National Rifle Association of America
Guns in the hands of children, what's right?

To the editor: Pardon me, but we have rights in this country, and as long as something is legal, people have no obligation to forfeit those rights.  (Re “Gun ranges debate child safety,” Aug. 29)   Did the instructor sign a release covering mishaps at the gun range? Almost certainly he did. Did the parents of the 9-year old sign a release? Almost certainly. All legal. Legalities aside, of course, common sense dictates this never should have happened. And legislation extending the requirement that you must be at least 18 years old to own a gun — extending it to gun access at shooting ranges or elsewhere — will (unfortunately) be opposed by the god-like wrath...