Two recent Wichita police reports caught my attention and possibly yours. A four-year-old boy … sleeping with his mother … is wounded in the back by one of at least four bullets fired through a bedroom window. The child is recovering. Police believe the shooter intended to shoot someone else, and got the wrong address.
Second case … a 19-year-old man is arrested after allegedly firing several shots at a woman outside her apartment. One bullet struck a bed inside the apartment where the woman’s nine-month-old baby was sleeping.
During the on-going debate over gun violence and gun ownership we are provided with daily reminders that there are simply some people who should not be allowed anywhere near a firearm … ever. The first time I picked up a gun my father and grandfather made it perfectly clear to me that I’d better be thinking about the responsibility of handling a potentially-lethal device. I’d better be very, very careful.
There is abundant proof that guns and stupidity just don’t mix.
Our thought for today is from Friedrich von Schiller:
“Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.”