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This type of Right Wing Whacko argument seems to be the rage. Oddly enough, one could apply it to owning ricin, vicous dogs, and keeping Zombies chained up in the front yard. "Cars kill people too so it should be OK that I have my yard protected with land mines".
I would also point out that the United States demanded safety glass, crush proof passenger compartment cages, and seat belts in cars when too many people were being killed. When Pintos were exploding, people had the right to sue Ford, which they cannot do with the gun manufacturers. I like the idea of parity with automobiles. We should license guns centrally, track their sale, record when they are used inapproprately, take away the licenses of people who abuse them, and you get tickets for taking them places where they are banned.
Jim, these are really stupid threads. And why in the world did you post the statistics below? What point are you trying to make--that people die of different things?
The gun nuts are absolutely responsible for the 30,000 gun deaths we have in the country every year. They are the enablers of Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson, Columbine, and all the shootings in the inner cities. All of your little anecdotes are meaningless unless you can come up with 30,000 of them in a single year. You can't.
Another reason your anecdote about this woman is meaningless is that she would be unaffected by a universal background check. We assume that she's law-abiding and would pass any check. She could defend herself just as easily if we strengthened gun laws.
But trust you to throw out a red herring and act as if we were calling for banning all guns!
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