|Baby cribs are dangerous, but guns are OK.|
Let's tackle guns first. I've searched all over the Internet to find accurate figures on the exact number of gun related deaths and accidents last year in the United States. I checked the FBI, the CDC and other sites. It was tough to nail down a figure. What I came up with was that roughly 30,000 Americans were killed by firearms last year - nearly half of them were suicides.
The news report I saw said that 40,000 Americans were either killed or injured by guns last year and that 4,000 of them were children. So the 40,000 figure includes deaths and injuries.
For the sake of this discussion, keep the figure of 40,000 in your head.
Another story caught my eye. Over the last ten years, there have been 30 babies killed by side rails on baby cribs. Focus on the numbers, ten years, 30 deaths.
Side rail baby cribs were banned by the Consumer Protection Agency. They were just too dangerous.
Guns. Baby Cribs. Which one poses the greatest threat? Baby cribs, of course.
"Stand back, he's got a baby crib. And he's not afraid to use it."
"Should we run?"
"If we only had a baby crib, we'd be able to protect ourselves."
"Lookout, he has a Pooh blanket!"
"No, not a Pooh blanket."
"Oh my God! He has a Barney doll in his pants."
"Really? I was almost going to ask him out on a date."
I'm all for our 2nd Amendment rights, the right to bare arms. Short sleeves, no sleeves - frankly, I don't care. But something should be done about the real threat - firearms.
"We could pass a law."
"We could take guns away from people."
"Then only criminals would have guns."
"But it would be the law."
"Yeah dummy, but criminals don't obey the law. THAT'S WHY THEY'RE CRIMINALS!"
"Maybe we should execute anyone who kills someone with a gun?"
"So you want to execute the people who commit suicide?"
"Yeah, because they'd be breaking the law."
"I have to go. There's more sanity on Family Guy and I don't want to miss it."
Maybe we could get President Obama to come up with one of his thirty year plans. Eradicate all handguns over the next thirty years. People could only own a rifle. A rifle is hard to conceal and would be a big tip-off in a street fight.
"Dude's got a rifle, run."
It would cut down on smack talk.
"Dude's got a rifle. Don't talk no shit to him."
It would cut down on robberies.
"Hello, 9-1-1. I've got a guy getting out of his car at the bank here that has a rifle. Can you come down and pick him up?"
The military death toll of the entire Iraq war is only one-sixth of how many Americans die annually from firearms.
I don't know what the solution is. But I think it's time we have a serious debate in this country.
In the meantime, if you see someone with a baby crib, RUN - because baby cribs are dangerous and were banned, but guns are OK.
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