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What should parents ask about weapons?

Posted by Ben Terris  February 4, 2009 06:30 AM

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By Ben Terris

Five M-14 rifles that belonged to a Newton resident have been found eight months after having been stolen, Wicked Local Newton reports.

The website says that Lawrence T. White, 25, of Maynard was found in possession of the weapons, which he allegedly stole while doing construction work from a home on Waslsingham Street.

You might be thinking to yourself, "What on earth could a Newton resident want with five assault weapons?" Or, if you are hip to gun control laws you might even be thinking, "Wasn't the sale of assault weapons to civilians made illegal by federal law in 1994."

To answer the first question, look no further than the police logs. The blotter from this week's Tab includes terrifying stories such as a Tremont resident returning home to find that a delivered package had been stolen and a Hatfield Road resident missing his Nintendo Wii. All I know, is if Mr. Hatfield Road was packing a couple of assault rifles, he'd be doing his Yoga on the Wii Fit as we speak.

As to the legality of owning these types of weapons: the 1994 ban on sales stated that anyone who already in possession of M-14s and the likes could keep owning them.

But there are other serious questions raised by the incident in Newton, questions that send chills down the spine of many parents. When you send your children over to another persons house, do you ask if they own a gun, and if they do, do you ask how they store them?

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1 comments so far...
  1. The alarm in this article is rediculous. Terrified parents? "Banned" guns? Assault rifles don't assault people. They are just rifles legal almost anywhere but here. They pose no danger in themselves. In the case of this theft, the rifles were locked in cases and had trigger locks on them as well. The police were obviously aware of who stole them as they set up a sting operation to catch the culprit. No child could have been harmed by these guns as they were not accessable.
    The right to bear arms is a constitutional right, and to suggest that parents ask about the presence of them before their children visit a house is like suggesting you check the religion or political affiliations of a household and exactly how they practice these beliefs. Irresponsible expressions under the first ammedment cause far more harm than responsible exercising of the second ammendment.

    Posted by David Coolidge February 6, 09 01:55 PM