Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 | 2 a.m.
Let’s be honest: Responsible folks may buy guns. However, it’s not the buying that should have more controls but what happens after. Every person buying a gun should be required to sign a certificate or, better yet, write in their own handwriting, “I will take complete responsibility for this gun, making sure it never falls into the wrong hands and if it does and kills someone, I accept responsibility for that death,” and sign their name.
Worst case, if a child gets hold of a gun and kills someone, the owner of the gun goes to jail. If it’s the mother of both children, she goes to jail. Bet she’d take extra care that didn’t happen.
What if the gun was in a locked cabinet? If it can be broken into, it is not secure. Stolen? Then it must be reported to police immediately or the owner remains responsible.
Why in the world did the mother of the Sandy Hook killer need such guns? She must have been fully aware her son wasn’t completely stable.
She, not her son, is the first one responsible for the tragic episode.
Perhaps all these folks buying guns, if they had to sign such a statement, would hesitate a little and be aware of their responsibility to keep that gun under safe control at all times.