Social Media Buzz: Child gun safety, jobs or deficit, and Benghazi on trial

This week our readers responded to discussions on gun safety after a 5-year-old boy fatally shot his 2-year-old sister. Congressman Keith Ellison, (D-Minn.) talks job growth, and Benghazi attacks are investigated by the House.


  1. Brother shoots sister in Kentucky

  2. In an accidental shooting, a boy killed his sister with a loaded .22 caliber rifle, bringing up the national debate surrounding gun control and safety.
  3. Our view
  4. Opposing view
  5. Here's what USA TODAY readers had to say:
  6. What is the sample size of the population for that statisic of 'every three days'? You mean all 7 billion in the world? The 350 million in the USA? So that's 2 a week, or 104 a year, I'm pretty sure more kids die in car accidents every year. Feel free to check me on that.
  7. Its ultimately the parent's responsibility. Guns are not the only thing in the home that can harm a child. There could be anything from kitchen knives, to hot stoves, to pools, to harmful chemicals in ANY home. It is a parent's responsibility to educat...See More
  8. the safety of children is the work of all
  9. The Crickett ad for "My First Rifle," shows the weapon the boy from Kentucky used to shoot and kill his sister. 
  10. Crickett "My First Rifle" Ad... Is Marketing toward young Children ok?
  11. Only if you could get guns to watch the ads.
  12. I have no problem with parents being responsible for gun safety. But that means they have to be held responsible when they fail. I have seen too many instances of children having access to a gun and nothing happens to the parents. A slap on the wrist or a fine won't do it. They need jail time. Only then will they take their responsibility seriously.
  13. The government needs to take better care of spending and cutting taxes before trying to add more none sense to the heavy plate it has.
  14. Conversation outside of USA TODAY:
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  16. Give me work, or give me deficit?

  17. In a stagnant economy the government must come up with solutions. But should officials focus on job growth or lowering the deficit?