“Accepting Responsibility” – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4) – Within days of each other, two young Colorado children died after getting their hands on guns; a 3-year-old boy died on South Pecos Street on April 17; a 6-year-old boy died in Fort Collins from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 10.
Despite passing legislation to prevent such deaths from happening, advocates on both sides say it is really the responsibility of the parents.
“If we want these freedoms, we have to accept the responsibilities that come with these freedoms,” said Edgar Antillon, co-founder of Guns for Everyone. “It’s not accidental. It’s more of a careless thing. Parents who are careless with their firearms are not responsible.
Abbey Winter, a volunteer with the Colorado chapter of Moms Demand Action, said deaths like these are 100% preventable.
“These children have a right to life, and it’s up to adults to prevent access to these guns,” Winter said.
Antillon said the freedom to carry a gun means taking steps to properly secure them.
“Part of it is doing something as simple as having a basic lock,” Antillon said. “There are so many options for securing your firearm.”
Below Colorado law passed in 2021gun owners must keep their guns in a safe if there are children under 18 in the house or face misdemeanor charges.
“It could be a code safe. Ideally, it could be a biometric safe, and you could go so far as to attach or bolt them to your wall, so that the safe cannot then be removed by older children,” Winter said.
Winter and Antillon both acknowledged that guns are dangerous, but said safety is possible and that with proper education, deaths like these can be prevented.
“It’s up to parents to be responsible for guns, it’s up to those parents to lock those guns up, or at least make them inaccessible to people who shouldn’t have access to those guns,” he said. Antillon said.
Most gun purchases come with a padlock. Many organizations like Moms Demand Action also give out free gun locks.