reg­u­la­tion of gun and am­mu­ni­tion rights. Re­spon­si­ble gun own­ers would not al­low chil­dren ac­cess to their firearms.

Amid heated con­tro­versy re­gard­ing any reg­u­la­tion or lim­i­ta­tion of gun rights, I would pro­pose that any­one who pro­vides, de­lib­er­ately or in­ad­ver­tently, a firearm used by a child to in­jure or kill an­other hu­man be­ing should be per­ma­nently banned from own­ing or pos­sess­ing any type of firearm.

Could this most ba­sic gun pro­posal sur­vive the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion and gun lovers every­where?

Janet Lee, Takoma Park

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