Texas NRA Leader Says Parents Should Not Ask About Gun Safety Before A Playdate
With child shooting deaths reported in the news, sometimes everyday, gun safety is an issue. The NRA doesn’t see child deaths as a serious problem, apparently.
On one side advocating for gun safety at home is Kellye Burke, a Houston mother of two, who is a spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action. She suggests making sure the parents of the child your child has a playdate with, has their firearms secured, according to the Austin-American-Statesman.
[su_center_ad]“Would I rather make myself be slightly embarrassed or find out my kid shot himself in the head?” Burke asks.
On the other side is Alice Tripp, the Texas State Rifle Association’s legislative director, who chuckled when asked whether parents should be asked whether their guns are stored properly. “I wouldn’t ask it,” she said. “I would not think of it. It’s like asking, ‘How do you handle your bug spray or a sharp, pointy knife?’ I teach my children and grandchildren gun safety. That’s the best insulation.”
She said supervision should be questioned instead. “Are children left alone? That would bother me most of all,” she said.
But because kids are naturally curious, Burke says teaching kids gun safety is not enough. Even after a gun safety class, Burke said “We have overwhelming evidence that kids still check it out, still pull the trigger, still point it.”
Gun safety, she said, “is the only aspect where we rely on the kids to take responsibility for it.”
“How many times have you told your child not to jump on the bed and they jump on the bed?” Burke said. “This is an adult responsibility, not a kid responsibility.”
In August, a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her firearm instructor with an Uzi. I wonder if Ms. Tripp chuckled then, too.
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