While cruising the internet for stories to get my rage up, the Seattle Times did me a favor, and allowed me to get my rage on without needing to actually read a story.
Splashed across their front page, is not one, not two, but 4 different adds with a cute little girl holding a pistol. The add extolls you to 'keep guns out of the wrong hands', and links to a video/website of a couple of children playing hide and seek in the house. Of course, the cute little girl hides in mom's and dad's room and finds a pistol in a shoe box, which she plays with, and eventually there is a gun shot, so you are led to believe that something horrible happens.
The video then leads you to a group I've never heard of 'Everytown for Gun Safety'. It says there are two million kids who live in homes with unsecured guns, and that you should 'start the conversation for responsible gun ownership in your home and community'.
Oh, hey...thanks for that advice. But you see, I started that conversation in my home 8 years ago. When my kids were 4 years old, they learned that guns weren't toys. They were taught that if they found a gun at home(or a friends, because most of our friends are gun owners), that they weren't to touch it, but rather get an adult involved.
In addition, why are these kids running into mom and dads room to play hide and seek, anyways? At about the same time we started to teach them gun safety, my kids were taught that mom and dads room belonged to mom and dad, and they weren't allowed in there without knocking, or a parent to escort them.
Of course, a little bit of research shows that this group is financed by Michael Bloomberg...so, no big surprise. It's part of his attempt to outspend the NRA, and determine what responsibility means FOR me.
If I actually paid for the Seattle Times, I might work up the energy to complain.