Gun Owners of America, the organization that makes the NRA seem like a liberal alliance, is fueled by the paranoid misinformation that Americans' gun rights will be usurped by our Kenyan-born gun-grabber in chief. They are always trying to be relevant, so they create a buzz around themselves with outlandish comments and opinions. What's the latest attention-mongering tactic by the GOA? Accidental gun deaths should be considered occasional mishaps and are just a normal part of being a 'free society.'
This year has been especially bad for victims of these 'mishaps.'
With shootings by preschoolers happening at a pace of about two per week, some of the victims were the youngsters’ parents or siblings, but in many cases the children ended up taking their own lives.
This has hit many in my own circle close to home. Our community experienced a tragedy with a close associate who lost their daughter. A young girl of 13 lost her life to an unsecured firearm and this 'mishap' will forever change their lives. To a parent of a lost child, this is anything but a mishap. It is a tragedy of unspeakable horror. A tragic gun accident is not a natural consequence of being a 'free' 2nd Amendment-embracing nation. How truly unacceptable that we don't have laws that would immensely diminish the frequency of these tragedies.
To make matters much worse for those who really care about the sanctity of life, protecting the already born from lethal firearm accidents, there are groups such as the Gun Owners of America. This 100x-to-the-right of the NRA gun-fetish psychos, headed by Larry Pratt, who believes that the 2nd Amendment gives politicians a healthy fear of being shot, epitomizes misanthropic ammosexuals who care little for safe gun use.
Larry Pratt, a leading figure among hardline pro-gun activists, argues that tighter gun regulations are not the answer... Pratt called the hundreds of child gun deaths that occur each year "occasional mishaps:"
"It's clearly a tragedy, but it's not something that's widespread," said Larry Pratt, a spokesman and former executive director of Gun Owners of America. "To base public policy on occasional mishaps would be a grave mistake."
Even in states with laws on the books, the contentious politics tends to quash appetite among prosecutors for holding adults accountable when young children accidentally kill. Here, the data goes from stark to perhaps stunning: In 2013 we documented 52 cases where adults had left their guns unsecured—but we could only find four people who were held criminally liable for the children's deaths.
These powerful lobbyists, who act solely on the behalf of the profit margins of gun manufacturers, have blocked essentially every gun safety bill, such as fingerprint locks and background checks. Why is this so important to the proponents of the gun industry?
"It's like how a flower, in the last 15 minutes of its life, gets very fragrant. Part of the reason that gun culture is so angry, extreme and noisy is that it knows it's on its way out. It's one last panicked display."
Those of us who value human life certainly hope that this is their fledgling, last-ditch efforts at creating a gun-loving utopia.