Every day in the USA, 9 children are shot and killed. Some die in high profile mass killings splashed across the media but many are killed in tragic domestic accidents involving the family arsenal. More and more American children are being given guns for their birthday or for Christmas.
Despite the increasing numbers of grieving families the powerful gun lobby continues encouraging citizens to arm themselves. Shotguns and assault riffles designed with children in mind are available at gun fairs and even in the supermarket for less than 100 dollars.
But there is a backlash and people are starting to organise to protect themselves and their families. They are demanding stricter controls on gun purchase but so far their work has been in vain. In 2013 Barack Obama attempted an ambitious reform but the bill was vetoed by a Congress in the thrall of the NRA.
Should the right to bear arms apply to children?
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