A pair of Ohio state Democrats have introduced a bill into the state legislature that would leave every family with kids, defenseless in their own homes and they call this a common-sense bill.
State Representatives Jessica Miranda of Forest Park and Brigid Kelly of Cincinnati are co-sponsoring HB 240, also known as the Child Access Prevention Law. The bill reads in part:
“To enact section 2923.191 of the Revised Code to prohibit negligent storage of a firearm and to provide criminal penalties if a minor gains access to an improperly stored firearm.”
Basically, it requires every homeowner to store all firearms in a gun safe or with a:
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“tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other safety device that is properly engaged so as to render the weapon inoperable by any person other than the owner of the firearm of any lawfully authorized user of the firearm.”
I need to tell you that the team of Miranda and Kelly are really great lawmakers as one of their sponsored bills, HB 235 wants to designate the sugar cookie as the official cookie of Ohio.
Many people obtain a firearm for safety purposes. What is having a firearm locked up or fitted with a locking mechanism if someone breaks into your home? Trust me, I live just south of Cincinnati and all of our local news comes from the infamous Queen City and there have been numerous reports over the years of people breaking into homes, sometimes while someone is home. Yet, if Miranda and Kelly get their bill passed, none of these homeowners will be able to protect themselves or their families, including their kids.
Miranda defended her bill, telling the local news:
“If this bill were to go into effect here in Ohio and we could prevent at least one or a couple of lives from being taken from reckless gun violence, I think this would definitely be worth it.”
But if more than just one person in a home is killed by an intruder, doesn’t that nullify her bogus justification?
Think this is a bogus counter-argument? Consider the following:
A ten-year-old boy left home alone with his sister used his mother’s gun to shoot an intruder in the face, police said. . . . Deputies say Dean Favron and Roderick Porter knocked several times on the apartment door. The two young children, a ten-year-old boy and eight-year-old girl, stood on the other side, terrified. “He told his sister to be quiet and seconds later, they started kicking on the door and finally kicked the door in,” said Sheriff Mike Cazes. The two children ran to their mother’s bedroom closet.
In a panic, the ten-year-old grabbed his mother’s gun for protection. “He did what I told him to do. I never told him to get the gun, but thank God he did,” she said. Once the two suspects opened the door, threatening the kids, deputies say the boy fired a bullet into the lip of Roderick Porter. The two men were taken to the hospital by a third suspect, who is a 15-year-old juvenile. Once they got to the hospital, they were later arrested. “It’s just hard. I don’t understand why they would do that. I know they have little brothers and sisters and they wouldn’t want anyone to break into their house,” said the mother. . . .
— David Spunt, “Child shoots intruder during home break-in,” KSLA News 12, July 16, 2009.
She hid in a closet and shot him when he tried to open the door.
Authorities said the preteen was home alone when the suspect rang the door bell.
When she didn’t answer, deputies said, the man went around the back of the house and kicked in the door.
At that point the girl grabbed a gun and hid in a closet.
“He had worked his way all the way through the house and into the bathroom,” Bryan County Under sheriff Ken Golden said. “And from what we understand, he was turning the doorknob when she fired through the door.”
Crews said she remained calm and called for help after she shot the intruder.
— Kevin Ogle, “12-year-old girl speaks after shooting intruder,” News Channel 4, KFOR.com
Three burglars in a suburban neighborhood in Albuquerque, N.M., got more than they bargained from 11-year-old resident, Alyssa Gutierrez. Since Gutierrez’ cousin left her alone in the house only moments earlier, she initially dismissed the sound of the door handle rattling as her cousin trying to scare her. In response, she turned up the volume on the television to ignore him.
When three teenaged burglars forced open the door with a crowbar and entered the residence, Gutierrez slid down from the couch where she had been seated in attempt to hide. The masked intruders spotted her and she realized that one of them was armed with a rifle. Gutierrez ran to her mother’s bedroom and retrieved a .22 caliber rifle with a pink stock. The bolt action rifle was loaded with only two rounds.
Gutierrez, who had learned to shoot just days earlier, said, “I was planning if they came right next to me, I would shoot them.”
–Richard Nance, “Burglary Thwarted by Armed 11-Year-Old with Pink Rifle,” Guns & Ammo, December 21, 2011.
Here are a few of the ten examples of young children saving the lives of others in John Lott’s book, “The Bias Against Guns“:
“When Tony D. Murry held a box cutter to Sue Gay’s neck Monday night, Gay’s 11-year-old adopted son ran upstairs at the home at 1348 N. Huey St. and grabbed a gun. “He hit the bottom of the stairs with the .45 and stood ready stance with the gun,” said Gay with feet spread apart and her hands outstretched as if holding a handgun. The boy shot one round and hit Murry, 27, in the chest, even though the man was shielding himself with Gay. “I don’t know how he did that. One shot and he got him. He’s my little hero,” Gay said of the grandson she adopted. The fifth-grader may not have been just a lucky shot. This is a family that knows guns. “Before his dad died, they’d go target shooting. He knows they’re not toys and not something to mess with,” Gay said.
— Gwen O’Brien, “11-year-old shoots, kills assailant threatening his grandmother,” South Bend Tribune, 6 February 2002.
Clarksdale, Mississippi: A Clarksdale man was shot to death by a 12-year-old girl Saturday night as he allegedly attacked the girl’s mother, police said. “She was sitting on the front porch with a friend when Mr. Fox came along and jumped on her. She went into the house, and he came in behind,” said Fortenberry. “She tried to close the door behind her, but he forced his way on in.” Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith said the girl, whose name is being withheld because she is a juvenile, witnessed the attack, grabbed a semiautomatic pistol and fired a single shot into Fox’s chest. “He was apparently choking her when the girl went and got the gun,” Meredith said.”
— Jeff Piselli, “Girl shoots mother’s assailant, police say,” (Mississippi) Clarksdale Press Register, 30 April 2001.
Angie, Louisiana: Last Friday, four men, ages 17 to 25, attempted robbing a woman dying of cancer at gun point. The woman, who weighs only 85 pounds, takes pain medication, including OxyContin, which the men reportedly wanted to steal. A small newspaper described the plan: “One guy [Brumfield] went in on a pretense to visit. He was to open the door, then the others were to rush in, put a gun on him and say ‘get down’. The others were wearing ski masks.” But the woman’s 13-year-old son saw the masked men before they broke into the house and got the family’s .20 gauge shotgun. He fired a shot, wounding one of the criminals, and causing the criminals to run away.
–– “13-year-old foils robbery with shotgun,” Daily News (Bogalusa, Louisiana), 26 January 2001.
These are just a few of the many instances I’ve heard and read about over the years.
I grew up in a home with readily accessible loaded firearms. My two older brothers, myself and my younger sister were all taught firearm safety and respect. We were also taught what would happen if we touched the guns without permission and we were taught what to do in case anyone every broke in and threatened us.
The issue with guns in the house is NOT what Miranda and Kelly are pushing but it’s a parenting problem, which is also the cause of many of America’s problems today. Parents in my day taught their kids respect, manners, values and how to treat others. We were taught to respect and obey authority. Very little of this is taught in far too many homes in America today and that is a large part of the reason there is so much gun violence in America and why so many kids get killed by playing with guns in the home.
If Miranda and Kelly want to stop gun violence and the accidental gun deaths of kids, they need to force parents to be parents instead of just having kids and not teaching them to be responsible people.
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