A common meme of gun rights enthusiasts is that if you’re going to blame guns for homicides, then you might as well blame pencils for making spelling errors.
It’s an utterly true statement. It’s also utterly meaningless.
If your three year-old picks up an unattended pencil and makes a spelling error, it’s unlikely your world will change much. In fact it’s unlikely the entire world will change much, unless your child is tasked with creating, say, a final draft of a national constitution not subject to editing. That’s not likely.
But a three year-old picking up the unattended firearm of a pathetically, inexcusably negligent parent who relishes in ostentatiously carrying it in public but then casually leaves it like junk mail on a counter?
Even that toddler will know the difference. Particularly when he reaches for and manipulates the thing that isn’t a pencil.