Why Are Toys More Regulated Than Guns?

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Toys are regulated more strictly than guns. Does that make you feel safe? Credit: Corbis

A recent column in The New York Times has a provocative headline: Why Not Regulate Guns as Seriously as Toys?

Actually, it's a good question.

Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof points out that "Jared Loughner was considered too mentally unstable to attend community college. He was rejected by the Army. Yet buy a Glock handgun and a 33-round magazine? No problem." (For the record, I tweeted a similar sentiment two days earlier.)

The notion that any restriction on the sale of guns and ammunition is anti-gun seems foolish, especially considering the fact that Loughner was tackled by heroic bystanders when he stopped to reload -- meaning that if he hadn't had access to a 33-round magazine, he might have been stopped sooner.

The next time you open a toy package, look at the warnings. Toys are heavily tested and regulated, as is food, medicine and numerous other things. I can't even buy certain cold medicines without a prescription. But I could buy a handgun.

This is not to say that regulations automatically make people safer. But are anyone's rights being trampled upon if they can only purchase a 10-round magazine?

What do you think? Should guns be regulated as seriously as toys? Or are the current regulations good enough?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.