On Aug. 31, there were opinions written by Joe Tarica and Leonard Pitts Jr. regarding the death of a firearms instructor while assisting a 9-year-old. Both writers called for legislation to curtail poor decision-making by an adult. With the exception of the traumatized 9-year-old, all parties to this tragedy were adults. Do we not as adults make a poor decision from time to time? And how many poor decisions are made by adults that traumatize children?
Why is it that this poor decision necessitates the call for laws to be enacted? Because it involved a firearm. Tarica and Pitts’ high umbrage over this incident and calls for legislation are misplaced at best. People are prone to make poor decisions.
You cannot simply legislate good decision-making. Adults must get their heads out of their nether regions and make sensible decisions regarding the safe handling of firearms.
The instructor in the Arizona incident is solely responsible for his own death as a result of the decision he made. My condolences to the instructor’s family for their loss; however, there is no need to burden the rest of us with feel-good legislation because of his decision.