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  •  But here's the deal.... (2+ / 0-)
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    Miss Blue, Miggles

    Those sports you cite typically have injuries on the order of sprains, bruises, and perhaps broken bones or torn ligaments.  

    When I played volleyball, the worst injury I ever saw was a torn meniscus. (And it happened to me.)  It was painful but I made a full recovery.  A person in college had a face injury playing softball but he recovered fully.  A friend recently fell off an ATV and broke his clavicle and some ribs.  He's pretty darn sore for sure, but he'll have a full recovery.

    But no injuries in the sports you mention come close to the consequences of being hit by a bullet or shotgun pellets.  Since you mentioned Cheney, let's talk about that. Via Wikipedia:

    Whittington was injured in the face, neck, and upper torso. Whittington was reported to be in stable condition at Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital and had been moved from intensive care to a "step-down unit" on Monday.

    Doctors had decided to leave up to 200 pieces of birdshot pellets lodged in his body rather than try to remove them. ...

    On February 14, 2006, Whittington suffered a minor heart attack and atrial fibrillation due to the shot pellets lodged in or near his heart. Additionally he experienced a collapsed lung. He was immediately moved back to the intensive care unit. At about 0900 hours, Whittingon underwent a cardiac catheterization test to detect blocked or leaky arteries. From the test, doctors found a single lead pellet.

    Sure, the rate of injury in firearm sports is lower, but that's like saying nuclear power plants are safer because they have fewer accidents than oil or coal plants.  Never mind the fact that there are far fewer nuclear power plants but if one did have a serious accident, the result could be far more catastrophic than what would possible from a conventional fuel power plant.

    It it is grossly misleading to compare injuries from playing with sports balls to injuries from using firearms.   Yet that's the kind of pro-gun attempt at white-washing we're seeing more of since Newton.

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