First Step: Keep Guns From Kids


On Tuesday, April 20, a little part of all of us was lost. A piece of every human heart was torn away in Littleton, Colo. and thrown to a place we may never find. That emptiness lingers with feelings of anguish, doubt, fear and anger.

Two teen-age boys waged war on life and nobody won.

There is almost an instinctive need to find someone, or something, to blame. We take quick aim at the parents, violent video games, violent movies, gun-makers and lawmakers. But then we see there are far too many places to cast a single stone.

What we need instead is simply a call for action that could possibly save the lives of our children right here in the Rim country.

Parents and grandparents -- if you have children in your home, take the guns out of your home. Or, at the very least, have the guns locked up in a manner that would not possibly allow a young person to gain access to them when you are absent.

When we were young, most of us became familiar with feelings of inadequacy, awkwardness, loneliness or anger. We may even remember terrible experiences that occurred at school because we, or someone we knew, battled emotions and others got in the way. Those battles may have included clinched fists, stones, broken windows and angry words. But they differed from what the world witnessed on Tuesday because our emotional struggles almost never involved a loaded gun.

There's a lot more that needs to be done to stop the violence that surrounds our children. Studies can be conducted, programs can be implemented, but this is one step we can all take today that will surely help to protect our children. Lock up your guns, or get them out of the house.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the murdered children and to the families of the two boys who got lost in a world of violence.

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