The demands to ban assault rifles make no sense. Fully automatic weapons, such as machine guns, are already heavily restricted. So gun control advocates are really talking about banning pistols and semi-automatic rifles that have limited capacity and firepower. It’s also important to understand that in the evil hands, anything, I repeat, anything can be turned into a deadly weapon and instrument of mass murder. We have seen news of terror attacks and mass killings committed with vehicles, planes, small pistols, knives, and bombs made with materials that are commonly available in stores.
We made a special present to our son for his upcoming 7th birthday. We took him to the range and rented his favorite gun, a full size .22 revolver. Normally, we train our kids with a small-caliber rifle, because rifles are much easier to handle than pistols. But our son has had plenty of rifle practice, so we deemed him experienced enough to try a handgun. He loves Clint Eastwood’s Westerns and is fascinated by revolvers, so we finally rented one for him as a present.
How do you react when you hear about a horrible violent crime, or a school shooting, or a terrorist attack such as the one in Paris or in San Bernardino? Do you think to yourself, “they should have put up a ‘No Guns’ sign” or “we need more gun control laws and the terrorists sure will obey”? Seriously?
Imagine that, G-d forbid, you are being attacked by a criminal. What would you do?
Is it okay to let young kids handle sharp objects? Is it safe for seven-year-olds to walk alone and to play outside without adult supervision? The majority of people in our society would say no. However, we cannot supervise our children forever. We need to stop sheltering them and start teaching them to handle danger responsibly so that they become more mature and more independent regardless of age.