So what's so funny again? Is this the kind of gun owners who are supposed to be so responsible for their guns? The NRA and its' minions don't believe law abiding gun owners are irresponsible with their guns. That's because it doesn't fit with their mythical and ludicrous view of the world where the guys with the guns make the rules and anyone should be able to carry a gun everywhere they go. Their other myth is that more guns make us safer. Raise your hand if you think any of the people you saw in the above linked video should be carrying guns around anywhere and would make us all safer. Remember another of the myth of the NRA- "An armed society is a polite society." Such nonsense should not be believed.
Over at the Ohh Shoot blog, things are not so funny. Here's the latest incident showing "law abiding" gun owners acting in irresponsible and dangerous ways with their guns:
Officers are trained to use their guns. Even those who are trained to use guns properly make mistakes. And when skills are not kept up, as happens with many gun owners, errors in judgement can happen. I would suggest you take a look at the many unfortunate and stupid incidents involving gun owners and guns on this blog. Guns are dangerous weapons designed to kill. Our gun culture promotes some of the behaviors seen on the blog above. Because we have chosen as a country not to challenge the myths of the NRA, we see incidents such as the one above. There is no reason not to have a serious discussion about guns and senseless gun violence. Doing so would send a message to the public that we take gun deaths seriously, just as we take automobile accidents seriously and we intend to protect citizens from accidents and intentional shootings. Changing people's behavior, along with reasonable gun laws, would have the affect of changing the outcome- fewer gun deaths and injuries. That would be something to smile about. We need to demand a plan from our politicians. Not to do so is irresponsible.A retired Chicago homicide detective shot and killed his son after mistaking him for an intruder in his Northwest Side apartment early this morning, according to police and family.Michael Griffin, 48, was found shot once in the head a little after midnight in his father’s home in the 5300 block of North Delphia Avenue, police said.
Speaking of auto accidents, this new information should make us cry. In some places in the U.S. gun deaths now surpass car accident deaths. This new information comes from the Violence Policy Center:
Surely you remember how often some of my readers want to talk about comparing gun deaths to auto accidents. Well, here's a comparison and it isn't a good one. Car manufacturers have made cars more safe by installing seat belts, air bags and other safety features. These measures are actually saving lives. States have enacted mandatory seat belt laws and speed limit laws. Why? To protect citizens. To keep insurance rates from going ever higher and higher. We all pay the price for reckless driving and automobile accidents in general. We all pay the price for the many gun deaths and injuries in increased health insurance costs, legal system expenditures and long term care of those wounded by bullets. None of this is to laugh about. Why aren't we doing anything about gun deaths and injuries? In one word- the NRA.A new Violence Policy Center (VPC) analysis (http://www.vpc.org/studies/dmv.pdf) of just-released federal firearm and motor vehicle deaths data reveals that gun deaths outpace motor vehicle deaths in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia). The analysis, which uses the most recent complete data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, reveals that in 2010--Gun deaths in the DMV totaled 1,512 while motor vehicles deaths totaled 1,280.In the District of Columbia there were 99 firearm deaths reported in 2010, 84 of which were identified as homicides and 13 of which were identified as suicides. That same year, there were 38 motor vehicle deaths in the District.In Maryland, there were 538 firearm deaths reported in 2010, 306 of which were identified as homicides and 222 of which were identified as suicides. That same year, there were 514 motor vehicle deaths in the state.
No one is laughing about the added death to the Minneapolis work place shooting. A sixth person now died from his bullet injuries suffered when Andrew Engeldinger decided to shoot up his work place over being fired:
I wonder if the people in the video above ever think about how dangerous and deadly the weapons they are misusing actually are. Do they understand that many people could be killed in a very short span with those machine guns and other assault type weapons used at the gun range or out in the open spaces where, luckily for them, no one was hurt? Likely not. There is a lack of common sense at the least in the incidents above. Most Americans believe we are better than this.Andrew Engeldinger, 36, went on his rampage after being fired from his job. Only two of the eight people he shot with a semi-automatic handgun survived.One of the wounded, 41-year-old Battites Wesley of Minneapolis, was grazed by a bullet.John Souter, 63, of Wayzata, Accent's director of operations, also was shot, but survived.