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7/1/2018 11:16:00 AM
EDITORIAL: Gun owners must be responsible, safe

Herald Bulletin

On Monday, a child fired a shot from a loaded handgun found in a sofa at the Fishers Ikea store.

By some stroke of luck, no one was injured in the incident.

But this situation could have ended in utter tragedy with the loss of one or more lives.

Instead, we all get a chance to learn an important life lesson – gun ownership requires the utmost responsibility, particularly when carrying that weapon into a public setting.

Police say the handgun owner wasn’t aware the weapon had fallen out of his pants when he sat on the sofa, where the child later discovered it.

Let’s put aside the fact for a minute that the weapon shouldn’t have been in the furniture store. Ikea has a no weapons policy in its locations.

Why was the gun in the man’s pants where it could unknowingly fall out?

Owning a firearm is the right of every American afforded by the Second Amendment.

But with that right comes the responsibility to use and secure the firearm safely … something this gun owner did not do.

This incident was 100 percent preventable if he had simply followed the most basic of gun safety procedures and etiquette.

The first step would have been obeying the store’s no weapons policy.

Ikea is within its rights to ban weapons from its locations. Armed residents are within their rights to not shop there if they don’t want to abide by the policy.

The next step would have been properly securing the gun. It’s just plain carelessness that allowed the handgun to end up in the sofa and then in the hands of a child. A high retention holster that covered the trigger completely would have prevented its loss.

Anyone who carries owes it to their fellow gunowners and fellow Americans to do so safely and responsibly. Those who don’t give responsible gun owners a bad name and risk the lives of everyone around them.

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Editor, John C. DePrez Jr.; Executive Editor, Carol Rogers; Publishers: IBRC and IAR

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