- Two year old Caroline Sparks was killed by her five year old brother. He accidentally shot her with his own rifle.
- Eleven year old Jarvin Jackson was killed when he tried to take a gun away from his two and four year old siblings.
- A two year old is amazingly expected to recover after firing a gun he placed in his mouth.
I don’t bring up these examples to suggest that any possession of a gun will inevitably lead to grief. Obviously, that’s not the case (though these kinds of disasters occur more often than you might think). My point is that the idea that you can protect society from gun violence by arming ‘good guys’ is absurd. Don’t you think the parents in this and every other such tragedy would have sworn that they were responsible gun owners? In the first case, the parents were teaching their son how to use a rifle from the age of four. I think it's fair to assume that they were very familiar with their own guns.
Up until the day you shoot your own granddaughter because you’ve mistaken her for an intruder, you’re a good guy with a gun. Up until the day a four year old shoots and kills your wife with a gun you left lying on a bed, you’re a responsible gun owner.