Guns don’t kill people . . . three-year-olds do:
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett released a statement Wednesday afternoon on the shooting.
“It’s despicable. It’s sickening. A 6-year-old is lying in a hospital bed right now recovering from a gunshot wound he suffered at the hands of a 3-year-old. Why were these kids unattended at 10 at night? How did they have access to a gun, an illegal gun? We are talking about children here; children who are in very real, very immediate danger because of illegal guns. If this doesn’t compel people to open their eyes to the epidemic of violence caused by illegal guns, I don’t know what will,” Barrett said.
Three kids under the age of seven. At ten p.m. Alone. With a loaded, illegal gun in the house. Un. Be. Lievable.
Of course, the NRA will tell you this is just a necessary — if regrettable — consequence of the freedom to bear arms so that, um, people can have handguns to outfight the U.S. government in case it attacks its own people, or something. Meanwhile, a six-year-old sits in the hospital because of a shooting that looks like it could have been prevented about a dozen different ways.