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