Owning guns to defend yourself and your property is no longer enough for many Americans. Some want no restrictions on where they can take their weapons, including playgrounds.
However, the notion that just about anyone can have a hidden weapon in areas where small children play gives rise to concern.
The first and most obvious question is, why would someone want to bring a concealed weapon to a playground? Would an armed adult feel threatened by a group of children and see the need for a gun? Or is there something else behind the push to remove limits on gun owners?
There has been continuing pressure from gun lobbying groups, like the National Rifle Association, to overturn local laws so more people can carry concealed weapons. Rather than freedom, it may all come down to money.
As The State notes, “While most NRA members consider themselves a benign consolidation of game hunters and target shooters, the NRA is very much into the arms business and profits from gun and ammunition sales. One gun dealer — MidwayUSA — has contributed more than $7 million to the NRA through a customer “round-up” program. So of course the NRA proposal is to arm teachers and guards at every entrance; that’s good for increasing gun sales and profit.”
Few will soon forget the tragic mass shooting of 20 children and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last December. The thought of children being shot in a playground because there are no laws to protect them from concealed weapons is unthinkable.
No one is saying guns should be banned. But there is no sane reason to increase the risk of either accidental or deliberate shootings by allowing them at playgrounds.