Shannon Watts+ Your Authors @shannonrwatts Founder of @MomsDemand, grassroots army of @Everytown. NRA’s worst nightmare. Fight Like a Mother author. Jun. 22, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

This article allows a South Carolina family of concealed carry permit owners - and local police - to blame everything but their own carelessness for the preventable, senseless death of a 2-year-old.

Why haven’t charges been filed? 

“Don’t punish the gun owner, they’ve suffered enough” is the same culture that enabled drunk driving deaths for decades. Until we hold gun owners accountable for negligence, these deaths will continue. 4.5M U.S. children live in homes with unsecured guns. This is unacceptable.

This is a letter to the editor of the New York Times from 1984, a few years after MADD was founded. The author is complaining about new drunk driving laws. The similarities to the rhetoric now defending the status quo on gun negligence is stunning. 

According to South Carolina’s 2018 Child Fatality Advisory report, one third of the state’s homes with children under 18 have a gun in the home, and more than half of them are loaded and accessible. Of the 238 child fatality cases in South Carolina in 2018, 66% involved a gun.

South Carolina has no law requiring gun owners to prevent children from gaining access to firearms. In fact, only 27 states have child access prevention laws. If we want to change the culture, we have to have laws - and law enforcement - that hold gun owners accountable.

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