You cannot imagine my shock and disgust to open the paper and see a picture of a child behind a machine gun! Even if it was innocuously labeled “Kids’ Boot Camp” at JBLM , The News Tribune’s choice to publish that particular photo (TNT, 7-20) was disturbing.
Haven’t we heard enough about the dangers of guns and children lately? The timing of course was unfortunate, although there was no way to anticipate the horrendous tragedy of the shooting in Colorado. While I support the right of people to own a gun, I also support the need for gun control laws.
No one outside of the military and/or police officers should be allowed to buy and own a weapon of mass destruction. Why would anyone else need or want a WMD? There have been too many incidents in the past to show the many reasons why those kinds of weapons should not be allowed to be sold or purchased at all. What does it take to learn a lesson here? We do not need to show a child how a machine gun operates.