by Andrew  L. Pate, Jr.

We (most Americans) believe responsible adults should never allow children to horse around with power machines or other potentially dangerous tools.

And we do not tolerate other people who are unwilling to do the same.

Our shooting ranges are carefully placed for safety in the communities where they exist.

In every state, we have very strict laws controlling the usage of moving vehicles.

We do not allow our youth to participate unprotected  in rough and tough games, like football, boxing and even when catching a hard thrown ball.

We do not wilfully allow ourselves or members of our families to be placed in situations where  safety laws are not  being fully enforced.

Yet, we want no legal protections regarding gun ownership, when guns are the most lethal of all our possessions.

Wake up, America!  Own up!