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    and i will do so delicately.

    it is a point of privilege for certain children to have access to real firearms, and have everyone "agree" about how wonderful it is that they are supervised, and shown how to do so safely, and when they shoot other children and adults around them people call it an "accident".

    if it became the societal norm for certain other young children to have access to firearms, i suspect we would be hearing a lot more about the irresponsibility of the parents, the danger to society in general by giving very young children free access to lethal weapons, and police complaining bitterly about how hard it is to tell toy guns from real guns when split second decisions are involved.

    Peggy McIntosh in her wildest dreams never thought to add that to her list of privileges:

    51.  I can buy a rifle for a child still learning to understand the difference between fantasy and reality and the difference between life and death, encourage him to shoot the weapon, fail to monitor how many rounds are left in it, leave the loaded rifle where he can get his hands on it easily, and when he shoots and kills his two year old sister, law enforcement officers will absolve me of all blame and label it an accident

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    by TrueBlueMajority on Wed May 01, 2013 at 07:12:03 AM PDT

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