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Sun Mar 13, 2016, 10:17 AM

 

The macabre truth of gun control in the US is that toddlers kill more people than terrorists



This week, in my country, considered by some of its more embarrassing denizens to be the “greatest country in the world”, an outspoken Florida “gun rights” advocate left a loaded .45 calibre handgun in the back seat of her car and was promptly shot and wounded by her four-year-old child. Truly a pinnacle of human potential, much like the invention of paper in second-century BC China, or Aristotle holding forth in the Lyceum, or whoever first pointed out that Florida looks like America’s penis.

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In the US in 2015, more people were shot and killed by toddlers than by terrorists. In 2013, the New York Times reported on children shot by other children: “Children shot accidentally – usually by other children – are collateral casualties of the accessibility of guns in America, their deaths all the more devastating for being eminently preventable.

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States with more guns have more gun deaths. Keeping a gun in your house increases your chances of accidental death by shooting, but does not make you safer. A woman’s chance of being murdered by an abusive partner increases fivefold if the partner has access to a gun. “Good guys with guns” are a fantasy. How much longer will we keep participating in this great collective lie that deadly weapons keep us safe?

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The accidental shooting of Jamie Gilt is the object lesson that my absurd nation deserves. When even supposed gun safety experts cannot keep themselves safe from their own toddlers, we should take that as an unequivocal reminder that guns are inherently dangerous. They are exploding projectile machines designed specifically for killing. And that’s not bleeding-heart hyperbole – it’s the explicit reason why many people are drawn to them. Cowboy games. Vigilante justice. Power.




More at:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/13/the-macabre-truth-of-gun-control-in-the-us-is-that-toddlers-kill-more-people-than-terrorists-do
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The way things are going we will need to arm every child to prevent her getting shot by another kid. Nothing stops a bad toddler with a gun like a good toddler with a gun.


#gunfail #warontoddlers

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rjsquirrel Mar 2016 OP
underpants Mar 2016 #1
malaise Mar 2016 #7
Shadowflash Mar 2016 #2
cyberpj Mar 2016 #3
rjsquirrel Mar 2016 #6
Initech Mar 2016 #4
maxsolomon Mar 2016 #5

Response to rjsquirrel (Original post)

Sun Mar 13, 2016, 10:36 AM

1. Great piece. Bookmarking.

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 06:38 AM

7. It is

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Hope it stays - they locked mine

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Response to rjsquirrel (Original post)

Sun Mar 13, 2016, 11:28 AM

2. I think we need to

keep any more toddlers from entering the county until our leaders can figure out what the heck is going on.

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Response to rjsquirrel (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 12:32 PM

3. I just found this article today then searched DU for a posting. Found you. Added, Kicked and Rec'd.

 

What do you say about the outspoken Florida “gun rights” advocate who left a loaded .45 calibre handgun in the back seat of her car and was promptly shot and wounded by her four-year-old child? I take no pleasure in violence and pain. I’m not happy that Jamie Gilt, 31 – who has built a thriving web presence on the argument that guns are not only perfectly safe around kids, but necessary for their protection – left a loaded handgun in reach of her four-year-old son, who then picked it up, aimed it at his mother, and pulled the trigger. I find zero delight in the thought of Gilt’s toddler’s almost certain panic and horror in that moment, nor the guilt he may well carry for the rest of his life (guilt that only his mother deserves). I’m sure being shot in the back really hurts – even more so when it comes with a side of nationwide liberal schadenfreude.

But I have no interest in letting Gilt off the hook. Her child could just as easily have shot himself, or a passerby, or someone else’s child. With just a few tweaks of location and circumstance, he could have shot my child. Someone else still could, accidentally or with intention – it’s a possibility you have to consider in a country with so many guns and so few laws regulating them. That’s the macabre truth of parenting in 21st-century America.

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Response to cyberpj (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 06:02 AM

6. Many thanks

 

and much appreciated!

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Response to rjsquirrel (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 01:05 PM

4. Armed toddlers - thanks NRA!

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Response to rjsquirrel (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 01:14 PM

5. Oh well, we'll just have to live with it

even if just .000001% of around 100 million gun owners let their kids get access to a firearm, that's still a 100 incidents per year.

hopefully, the toddlers can confine the gunfire to their family, as is the norm in America for gun violence.

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