I saw this article in the paper today. It is always sad and scary when a child gets hold of a gun and shots, whether on purpose or accidentally, another child. (In this case, fortunately, the child will be okay.) And yes, it was wrong of the parents/gun owner to have a loaded gun accessible to a child. They should have been responsible.
Of course, some will point to it and say this is yet another example of why we need better regulations on guns. Others will say you can’t punish the responsible gun owners for the actions of the irresponsible ones.
I agree with both those sentiments. I don’t blame responsible gun owners, who keep their weapons properly locked up, for this. Of course not. And if all gun owners locked their weapons away from access of children, things like this couldn’t happen.
But the same argument can be used for what is being called an opioid epidemic. Should you punish the responsible patients who use the medicine judiciously, carefully, so that they can manage to live a functional life?
I don’t have a condition that causes the sort of pain that the chronic pain patients who use opioids do. However, I know many who fall into that group. They try to use as little as they can, while still doing the daily necessities. Even with their dose, they hurt, but they function.
They live with pain as a constant companion. Relief is essential on occasion.
Guns are not essential.
The statistics of deaths from prescription opioids are hard to tease out, because most of the data include illegal drugs such as heroin. A person who is using drugs as prescribed is much less likely to fall into those statistics.
I wonder why there is no talk of regulating the tens of thousands of deaths (not to mention double or more injuries) by guns. No one takes a gun to relieve pain. No one takes a gun to be able to function.
Yet medically required care is being scrutinized, while gun ownership rises. (Most of the gun sales are to people who already own guns. They are stockpiling.)
Something seems wrong here. Maybe you can think of better solutions. Because I certainly don’t want the current trend to continue. Deaths by pain relieving, prescribed opioids has stabilized, while gun death rises each year. Think about it.