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  •  Regarding risk. (3+ / 0-)
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    PavePusher, FrankRose, KVoimakas

    I would direct you to a diary I wrote a while ago RKBA: Life and risk and guns and violence.

    A snippet,

    Now just because you can’t get rid of all hazards or the subsequent risk you are exposed to, does that mean you do nothing? No it doesn't, because it is possible to control the hazards and reduce your exposure to risk thereby leaving any residual risk as tolerable. This is done by developing and implementing systems of both preventative and mitigation controls. Some examples of preventative controls are; driver education, hunter safety, traffic signals, procedures on how to use a tool or do a job, built in safety features like a dead mans switch, recommended dosages on pharmaceuticals, warning signs and labels, having a firewall on your computer and guards on rotating machine parts. All of these controls are intended to prevent incidents from occurring. Mitigation controls are things like knowing CPR, wearing a motorcycle helmet and road leathers, wearing a seatbelt, emergency response plans, life preservers, airbags, security systems, smoke alarms and dialing 911 for the police, ambulance or fire departments. None of these control measures prevent incidents from occurring rather they take effect after and incident has occurred and they help minimize the severity of the consequences of the incident and enable you to recover.
    I really like the bit on ALARP or As Low As Reasonably Practicable. If you are interested in taking the time go have a read. As for me, I just don't believe that the risk that firearm ownership poses to society is very significant.

    You eat a lot of acid, Miller, back in the hippie days?

    by oldpunk on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 05:31:42 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks, I'll take a look (2+ / 0-)
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      coquiero, oldpotsmuggler

      That the risk is insignificant, or small and therefore not worth mitigating - we used to think that about second hand smoke. And decades ago we used to think that about seat belts, and before that we didn't appreciate the risk/danger of drinking and driving.

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 05:46:29 PM PDT

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