Guns, preschool not a good mix


The right to bear arms is one of the deeply held provisions spelled out in our Constitution.

However, with that right comes some responsibility.

On Friday a preschool student showed up for class with a loaded .357 magnum revolver in his backpack. Luckily, one of his peers told a teacher and the weapon was recovered without incident.

After an investigation, it was determined that there was no malicious intent and no threats were made. But when it comes to firearms and children, intent sometimes doesn't matter and the slightest slip can end in deadly consequences.

The child had found the gun under the seat of his father's truck.

His father said he had been out target shooting and simply forgot that he had put the weapon in such an accessible spot.

On Feb. 29, 2000, a six-year-old attending school just outside of Flint, Mich., found his uncle's handgun and by the end of that morning another six-year-old was dead.

While this certainly can be called an isolated incident, it is a heart-breaking lesson in what can happen when a child gets hold of a firearm.

One could argue that the hypotheticals of Friday could go on and on and the reality is, of course, nothing happened. But what if ...

We urge gun owners to hold dearly to that Second Amendment right but do it responsibly.

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