From an article:
Susie Tracy of the Washington State Medical Association said, “I think there is a lot of interest in the public in safeguarding our children, and we certainly encourage you to move forward in some manner to do that.”
Some are pushing to require gun owners to use firearm locks and safe storage, an idea some lawmakers are already considering.
“I’m all for using safety devices on firearms, that really ought to be much more strict,” Goodman said.
But Brian Judy of the National Rifle Association said, “I have to ask again, why are we doing this for firearms? What’s the point?”
Obviously, the point is that, in many homes, guns are not secured away from children, and tragedies result. But this doesn't sit well with the philosophy of the NRA that there should be no reasonable restraints of any kind with guns.
Here at the Kid Shootings blog, we have so far chronicled at least 278 unintentional shootings so far this year across the nation, most of which are due to children accessing guns. We have also chronicled at least 131 cases where guns were taken by kids onto school property, 35 of which resulted in shootings.
As we detail on another page, Child Access Prevention (CAP) laws are common-sense legislation that require gun owners to store their weapons in such a way as to prevent access by minors without appropriate supervision. As of 2008, 27 states and the District of Columbia had CAP laws, according to a Legal Community Against Violence February 2008 report. At least three large cities also have CAP laws (Chicago, Cleveland, and Portland).
See our CAP Law page for more relevant statistics.