Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Article: Guns are not made with children in mind

A short article about the lethal purpose of guns, how easily they are fired, and the danger of having them around children, in light of the recent shootings in Washington state: 

From the article:  "Experts: Guns are not made with Children in mind"

"There's no such thing as a safe gun. The point of a gun is that it is dangerous," said John Clark, a firearms instructor at Wade's Eastside Gun Shop in Bellevue, Wash. "Its primary purpose is to kill people, and sometimes we lose sight of that fact."
Clark said it is up to individual gun owners, not manufacturers, to ensure that firearms are safe around children. In fact, he said most firearms do not have a safety switch, but instead are equipped with "passive controls" to ensure the gun doesn't fire unless the trigger is pressed.

Many popular pistols, however, take just five pounds of pressure to fire, making it relatively easy for a toddler to pull the trigger. 

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