If guns were outlawed, only outlaws would have guns.
Techie-Micheal wrote:Then the burden is on the parents to a) teach their children about firearms and b) lock the firearms away.
Yes, especially #a.
If ANYBODY (of any age) wants ANYTHING bad enough, they WILL get it. Period. There is nothing that anybody can do about that fact.
Children should be EDUCATED about things like not to play with guns, matches, pills, the stove, etc., and WHY they should not do so. (What will happen if they do.) Parents should be doing that. (If any chooses not to, I'm sure there are some nice FOSTER PARENTS who can and will.
) Schools do have a little responsibility also (in all due fairness), however the primary responsibility does indeed fall solely upon the parents.
Locking the gun away is not a bad idea either. As long as they keep in mind that that child is probably smarter than they are, and can most likely get into that gun cabinet if they want to bad enough. (They can get a book or go to a Website, without anybody knowing they had done so!)
Absolutely nothing can take the place of parents educating children of the REASONS they should not do certain things, from as early age as possible. Absolutely nothing.