Safety First

23 May

Almost every day, and today was no exception, I receive an Email in my inbox alerting me of sex offender activity in my neighborhood and this message…

“Learning the truth about who lives near your family can be shocking and disturbing. By proceeding you agree to utilize Kids Live Safe solely for informational purposes and to protect your children and loved ones.”

So I have thought to myself, wouldn’t it be nice if I could receive an alert every time one of my neighbors bought a handgun, rifle or weapon?

“Attention: Your neighbor bought a gun and or weapon so your children might be in danger because 70% of all gun deaths are the result of accidents, suicide or the miss handling of a gun. We are only telling you this so that your kids might live more safely.”

Okay, relax all of you gun owners out there whose heads just exploded! I know you are not criminals just because you own a gun and I agree that you should not be treated as criminals…But…I don’t have a gun so there is 0% chance that someone in my neighborhood will be killed by it….but since you do own a gun, you must admit (yes, you really must) that you and your family are more dangerous than me and mine… And yes, someone could break into my shed and steal my pitchfork and stab 3 little children at once but…

Here’s where I’m going with this.

According to Politico, numerous polls show that 90 percent of Americans have been supportive of background checks for all commercial sales, including gun shows, for some time and more people in the United States favor universal background checks on gun sales than approve of Mother Teresa…

And according to the  respected Pew Research Center there have only been a few areas in which 90 percent of Americans agreed, one of those being that the percentage of people who believe in God is consistently at 90 percent.


So…in the name of God and all that is holy, including the U.S. Constitution, can we  PLEASE have universal background checks for ALL commercial gun sales? Please?

18 Responses to “Safety First”

  1. fetalsonosafety May 23, 2013 at 5:32 am #

    I have a similar conundrum although not completely the same. Background checks are not required to perform prenatal sonography. No certification required or anything. Heck, I could set up shop at a mall right now completely legal.

    It sounds like you feel about guns the way I feel about ultrasound machines in untrained hands.

  2. momshieb May 23, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    I love your logic!

  3. makagutu May 23, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    flawless logic

  4. charlypriest May 23, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Agree= more background checks. Disagree= I do want to know if a crazy nut who like little kids is around. Just to smack him a couple of times, just to warn him if he even thinks of trying anything. Putting at the same level of risk towards public safety legal gun owners and pedophiles is like mixing vinegar with water.

  5. lwk2431 May 23, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    “So…in the name of God and all that is holy, including the U.S. Constitution, can we PLEASE have universal background checks for ALL commercial gun sales? Please?”

    No. Freedom first.

    If you want safety then punish real criminals who use guns, not private and law abiding citizens. Enforce the laws _already_ on the books (unlike the current administration in Washington under which enforcement has _declined_ seriously since 2008).

    lwk
    free2beinamerica2.wordpress.comc

  6. mvschulze May 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Interesting also is the exposure on the one late night program highlighting as “stooges” those of our congress who have ignored these figures to vote against background checks. Even if applied from a totally neutral, unbiased observation, it appears there is something wrong here.

  7. TamrahJo May 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Another example of how we no longer live with a ‘representative’ government –

  8. avwalters May 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    The “something wrong” is the influence of money in our politics. If our representatives cared about what their constituents want, the polls already show what the law would be. Because of the insidious influence of money on the system the gun lobby (that includes the NRA and the manufacturers) has used the power of the dollar to intimidate and bully their way into legislative favor. There will be no substantive change until we eliminate the fact that money can buy laws.

  9. Jae May 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Let’s note that these background checks would not have stopped the Sandy Hook shooter (who killed his own mother to steal the guns she owned). Let’s also note that no one is saying there shouldn’t be background checks to purchase guns. For the record, you can’t just “walk into a store and walk out with a gun.” There is tons of paperwork to be filled out, and even if you have a CCW it still takes a long time before you can actually walk out of the store with a gun. (Also, you should be heavily promoting people getting their CCW since they have their backgrounds checked on a daily basis and their fingerprints are on file). And let’s be forthcoming about the wording used in those polls. The question is do you support expanding background checks (at least on the ones I found) not do you support universal background checks? I don’t support the Fed having a centralized database. I don’t have a problem with the store having to run a background check on me before purchasing the gun. Even the ACLU had issues with this latest piece of legislation.

    But I’m sorry, 70% of all gun deaths are accidents? I’ve been googling your tidbit and haven’t found this statistic anywhere. I’m guessing it was meant to be humorous?

    I get that you’re afraid of gun violence and that’s a perfectly normal thing to fear. But punishing law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer. Conceal carry states have lower crime than those that don’t allow it. We need only look to Washington, DC and Chicago for examples of what gun bans do. What we should be promoting is more responsibility and certainly less blame on law-abiding citizens when a crazy man does crazy things.

    • gpicone May 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

      It is my understanding that people can purchase guns at gun shows without background checks. If 1 extra background check saves 1 extra life is that a good thing or not? @30,000 people die each year from gun deaths and @9,000 of those are homicides…that leaves 70% of gun deaths that are not homicides…so what are they? How did those 21,000 people die if they were not murdered? That is an FBI statistic and those numbers are almost the same each year for many years now. You can check the CDC and their statistical database too. It is not a joke. Who wants to ban guns? That is not going to happen. I just don’t want my drunken neighbor to shoot me and I would like to know if he has that potential…is that so wrong? You have the freedom to own a gun. Do I have the freedom to protect myself from you if you get to keep it a secret?

      • Jae May 23, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

        Yes, you do have the freedom to protect yourself. That freedom is stated in the second amendment.That’s why guns are the great equalizer, and you’re bound to be a much better shot than a drunken neighbor should it come down to something as unfortunate as that situation. But do you often run into the trouble of your drunken neighbor tooling around the neighborhood with his gun? Also, this “gun show” loophole is false. Any commercial dealer at any location, gun show or brick and mortar store, or online (this would be done at the brick and mortar store it’s shipped to, only way you can purchase a gun online) must perform a background check in order to sell a gun or they are in violation of federal law. Period.

        And plenty of people want to ban guns. They’ve been wanting to do it for years (http://thefiringline.com/library/quotes/antifreedom.xml)

        Also, looking further into your statistic, 19,000 of those deaths are suicides. Not accidents. Sad, yes. But those people will be a danger to themselves with or without a gun and it appears only a danger to themselves.

    • A Voice May 23, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      “Let’s note that these background checks would not have stopped the Sandy Hook shooter (who killed his own mother to steal the guns she owned).”

      I am not going to attempt to be polite here and it is my hope that Mr. Picone will forgive me.

      It’s clear from your responses to various posts in respect to this issue that you just don’t get it and, I think, you do not want to get it. Simply put, and with absolutely no malice, I think you are dangerously stupid.

      Sandy Hook would have been stopped if background checks were expanded. Why? An expanded background check caring for legitimate safety would have caught the specific psychological condition of an individual in the household of the gun owner, namely Adam Lanza. This would have rendered the gun owner, Lanza’s mother, ineligible to purchase the firearm due to the potential hazard of Adam Lanza coming to possess it by accident or design. Why? Because the specific conditions Adam Lanza was diagnosed with made it a legitimate hazard.

      I would offer more of a rationale, however I find both that it would be wasted and I am at the limits of being able to be polite. Statistics don’t matter. How you feel and how anyone feels about firearms legislation matters. What matters is the ability to use one’s brain to recognise reality when faced with it. I suggest you find yours and apply it. That is all that I will say.

      • A Voice May 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

        “How you feel and how anyone feels about firearms legislation matters.”

        This sentence should read: ‘How you feel and how anyone feels about firearms legislation doesn’t matter.’

        We NEED a preview option on these comments.

      • Jae May 23, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

        So now you’re attempting to bully me by calling me stupid? How very classy of you. I get that it’s a difficult thing to understand for non-Americans, but it is a right guaranteed by our Constitution no matter how many people disagree with it.

        Let’s suppose you had your way and Adam Lanza’s mother didn’t have any guns. So if he was willing to kill his own mother (forgetting completely the kids he was perfectly willing to kill later on) then there is no chance he would have murdered someone else to get his hands on weapons. Why is it the solution you embrace punishes the innocent before the guilty? You know what else might have stopped Sandy Hook? A “good guy” carrying a gun like in the case of the Pearl High School incident (http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/how-an-assistant-principal-with-a-gun-stopped-a-school-shooter/). Gun-free zones attract psychos who know their victims will be gun-free because law-abiding citizens abide by the law.

        But by all means, continue to attack my intelligence as your strategy for winning arguments. At least Mr. Picone and I don’t stoop to such levels.

      • A Voice May 24, 2013 at 3:47 am #

        …whatever you say.

  10. rbdavis5 May 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    Where to begin? First up, 70% of all deaths are accidents (a statistic that I doubt). Cars have a 99.5% death rate by accidents (assuming that you allow DUI to be qualified as an accident). And kill more people a day then guns do in a month (or more, I am being conservative). You don’t have to get a background check to buy a car, you don’t need one to sell or transfer a car.
    If you want to make people safe, ignore guns and go for cars! Let’s make it so you have to have a universal back ground check for you and everyone in your house hold when you buy a car. Also, let’s restrict cars to a top speed of 15 miles per hour. Think of all the fuel and lives we would save this way. We should also make car sellers and manufactures liable for actions taken in their cars. If your house hold has anyone between 13 and 18, you should not be allowed to have a car on premise, you can own one but it must be parked in a neighbor’s Garage, to keep teenagers from having easy access (being as most teenagers are killed in car wrecks)
    You say your house is 100% gun free, so I assume that either you live across the street from a police station, or you honestly believe that nothing bad will ever happen to you. Or you have the misguided belief that the police will take care of things. To me Non-gun owner ship shows a dependency on others. You are unwilling to protect your rights or your property; you leave that for other people. I would challenge you to put a sign in front of your house declaring you are 100% gun free. Be sure you are fully insured and please have your loved ones stay at another house for the duration.
    I would think that history would show how ridiculous that thinking is. Hitler did wonderful things after he passed gun control, and btw never forget Hitler was elected!

    • gpicone May 24, 2013 at 2:09 am #

      There is absolutely no end to how uninformed you are. DO NOT MAKE UP STATISTICS…LOOK THEM UP… 9,143 Americans were murdered with firearms in 2011 but At least 31,940 people died from gun injuries in 2011. That means that 22,797 citizens of the United States died from gunshot wounds that were what?
      Accidents! Unintentional! Suicide! These are statistics from the UNODC. Look them up. There are approximately 34,000 automobile deaths every year…NOT EVERY DAY! Is 34,000 a number relatively close to 31,940? Automobile accidents have a 99.5% death rate????? How many car accidents have you been in…and are you dead yet? There are 10 million car accidents in the USA every year. LOOK IT UP instead of MAKING IT UP! And yes, I do not have a gun in my house and neither do over 60% of American households. Where do you think we live? The Middle of an Afghan firefight? What kind of neighborhood do you live in? I want a sign on your house that says, “I HAVE A GUN AND I DO NOT BOTHER WITH STATISTICS OR FACTS. I JUST LIKE TO SHOOT THINGS” so that I can know to stay the hell away from your place. And the fact that you suggest that I and my family should be killed in order to learn your warped lesson of misinformation proves my point that you and your ilk ARE DANGEROUS AND SHOULD BE REGISTERED…And by the way try driving away from a policeman in your car and see if he doesn’t know everything about you from his on board computer database within 5 seconds…BECAUSE YOU ARE A LICENSED DRIVER AND YOUR CAR IS REGISTERED AND YOU PAY BIG MONEY TO THE US GOVERNMENT EVERY YEAR FOR THE PRIVILEGE. Try buying a car at a hillbilly car show and see if you can get away without first showing your license and then registering the car before you can drive it away, otherwise you will have both committed a felony…even in the Confederacy! LOOK THINGS UP, DO SOME READING and PLEASE GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT or do not bother me again with your silly and inane delusions.

  11. appletonavenue June 4, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    Long live the Almighty Dollar. As long as there is no profit in promoting gun safety, it will never happen and all discussion moot.

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