Letter to the editor: Good parents keep weapons from kids
Regarding the article “Fayette mom charged with allowing 14-year-old to have gun stash”: Part of the problem today is how anyone can describe a person who has knowingly broken the law, defied common sense and allowed a teenager access to a weapon as a good person and a good mother.
With violence by children against other children dominating the news, how could any sane person not realize that it is necessary to keep weapons away from children? How could anyone with an ounce of common sense not do that, just as a natural safeguard?
I think that any time a child commits a crime with a weapon, the parents should face charges and be required to take parenting classes. Parenting is more than providing food and clothing; there's a whole lot of teaching, safeguarding and supervision involved, too. If you are not prepared to make parenting your No. 1 priority, then don't have children. Your kids make friends at school. Your job is to know who they are and what they are doing.
My daughter gave me a gift that says, “The older I get, the more I realize my mom is the best friend I ever had.” Kids see you as a friend when they are grown; be a parent while they are growing.