Shandra Jordan, editor in chief
Colleen Buhrer, managing editor
J.J. Babb, design managing editor
Kyle Endres, campus editor
Christopher J. Ortiz, opinion editor
Gun owners need to teach and practice reasonability
Fortunately no one was injured or killed in Thursday’s incident
involving a minor bringing a gun to school that he took from home,
but why was he able to take a gun from home?
People who keep guns at home need to practice responsibility
such as keeping ammunition separate from guns, locking guns away
from children and keeping account of all the firearms in the
When first asked by police if there was a gun missing from their
home, the parents of the said student could not determine if one
was or not. This is not a case of missing car keys or the remote
control for the television; this is a case of missing a firearm
that could have ended the lives of many on Thursday.
Our opinion is gun owners should ensure every member of a
household is aware of the responsibility and danger of firearms. If
you are keeping a gun in the home, you are responsible for that gun
and for making sure the right people have access to it – and others
We are not advocating whether or not people should have firearms
but we are advocating that people who choose to do so have the
safety of their family and their community in mind when they make
Members of this editorial staff come from different backgrounds
of firearms being kept in the house while we were children. We were
made well aware of the dangers of these weapons and even in some
cases, taught how to safely use them.
The firearms also need to be kept in a safe and locked location,
so that children do not have access to them.
We ask owners of guns to keep the safety of their family members
and their community members in mind when they make the decision to
keep guns in the home.