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is either regulated, subject to child safety improvements or made illegal outright.

Every product except for guns.

Rollerblades, skateboards and bicycles are banned in most public areas but guns are legal in these same areas?  

The biggest and most glaringly obvious inconsistancy in product legality I see is when it comes to guns and fireworks.

To my mind, fireworks are the most similar product to guns that I can think of but fireworks are more regulated than guns are.

In 2011 there were 4 deaths nationwide connected to fireworks, all accidental.

In 2011 there were at least 600 accidental deaths connected to guns.

These are accidental deaths by firearms.  Any other product with those statistics would have been made illegal by now.

Why is it that guns whose sole purpose is to injure or kill remains legal while toys that may have the minutest capability of causing harm are made illegal?

The least Americans can do for the safety of their family and communities is to regulate the deadliest products in America.

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  •  ABSURD (0+ / 0-)

    Absurdem jest polityka Państwa...

  •  It worked as designed (1+ / 0-)
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    Probably because the purpose of guns is to kill, so when they do kill, no one can claim that the product did not work correctly.

  •  (not every product-and sorry to distract from (2+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster, misslegalbeagle

    your point)

    So many toxic, including to children, are on the market and not or under regulated
    Toiletries, cosmetics, shampoos, toothpaste (which little kids swallow) have very toxic ingredients often banned in other countries. see the environmental working group website

    BPA is toxic to kids. we got it out of baby bottles but did you know that it LINES "TIN" cans in the US? Food sits in those cans for months and years. Acidic foods like canned tomatoes pick up very high amts of BPA. BPA lining cans is illegal in many other places including in the EU, I believe.

     People are starting to think that the epidemic of Autism spectrum disorders in kids is caused by a genetic suseptibility in some kids coupled with the sum total toxic burden in their environment.

    I do get your point but that it says every product distracts from your argument so very greatly.

    I have a strong science background and approached these claims sceptically at first but they do pan out.

  •  Maybe because the numbers are so small as to be (0+ / 0-)

    much less important than other types of accidents, and all child accident rates have been falling steadily.
    Accidental child death from firearm has decreased 90% from 1975 when hunter safety started to become mandatory in states. Chances of a child dying due to firearm accident are about 1 in a million.

    I'd urge you to go take your state hunter safety course. The cost is a tiny ten or fifteen dollars just to make sure you show up, it's usually only fifteen hours or so and can be done on a weekend, and most of the class is firearm safety. We firearm owners have already paid the cost of the class through an additional tax on guns and amo, we do it willingly just as we do for wildlife conservation. Feel free to take the class even though you aren't going to hunt.

    When my kids were playing with all the other kids at a party one day my son came running out to the kitchen to report one of the kids had found some bullets and they were looking for the gun. (or maybe it was reversed) The kid who had found the gun wasn't a bad kid, just curious, and with no training. My 8 year old boy knows that if kids find a firearm go get an adult immediately. No one gets in trouble, but they can be dangerous. All parents and kids should know firearm safety.

    Do you know to always check any gun to make sure it's empty? Do you know how? Do you know to treat any gun enven an empty one as if it's loaded?

    The medicine cabinet and the bathtub are more dangerous, and that's why we concentrate on them as far as child safety, but firearms can be made much safer too, with a little education.

    How big is your personal carbon footprint?

    by ban nock on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 05:02:33 AM PST

    •  And yet (2+ / 0-)
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      historys mysteries, Roadbed Guy

      In 2008 and 2009 5,740 children and teenagers were killed by firearms and over 34,000 were injured.

      How high does the body count need to go before you think something needs to be done?

      Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?

      by jsfox on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 06:27:29 AM PST

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      •  Great source, should I go looking for numbers at (0+ / 0-)

        We Love All Guns or similar? Get real.

        If you can't make a point without fudging the number your point maybe isn't so great.

        How big is your personal carbon footprint?

        by ban nock on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 06:53:29 AM PST

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        •  Fudging the numbers? (1+ / 0-)
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          are you saying these  numbers are wrong? If so I will be happy to correct them if you show me the proof they are wrong.

          And does it really matter if a death by firearm is accidental or deliberate. Is one less dead than the other?

          Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?

          by jsfox on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 07:29:10 AM PST

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          •  The numbers you cited were originally (1+ / 0-)
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            from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a fairly well respected organization . . . .  maybe a direct link to them would get around the objections of those who are taken aback by advocacy groups for children (the horror, the horror!).

            •  advocacy groups of any sort who fudge the (0+ / 0-)

              numbers I dismiss out of hand. Total deaths do not equal accidental death, apples and oranges, good sources show break down by age. Up to 21 would include soldiers shot in Afganistan?

              Useless to even discuss with people who fool themselves.

              How big is your personal carbon footprint?

              by ban nock on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 08:52:57 AM PST

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              •  Fair enough (1+ / 0-)
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                But then YOU should probably take care not to fudge the numbers to suit YOUR purposes.

                Just saying, you said accidental deaths were one in a million.  The link you gave said this however:

                From 2000 to 2009, the overall annual unintentional injury death rate decreased 29%, from 15.5 to 11.0 per 100,000 population,
                that's more like 100 in a million, not one in a million.
              •  Again (0+ / 0-)

                you keep saying they have fudged the numbers, bit offer up no evidence other than your say so.

                Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?

                by jsfox on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 09:51:20 AM PST

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