THE ROLE OF CHILDREN
IN THE GUN CONTROL DEBATE

1/30/99
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Gun control activists use "the children" extensively in their propaganda.  They tell stories about individual children being killed and injured "by guns."  They attempt to disable the public's brains by appealing to emotion.  They plead to young mommies, daddies and children who know nothing about guns and gun safety that "it" (meaning any regulation they want, based on their own near total ignorance of guns and gun safety) "is worth it if it saves just one child's life."

Although the numbers of children accidentally killed or injured with guns has been falling for years (and the numbers are now very low) through the efforts of gun owners and their organizations, we need to do more to reduce the numbers even further.  This doesn't mean, however, that we should do things that would be ineffective and oppressive, or would cost even more lives, in emotion-blinded attempts to "save the children."

Gun controllers, in their attempts to make the "children" safety problem bigger than it really is, routinely include in their "stats" about child gun deaths the numbers for drug dealers, violent gang members and other criminals because their ages fall within whatever range the gun controllers want to consider "children."  This usually includes "children" of all ages up through 19 years, and it makes the numbers much greater simply because many of the people responsible for our violence (crime) are in their late teens.

Attorney David Kopel of the Independence Institute has written an outstanding explanation of:  the exploitation of "the children" by gun control advocates, the problems with recent gun controller proposals, and specifically what needs to be done about youth violence (and why).

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