Of all the alarming stats about gun-related accidents and deaths last year, the most distressing was the one that revealed toddlers were responsible for more shootings and shooting deaths than terrorists in the United States.
As of October, 13 toddlers had accidentally killed themselves with guns, 18 others injured themselves, while 10 injured other people and two killed other people, according to The Washington Post. By November, 52 shooting accidents involving toddlers were recorded since the beginning of January 2015, the Huffington Post noted.
One would think the authorities would take drastic measures to curb such violence. But far from doing that, one U.S. state has taken a step that would essentially make it legal for a 1-year-old to operate firearms.
Iowa’s House of Representatives has passed a bill (62-36) permitting children under the age of 14 to have “a pistol, revolver or the ammunition” while under direct supervision from a parent or a legal guardian.
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For anyone still confused as to what this bill would do if made into law, Democratic Rep. Kirstin Running-Marquardt has the best possible explanation: "What this bill does, the bill before us, allows for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds to operate handguns,” she told KCCI Des Moines. “We do not need a militia of toddlers.”
Here’s the thing: Adult supervision means nothing when it comes to guns. Case in point: In 2014, a 9-year-old girl in Arizona accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range while learning to fire an automatic Uzi.
As mentioned above, roughly once a week last year a toddler found a gun, pointed it at himself or someone else, and pulled the trigger.
Of course, making guns legal for small children only gives innocent toddlers more access to guns, making the bill probably the most senseless and destructive gun bill in recent history.
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The controversial bill will now head to the state senate.