As Twitchy reported earlier, ABC News raised eyebrows with previews of its “20/20” special called “Young Guns.” To show how dangerous guns can be around children, ABC planted guns in an elementary school classroom as part of an “experiment.”

Diane Sawyer live-tweeted as the program aired Friday night.

The Blaze’s Dana Loesch didn’t need to wait for the special to air to shred ABC’s methodology. Behold:

  • SpaceRacer423

    which one of these two things kills more than twice the number of kids under the age of 12 than the other every year?

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      No home security camera footage from backyard pools was available to Diane Sawyer. :rolleyes:

      • Jack Deth

        Can Diane Sawyer and ’20/20′ be sued for Child Endangerment regarding their moronic ‘Young Guns’ segment?

    • lorri

      The pool

  • Maxx

    I had a gun rack in the hallway of my home growing up. Loaded shotguns. My brothers and I didn’t mess around with ’em for the very same reason we didn’t throw kitchen knives at each other. Because my parents taught us gun safety long before we were tall enough to even reach ’em.

    Let’s try this again Diane. A gun is a piece of polymer or steel that when left alone in the home of mindful, responsible gun owners, is of no more harm than the knives which cut roast beef. Stop blaming the firearms.

    • Spinmamma

      We did too. And the firing range that the girls’ and boys’ rifle clubs used was in the basement of my school! No injuries, no accidents, no stupid horse play.

      • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

        Me too. You get “the talk” when you get your first BB gun, then the .22, to the .410, and work your way up…

    • ARandKsmommy

      My Daddy used antlers for his guns. Mounted high enough on the wall where my sister and I couldn’t reach them, but he could. He kept a pistol hidden for my stepmother to protect us when he wasn’t home. My sister and I were told they were not toys and if we so much as touched them the ass whopping we got would never be forgotten. We never even thought of messing with them.

    • rogleecam

      Schools/authorities teach children to question parents (call 911). Why should they listen when parents say “don’t touch”.
      Violent video games and violent movies give EVERYONE a false feeling of resolve for social problems.
      Lawlessness, ignorance and injustices in our courts exacerbate these two mindsets.

    • crankywhitewoman

      My Mom was a Deputy Sheriff in LA County in the ’70s. She was REQUIRED to carry her fully loaded revolver at all times, whether she was on the clock or not. I remember being at a family gathering for Christmas when I was about eight years old, while retrieving a diaper for my little sister out of the diaper bag, I came across my Mom’s gun stashed amongst the diapers. When we were on a road trip for a family vacation, that gun was in the glove box, and was transferred to her purse when she was exiting the vehicle. We handled the gun under her watchful eye because she wanted us to understand what it was, what a person could do with it, and gun safety. I suppose we could have removed it from her purse while she was sleeping or in the shower, but that thought never cossed our minds. We were told not to touch it unless we had her explicit permission, so we didn’t. No, we weren’t perfectly obedient angels…we definitely did things we weren’t supposed to, then lied through our teeth about it, but we knew better than to ever mess with Mom’s gun.

  • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

    My daughter knew it as a child, Daddy’s room is off limits. It has loaded guns. We spent many an hour at the range and she NEVER broke the safety rules. Now, she can punch paper with the best. And she’s armed, for the defense of her babies.

    • Worship Dancer

      my dad’s rifles were kept in his closet. we knew where they were AND we were taught how to properly handle them. rule #1 NEVER EVER EVER POINT A GUN AT ANYTHING YOU DON’T PLAN TO SHOOT. didn’t matter if gun was loaded or not rule #1

      • Frak Ewe

        WRONG! Rule 1 is EVERY GUN IS LOADED EVEN IF IT ISN’T. Rule 2 is Don’t ever point a gun at anything you don’t want destroyed. Rule 3 is Don’t put your finger on the trigger unless you’re ready to pull it. Rule 4 is be sure of your target, and what is beyond it. You are responsible for the complete flight path of your bullet.

      • Howard Roark

        My dad as a kid used to carry his .22 rifle to school in the Fall on a school bus along with many other classmates in the 6th grade. They would leave the rifles in a locker in the gym coach’s office. For 3 weeks each fall gym class consisted of target shooting.

        • Sonus

          Three quarters of the vehicles in the parking lot of my high school had firearms in them. 12 gauges in the fall. 30’06 and 30-30 in the winter. .22s year round.

          • John Howard

            And that was back in the day of no one casually walking into schools and shooting them up.
            The more the Libs have filled up the law books with anti-gun laws, the more instances we get of people casually walking into schools and shooting them up.
            They can’t see the relationship between labeling something ‘bad’ or ‘forbidden’ and the increase in the number of people who become obsessed with the ‘bad’ or ‘forbidden’.
            Hell, didn’t we all learn that lesson back in the 20’s with Prohibition?

          • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

            Some did, some didn’t. Guess which group is in power now.

          • Sonus

            Some learned the lesson of Prohibition. And some ignore the lesson.

            AFAIK, nobody ever even contemplated using one of those weapons to shoot up the school. And if they did, they probably knew that the rest of the weapons would quickly be turned upon them.

  • JeffWRidge

    I grew up in a home that had guns in it. We were taught to respect the weapons and that they were not toys. The guns weren’t hidden from us; we just knew better than to mess with them. All parents have to do is take the time to educate their kids on the dangers of playing with any type of weapons. I suspect that the vast majority of gun owning parents do just that.

    Schools educate kids on the dangers of playing with fire without teaching kids that fire is an evil to be avoided. Why can’t schools do the same thing when it comes to guns? Instead, kids are told to fear and hate guns by hoplophobes whose irrational fear and hatred of guns colors their perception of reality.

    All this does is make some kids afraid of guns, and other curious about them, and curious kids like to investigate things they consider mysterious. That is what leads to accidents.

    • Ty in TX ✓ᵇᵒⁿᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      >>>and other curious about them, and curious kids like to investigate things they consider mysterious.

      Exactly. It’s the allure of the forbidden fruit.

      • Mal Reynolds

        When my son was young he got to see and handle the guns anytime he asked with a parent there to supervise. We emphasized safe handling and the DAMAGE that could be done by not following the rules. This took all the mystery away. Took him to the range when he asked to go. No mystery just another tool like daddy’s hammer.

        • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

          Exactly.. My father was a career cop, he always had his guns in a cabinet in his room, and we knew better than to go in Mom and Dad’s room without them in it… it was a first law, and nobody ever broke that rule..

          He taught me how to shoot a handgun at 10, and it didn’t leap up off the bench and start shooting on it’s own..

          Sawyer’s an idiot.

          Back in Reagan’s term, the left told us all how she was so right wing, since she had ties to the Nixon WH… she has since aimed at dispelling that by arching ever further left, so much that she’s now an open joke. Clutching her pearls at every left wing passion and phobia, breathless in pandering to the stupid and liberal… but I repeat myself.

  • Calcat36

    My firearms have less confirmed kills than Ted Kennedy in his assault Oldsmobile 88 when he declared war on Mary Jo Kopechne.

    My firearms must be defective.

    • Zathras11 @B5

      No, Tedward Kennedy was.

      • plaingolf

        Maybe so and I’m surely not defending him but he was well liked and respected by his peers on both sides of the aisle. Just look at old C-Span footage of him interacting with other congress people. Or not, if you have a life.

        • Zach Smith

          I don’t think that proves much. I’m sure you can find footage of Senators being chummy with people like Saddam Hussein and Muammar al-Gaddafi, too.

          • plaingolf

            That’s pretty far reaching but I guess that’s what you need to do to get your point across. I was referring to his interaction with his political “foes” in congress.

          • porkchop6209

            Wonder how it worked out for him between Jesus and Satan?

        • Jill

          Many a vile man have been lauded by sycophants and adversaries alike. That doesn’t make their character any less vile.

    • Howard Roark

      That’s a real #WarOnWomen

  • WhoMeToo

    Number 1 killer of children in the USA ==> Cars.

  • Booker

    Isn’t Di late for happy hour?

    • John Howard

      Probably was where the tweeting was coming from.

  • IndySkye

    Tweeting every few minutes on the subject made Diane look like a desperate troll. Also, asking your neighbors about having guns is bizarre. Would you say, “I’m just concerned that if my kids break into your house and start rummaging through your stuff looking for things to steal they may get hurt.”

    • Ty in TX ✓ᵇᵒⁿᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      And the sad thing is, in the minds of liberals and progressives that’s a perfectly legitimate question.
      I say turn it around on them. When they ask about your firearms, say ok, but I need to know, do you have [email protected], [email protected], and S&M gear? Oh it’s none of my business? Guess what sunshine….what I have is none of yours too.

      • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

        Indeed… how many of these liberal idiots have porn DVD’s in the movie shelves where kids can get them?

        I’ve seen people do that, then whine when they caught junior with it..

        My response, if you’d lock up anything else you don’t want kids to touch… why leave those out in plain sight?…

        simple answer.. because they aren’t that bright.

  • Juan Pablo

    Nothing looks more natural than liberal journalists trying to sound objective (except maybe an oral bowel movement)

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      Planting guns in a school room is natural?

      They loose points for stupid right out of the gate. and really?.. shots of mommy acting pearl clutching shocked when junior picks it up when nobodies looking?

      oooh come on… They haven’t taught these kids anything about guns, and are surprised they pick it up?…. My ol man was deathly strict about handling guns when I was growing up, 4 son’s, and NOBODY ever broke his rules, the punishment threat was enough..

      why?.. because Dad’s rule was law, and we respected our father’s then.. Mom’s rules just as much, because she had the attack dad on a leash..

      and my wife does too.. the kids know better..

      and any liberal asshat neighbor asking me about guns will get an earful when I ask them if they’re shameless drunks who beat their kids.. because that’s a million times more common than gun accidents in homes without drunks and gang bangers.

      • Thale Taxurfeet

        …”Dad’s rule was law, and we respected our father’s then.. Mom’s rules just as much“…

        Ah yes, back when mom and dad instilled the notion of respect in their young’uns. When sense was considered and expected to be a common attribute. So much so, it was often referred to as common sense!

        The good old days…

        • rogleecam

          “Common sense is not so common.”
          ― Voltaire

        • rogleecam

          this one is good!
          “Common sense is the most widely shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it.”
          ― René Descartes

          • Thale Taxurfeet

            Heh. Yup. The more things change…

            P.S. I thought of going into how the public schools, many authorities, the entertainment industry in general, and even the young’uns peers often undermine the work of the parents, as you so succinctly put in another comment in this thread, but given my tendency to get too wordy when I have a bit of time on my hands to fritter away on the intertubes, I decided to keep it short.

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  • Wonder Pony

    My father was a S.W.A.T. commander (before T.V’s Hondo). I never even touched the AR that was kept locked and loaded as per practice for a response team. I was told not to do so, by my father. Therefore I did not, nor did my 5 brothers and sisters. I was also taught long before that, the number 1 rule of firearm safety: There is no such thing as an unloaded firearm. However, I was taught how to shoot by the age of 7. Honestly, who did not know how to behave with firearms back then?

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      “I was also taught long before that, the number 1 rule of firearm safety: There is no such thing as an unloaded firearm.”

      The same in my family.. no, such.. thing.

      My mother had a cousin killed when he and his brother went hunting, he was about 14, back in the 30’s.. they were climbing through a barbed wire fence, and the rifle snagged on a barb.. he caught it in the head..

      so gun safety was a serious thing, so much Dad taught us not to point even a toy gun directly at anyone, always aim it away… a rule I never broke until.. …. some years later while in the service.

      • porkchop6209

        I didn’t watch this inane drivel, shameless. I believe children have as natural a tendency to gravitate toward “guns” as breathing. I had plenty of toy guns, then BB’s, heavy pneumatic and real ones, but as violence increased I found myself deciding to not allow my own, then babies, to have toy ones. Once, in a store, my oldest (around 3) went straight to a shelf of realistic looking toys. Holding onto his brother, 2, I squatted down and told Matt to put it back, that we didn’t play with guns. Some well meaning knucklehead, older gentleman, stepped over and commented to me “How refreshing it is to hear someone telling their child that guns are bad.” I turned and looked up at him and sternly replied “I didn’t tell him that because I think guns are bad, it’s because we have real ones, and lots of them!” OMG, y’all should have seen the look on his face as he slinked away. MasterCard’s got nothing on that one! At 4 and three the wife bought them squirt guns, I told her that she forced my hand to now teach them the difference between fake and real ones. So off into the woods with my Blackhawk .357 we went, but they learned not to play with them or touch them.

  • SameJerkDifferentName

    So many of these comments look like they could’ve been written by me or any of my 3 older brothers. We had guns in the house, unlocked in our parents bedroom closet. We all knew where they were and we also knew that we weren’t allowed to so much as touch them without the OK from Mum or Dad. Never an issue, never an accident.
    Rules, Respect and Limits.

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      Mum? In the U.K.? That would be interesting to hear….

      • SameJerkDifferentName

        Nope, American born and bred. We just always called her Mum.

  • Jay Stevens

    Diane Sawyer tweeted:
    Would you ask neighbors if they have guns at home?

    No. It is none of my business.

    • plaingolf

      If I feel that my neighbors are brainless douchbags then I’m not going to let my kid go over there anyway.

      • justlittlolme

        LOL! Had my neighbor tell me SHE would no longer let her girls play with one down the road because she found out they had a gun. Since they had come over a few times to play with mine, I told her – “You better keep ’em home, then. If I can’t trust someone with a gun, I’m damn sure not gonna trust ’em with my girls.”
        Although we still speak to each other on occasion, her kids never came over to play inside again.

      • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary


        I won’t let my kids go in any neighbors house that I don’t know and haven’t any knowledge of beyond hello.. I simply don’t give that kind of trust, my parents didn’t, I don’t…

        Now if I know them well enough that they’re welcome to come in, we’ll talk… not until then.. and there are kids around I won’t let mine play with… a few bullies who ride their bikes around looking for younger kids to push around.

        They stopped trying with my son and his friends when my 14 year old daughter kicked their @sses..

        so proud of that girl..

        • plaingolf

          Ha! Good for her. Years ago when my “early developed” daughter was around 10 we get a call from the school. The lady says to my (now ex) wife in a concerned voice ” Your daughter beat up a boy who snapped her bra strap.” My ex laughed and said “Good for her!” before hanging up on her.

    • Republicanvet

      Where I live, I would know from the sounds coming from my neighbors property …and they mine.

      • porkchop6209

        My neighbors hate my guts, they’re convinced I’ve got an inside connection at Federal or Winchester or something. School tells you precious metals are gold, silver, platinum, palladium; life teaches you they are steel, lead, brass and copper.

    • rogleecam

      I’d give you a hundred likes for that one if I could!

  • West_Coast

    Guns don’t kill people, liberals do.

    • Green Eggs And Ted

      Seen at Columbine. Seen in Aurora, Colorado. Seen at Sandy Hook. Seen at Ford Hood. Seen in Chicago. Seen at Virginia Tech. The list goes on.

  • Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Watching Dana’s video.

    Aren’t there accidental gun stats available that aren’t 10 years old?

    • Jay Stevens

      There may be, but I haven’t seen any – at least, not without a fair amount of digging. I suspect that it is like Swedish rape statistics by ethnicity. They are so bad (Muslims are 1/6 of the population there, but they are 1/2 of those imprisoned for rape) that the government quit keeping statistics.

  • Howard Roark

    “Tonight on 20/20 we will show how to protect children as we endanger children. Next week we will show how to save a village.”

    • porkchop6209

      By totally destroying it……..

  • Maryland_Malcontent

    Does The Blaze not record in HD? That youtube video is only 360p :(

    LOL at the “creepy family member” being a flagrant hipster. They ARE creepy.

  • JimS

    “Would you ask neighbors if they have guns at home?” Yes, if I needed them to help me hunt some coyotes. Evil things have been yipping up a storm in the woods lately.

    • porkchop6209

      Song dogs eat pet ones, got one of my neighbor’s last March when I was outside, didn’t last ten seconds. Bigger one got away but suffered several chunks taken out. Heard them corner and take a deer one evening, pitiful. Nature is a cold, cruel master.

  • Post Online

    First, my family, my friends and I are die-hard gun owners and advocates so let’s get that out of the way. We all former military, grew up with guns, right wing and believe that responsible people should be able to own any type of gun. So this opinion on the 20/20 piece is not coming from someone who is screaming for the Utopian left-wing world of no guns.
    IMO teaching kids up front is the best way to remove the mystery. However, each child is different and learning about guns isn’t a one-time lesson. The parent of the 14 yr old expert marksman is a good example of this on-going lesson. This is called responsible, active parenting.
    IMO there is no reason NOT to have a fast-entry safe to store your gun if you have children in the house (yours or others). This is called being a responsible adult. Kids will find unsecured guns not matter how well you think it’s hidden.
    IMO there is no reason NOT to know more about your children’s playmates and their parent’s houses. This is called responsible, active parenting.
    IMO guns don’t have to be “cute” or a fashion accessory. Making a child’s weapon a childish color is not necessary. However, it’s the people who buy it are the ones that keep that market going. I’m betting those people are parents. They are the ones that keep that market going.
    IMO the media sensationalizes and scares people to draw in viewers and revenue. Most are interested in slanting their stories either right or left extreme. The 20/20 piece was less obviously biased so they get kudos for making a good attempt. They neglect to report on the less sensational things that kill children more often than guns; vehicle accidents, drowning, suffocation and homicide. The end result (sadly) will be the left will be screaming to remove all guns because of the fact that kids are kids and what those children did on the show will terrify the parents.
    So how about let’s focus on the parents, not the guns in the debate going forward from this piece? Parents, stop blaming others – other parents, the media, the government, the gun manufacturers, those of us who have guns – and take responsibility for doing YOUR part in raising children.

    • Jay Stevens


      “The 20/20 piece was less obviously biased so they get kudos for making a good attempt.” (Emphasis mine.)

      “The end result (sadly) will be the left willbe screaming to remove all guns because of the fact that kids are kidsand what those children did on the show will terrify the parents.”
      Their goal exactly.

      • Post Online

        Typical. Missing the point and falling into the trap of sensationalism just like most of the lemmings… it’s parents and parenting that need to be focused on by the general public – you being one of them – vs focusing on the guns and sensationalism. (Emphasis mine)

  • brm373

    MSM created lies

  • stuckinIL4now

    The issue here is their arrogance because this is the first time that THEY have wondered or asked these questions or considered these issues. The real and responsible gun owners are way ahead of this childish game.

  • Steve__Jacobson

    Seems to be the same sort of propaganda as NBC’s report on exploding gas tanks years ago.

  • Joel A. Edge

    “Anyone dumb enough to put a gun in a toy box wouldn’t have lived long enough to have kids.”
    My personal favorite.

  • R.C.

    My father started me target shooting (occasionally groundhogs, usually the burn barrel in the back yard) by age 5. Firearms and ammo hung on a rack in my bedroom at age 6. There were never any firearm incidents in our home.
    The impact a slug or shot leaves on a steel barrel, ground hog, or raccoon in the chicken coop, at that young age gave me the utmost respect for those firearms.
    Firearm safety -not fear mongering- should be mandatory courses in every school.

  • notenoughtime

    Why would anyone take advice from the media especially one that is not interested in responsible gun ownership. She doesn’t address the easy availability of guns acquired illegally. Quite frankly, it is none of Sawyer’s business, how and when I discuss any issue with my children and family. There are dangers around us everyday but guns are the only ones that get the media’s attention.

  • Marvin Nelson

    Why is everyone so upset? An “expert” in child psychology from a “well known” local college designed the experiment. Sure makes me feel better.

  • porgiefirefighter

    Where I grew up we did not talk incessantly about gun safety and gun danger. As a youth, we were given basic rules and instruction and if we broke them we heard about it. To us guns were not abstract evil and they were not toys (though we often had a good time shooting). We knew what guns were capable of (mostly from hunting) and we acted accordingly. Propaganda to portray gun owners as less evolved threats to the enlightened few is not only wrong, but insulting and really growing old.

    • FaithColeridge33

      LOL my dad kept a shotgun in the hall closet with a box of shotgun shells next to it. We used to tear it down and see who could reassemble it faster. EEK often when neither parent was home. LOL. Everyone one of us fired our firs shot on that shotgun.

  • snyper77

    Dana is a rising star.

    • Aimee

      I’ve listened to her for years on talk radio, she’s awesome!

  • Fidget

    I didn’t grow up in a house with guns, but even as a young child I knew that guns were not toys and that I should never ever touch one without a grown ups permission and supervision, I knew that misuse could be dangerous and deadly. I don’t recall ever having a specific conversation with my dad about it, but I do know that I knew as a child that I would be in big big trouble if I ever touched a gun without permission. So when the day came that I went to a friend’s house and saw a gun for the first time, I knew not to mess with it. But my parents raised me right, I knew there were rules and expectations for my behavior, and I was afraid of getting in trouble and disappointing my parents so I followed those rules.

  • justlittlolme

    I can’t help but believe all the anti gun psycho-babble is for the sole purpose of inciting hysteria. Like a lot of folks, I grew up around guns. In fact, I can remember being all of (gasp) six years old, sitting in front of a Colman stove pouring molten lead (gasp again) into bullet molds while my dad was pressing primer caps into the casings on the other end of the workbench.
    There were 2 things drilled into us about guns – 1) Don’t point one at anything you don’t want dead and (most importantly) 2) A gun is a TOOL, not a toy.

  • Aimee

    I remember when 20/20 was interesting. YEARS ago.

    • Jay Stevens

      I lost interest in 20/20 around ’84 or ’85. They did two segments about 3 months apart on the then newly deployed Patriot Air Defense System. The first was about how it was an expensive white elephant and therefore ineffective. The second was about how it could possibly destabilize the SALT talks.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    “The NRA recommends guns be stored and unloaded until ready for use, should not be accessible to child”

    Perhaps they should’ve also recommended that ABC producers not plant guns in children’s play areas.

    • Nonameworks

      Reminds me of the exploding gas tank TV journalism,

  • Jack Deth

    20/20 and Diane Sawyer shoots ABC’s ratings in the foot with ‘Young Guns’ domestic terrorism.

    In other news. CBS’s ‘Blue Bloods’ had a very decent episode last night!

  • FaithColeridge33

    Did somebody say pink shotguns?

    • GaryTheBrave

      The shot is pink? :-

  • JohnMcaluneyJr

    Did Diane Sawyer talk about “recycling” of guns into neat lamps for her Manhattan Apt and The Hamptons cottage? Diane Sawyer is very Middle Class, too.

  • GaryTheBrave

    I didn’t see 2020. Did DiSaw show NRA’s Eddie Eagle? Its a school program that teaches children that if they see a gun to 1) don’t touch, 2) leave the room, and 3) tell a responsible adult.

  • Obey_Gravity

    Did they hand out free brown shirts to children who participated?

    • hadenough57

      If they did hand out those brown shirts, it would behoove the parents of those children to know history. All of us that know history, are aware that the “brown shirts” once no longer useful, were made to disappear in very deadly ways.

      • Obey_Gravity

        Yes, but they were very effective for the people using them.

        and The people using them could care less what happened to them after the fact.

    • Nonameworks

      Didn’t watch the show, but family member did. Unbelievable irresponsible. After giving these kids attention while they looked at guns in an inappropriate way, what did they do after that?

      Did the parents (who I guess from Dana’s video are shown being surprised and horrified) give informed consent for their kids to participate?

      Then WHY were they surprised and horrified?

      • Obey_Gravity

        I’m gonna guess they were told to. You know… ‘reality TV’!

  • Fairfax51

    We all know that this is totally agenda driven. Scare people into thinking we have to get rid of all the guns. I don’t watch any 20/20’s. It always has an agenda.
    That said, so…if I have a gun, unloaded and locked up away from the children; and someone breaks into my house, I have to go unlock the gun, load it, run back to the crime scene where my kids are already dead. What is wrong with this? Teach your children about the world, don’t hide them from reality. They will grow up strong or weak. You choose.

  • gold7406

    I wounder if they will do a segment of what happens when your kid goes into your medicine cabinet and sees lots of prescription drugs or goes into opens a drawer loaded with pot or pot candy and cookies. Opens the kitchen draw and sees steak knives or dad’s tool box and sees saws,drills and hammers. What about the liquor cabinet or the 6 pack in the refrigerator or a pantry filled with junk food.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Well, now that pot is legal in some states, we should expect to see MANY stories about kids getting sick on pot laced goodies, right? Or at least see the PSAs about how to “lock it up.” Yeah, right. Only the ERs will tell the tale.

  • aliswell

    “Would you ask neighbors if they have guns at home? Do you think it’s important?”

    Hey Comrade Sawyer, as a propaganda agent, how many rubles do you earn per year?

    • hadenough57

      From all the private donors that shore up propaganda news like ABC, she is well paid. Sawyer is taking her cue from this mans playbook-

      The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.

      Vladimir Lenin

  • Little_Richard

    What if your child is part of the 1% …
    Are you suggestion we should just ignore potentially dangerous situations.

    • hadenough57

      Less than 1%. And at present, it is not your responsibility, nor mine to police our neighbors. What about the percentage of kids killed in fires, or in car accidents or by abusers, who’s percentages are much higher? Those deaths are no less tragic, and much more likely to happen.

      • Richard Jefferies

        In the last six month in this state three 1 year old or younger children have been bludgeoned to death by their mother’s boyfriends. None have been killed by an accidental discharge of a firearm.

    • Nonameworks

      Know anyone with a swimming pool?
      Look up the stats.

      • porkchop6209

        Or leaving their kids in a hot car to die.

  • $3838536

    Children are in real danger from cruising gays or closet homos in their own families. Wonder if ABC will run a program about that?

  • Mackie

    When was the last time you saw responsible gun owners planting guns around an elementary school, Ans: NEVER!!!!!!!!!

    • hadenough57

      No, that bone headed move would be from a liberal like Diane Sawyer.

  • plaingolf

    I didn’t and won’t see it. Did ABC ask any of the parents of the kids in the video if they had guns in the home? My guess would be that none of them do.

  • MartiniShark

    Now, now — I think Diane Sawyer has made a brilliant point here. Storing loaded weapons in a kindergarten classroom may in fact lead to a dangerous situation. Now, there is an incomplete aspect of this study considering that statistically the frequency rate of this occurrence hovers around the number of NEVER HAPPENING.

  • Ken Windeler

    How come its OK for these liberal jerks to violate gun laws, and not be prosecuted, to undermine the Second amendment. What they did on 20/20 may have been a violation of Florida Law!

  • Fred Doe

    Since we know and have proved that their fear mongering is a case of political objective and not one of actual facts and truth, we must then ask what would the objective of an MSM that are sycophantic enablers of a corrupt socialist president be in trying to disarm law abiding American citizens who believe wholeheartedly in the constitution that that corrupt president is in the process of destroying.
    Any ideas?

  • H50 ✓RAT

    Still fuming over this stupidity. The fact that an ‘expert in child psychology’ was in the mix just pisses me off even more. Goes to show that child psychology has gone from a profession to a bunch of quacks now.

    • Ironside

      Always was, if you ask me.

      • H50 ✓RAT

        I have a couple of friends and a relative who were psychologists. They were ethical people of integrity when it came to their profession.

        They have all retired now and told me some stories about others in the biz who were loons that should have been patients instead of psychologists.

        I think that (loons running the asylum), has become the norm over the last decade or two.

    • porkchop6209

      How ironic it would have been had one of the children been schooled in the Eddie Eagle program and suddenly heralded the others away with the Stop!, Don’t touch! message, but they would have never shown us that clip.

      • H50 ✓RAT

        No doubt it wold have ended up on the editing room floor. I wonder if the kids were pre-screened for any training about not touching firearms. Those kids probably were sent to another classroom and not allowed to participate in this ‘experiment.”

        • porkchop6209

          You know it would, can’t have a pre-conceived outcome if the bit players don’t go along with the script.

      • Post Online

        They did. The two 10 year old boys that were put in the room with two younger students AND the girls in the experiment (in the playroom) all stopped the other kids and ran to tell someone. It’s microscopic minded people like you all who want to focus solely on trying to bash everyone who isn’t responsible for the issue that feeds the extremist who want to take away guns. Great job. Thanks for all your help for the rest of us responsible gun owners teaching people that we are reasonable, responsible people and parents and that guns are the focus of the issue.

        • porkchop6209

          Bullshit! Let me tell you something, I’ve spent the better portion of my adult life, as have millions of others, teach proper gun safety and handling to hundreds of kids. I used to take carloads, sometimes 15/20 at a time, of youngsters, friends of my kids, to Hunter Safety courses year after year after year, drilling into them that guns aren’t toys, they are tools, and damn dangerous ones if mishandled. As a committee member of our local NWTF I was over the rifle range/safety program for our J.A.K.E.S. youth presentation. That’s an acronym for Junior’s Acquring KNOWLEDGE ETHICS and Sportsmanship, with an emphasis on ethics and safety( you know-right from wrong). I cannot count, nor do I wish to, the amount of money we have spent reaching out to kids so we teach them how to stay alive and not screw up. Thousands upon thousands of other men and women dedicate their whole lives to the same thing. We are trying to teach them violence is wrong, what they see on TV and in movies is wrong and how to protect and save lives if faced with the same situation, so that we can keep our freedom to own real guns. We are not responsible for criminals and idiots doing wrong with them. So, you’re entitled to your opinion, I’m entitled to tell you to Kiss My Ass!

          • Post Online

            You profess to have done all this yet you make grossly inaccurate statements about the piece simply to post inflammatory comments. Is that part of your teaching technique – to tell people/children to not be observant to what is in front and around them? If you have done what you say then you should have recognized the sections in the video which showed kids doing the right thing as well as those kids that did the wrong thing. If you are the expert you profess then YOU of all people should know that it takes more than a single course, a single class session to teach kids of varying ages and maturity levels about guns… it requires parents that work with their kids to know what is going on in the world, what is happening in the kids’ life. You simply slam some post up here on the ultra-right blog talking about how the media didn’t show the kids doing the right thing. It’s not OPINION when I tell you you’re wrong, it’s FACT. Don’t post YOUR opinion until you have seen the video or else you’re not better than the ultra left who that gun owners are the root of evil. It’s narrow minded people who can’t see more than one point which are the danger.

  • froggy19510

    Dianne Sawyer is just an old fisheye galoot!

    • Thale Taxurfeet

      “Dianne Sawyer is just an old fisheye galoot!”

      Heh. That reminds me of Aunt Esther, the original fish-eyed fool…

  • Beentheremovedaway

    Last 2 accidental child deaths involving guns I can recall in Washington State.. both involved Police officers not putting their weapons away securely.

  • Hayekguy

    Way out of the park as always Dana! You’re hot!

    • Green Eggs And Ted

      That’s what is awesome about Conservative women. You get the total package. Looks and brains to match.

      • Hayekguy

        Righty women are also the hottest. Probably my biggest crush a chick at Generation Opportunity. Lefty women are always ass ugly. Diane Feinstein, Patty Murray, Barbara Mikulski, Hillary Clinton, Rachel Maddow, Barbara Boxer, Jeanne Shaheen. An exception maybe Kirsten Gillibrand and most of the people here are politicians anyway.

  • sanfordandsons

    What’s 20/20?

  • Nonameworks

    I think these numbers are from 2010 … but may be newer…

    Many of the reports of kids being killed by firearms count “kids” as up to 20 years old, and many stats are inclusive up to AGE 24!!

    Not sure the date of these — probably 2010 CDC (saved from an old post)

    Injury by firearms

    Under 1 yr 11
    Ages 1-4 71
    Ages 5-14 298
    Ages 15-24 6,201

    How about ABC and Diane Sawyer do a special on the other numbers in the 2010 CDC report:

    More than 1/2 of all homicide victims by firearms in the US were black males.
    Almost every single one of those homicides was committed by a black male with the large majority being illegally possessed firearms.

    And you can bet some of the numbers being used here (injuries and deaths) are real children (not the teen gang bangers) who were hit by the gunfire from the kinds of situations in which those homicides occurred.

    Come on Diane and ABC — man up. Take a shot at the REAL people behind the REAL numbers of gun deaths and injuries. Don’t dare go near it, will you?

    The mentally ill and the criminals account for the majority of deaths and injuries of whoever. And the gang culture in many cities among young black males is a huge part of that.

    • Green Eggs And Ted

      Don’t forget the number of shootings committed by Democrat supporters.

  • Green Eggs And Ted

    What a joke. Liberals want to outlaw guns because people could possibly be hurt, yet they advocate abortion which has a much larger kill rate than guns.

  • Nonameworks

    So is ABC going to publish a google map of all the homes where there are concealed carry or other weapons owners? For the children, of course.

    Didn’t work out for the head of that White Plains paper.

  • lainer51

    I am sure Diane Sawyer and her minions at ABC will have a show about how many lives are snuffed out each year by abortion. Hey Diane, do parents have THAT conversation with their kids?
    Will be waiting………………………….

  • cscape

    i wasn’t aware that ABC had joined the NRA….. because the NRA is huge on gun safety and responsible gun ownership…. and if i hadn’t known that aspects of this segment were from ABC, i’d have assumed it was produced by the NRA

  • SouthronCross

    LOL…Dana just rips Diane Sawyer’s nonsensical idea apart with such ease, I almost feel bad for Ms Sawyer.

    Not really.

    Diane Sawyer should be downright ashamed of herself for such shoddy and pitiful ‘journalistic’ effort. Its too sad to actually be called work.

  • 24601

    Dana is awesome.

    The best way to deal with a general problem is to start with with the biggest problems first. Like, put out the fire before you try to paint the front porch.

    The reality is overwhelming. Accidental death from firearms among children is as close to a non-issue as you can get, especially when compared with issues stemming from the breakdown of the family (abuse/neglect).

  • Rodney Brungardt

    are hundreds of millions of gun owners in this country, and not one of
    them will have an accident today. The only misuse of guns comes in
    environments where there are drugs, alcohol, bad parents, and
    undisciplined children. Period.

  • Filomena M Johnson

    This show was totally ridiculous ABC 20/20 Young Guns….and it was a shame a cops child and hunter child got shot…..but locking guns and telling kids “now don’t do that” is NOT PROPERLY TEACHING your children…….All my family hunting growing up…..My dad was a commissioned officer… I was around gun all my life……and NEVER were they locked or hid or unloaded……This is the problem of the parents rearing and teaching and taking time to make sure they are taught….I Never Entertained the idea or even though or even curious as to what I could do with a gun…I KNEW what it could do….and like the 14 yr old I think she was that was me growing up…I was no where near sharp shooter she is at that age….but KUDOS to HER and her PARENTS…..She will not be another statistic or victim…..Really people young child of course place them out of reach…. but you need to properly educate them please thats all it takes…my grand children are now 5/6 they have never touched my shotgun or any off the other guns and yes we have tested it that is part of the training.

  • Filomena M Johnson

    I just had to add….something else here……another reason children today don’y listen is lack of discipline….all us growing up in 80’s and before…there was no easy way out for children who got mad cause they were grounded or didn’t like rules….we were taught to mind, respect our elders, listen to what we are told, be responsible for our self and our actions, and if not it was a grounding, punishment, or just plain old fashion ass whooping……and IT WORKED…Yeah I hated it…Yeah I had A very STRICT DAD, and you DARE NOT EVER TALK BACK you just knew better…now days they are coddled, ooh-ahh’d, and poor baby…they run around like crazy kids and don’t get me started on what screwed up the whole system CHILD PROTECTIVE AGENCIES are a JOKE……..Yes of course their are cases that need attention / protection beatings of children, sexual assault, and real abuse…..But it is at the point to where a child has the power and the adult parent doesn’t anymore….they get mad cause you took their cell phone or grounded them….and you got CPS at your door

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  • Richard Jefferies

    Oh I wonder if this “experiment” was as bogus as their concealed carry “experiment” where they set up the scenario to be highly unfavorable to the defender. My father had guns, my grandfather had guns, my father’s friends had guns, and NEVER did we think it was ok to touch them. NEVER did we think they were toys. I was shooting when I was 6. I’ve always respected them.

    I know it’s cliche but lets compared how many children are abused, drown in swimming pools, are killed in house fires, compared to the number of children involved in an accidental discharge of a firearm. It is infinitesimal in comparison, but the anti-gun drum must be drummed, dum diddy dum diddy dum diddy dumb!

  • CrashFroelich

    But, but, but Sawyer has it from reliable sources that accidental shootings of children by children is an epidemic in thousands of countries around the world.

  • Perry

    Lefty, consumed with disarming people. Look back at the last century and see how well that works out.

  • TonyMitch

    It’s not hardd to beat down a lib on any issue. They speak from a touchy feel point of view with zero logic or facts. They just go with whatever the agenda or talking points are. If they start to feel trapped they start getting loud and then comes the name calling.

  • Michael Huck

    Does anyone remember NBC rigging a car gas tank to explode to prove how dangerous rear end collisions are?