Hold Parents Responsible For Children With Guns

Authorities say a shooting Thursday at an eastern Idaho middle school has injured two students and a custodian. A male student was taken into custody. The parents of the shooter need to be held accountable.

Today we have to again stress a hard truth. This blog has repeatedly stated parents of young people who use guns to shoot, kill, and create violence also need to be held accountable. Some adult is responsible for the fact the shooter was able to place their hands on these weapons. There is no way that any sane person can say parental/adult actions, such as with this shooting, should not be addressed by a law that makes sure there is a responsibility shared by those who help to foster the violent outcomes.

The NRA has plenty of responsibility for the number of guns in our society and the ease with which anyone can get a deadly weapon. But when it comes to children with guns there also has to be a question asked–where the hell was the parent? It might also be a good time to ask if parents are not able to control their offspring then perhaps they should forfeit their children’s tax credits. The rest of society should not have to continually pay the price for bad parenting.

I am not surprised, but still appalled, that most politicians are dancing around the issue of gun shootings in schools and only willing to provide the most careful of responses to the glaring spotlight of too many guns in the nation and a far too easy means of access to these deadly weapons.

Readers know how I feel about guns and the lack of spine from our elected officials when it comes to not legislating for meaningful gun control.  I have nothing positive to say about the NRA.

But it also needs saying–as I have done over and over with so many issues–that there needs to be some personal responsibility for this violence.

We must have parents feeling the weight of the laws when they can not safeguard guns, or control a child who has serious issues that underscore why they should never have access to a gun.

And so it goes.