Courtland Milloy wrote in his Sept. 3 Metro column, “Gun debate too focused on scoring points,” that I made “hay out of homicides” in my response to the tragedy in which a 9-year-old girl shot and killed her firearms instructor with an Uzi. I advocated for solutions to keep children from accessing firearms. Mr. Milloy called that “callousness.”
Many unintentional shootings of children could be prevented by safely storing guns — locked and unloaded — and keeping them out of the reach of kids. Storing firearms away from young children is of life-saving importance.
You’d think that any reasonable gun owner would want to get the word out that locking up guns could spare us more funerals for toddlers. But the National Rifle Association has done the opposite. It has worked to get laws enacted that prohibit doctors from speaking with parents about the risk of leaving a gun within a child’s reach, the same way doctors educate patients about car seats and bike helmets.
The shooting in Arizona was horrific. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t also discuss the unintentional and preventable shootings that take place in homes every week. It’s not callous to encourage gun safety in the wake of a tragedy; it’s essential.
Shannon Watts, Zionsville, Ind.
The writer is founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.