My "hobbies" are not used for mass murder.
I would suggest that smoking is a far more dangerous activity carried out by people every day. especially when you add in an average of 49,400 innocent victims fall prey to second hand smoke every year. Even vehicle accidents killed more. Maybe we should ban cigarettes and cars...and since alcohol killed over 10,000 maybe we should ban that too. Frankly, I couldn't care less if they banned all use of tobacco, and I drink so little and so infrequently that I wouldn't miss alcohol either. HELL's YEAH!! BAN THEM BOTH!! Together they kill about 15 times more than guns do!!
Gun deaths 2011 31, 347
Drunk driving deaths in 2010 10, 228
Smoking related deaths per year average 443,000 with 49,400 dying from second hand smoke
Vehicle accidents in 2010 was 32,367
Now the media thinks they are exempt from the law when it comes to finding ways to prove the evils of the gun.
What's the odds they come out with a statement about their 1st amendment rights?
That statement is a relevant, focused point all within the context the story. To add , alter, or embellish my statement to fit one's personal agenda is at best, disingenuous.
In 2011, the latest figure available from the Centers for Disease Control,
Accidental discharge 851
Undetermined Intent 222
Total: At least 31940 people died from gun injuries in 2011.
Realistically, if you go by deaths as a result of violence, the number is around 11,323.
I'm not opposed to folks owning semi-auto weapons. I just believe there should be a 10 round limit on magazine capacity. I've stated repeatedly that I believe in the 2nd Amendment. But it is not an absolute. Other countries allow firearms ownership and don't seem to have the problem of mass shootings as the US. Perhaps it is time to look at what they are doing and adopt it here. Wouldn't you agree? Or should we just accept the fact that innocent people dying as a result of these acts is just another price of being an American.
You evidently also don't know that even shotguns and revolvers can be speed loaded very quickly, giving them an ability to be rapidly fired for an extended time. Again, magazine size means nothing.
As for Columbine, Harris and Klebold carried a semi-automatic TEC-9, they also carried Sawed off shotguns, (A FEDERAL gun crime), a Hi-Point 995 Carbine with a [B]TEN ROUND MAGAZINE, MOST OF THE ROUNDS FIRED AT COLUMBINE WERE FIRED FROM THIS WEAPON,[B] and almost a HUNDRED explosive devices.
Timothy McVey killed more people than all the mass school shootings from Columbine to Newtown COMBINED, and he never pulled a trigger once. And in China, several men have attacked and killed school kids with knives.
Guns are just a tool.
Yes, but lets bring forth the whole truth:Quote:
Columbine, VA Tech, Aurora theater, Giffords shooting, Stockton shooting, Luby's massacre, and now Sandy Hook Elementary to name a few. All done with semi-auto weapons.
Guns illegally obtained and illegally used
Numerous laws in terms of legal possession violated
Proven history of mental instability of the shooter(s) prior to the incident
Numerous missed signs concerning the individual(s) proceeding the shootings
More important, the vast majority of these shooting took place in areas, especially schools, that the shooters knew, with out a doubt, there would be absolutely no resistance or fear of fire arms used for self defense. Why, because the law abiding gun owners did just what the laws says, the did not bring their guns into places that expressly prohibit them.
Funny how the shooters, breaking numerous laws, get a pass on this fact? Oh, that's right, it's the guns fault.
In 2010, 24 killed and 73 injured in six China elementary schools, all with blades.
Guns aren't the problem, they're just the tool of the maniac.
Aside from that, what good are gun bans/laws? A man killed two firefighters and injured two others with weapons obtained illegally. Adam Lanza stole the guns he used in Newtown, thus obtaining them illegally. Harris and Klebold vilated numerous gun laws in obtaining the weapons they used.
Sounds like a helluva idea making more laws for the law-abiding public to follow while the criminal element does as they please.
Here is a start, why not make the crime of providing a gun to a known felon or other that is not legally able to have a gun that is used in the commission of a crime be the same as that crime?
From the article: "The federal charges carry a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 or both."