Thursday, January 22, 2009

Protecting the Children

From whitehouse.gov:

Address Gun Violence in Cities: Obama and Biden would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent.

Oh, really? Before you "childproof" guns, why not start with leading causes of death? Pres. Obama could quit smoking, since smoking-related deaths kill more children every year than guns. Or, how about alcohol? We have to childproof that, because accidental deaths related to alcohol kill thousands of times the children guns do.

All of these deaths are preventable. I've childproofed the guns in my house, by teaching my child not to go near them, to call a parent if she ever sees one out, testing her on these instructions, and keeping the guns in a secure location. Any responsible gun-owning parent does the same.

I'd prefer that the government focus on keeping drunks from behind the wheel, since that's something over which I have no personal control. It's just a thought. Oh, and while I make sure my child can't get to my firearms, I'd like to be able to access them to protect her from criminals who would do our family great bodily injury.

Why not control the criminals instead of my very lawfully owned guns?

Update:

A horrible story was just forwarded to me demonstrating why it's so necessary for lawful citizens to have guns. Remember, Virginia Tech is a gun free zone, which is why it was so vulnerable to the 2007 shooting spree that made such big news.

Guns are not criminals. Criminals are. The police can't be everywhere at once, but good people with guns can stop criminals. This person didn't have to die. It's that simple.

4 comments:

Big Jay said...

Some of these problems - like drunk driving - can be easily solved. Require that every car become equipped with a $200 device that doesn't let you start your car unless you can input a 6 digit code that flashes up on the steering wheel. It's a different number each time, and drunk people can't do it until they sober up. 40,000 people die each year due to drunk driving related deaths. Why can't we fix that? It's not that important to people.

Andrew said...

People see drunk driving as an accident, rather than a malicious act. I disagree. If you know you are prone to drive when drunk, placing yourself in the situation to do it is a malicious act that disregards the lives of others.

I don't support punishing the innocent to stop the guilty, but I suppose I could tolerate the $200 device in my car. As a fairly staunch libertarian, I still have a bit of philosophical problem with it, but I can shelve them for 40,000 fewer dead on the roads.

The philosophical disagreement with the idea can more easily be demonstrated by something more trivial. I disagree with Digital Rights Management. I don't agree with stealing anyone's work, and I don't do it. So, I don't need DRM on my system. I'm not a thief. Thieves will (and do) find a way around it. So, it's a waste of my clock cycles. Why punish me because someone else commits a crime?

Big Jay said...

A couple of my employees are low IQ enough that they might have trouble with such a device all the time. I'm sure that some of these same employees drink and drive on occasion. I suspect that the real reason this device, or something like it didn't get mandated is the powers that be didn't want the truth to come out that in reality there are some really dumb people behind the wheel, already.

I have the same concerns, and like you I am willing to shelve them for 40,000 lives each year. But the same concerns lead me to object to motorcycle helmet laws.

As for digital rights management... it almost makes me want to steal. The people I know who get all their stuff off torrents don't have the compatibility issues I had when I had to get a new hard drive and had to go through all sorts of hassle to get my itunes on the new hard drive.

Big Jay said...

Of course all the people I know that used to steal don't do it anymore because I turned them into the FBI.