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  •  You keep stating this (47+ / 0-)

    As if it were some brilliant observation.

    We understand that firearms are inanimate objects. No one is questioning that. The thing is, they are deadly weapons whose presence, as noted in the plots provided by the diarist, seems -- curiously -- to be associated with...death by firearm. As if that should surprise anyone.  

    Does it surprise you?

    No - your silly little comment is just yet another of the commonly-used anti-gun control dodges.  

    LaPierre and the idiots supporting him couldn't have made your case any better.  Or any less convincingly.

    Oh...and this?

    but they don't shoot themselves.
    Is not an infallible truism.

    Sparks, NV, five months ago:

    Police say a man accidentally shot himself in the buttocks at a Nevada movie theatre during a showing of "The Bourne Legacy."

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    Authorities say the man had a permit to carry a concealed firearm. The man told officers the gun fell from his pocket Tuesday night as he was adjusting himself in the seat and that it discharged when it dropped to the floor.

    Austin Bluffs, CO, seven months ago:
    A man's gun accidentally goes off while he mows the lawn, shooting him in the leg.

    Police say victim was carrying a loaded gun in his pocket while mowing. At one point, the gun fell out of his pocket, landed on the sidewalk and went off.

    Silverdale, WA, five days ago:
    A gun went off inside a Kitsap County store after a man dropped it. No one was injured.

    The Kitsap Sun reports that a 58-year-old Poulsbo man told deputies he had removed the .38-caliber, two-shot Derringer pistol from a holster on his belt before he entered the Cost Plus World Market in Silverdale on Saturday afternoon.

    He put the gun in a coat pocket, but when he was in the middle of the store, he bent over — and the pistol fell out and discharged.

    Note: this wasn't the result of any kind of an extensive effort to find these examples. This was a quick Google search using key words (gun fall out pocket go off). I just picked the first few that led to authoritative sources, such as newspapers or TV stations.

    Second note: At least one of those incidents (the Washington one) was a vaunted concealed carry permit holder, who we are frequently told are the crème de la crème of responsible gun owners.  The tippity toppity most responsible.  Kind of like the moron in Oregon who left his pistol in a theatre (where he took it so he could play Rambo if someone burst in and started shooting), where it was later found by 7th graders on a field trip. Fortunately, they reported it and there were no injuries.

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