I've never implied that people should not have firearms.
What I have said is that I do not agree that children should be packing guns.
I have guns in my home. As a child, I was told to keep my hands off of them and I did. If a child is going hunting with his or her father, that's a different story. However, I disagree that children should possess guns in the general public, and I am opposed to children carrying guns for the sake of 'protection'. That is an adults responsibility - one that is already dangerous. I am not confident that they would be more safetly used by children.
There are many laws created to protect children and I believe gun possession laws fall into this category. Buying a boy a hunting rifle for the sake of hunting isn't what I'm arguing. But a .45's purpose is to shoot people, and I don't think a child should have that power or responsibility.
I doubt that anything will ever keep anyone from guns, criminal or regular joes. But letting my son carry around a gun "in case" he gets bit by a dog is totally unacceptable to me - and that was your original argument.
I remember some years ago, 199Os maybe the 8Os,
I saw on Peter Jennings World News Tonight ABC NEWS
a story of "the school where the students must bring guns to school"
(or something close to that). They showed some students aged
8 to 12 who walked to school everyday in one of the northwestern states.
I don't remember which state.
They were required to carry rifles, because pistols were not powerful enuf.
Each day they put their coats on the coatrack, their hats on the hatrack,
their guns on the gunrack, they studied arithmetic n geography
(and HOPEFULLY, fonetic spelling, but I doubt that).
AT the end of the day they took their stuff n went home.
They were interviewed.
There was never any trouble with the guns.
Apparently, the local fauna had been harvesting too many
of the students on the way to school, thus the rule.
As a child, I went just about everywhere alone,
from age 8 on up; rode my bike, or took a cab or a bus.
Security is important; a matter of life n death.
ITS A SAD FACT THAT KIDS HAVE FALLEN VICTIM
TO FATALLY VIOLENT CRIMES.
In the early 2Oth Century, my mother (as a child)
suffered permanent very, very grievous wounds (lifelong)
in defending her sister from an attacking ex-"boyfriend"
I wish that in 1912 my mother had some heavy duty ordnance n blasted that guy.
Maybe a nice .45 revolver, as u mentioned.
NO MATTER WHO U ARE, if an emergency arises,
u must have the necessary equipment to resolve that emergency,
or perhaps suffer unacceptable results.
The predator might not necessarily accept
the excuse that "I'm too young to be a crime victim."