I read an article recently that was published on Slate.com in September that was heart breaking:
A 3-year-old girl named Ella Marie Tucker shot and killed herself in Yellowstone National Park with a handgun that reportedly belonged to her father.
The girl and her family had been camping at Grant Village Campground, a massive RV and tent campground on Yellowstone Lake.
Though authorities have not yet announced whether the shooting was unintentional or deliberate, I am going to…predict that this 3-year-old girl did not mean to kill herself. But it doesn’t really matter whether the shooting was intentional or not. The very fact that a 3-year-old girl was able to access and shoot a handgun means that it was irresponsibly stored.
What’s shocking about this case is that such a young child had access to a gun. Why did the father even have a gun on him? And why was it loaded? Why was he not watching his child?
Those are all important questions, but the biggest question of all is this: Would this have happened if there were no guns?
I challenge any gun advocate to offer an answer.