Who Should Have a Gun?

 Back to my old favorite tv show, Grey’s Anatomy, I decided to watch more in case they decided to show a change of firearms and safety attitudes. Interestingly enough, they did! A dad beats up the mom, the mom meekly submits as she feels she has no choices. The kid stands witness to violent event after violent event. The tv scene shows he dad wheeled into the emergency room on a stretcher for gunshot wounds. He kept a gun in the house, and the kid finally succeeded in making the violence stop; kid shoots dad. Because the kid protected the mom, the show depicted this as noble and the doctors helped the mom and kid relocate. Well, I’m all for self protection. I’m all for a no tolerance to domestic violence. But for a prior episode depicting a grown adult  inappropriately handling his grief by securing a firearm and going back to the hospital for a shooting spree and then in this episode showing a kid handling a firearm from the home and shooting up the violent dad, presents great conflict and misinformation. First, as I have said, no matter how easy it is for an adult to secure a weapon, the crazed person is the problem, not the implement. Second, to portray a kid as saving the day sends a bad message for, why was the gun so accessible? Firearms need to be out of reach and inaccessible to children and untrained adults. Period. I think television should take a greater responsibility for insinuating firearm safety than for insinuating mixed messages regarding firearms. Out of all the subliminal messages sent each minute, firearm safety would be a great one to instill. What do you think?

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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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