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OneTenthofOnePercent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 02:09 PM
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37. Murder versus accident versus suicide. Three different deaths, categorically speaking.
But the people that want to take our guns (boy I wish there was an easier way of saying that) don't really care about the deaths. They only have the wherewithal and aptitude to blame inanimate objects for what is, in actuality, the choices and actions of irresponsible people. To the people that want to take our guns, it's all about firearms stoking their hoplophobia - it was never about making society a safer place. There are dozens of actions to be taken that could make society a safer place that don't involve stepping on the rights of a nation. Only a fool would miss the forest for such a tree.

You can't stop someone who wants to kill themselves. Take guns away from them and they kill themselves via other means.
Bridges, car exhaust, drugs, razor blades, etc ... these are suicides & changing the tool does not change the outcome.
Once again, the people that want to take our guns don't care about the deaths - only the guns.

Murders (homicide) might drop a little bit... but there's two factors working against blaming gun proliferation for this.
1) Criminals don't obey laws. If they want guns they WILL get them. Prohibition has never succeeded against the motivated.
2) People have been committing homicide since the beginning of time. Motivated criminals don't need guns to murder people.
Once again, the people that want to take our guns don't care about the deaths - only the guns.

Accidental deaths are about the only category that could make any meaningful difference by eliminating forearms. But the ultimate truth is that you cannot legislate stupidity out of society. There are over 100 ways you are more likely to die than an accidental gunshot - this data shows the event is so uncommon as to be "rare". I would tend to believe that firearms provide many more DGUs than accidental deaths. So by removing guns you would curtail accidental deaths but disproportionately increase other injuries & death by stripping effective self defense measures. All this in the name of fighting something that is by all standards a rare occurrence. Real progressive of you.

Are you understanding this... or should I type slower for you next time.
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