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Gun-toting brother-in-law wants to open-carry around kids

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My brother-in-law and I don't have a particularly good relationship, and one of the sticking points is gun ownership.

He believes in the right to carry (openly), and I think guns should be carried only by police.

Every time I ask him not to bring guns near our family (we have three young children), he gets unbelievably offended.

Is there a polite way to ask him to please leave his guns at home?

Among other things, this issue is causing our wives (the sisters) to be unable to spend time together.

Any suggestions?

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-- Concerned Dad

Dear Dad: Your first job is to try to protect your children, regardless of who might be offended by your effort.

It is a sad and very grim fact that the most likely victims of accidental shootings are children. Children between the ages of 3 and 5 are particularly vulnerable.

According to an investigation by the AP and USA Today Network in 2016 (which analyzed 1,000 children killed or injured through accidental shootings), every other day a young child in America is killed with a gun.


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