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  •  Gun ownership doesn't need justification (0+ / 0-)

    It is an inalienable right.

    Laws that seek to limit those inalienable rights do need lots of justification.

    Gun violence in this country is done with handguns and some shotguns and some rifles.

    99% of guns in the home are not assault rifles. They need no justification.

    I stand by my statement.  A law that purports to be needed to stop gun violence that does not address the weapons that are responsible for 99.4% of gun violence is a bad law.

    And let's be clear here.  I am not against the limit on magazine size, stricter registration and closing gun show loopholes.  Those are all good things and will go much further in curbing gun violence than a silly ban on assault weapons.. especially one with as many exemptions as some of these proposed laws have.

    Some say, if it stops even one death it is worth it.  No.  It is not.  Billions of dollars and a whole new bureaucracy to save a handful of lives per year is not worth it.

    If that were the case we should be banning swimming pools and home chemicals that kill children in homes by and order of magnitude more than firearms. (and several orders more than assault weapons)

    We need common sense laws.. and gun safety eduction.. maybe make a home gun safety course mandatory.  But bans on guns that kill a handful of people per year is stupid.

    Selected Causes of Death, Ages 0-19, per 100,000 Population (2007)    
        Cause           Number of Deaths     Mortality Rate    
              Natural           36,272    
              Perinatal Conditions       14,570
              Congenital Anomalies        6,896    
              Neoplasms                   2,302         
              Respiratory Disease         1,442        
              Circulatory Disease         1,666
              Nervous System Disease      1,609     
              SIDS                        2,453    
        Unintentional Injury             11,560     
              Motor Vehicle               6,683     
              Drowning                    1,056
              Fire/Burn                     544    
              Poisoning                     972         
              Suffocation/Strangulation   1,263
              Firearm                       138    
        Homicide                          3,345         
              Firearm                     2,186     
        Suicide                           1,665     
              Firearm                       683     
              Suffocation/Strangulation     739
              Poisoning                     133

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