Seat belts are one of the best examples I can think of of laws that morph into effective culture change. When I was a kid no one wore them, today a parent with a child in the car without a seat belt is scorned by other members of society.
Enough people were motivated by the law initially, but later on it became an idea enforced by the reasonable expectations of society. If you rescinded the seat belt law, I think a vast majority of people would still wear their seat belts due to societal pressure.
We need the same kind of culture change when it comes to firearms.
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary (or faith) depends upon his not understanding it.”
Another fun statistic to look at is drowning deaths, specifically in swimming pools. According to the CDC:
Children: Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning.1,2 Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools.2 Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects).1 Among those 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.1
Seeing as how there are far more guns in the US than there are swimming pools, I'd have to say it's downright irresponsible to let your child even get near one! A swimming pool, that is.
"Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. . . . Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness."
~Orwell, Politics and the English Language
Schadenfreude ist die schönste Freude.
As soon as I saw the title of the thread I knew EXACTLY what was going to be said in this thread. I was not the slightest bit disappointed/surprised that I was exactly correct. From the OP on.
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I wonder why "People will be held accountable for this tragedy", while other tragedies are just considered "accidents".
Accident:A Kentucky mother stepped outside of her home just for a few minutes, but it was long enough for her 5-year-old son to accidentally shoot and kill his 2-year-old sister with the .22-caliber rifle he got for his birthday, state officials said.
The shooting that took the life of Caroline Sparks in southern Kentucky has been ruled an accident, Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Gregory said.
5-year-old Kentucky boy fatally shoots 2-year-old sister - CNN.com
Seeking to arrest:FAYETTE COUNTY, Pa. —
A 2-year-old boy was shot in the head late Thursday night at a home on 2nd Street in Luzerne Township, Fayette County.
Police said the boy accidentally shot himself after finding a gun, owned by his stepfather, in his mother's purse. According to police, charges are not being filed, and the shooting was an accident.
Police: Boy, 2, accidentally shoots self after finding gun in... | www.wpxi.com
The word accident doesn't even appear in the OPs article or headline.CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A 3-year-old fatally shot a 1-year-old at a Cleveland house during the weekend, according to police, who said they are seeking to arrest the adult who left the gun in the home.
One-year-old shot dead by 3-year old in Cleveland home
One of these things is not like the others