Sunday, December 16, 2012

1 gun death every 20 minutes…

I said my piece about guns and gun control yesterday, read it here. For me it's this simple: too many guns, too many dead people, let's do something about it.

Today Nicholas Kristof says his piece about guns and gun control in the Sunday New York Times. Read it here.

He mentions that OSHA publishes five pages of federal safety regulations about ladders….about 300 people die each year in ladder-related accidents.

About 30,000 Americans die of gunshot wounds every year.

Kristof mentions an anonymous Facebook follower who said "It is more difficult to adopt a pet than it is to buy a gun.”

Kristof makes a realistic point: we're not going to abolish guns entirely—but if we require background checks on every gun buyer, and sharply limit multiple gun purchases, and make automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines illegal, then we can make a big dent in the number of people who are shot and killed every hour of every day.

And maybe we could make sure it's a long, long time before another crazy kills 20 first graders in their schoolrooms.

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