GUN ACCIDENTS

1/9/99 (am. 5/2/03)
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About .5 people per 100,000 population (1400 total, all ages) die from accidental gunshot wounds and about 33 per 100,000 (100,000 total) are injured accidentally with gunshots (per US Centers for Disease Control/prevention) per year recently.  The rate has been dropping steadily for years.

Some of the accidents are results of hunting accidents.  Some are associated with mistakenly thinking a gun was unloaded.  Some involve idiotic behaviour like "horseplay."  Some involve unsupervised children.  Virtually all of them involve inattention to a few basic safety rules.  Very few of them involve pre-teen children.

Reductions in the rates of gun injury have been the result of gun owners and their organizations providing training opposed by gun control advocates.

Gun controllers have been propagandizing that one of the "reasonable" regulations that is needed is to require that semiautomatic handguns have a feature to indicate whether or not the gun has a cartridge in the chamber.  They have been accusing manufacturers of being negligent in not having such indicators (in suits they have been bringing against manufacturers in attempts to make the manufacturers responsible for gun owner negligence).  A California gun control legislator recently tried to get a law to require that each new semiautomatic pistol in the state have an indicator that would be understood by people with no knowledge of such firearms (and would automatically not even know what a "cartridge" or "firing chamber" is or that a cartridge in a firing chamber would mean that the gun might fire and hurt someone).

Such indicators are a good idea as long as people don't rely on guns having them (since some won't) and, in fact, have been a feature of good pistols for some time because it's useful and gun owners want true, reliable safety features on their guns.  But, an indicator that can communicate unerringly in all languages to the deaf, blind, ignorant and stupid is impossible.  In a recent suit, the manufacturer was accused of not having such indicator on a gun that was used to accidentally kill a child.  In fact, the gun did have such indicator, like every handgun made by that manufacturer and most others.  Just another indication of the ignorance of gun control advocates.

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