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    glorificus, murrayewv

    It's an interesting discussion

    Take the chemical industry. There are many chemicals that used to be in everyday use as cleaning products, etc. Now, their use is banned. Why?

    For example, when I was in the Navy, I forget the name of it but there used to be a brass cleaner out there that was tremendous that is now banned.  If you used that cleaner, you did have to wear gloves, use it only in a well ventilated environment, and dispose of it properly.  And, if you did those things, it was a safe chemical, no one would get injured or sick from it.  But, there were several incidents of persons getting burned from it, or it would get in a cut and cause a severe infection, or it was disposed of improperly and caused air quality issues, etc.  

    So, the Navy banned it.  Now, I could say that chemicals don't kill/injure people, only people using chemicals incorrectly kill/injure people. Yet, the decision was made that the risk of injury/illness was too great to allow the continued use of this cleaner.  Other, less powerful chemicals are now used instead to get brass clean.

    To me, it's the same with guns. I might agree that high capacity, automatic or semi-automatic guns can be used safely, and that the gun didn't cause Newtown or any other mass shooting. But in the end, the risk from these guns is too great to allow their continued use.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 08:23:07 AM PST

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