Why would anyone be okay with a child under the age of 14, to use a gun? Last week, the state of Iowa, sent a bill to the senate proposing changes to state laws relating to guns. Currently, the state does not allow children under the age of 14 to use guns, but this new bill is asking for the state to allow those children to use guns! Imagine a 10 year old, even a 7 year old using a gun!
This new proposal has stirred up quite a bit of commotion between those who are opposed and those who are in favor.
Brian Hood, head coach of the Central Iowa Scholastic Shooters, is in favor of the new bill and says, “This is not about giving our children the combo to the gun safe. This is about allowing them in a supervised scenario, to learn a great sport.” His 16 year old daughter agrees with her father. She brings up the point that as long as the person is responsible and is supervised, then it would be okay. How do we know who is responsible and who isn’t? Being responsible enough to use a gun is different than being responsible enough to go to school and turn in your homework every day.
On the other hand, Dan Gross, who is the president of a gun control advocacy group, states, “Almost every unintentional shooting of a child… happens with a parent’s gun. It’s not some hypothetical fear, it’s something that happens every day…”
How safe can we be if children are allowed to use handguns? It’s bad enough that there are adults that create disaster with guns, can you imagine 10 year old and 4 year olds using hand guns? That’s a disaster waiting to happen!