Commentary: Kentucky lawmakers must embrace critical, commonsense legislation on gun safety

Commentary: Kentucky lawmakers must embrace critical, commonsense legislation on gun safety

Special to NKyTribune Our nation has always loved its guns, but 2008 was a particularly special year in that relationship. That’s when studies show we finally had one for each citizen, more than 300 million altogether. Like people who cannot bear to be apart, however, that wasn’t enough. Less than a decade later, we had almost 70 million more guns that people. To put that in perspective, a country that has just four percent of the world’s population now owns nearly half of its civilian firearms. We weren’t through, though, not by a literal long shot. Our commitment rose to a new level in 2020, when a life-altering pandemic drove a gun-buying spree unlike any other. According to 24/7 Wall Street, we purchased almost 40 million guns in 2020, which was 40 percent more than we had bought just a year earlier. In the not-too-distant future, we’ll undoubtedly have two for every American, one handgun for each hand. There is little common ground about whether this trend is good news or bad – we certainly are not fans – but our focus today is less about what these numbers say about us and more about something that should unite us all: Making sure these hundreds of millions of weapons are securely stored. Nearly every week, it seems, we hear stories about children dying or becoming seriously injured because they found and fired an unattended gun. Accidental shootings and suicides bring those numbers nationally into the thousands each and every […]

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