The only way to be a safe gun owner is to
- be prepared to kill someone, which means knowing when someone should be killed, knowing that you aren’t going to hurt anyone else, and being willing to live with the consequences of that choice, whatever they are, including life in prison or death
- know where every gun you own is at all times, including when it is not in your possession, which means you don’t really know where it is
- know where every bullet you own is at all times, including when it is not in your possession, which means you don’t really know where they are
- know where every bullet you fire will land, which has never been done in the history of gun ownership
So, in other words, it’s not possible. And gun owners, by the fact that they own guns despite this impossibility, and because they insist are the exceptions to these facts, are the least responsible people to own guns. But this is how it so often is: the ones who don’t know how much they don’t know think they know the most.
And it kills children.
Look at this beautiful boy, Zackery Kempke, killed by a responsible gun owner.
This week, a 14-year-old-boy–the same age as my oldest–was killed when a stray bullet entered his family’s car. They were on a drive to look at fall leaves. He was killed instantly, and his siblings and parents are scarred for life.
A target shooter–someone very responsible, no doubt, didn’t realize that there was a road beyond where he was shooting. In other words, he couldn’t be bothered to make sure he knew where every bullet would land.
The parents don’t want to make this about gun rights or gun control. And, in Utah, how could they? They already know the truth: that gun owners in the state are okay with children dying, with whole junior high schools in mourning. That’s the cost of gun ownership, and they will sacrifice their own children to it.