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Re: “The cult of gun-toting

My daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter live in a state with an average of over 8 child drowning deaths per year. Yet not only do they have a swimming pool in their own back yard, but the majority of their friends and family have one too.

My daughter and son-in-law also both have concealed carry permits, and firearms in the home.

They take extreme care in being sure that the safety of children is paramount both with regard to pools and to firearms.

What is the point? It is this:

Writers like Gene Lyons here, who contend such things as "Rutledge made an incomprehensible blunder, and it cost her life. The blunder, as I see it, of carrying a loaded handgun", end up blaming the very fact of carrying a gun in the first place, not the failure to be safe enough in doing so. It is simply having the gun that was wrong headed.

Now consider an equally tragic scenario, where a young child drowns in a parent's swimming pool due simply to a moments lack of being safety conscious. Would Lyons then contend that "the parent made an incomprehensible blunder, and it cost the life of her child. The blunder, as I see it, of having a swimming pool." Hardly likely. Would he not blame the lack of supervision and safety precautions instead?

There is so much hypocrisy in the press over firearms.

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Posted by Katie Waliforce on 01/10/2015 at 5:55 AM

 

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