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When politicians and special interest groups parade that we need to do something “for the children,” we know that they are trying to get us emotionally involved and not thinking. The first thing that we need to do when we hear that we need to do something for the children, is step back and look at the bigger perspective because there is a good chance that perspective will gives us a different opinion of the situation.

A perfect example is, of course, gun control. the Florida chapter of Moms Demand Action recently posted a news story from the Miami Herald on Facebook with the headline “Floridians oblivious to an epidemic of accidental child shootings.” (Has anyone else noticed that posting on Facebook seems to be Moms Demand Action’s favorite type of “activism?”) The fake news… er… news story, of course, took an anti-gunner position.

So, what kind of horrific numbers are we looking at in this epidemic? Miguel at gunfreezone.net gives us some perspective:

So for ages ranging from zero to 14 (“Do it for the Children!”) we have 49 deaths by accidental firearms and 647 by drowning.  Thirteen time more by water than by bullets.  And that is for a total of just under 11 million pools in the USA, bit somehow thee same idiots expect zero accidents in a country with 350 million firearms which they know is impossible but have no issue peddling the idea they can make it happen if you only vote for them and give them money. […]

Now, if we follow the instruction book of the Opposition, we should start an immediate campaign against this  malady by denouncing   “rogue” pool builders, having demonstrations in front of pool supply stores like Pinch a Penny and we should even go ahead and ban water. […]

Yes, it sounds that stupid applied to anything, but Gun Control groups are not after Gun Safety and will stand in the way of teaching safetyeven if it kills your kid.

The fact of the matter is that life is inherently unsafe. It’s even more unsafe when you aren’t educated about how to use dangerous things safely. Despite what anti-gunners want you to believe, a perfectly “safe” life is impossible, no matter how many laws are passed, no matter how much money is thrown at the issue. Your best chance of safety in life is not to try to completely eliminate danger but to learn how to minimize risk and how to safely use dangerous things.

That’s what adults do, so teach your kids to be adults, not to cry out for a nonexistent “safe” life.

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Ignorance. Ignorance about guns is the main cause of people’s fears about guns. And make no mistake about it: ignorance is rampant.

Case in point: A elementary and middle school in East Manatee, Florida were locked down recently because someone saw a history teacher bring in a replica of a flint lock rifle to show students. Keep in mind that this replica of a Civil War era gun does not work (i.e. does not shoot), and it’s muzzle loaded.

So, some ignorant person panicked and called 911. Over a muzzle loaded rifle. Daniel Jennings gives us more details:

Middle school principal Randy Petrilla said the incident was a misunderstanding.

“A teacher at our school brought in a Civil War era rifle for a demonstration in their class,” Petrilla told the Bradenton Herald newspaper. “This teacher had previously notified the school [resource officer] that he would be bringing the rifle to school. As he was bringing the rifle into the school this morning, someone saw him and reported it to law enforcement.”

Think about how ridiculous this is, how ignorant about weaponry that the caller felt seriously threatened by a weapon that you couldn’t load fast enough to get off more than a shot or two in the whole time that you used it if you were going to be psychotic enough to attempt a school shooting.

Now, granted, Nancy Pelosi would probably call it an assault weapon because you could swing it around to hit several people at a time with it than you could load it an fire it. Not that Pelosi’s ignorance is any justification, but she is a prime example of fear born out of ignorance.

If people want to stop being afraid of guns, then they need to get some training on how to use guns, how to care for them, how they actually work and what threat that they actually pose.

The problem with those pushing gun control is that they have no idea what they are afraid of. They are just terrified of a bogeyman in their own mind that they have labeled “guns.”

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