I couldn’t help, but pause yesterday during Christmas and remember the families grieving in Newtown as they dealt with their first Christmas without their precious children. As we continue to process the gun control debate in this country there is so much to consider.
My wish is that guns were outlawed altogether. Even I realize that is extreme. I understand there is a time for compromise. I continue to debate alternatives that may make our kids and our society safer.
The nation is already discussing the ban on semi-automatic weapons. I think that is something that we will hopefully see happen. I think there is also another option that should be considered.
In this country, we have determined that if parents serve alcohol to minors we hold them responsible. Here is the following language from VA:
Parents may be held responsible if someone, as a result of alcohol use:
- Gets into a fight and hurts someone.
- Falls and hurts themselves or someone else.
- Sexually assaults someone.
- Damages property.
- Dies from drinking too much.
- Injures or kills someone while driving after leaving the party.
You have a civil liability (meaning you can be sued) to pay damages if either a partygoer is hurt or a third person is injured. Virginia law recognizes your liability for negligence if you provide alcohol to a minor who causes injury to another or him/herself. You may also face criminal charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Going off of this line of thinking, if gun owners in this country are “responsible gun owners” like the NRA claims, let’s up the expectations. If a gun owner’s gun gets in the hands of their children or another person and that gun hurts or kills someone else, the gun owner is responsible and can be charge with the crime as if the gun owner committed the offense.
Let me be clear – if your gun commits murder, you are charged with murder.
That way a person who feels compelled to own a weapon for “protection” or for sport will have to be seriously dedicated to do so to take the risk. It may reduce the number of guns in our society, because of potential consequences to the gun owner.
I’m sure Nancy Lanza thought she was a responsible gun owner.
Also, there are no more gun accidents. If your gun hurts or injures a child, you go to jail. Again, this is based on the assumption that everyone is a responsible gun owner.
Your blessed 2nd amendment remains intact and it’s a win-win. Again, if everything is on the table, then I believe this option should be as well.
If we treat alcohol as a deadly weapon and we hold adults who provide it to minors responsible for crimes they don’t necessarily commit, shouldn’t we hold gun owners to the same standard?
I’m asking you NRA. I hope you are listening.