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Yesterday, my daughter's class was unable to go from school to Riverside Park for lunch because a deranged man had attacked people randomly, wounding four, including a two year old.

The day before, in a bizarre incident, a motorcycle cut off a car on the Henry Hudson Parkway, causing the car to hit the cycle.  The bikers then threatened the driver, who drove off, injuring a few other bikers.

As horrible as these incidents were, they are distinguished from thousands of other much less bizarre but more lethal incidents all over the US every day.  Why?

                                                  No one is dead

Imagine, however, that any of the people involved on either side of any of these incidents had a gun.  Almost certainly there would have been loss of multiple lives.

These particular incidents may not be attributable to New York's strict gun laws, but even so, I definitely feel safer here than in some state where you can't prohibit the blind from having a gun.

UPDATE:  Interesting comments.  I thought this would elicit a RKBA debate, but instead the debate is on the facts of the biker case, fault, etc.

Originally posted to Upper West on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 01:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA) and Shut Down the NRA.

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