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  •  I'll disagree with the implication (0+ / 0-)
    ...but pretty much any teenager will get access to their parent's gun if they want to.
    I will not presume to speak for the upbringing of anyone that I wasn't there to witness, but in households that I knew where guns were present, there was one absolute, inviolable edict - DO NOT FUCK WITH THE GUNS.  EVER.

    Me and my friends were no angels, our respective parents were not cut from the same cloth, but there were lines, and there were LINES.

    Guns weren't treated as some mysterious taboo, eliciting natural curiosity, but presented as extraordinarily dangerous tools, but tools just the same.  Just as a circular saw unplugged on the workbench can do terrible damage, it is not imbued with some sort of self-possessed intent (actually I was more interested in power tools growing up, than guns).

    To reiterate, I don't think that any of my friends would rather be fucking with a gun on their own than being caught by their parents while drunk driving.  So maybe that's the prism through which I see the current state of parenting, where criminal carelessness is in abundance compared to what I knew of in 1980's suburbia.

    I see a very beautiful planet that seems very inviting and peaceful. Unfortunately, it is not.…We're better than this. We must do better. Cmdr Scott Kelley

    by wretchedhive on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 05:52:54 PM PST

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