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Juveniles with guns is serious problem for area

Our community has a problem — a small group of juveniles who are intent on carrying firearms.

While we support the Second Amendment protecting the right of adult citizens to carry firearms, our nation wisely limits legal possession of handguns to people who are 21 years old, or older.

Yet time and time again, our law enforcement officers are confronted with calls in which small, immature hands are found holding semi-automatic pistols.

Many adults, unfortunately, lack the common sense and good judgment to safely carry firearms. Teenagers with hormones and the naïve belief that nothing bad will happen to them certainly have no place wielding weapons on the streets.

On Monday, two juveniles were found to have returned fire after they allegedly were shot at in broad daylight. Although police investigators are uncertain because the juveniles said they had no idea who was shooting at them, the culprits are quite likely to be juveniles themselves.

Fortunately, no one was hurt — this time.

But we must find a solution to getting guns out of the hands of children and perhaps holding their adult guardians responsible could be an option.

What we’re doing now isn’t working and it’s only a matter of time before another child is injured or killed.