Commentary: Responsible gun storage is an answer we can all agree on

Commentary: Responsible gun storage is an answer we can all agree on

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) West High School students listen to fellow students demand for gun reform and school safety after walking out of classes in Salt Lake, during a student walkout on Wed. March 14, 2018. Students in Utah and around the country planned the large-scale coordinated demonstration to protest gun violence and memorialize victims of last month’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Rights come with responsibilities, but this has been lost in the conversation about guns and schools. I’m a soldier and a teacher. I support the Second Amendment and safe schools. We can have both. Let’s talk about military weapon discipline as a case study in responsibility. My military weapon is secured when I’m not on field training, on the firing range or in an active combat zone. There are two locks between me and that gun: the arms room and the arms rack. How does this connect to school safety? After the Columbine shooting, the Secret Service and Department of Education studied school attacks. They found that most perpetrators were students with guns acquired from home or the home of a relative. Translation: easy gun access. A Wall Street Journal article from April finds similar results: Most school shooters are students getting guns from home. There are a few cases where weapons were stolen from legal owners before an attack, but the weapons were still not properly secured. What qualifies as proper gun storage? I’d suggest the […]

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