I've said it before and I'll say it again: Parents need to be as involved in the lives of their children as much as humanly possible. Smother them if you have to. Be snoopy.
Don't have time? Make time.
We all need to.
This is nothing more than a public service reminder to all parents in light of this week's startling news that came out of Benson (so don't say things can't happen here, because Benson's not that far away).
Four days ago, a little kid - 5 or so, a kindergartner - thought it would be neato to bring a real gun to school. The kid apparently brought the gun to school to show a friend. Welcome to Show-and-Tell, 2014 style.
Thankfully, tragedy was averted when a teacher was notified of the gun by other students. They teach vigilance in kindergarten?
What will happen to the student? The kid's 5. Doubt he will get suspended. Maybe prohibit him from the fingerpaints for a week, I don't know.
But we shouldn't be worried about this 5-year-old's actions as much as we should be concerned about the parenting, or lack thereof, both in this case, and in general these days.
Parents need to lock up their guns at all times. It's Parenting 101. This kid's folks might be great parents and simply messed up, but sheesh; I pray this was a freak oversight and not commonplace in their home. Be thankful the gun didn't go off, for sure, but just think how ugly this could've gotten.
I've tried in recent columns to defend gun owners because I believe in their right to own firearms. Some, however, are making it more and more difficult to side with that population of people. Some do, or in this case, don't do things that leave us baffled.
What happened in Benson had a happy ending, and it just adds another chapter in the story about guns in this country, a story that doesn't have an ending.
Again, I don't have a problem with guns in the home, but folks, if you have a kid in your house, show some judgement that you, as an adult, should have developed a long time ago - lock the piece away, hide it somewhere out of reach. Buy a German shepherd trained to sniff out guns and then sic him on your kid's Transformers backpack. Frisk your little ones before they get on the bus. Set up metal a detector on the patio.
With gun ownership comes great responsibility. You shouldn't have one without the other.