Every time the story of a shooting tragedy makes the news and a child dies, I hope that parents will get the message to keep their guns secured and away from their kids.
Unfortunately, every few days or weeks, there is a story of another shooting tragedy.
Today's shooting tragedy involves a 3-year-old in Tacoma, Washington who shot himself with a gun he found under the front seat of the family's minivan. His mother and her boyfriend had just gotten out of the minivan at a gas station and the loaded gun had been stashed under the seat.
The child, who was alone in the car with his 1-year-old sister, got out of his car seat, found the loaded gun, and shot himself in the head. He was declared dead at a local hospital.
Although this is the third shooting tragedy in the area, this is a nationwide problem that seems to be ignored because any talk of gun safety gets mixed up with arguments of gun control. This was of course highlighted in last year's battle over the Florida gun law that tried to keep pediatrician's from asking and counseling parents about gun safety.
So what can we do to stop these types of shooting tragedies?