Sunday, December 23, 2012

Dead Pool

In 2008, 376 children 14 years old and younger died as a result of gunshot wounds, according to the Children's Defense Fund. In 2009, 354 children in the same age group did.

Over the same time periods, almost TWICE AS MANY children died from drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

So, where are the fevered calls for banning swimming pools and hiring more lifeguards?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As if governments aren't entitled to make laws regulating swimming pools?

I honestly don't get the histrionics from the zero sum gang every time a regulation on fire arms is proposed. A ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines is no different than making a speed limit, mandating a life guard be on duty for a certain number of swimmers, or requiring a protest remain peaceable.

Rights are not absolute.

December 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM 
Blogger CharlieSix said...

I don't disagree with the intent of banning assault rifles and high capacity magazines, Mike... But if the enforcement of new laws to ban them is similar to the enforcement of the speed limit you reference, let's just not waste our time. If the enforcement of such a ban is as effective as the enforcement of illegal drugs, let's not waste our time. The sad truth is that laws do little to protect society unless they are agressively enforced. And the sad truth is also that law enforcement is so burdened with an ever increasing number of laws to enforce that they can't keep up with the enforcement of them all. So, yes, a new set of laws banning assault rifles and high capacity magazines will make all of us feel better. But if the new laws cannot be enforced, as with speed limits or illegal drugs, it will make those of feeling better upon their passage very depressed when we realize that the new laws were futile.

December 23, 2012 at 9:16 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't care for conservative points of view on most topics..........but they beat SPAM every time. Akash Sen and the merry band of spammers are about as bad as it gets. I think one of these sections had 13 comments....and 12 were spam. Brutal.

December 24, 2012 at 10:25 AM 
Blogger Dannytheman said...

OK, some clarity by a knowledgeable gun owner. The most popular, top selling gun for the last 3 years has been the AR rifle platform. It comes standard with a 30 round magazine.

I truly wish you guys would TRULY define for me what an assault weapon is? I know what one is, since I shot one in the service, but what is your definition, please share. AND I am not mocking, I am seriously interested in knowing.

I will stay away from the drowning issue. I will stay away from drunk drivers killing people with cars issues.

Let's talk seriously, but we need a starting place. What is an assault weapon?

You should know that the weapon used in CT was not included in the previous Federal Assault weapon ban. You should also know that CT HAS a strict assault weapon in place already. Best guesstimates are there are over 10 million AR platform weapons in homes today.(Need to know what we would do with them? Confiscation? Government buy out? )

As to magazine capacity. It took, according to CNN's minute by minute recreation of Newtown, CT, 20 minutes for the police to arrive at the school. They immediately went into the school and shooter killed himself. I can honestly say, this was not a capacity issue, this was a reaction problem. 20 minutes? A man armed with a musket and flint lock rifle could kill 26 people in 20 minutes. The 2 handguns each held, Glock 40MM, 13 capacity and Sig 9mm 17 capacity. So had he not used the rifle, he had enough small arms firepower with just the 2 hand guns. Can you see that?

December 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM 

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