On a warm summer day, a young mom from my small hometown drove a couple of towns over to see a friend.
Her 4-year-old fell asleep on the way, so she carried him into the house and put him on a bed to finish his nap, the bed of the homeowner who was away at work.
Then the adults, cold beverages and lawn chairs in hand, moved out to a shade tree to catch a breeze as they visited. Half an hour later they heard a shot and raced inside. The child had awakened, and in curiosity had opened the bedside stand. In playing with the gun he found there, he shot and killed himself.
This is called an accident. If more guns are around children, more accidents will happen.
As a public health measure, we need fewer guns in the community. Let's follow the sensible lead of the teens from Parkland, Fla., and demand laws to limit guns, in order to promote public health across the land.
Sister Patricia Tekippe, FSPA, La Crosse