The Chicago Tribune reports on the arrest of the teen uncle who stashed the gun in his twin nephews' room. Last week one of the 5-year-old twins shot and killed the other.
Antoine Heard claimed he'd found the gun and wanting to keep it, hid it in the twins bedroom. Whether that's true, or whether he's a gang member as his facial tattoos and prior criminal record might suggest, is irrelevant. There is only one factor in this sad story that can be addressed, that's gun availability.
As much as we may attempt to correct the social conditions which lead to gang activity and drug involvement and inner city violence, these situations are here to stay in certain places. What can be done is the availability of handguns can be diminished to the point where fewer of these tragedies happen. That can be done over the next few years, long before we eradicate poverty and unemployment.
What's your opinion? Do you think the availability of that handgun played a role in the tragedy? If there'd been no gun there, the twins would still be together, right?
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