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Too Few Guns In Our Society

November 24, 2008

I was shocked to read that a kid did not have his own handgun so to easily shoot fellow teenagers.   I felt the kid’s mortification when he had to turn to his mother and use her gun in order to pump off a few rounds at the teens.  How embrassing!  I am sure he is going to be the laughingstock of the neighborhood now.  Surely the NRA can do something to assist all those who wish to shoot at others, and even provide a concealed weapons law so loaded weapons are available at all times.   Would it not have been better to have had all those teens being fired on to have their own loaded weapons?  Where is the outrage about not having these kids locked and loaded?  What is this world coming to when a shooter needs his mom to bring along the arsenal?  I hope the kid gets some therapy to undo the damage to his self-esteem, and then gets a gift card from the NRA for his own 9 mm handgun. 

Should we propose a voucher system so that city kids can have the same advantages that rural kids have with easy access to guns?  Might the NRA need a federal bailout so we can get more guns manufactured and into the hands of more people?  Come on people, there is a need for more handguns!

A Milwaukee mother was charged today with pulling a 9mm handgun out of her purse and handing it to her 16-year-old son so he could shoot a carload of teens arguing with him about a previous playground beating.

Wanda Young, 45, was charged with intentionally giving a dangerous weapon to a child and party to second-degree endangering safety while armed, felonies that carry a maximum penalty of 13½ years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint:

Young’s son is accused of firing the handgun at five family members last Wednesday on Milwaukee’s northwest side, hitting three siblings – a 14-year-old girl and her brothers, 15 and 17 – in the 9000 block of N. 95th St. They suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Police earlier identified the shooter as Young’s son Brian, who has been arrested twice before on burglary charges.

The 14-year-old victim told police she was in her mother’s car with her mother, her aunt and her two brothers looking for Brian Young to talk about her brother getting beaten up. Her brothers found Brian Young and another teen and fought with them. She said she saw Wanda Young come out of her home with her brown and tan purse, pull out a black handgun and give it to Brian Young, who fired it in the air as everyone ran back to her mother’s vehicle.

As the girl’s mother drove off, the 14-year-old told police she saw Brian Young fire at the vehicle several times, hitting her and her brothers as they sat in the back seat.

Police later discovered eight bullet holes in the vehicle.

  1. November 25, 2008 11:05 AM

    There needs to be a balance between rights and responsibilities. At the minimum, I would like to see a requirement for firearm safety courses prior to firearm ownership.

    Let me lay out some perspective:

    One of my brothers keeps firearms in his house. He has a gun cabinet and trigger-locks (both provided years ago by my parents in an attempt at safety) but uses neither. Last time we spoke on the subject, he admitted to leaving his weapons loaded.

    I served in the military which trained me in firearm safety, firearm maintenance and accuracy shooting in regards to handguns, semi-automatic rifles and machine guns. I do not own any firearms. I am a mother.

    As a mother, I agree with notalib that parents need to take more responsibility. My view on responsibility has led me to take the tact of forbidding my children from visiting their uncle’s home even when on an extended stay with the grandparents, teaching them to treat all firearms as loaded, instructing them not to touch firearms and notify an adult if they find one (they are only 5 and 7 after all!).

    However, parental responsibility is not enough. EVERYONE needs to take more responsibility. Unfortunately, this is not reality.

    My children are now at ages where they go to other children’s houses without me for birthday parties etc. My reach of protection is limited. If one of my children were to be shot because some parent (like my brother) keeps unsecured, loaded firearms around the house and/or another parent doesn’t teach children firearms are not toys. All arguments over the whys behind the happening would not soften my grief and outrage.

    We need balance; it is obvious. Some people are simply not responsible with their rights so what is the best way to achieve balance in light of this knowledge?

  2. notalib permalink
    November 24, 2008 9:21 PM

    If the guns are being left out it is not the guns fault but the idiots who own the guns. you libs can whine and cry all you want, but the 2nd Amendment is in the Constitution to protect Americans from people just like you,

  3. rwd permalink
    November 24, 2008 5:31 PM

    The trash would be the gun manufacturers.

  4. Vail permalink
    November 24, 2008 5:28 PM

    Why do you Notalib just assume that there is no father in the house? I bet you there is. I am sick of the “guns don’t kill people, people do” argument. I hear all the time of young children who are killed by guns left out where they can get at them. I wouldn’t hand out a grenade nillywilly to someone, why would I give them a gun? Until people stop acting like idiots, then we need to make some rules to protect the rest of us.

  5. notalib permalink
    November 24, 2008 3:48 PM

    And again in typical liberal thinking the problem here is the gun, not the parent who has no moral standards, not that there probably is no father in the house, not the fact that he has a criminal record and is a worthless piece of trash already, nope the problem here is because of an illegal hand gun. So now we need to rush out an punish all of the millions on men, women and children who obey the law because of some inner city trash. BTW, I on NO guns sorry to disappoint you antigun nuts.

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