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The Status Quo on Guns is Not Working! A 12-Year-Old Shoots Himself in the Head at Camp, Man Shot at Texas Gun Show

On Saturday, outside a Texas gun show, a 59-year-old man was shot dead by his son-in-law. The shooter had been in the car handling the gun went it accidentally went off, killing the other man. 

On Sunday, A 10-year-old Brooklyn boy was one of 21 people shot in New York City. The wounded child survived the attack outside his home.

On Monday, a 12-year-old boy shot himself in the head at a California Boy Scout camp. Police were able to get the loaded weapon off of the boy, but by then it was too late. The boy died at the scene.

Unfortunately, incidents like these are tragically common in America. Over 12,000 people died from gun violence in 2013, that is over 30 deaths every single day.

Yet, despite the daily deaths, some gun advocates say it is not the guns’ fault and incidents like these are just accidents or tragedies, not a reason to rally behind gun control measures or even think about tightening background check laws.

“This is not ‘I told you so’ this is not ‘I gotcha,’” Texas gun store owner Michael Cargill insisted, explaining why the gun show shooting should not be seen as anything more than a mishap. “This is no different than this little incident we saw a day or so ago where two kids were ejected from a vehicle because they weren’t wearing a seatbelt. We don’t blame the vehicle for that incident so we’re not gonna blame the guns for this incident.”

Yet when a 12-year-old has access to a loaded gun, a 10-year-old is shot outside his home and a misfired weapon cost a man his life, many think it is high time to think about who has access to guns in the first place.

“Some people say that guns don’t kill people, the person pulling the trigger does,” Democratic consultant Jason Stanford observed,  pointing out the need to keep guns out of the wrong hands. “They can kill you a lot easier with a gun. And what we need is for gun owners to take it upon themselves to work with us to be safer on this. Because right now the status quo sure ain’t working.”

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