Juveniles with Guns – Can it Be Prevented?
Reading about the woman from Brunswick, Ga. who had her 13-month old baby boy killed by two teenagers was nearly unbearable. According to CNN, Sherry West, the mother of the boy, was walking home from the post office and pushing her son in his stroller when two teenagers approached her. They asked her for money, and when she said she didn’t have any, one of the boys pulled out a gun and started shooting.
West didn’t think the gun was real (most likely from shock, I’d say), so she didn’t think she was in any real danger until a bullet grazed her ear and another landed in her leg. And if that wasn’t terrible enough, the shooter then turned his gun to West’s baby in the stroller. The baby was struck in the face by a single bullet and was pronounced dead at the scene.
When I first heard about this, I was completely shocked and heartbroken. How could anyone do such a thing to a little baby? Then, I began to wonder how these teenagers ended up with a gun. So, how did they? I know kids and teenagers are capable of getting their hands on almost anything, but thinking about juveniles with guns is terrifying.
Do you think parents of kids who are caught with firearms should be held responsible for their crimes? Or do you think it’s simply the kids’ fault? With all of the recent gun control hype, I can’t remember reading anything about children with guns. How should we address the issue? Or do you think that nothing can be done?
And what if the mother had had her own firearm? Would that have made the situation any better or worse? I’d like to think that she could’ve pulled out her own gun and scared those teens off before any harm could be done, but I’m afraid the opposite may have happened. What are your thoughts?
Posted by Lindsay Page on Mar 27, 2013