Handguns and Their Irresponsible Owners


gunsafetyAn Arizona man was shot, and fatally wounded by his four-year-old son Friday.  They were visiting a former roommate of the father.  It became another case of a tragic use of a handgun not secured by an irresponsible owner.

“This appears to be an accident. There was no conflict in the stories of those in the house,” said police Sgt. Brandon Bonney. “The resident didn’t know his former roommate was stopping by to visit.”

Justin Stanfield Thomas, who was 35 years old, took his four-year-old son on an un-announced visit to the home of a friend.  They were let inside.  A few moments later the boy picked up a small caliber hand gun.  He asked the adults in the room what it was he was holding.  Seconds later, the gun was discharged.  A bullet struck the boy’s father, fatally wounding him.  He died from a bullet wound to the chest.  The hospital was unable to save him.

Bonney said that no charges were expected in the accident.

Bonney did say that the first act of the gun owner should have been to secure the weapon, before allowing the child into the home.

A father is dead, and a boy will suffer traumatic stress for the remainder of his life.  It all happened because a gun owner did not consider the serious responsibility of possessing a firearm.

This is an all too frequent occurrence.  The gun lobby fights for the rights of every citizen to procure a weapon, but makes no effort to teach gun owners about the serious and dangerous nature of their purchase.

Over 35,000 people are killed by guns, (mostly handguns), in the United States each year.  More than half of that number, are women and children.

Gun ownership has evolved into a ‘right’, when it should be a privilege.  Only responsible adults, who have had a complete background check, should be allowed to purchase lethal weapons.

I do not own a gun for two reasons.  I don’t want to, and I refuse to live in fear.  If an individual feels the need to have a weapon in their home, they must secure it.  Police have given advice to gun owners for years.  Several methods are foolproof.  There are trigger locks, gun safes and methods that will prevent a tragic accident like the one above.  Police advise ensuring the gun is unloaded when not in use, and then place the weapon and ammunition in separate locations.

Statistically, there are far too many irresponsible handgun owners.  Anyone can purchase one through one venue or another, and anyone can pull the trigger and kill another human being.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express


12 Responses to "Handguns and Their Irresponsible Owners"

  1. Rebekah   June 15, 2013 at 8:30 am

    what is truly sick is the justification so many of you have to be irresponsible with your weapon. you seem proud to leave your loaded weapon laying around the house. what is it you are waiting for exactly?

    • Mark   June 15, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      If you can’t figure that answer out for yourself, then giving you an answer won’t do any good either.

  2. Reno or Bust   June 9, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    More Liberal Drivel… From same The Liberal Establishment, the MSM and the Unions that Run the Public School System and teach Sex-Education to Ten year olds. Lets see how to use a Condom etc. etc.Let us teach YOUR kids about Homosexuality, the list goes on forever. So your poor hearts don’t want pre-teens to die of STD’s. But Gun Education is a NO? What a delusional person you are?

    People and children need to learn to use a gun safety! It’s a Pro-Choice thing! James, you can CHOOSE not to USE a Gun! But don’t be a Maoist! Let our children learn not to be afraid of Firearms! It’s Ironic that same people who want to tell YOUR CHILDREN what to think, and how to think. They “the Liberal Fascist Establishment” don’t want to give you a “Right to Choose” how you or your children be safe. Using guns for ” self protection”! James if you get mugged, I don’t think a Condom will save you from an attacker. You’d wish you had a Colt .45!

    But you can choose to A. Have an Abortion, or B. Use a rainbow of Birth-Control options…
    When it comes to Irresponsible people. Look at LBJ who created the WELFARE STATE?
    People are rewarded by the Big Gov. for creating children, and the taxpayers are the Debt Slaves! Paying for someone who is IRRESPONSIBLE! Just watch Maury or Jerry Springer. Yet people who wait to have children, and others who learn as much as they can about Firearms. Are branded Lunatics? It’s an upside down world! How’s the Great Society Working for you?..

    It’s OUR BODIES AND OUR CHOICE! No Thought Rape! People have the right to pack HEAT! You can’t take away, what’s not yours to GIVE James!

  3. Stran ger   June 9, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    In the last century, the rate of firearms accidents in the United States has dropped from 3.5 per 100,000 population to 0.19 per 100,000, a 93 percent decline. For children, the latest official data is from 2010, when 73 “persons who have not yet achieved their 16th birthday” were killed in a gun accident. Given that there are more than 51 million children who have at home access to firearms, that amounts to one fatal gun accident per 700,000 child years of exposure. Few things in this life are safer than guns at home.

    Yes, there are fatal gun accidents among all age groups. Yes, childhood gun accidents average 1.2 fatalities per week in the U.S. But most of those accidents are caused by children who have not been made “gun wise” by safety programs such as the NRA’s Eddie Eagle. Why have they not been taught better?

    Because gun control advocates actively discourage gun safety training. As in the two Houston, Texas schools that refused to allow children to be taught that when they SEE a gun, they should STOP what they are doing, and GO get an adult. So if you want blame, blame the anti-gun nuts for the problem.


    • Mark   June 9, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      If they had “thumbs up” here, I’d give you one.

  4. Tyler Cruse   June 9, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Another case where a author does not bother to do any research before repeating the current political message from left. If there is any truth in the article, the NRA and NSSF should have been praised for their part in offering training.

  5. Biff Sarin   June 9, 2013 at 11:02 am

    -“The gun lobby fights for the rights of every citizen to procure a weapon, but makes no effort to teach gun owners about the serious and dangerous nature of their purchase.”-

    Nothing could be further from the truth. The NRA is, by far, the best source of training in the responsible use and ownership of firearms. MOST Firearm training courses in the country are with NRA instructors.

    You sir, are an “gun ignorant” idiot.

  6. CorrComm (aka C2) (@corrcomm)   June 9, 2013 at 10:17 am

    “Evolved into a right”…umm…what?

  7. Robert E. Naess   June 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Your unethical use of statistics and outright fabrication about the “gun lobby” not promoting gun safety just makes you look uninformed and malicious. Are you completely oblivious to the Internet and the “easy access” to relevant and accurate breakdown statistical analysis and research on private use of firearms in the US? Reporting factual information will improve your credibility and not reflect on your basic laziness in not doing due diligence on the gun issue.

    Robert E. Naess

  8. Mark   June 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

    OH, and by the way Mr. Turnage,
    The two friends I mentioned? They are with you in Arizona. lol
    (that should make Turnage shake in his boots at night)

  9. Mark   June 9, 2013 at 9:48 am

    “I do not own a gun for two reasons. I don’t want to, and I refuse to live in fear.”

    YOU are not qualified to write an article like this.
    I own lots of guns, they are all in my house, and many are loaded and accessible. I am never in fear.

    “Only responsible adults, who have had a complete background check, should be allowed to purchase lethal weapons.”

    This already applies to all new gun purchases (which account for the vast majority of gun sales). The supreme court has ruled time and again that these rules do not apply to personal sales of used firearms.

    “Police advise ensuring the gun is unloaded when not in use, and then place the weapon and ammunition in separate locations.”

    I’m a current COP, and here is my recommendation: Have a gun. Keep it loaded. Keep it close to hand. Do not lock it, unless you are leaving it in your absence. Teach all children how to use a gun, as soon as they are old enough to hold the gun up with your guiding help.
    I leave my guns, loaded, and laying where I can get my hands on them. I have left a loaded gun with my daughter (when I’m gone) for years. I taught her how to use a gun when she was 3 or 4 years old. She is not a gun afficiando, like I am. But she knows when to pick one up, and how to use it. She is well versed in the law of the use of force.
    My best friend has done the same with 4 children, including a retarded one. He leaves his .45 laying on the coffee table. His brother did the same, raising 3 kids. Never a mishap in that home either.
    Now, before you think I’m a total nut, let me add this. Whenever my daughter has a friend over, all guns get secured (all in the gun safe, and locked, except one on my hip). Why? Because I don’t know HOW they are trained, or even IF they are trained.

    James Turnage, your article is sick.

  10. Farmer Bill   June 9, 2013 at 8:47 am

    The “gun lobby” makes no attempt to teach the seriousness of a gun purchase? Are you out of your mind or just a total liar? We have 66000 NRA instructors out their teaching thousands of people everyday. Every manual in every gun package is 50% gun safety. Stop your lies. We have had enough of your propaganda!


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