Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Quote for the Day

There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." -- James Madison

Skip That Doctors Appointment, Buy a Gun Instead

"We have 32 people being murdered by guns every day in this country," said Michael Wolkowitz, a board member of the Brady Center, which lobbies for tighter gun restrictions. "If peanut butter or pistachio nuts or spinach killed that number of people once in one day, they'd be pulled by the [Food and Drug Administration]." [link]

Ok, Mr. Wolkowitz, let's look at your "logic" in two parts. Part I: If there are 32 murders a day that comes to the unfortunate total of 11,680 people a year murdered by guns in the United States. Unfortunately murderers are criminals and by definition criminals will not follow the laws. They will find a way around any and all gun control regulations, as they do already. So that statistic is irrelevant.

Let's look at the the second part of your statement. Part II: I am assuming that by using the word "pulled" you mean banned, regulated, restricted, etc...such as you would like to see with firearms. Well we can look at other things that cause more than 11680 deaths per year in the United States and see how hard they are to come by.

Wait a minute, how about if I can show you something that is responsible for roughly 225,000 deaths per year, but when I pick up my phone book is far more prevalent than gun stores, firearms, or sporting goods in the yellow pages. How about physicians! Yes believe it or not physicians and the health care establishment as a whole are the third leading leading cause of death in the United States behind cancer and heart disease. [source]

Yet I can go see a doctor anytime I want to. How come they are still allowed to practice? Why aren't they being "pulled" by a government agency? Go spread your lies and your untruths elsewhere.

As for me, I have a cough and a sniffle, but for some reason I think I will head to the range now instead of the doctor...

The Police Will Protect You.

"...DeLucia called police after being shot along with another receptionist who was killed...DeLucia, 61, stayed on the phone for 38 minutes, guiding police and trying to provide them with information to prevent more people from being shot." [link]

So with multiple shots fired there is still a response time of 38 minutes give or take? Isn't one of the arguments of gun-grabbers the police will protect you?

More on Canadian Gun Control

The other day I wrote a post about Canada looking at ending their long gun registry. We now have some more news from our neighbors to the north...

"It should be a no-brainer.

The registry of long guns in Canada, that has cost the country over $2 billion with little or no effect on shootings, accidental or otherwise, should never have been implemented.

Why no federal government (until now) has moved to disband the whole thing stands as testimony to the hesitancy if not cowardice of politicians... Of all homicides, 2.3% have been committed with registered guns. Hand guns are the weapon of choice for criminals. And they've been registered in Canada since 1934, with legal ownership further restricted since 1968. Yet the percentage of their use in crimes hasn't varied much over the years." [link]

Looks like gun control hasn't worked up there. Seems the only thing it might do is prevent law abiding people from protecting themselves, and their loved ones.