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Edit: Loaded Guns Aren’t Child’s Play

Children are curious creatures, often peeping through closets and boxes in high or low places. While at a friend's house, a child can discover old diary entries by their friend's big sister, the Halloween candy stash or sometimes, a gun. In January, a 4-year-old Detroit boy and 4-year-old female cousin found a gun under a bed, pulled it out and began to play with it. The boy was accidentally shot and killed. In early July, a 12-year-old boy accidentally shot his friend in the head with pellet gun in Palm Beach County, Fla. The friend, luckily, survived. Closer to home, a 5-year-old girl from Blackfoot, Idaho, was accidentally shot and killed during a playdate on July 30 by her same-aged friend. Only half of the states in the U.S. have enacted laws to hold adults criminally liable if they fail to store guns safely, enabling children to access them. Washington and Idaho, unfortunately, are not on that list/Lindsey Treffrey, Moscow-Pullman Daily News Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Should Idaho have a law that holds adults criminally liable if they provide guns to minors or fail to store guns safely, enabling children to access them?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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