I was hesitant to weigh in on the shooting at the Pegasus Parade, but I am passionate about the need for some common-sense approaches to educating people about the dangers of the “guns everywhere” mentality, and diffusing anger and hostility that so often ends in gunfire.
I moved to Northern Kentucky from a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C., about 10 months ago. I love most aspects of life here, except for the fact that I have to be so wary of gun toters.
Why? Because some of our grocery stores and even our libraries permit open carry of weapons. Why someone would need a gun in a library completely escapes my mental capacity, but there you have it.
I have a teenaged daughter whom I would like to see grow into adulthood. Gun violence permeates so many neighborhoods and random scenarios now, and people are so quick to shoot, I fear there is a very real possibility that that dream could be interrupted or cut short.
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Statistics bear out the premise of more guns, more unintentional shootings. Can’t we find some common ground to stand on to protect our children?