I am a fan of old-time radio programs. Last night I was listening to the December 22, 1949, broadcast of the original Dragnet series. The story, based on a true event, was about a nine year-old boy who was given a rifle for Christmas. As he and his closest friend were playing with the gun, one of the boys tripped and fell. The gun went off and one of the boys was killed.
In the closing scene of the Dragnet episode, Sergeant Friday was asked, “What did we learn from this?” His stern reply: “You should never give a kid a gun for Christmas.”
I couldn’t help but reflect how many times I have heard or read similar stories. And I wonder how many times this holiday season that story will be repeated.
Here is my wish for you ¦that you and yours have a safe and happy holiday season ¦and may the coming New Year be one in which we can work together to rid our society of gun violence.
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza, and a joyous Festivus for the rest of us.