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  •  Guns and "second-hand smoke" (7+ / 0-)

    You make some great points about the dangers that guns pose to friends and family members of the gun owner.

    As Americans came to know more about the dangers of regular tobacco use, Americans lost interest in smoking an the percentage o fpeople who regularly used tobacco declined.  First there was the evidence that tobacco caused heart disease and strokes, and the number of smokers declined.  Then there was evidence that smoking cigarettes hurt not only the cigarette smoker, but everyone in the same room as the smoker.  More people quit smoking.

    We have a similar situation with guns.  We have know for a while that guns can be injurious to the people who own and use them.  And we are now finding out that guns are also injurious to the people around the gun owner: wives, lovers, children, in some case mothers, etc.  Some brighter gun owners are willing to acknowledge this reality and TO MAKE THEIR HOMES SAFER, are getting rid of their guns.

    At one time, our law-makers were willing to take steps to protect the public from the dangers of tobacco.  Where guns are concerned, our law-makers seem instead to be working hand-on-hand-grip with the gun industry to maintain the profits of the gun industry.  And why not: those profits are too often shared with the law-makers in the form of "campaign donations".

    This situation is likely to continue until we end a system by which wealthy individuals and corporations can buy the law-makers and the very laws those wealthy individuals and corporations want.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:56:40 AM PST

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