File this under "Kids get the funniest things." Or something.
Over in the land of Lincoln, a 30 year old father got his 10 month old son a gun permit. For the 12-gauge Beretta shotgun the boy's grandfather bought him.
That's right. I'm not making it up. On the positive side, the father followed the letter of the law and got a permit for the gun, and doesn't plan to give the gun to the boy until he's at least 14. But Illinois has a gun permit law that does not impose an age limit.
Another clear sign we need a sane gun control discussion in this country, and that we must stop letting the NRA drive policies that most of the country simply doesn't support.
There were 29,569 gun deaths in the U.S. in 2004, the latest year for which data is available. That's about 80 gun deaths a day. Almost half of them were suicides with firearms by white males. So that blows the NRA theory that most gun violence can be tied to illegally obtained firearms and criminals.