Do you support the Second Amendment? Well, then, surely you are a monster and want children to die!
That is essentially the message pushed by those who oppose the Second Amendment and the protections it affords. A nauseating effort by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence was recently released that includes a video of Alice of “Alice in Wonderland.” The short video shows Alice playing joyously but then *gasp* encountering a handgun. She promptly grabs the loaded gun and shoots herself in the face. A foreboding voice reminds that some parents have guns and that parents should check to see if their kids are playing at homes with guns.
The natural implication, of course, is that a home with a gun is a safety concern. The video makes no mention of the duties of all parents to make sure kids are well-informed about guns.
The video is likely a reaction to a funny campaign by the NRA to rewrite classic fairytales where the protagonists do not get eaten by wolves or witches because they are able to defend themselves with firearms.
Evidently, in an attempt to refute the argument, the Brady Campaign decided it would be a better tale to show a little girl blowing her brains out.
Another video shows a re-imagining of Peter Pan. The boys are playing in their room and when Peter Pan shows up, one of the boys stumbles-across a gun and blows Peter away accidentally.
But, to be fair, Peter Pan takes place in England. Handguns are all-but illegal there, so it would be impossible for anyone to have a gun, right? I mean, that is how reality works, right? If something is prohibited by law, it is impossible to obtain, right? That’s why nobody has ever laid-hands on marijuana or meth.
The anti-gun crowd relies almost-entirely on scare tactics to try and repel people from firearms. They maintain that one can “catch” gun violence simply by being around guns. They complain about open carry, maintaining that it’s not right to force people to be around guns (evidently unaware that a sizeable portion of the population is already armed, whether legally or illegally).
Where the left really delves into the absurd, however, is how they approach the issue of children and firearms. While having children around firearms definitely requires a bit more consideration and thought, the left too-often misses the point.
Making a firearm taboo and always off-limits only serves to make the tools more fascinating. Bereft of proper training, kids sometimes kill themselves or others and it’s an absolute tragedy.
In contrast, Second Amendment supporters understand the danger of firearms and go with a different approach by teaching kids about firearms in a safe environment, answering questions, and offering a modicum of proper training to ensure that curious kids do not handle firearms and if they do, they do so safely.
To be clear: children do die from mishandling firearms. It’s an absolute tragedy. They also die from swimming pools and running in front of cars. We will never be able to stop all childhood deaths, but we are all united in the desire to limit them as much as possible.
Where the left and right so radically diverge is in approach. The left feels that scaring kids with made-up stats and scary imagery is the best way to avoid such catastrophes.
In contrast, Second Amendment advocates assert that educating kids about the dangers and realities of firearms is a much more effective means of limiting these tragedies.
Not only is the latter approach much more effective, but it also instills a sense of self-responsibility. Kids should be empowered with the idea that they are responsible for looking out for themselves whenever possible. Instilling the idea that their personal safety is everybody else’s responsibility only invites future carelessness.