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We can't be gun-shy when it comes to our kids
We can't be gun-shy when it comes to our kids

As the mom of an infant and a toddler, I have been both dreading and dying to hear another parent ask me one question: "Do you have a gun in your house?"  It's a question Ann Marie Crowell of Saugus, Mass., told me she has wished every day for the past 17 years that she had thought to ask. "I said, 'What if, what if, what if ... ?' "  Her 12-year-old son, Brian, was hanging out at an older friend's house nearby on Christmas Eve some years ago. Just before he was to head home, the friend pulled out his mom's gun, presumed hidden well enough away from the teen's curious eyes. The friend had thought the gun was empty and was...

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