Firearms are the leading cause of deaths for American children and teens:
5-year-old fatally shoots 16-month-old brother in Indiana apartment
Meanwhile, in North Carolina, state legislators are busy making it easier for anyone, mentally well or ill, to buy and own guns:
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina residents can now buy a handgun without getting a permit from a local sheriff, after the Republican-controlled legislature on Wednesday overrode the Democratic governor’s veto — a first since 2018. The House voted 71-46 to enact the bill, which eliminates the longstanding permit system requiring sheriffs to perform character evaluations and criminal history checks of pistol applicants.
The Senate overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto in a party-line vote on Tuesday. The permit repeal takes effect immediately. Cooper and Democratic lawmakers warned it allows a greater number of dangerous people to obtain weapons through private sales, which do not require a background check, and limits law enforcement’s ability to prevent them from committing violent crimes.