Federal trigger-lock mandate.ITEM: Last year, as noted by the Appleton Post-Crescent (Wis.) for July 19, a bill was signed into law "that required trigger locks A trigger lock is a device designed to prevent a firearm from being discharged while the device is in place. Generally, two pieces come together from either side behind the trigger and are locked in place, unlockable with a key or combination. on all handguns sold." The law passed "as part of a larger, misguided measure that gave the gun industry immunity from some types of lawsuits. But the House of Representatives [this summer] pulled a fast one on a public that overwhelmingly favors gun locks." In July, "the House passed an amendment to a law-enforcement bill that overturns the law by prohibiting its enforcement." The sponsor of the amendment, noted the paper, said the mandatory lock was an extra cost to gun owners. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave Marilyn Neoma Musgrave (born January 27, 1949), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 2003, representing the 4th District of Colorado. (R-Colo.) called it the "equivalent to a tax on citizens who purchase firearms This is an extensive list of small arms — pistol, machine gun, grenade launcher, anti-tank rifle — that includes variants.
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Citing figures by the Centers for Disease Control indicating that "1.7 million American kids live in households with unlocked, loaded guns," the paper also said that "about 150 kids died from accidental gunshot wounds in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. in 2003." The newspaper editorialized that "Tragically--and sadly--the House representatives who voted to overturn this law don't care
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ITEM: The Tennessean for July 17, complaining about the House action, opined that the "trigger-lock requirement has one simple purpose--to prevent handgun accidents, particularly among children."
CORRECTION: Liberals have become overly fond of using children as props to impose more regulations and taxation or to impinge im·pinge
v. im·pinged, im·ping·ing, im·ping·es
1. To collide or strike: Sound waves impinge on the eardrum.
2. on personal freedoms--in the guise Guise (gēz, gwēz), influential ducal family of France. The First Duke of Guise
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While it would be hard to find someone responsible who does not believe that gun owners should pay close attention to the safety and supervision of their weapons, a federal mandate requiring trigger locks is not the solution.
The child-safety rationale for this law itself does not stand up to scrutiny. After all, overall accidental firearms deaths have been steadily decreasing and are a very minor proportion of all accidental deaths, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. official figures from the National Safety Council and National Center for Health Statistics National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
NCHS is the United States' principal health statistics agency. . Consider: the annual number of accidental firearms deaths has dropped 77 percent since 1930, at the same time the nation's population more than doubled and the number of firearms has increased fivefold fivefold
1. having five times as many or as much
2. composed of five parts
by five times as many or as much
Adj. 1. ; firearms deaths are at an all-time low, overall and for children; and, firearms are involved in but 0.65 percent of accidental deaths nationwide, about 1 percent among children--behind many other means of death.
Should the feds put mandatory locks on doctors? No sensible person would urge that--but medical mistakes do result in about twice the number of accidental deaths as firearms. When Rep. Musgrave was discussing her amendment, she noted that lawn mowers can also be dangerous, and asked rhetorically whether that meant that the Congress should mandate that all lawn mowers be sold with a blade lock. Can automobiles be misused? Of course. But there is no call to require every steering wheel in the nation to have a lock on the steering column steering column n (Aut) → colonne f de direction
steering column steer n (Aut) → Lenksäule f
steering column as an alleged solution for juvenile "joyriding."
Individual owners are expected to be responsible for their cars or lawn mowers. Those who misuse an auto or a mower mower, farm machine used for cutting grasses and other hay crops. Mowers, drawn by or attached to tractors, or self-propelled, have superseded scythes. The mower is essentially an adaptation of the much earlier reaper. The first commercial mower was patented in 1847. are held accountable as individuals. Why should that not be the case with firearms?
Moreover, the fact that there are households with children where weapons are unlocked and the fact that there also (somewhere) accidental gun deaths among young people do not necessarily reflect a cause-and-effect relationship.
John Lott John Richard Lott Jr. (born May 8 1958) is a senior research scientist at the University of Maryland, College Park and has held research positions at numerous institutions, including the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School at the University of , who has researched and written extensively about gun laws, has pointed out in the Washington Times: "Accidental gun deaths among children are, fortunately, much rarer than most people believe. With 40 million children in the United States under the age of 10, there were just 20 accidental gun deaths in 2003, the latest year with data from the Centers for Disease Control. While guns get most of the attention, children are 41 times more likely to die from accidental suffocations, 32 times more likely to accidentally drown drown
v. drowned, drown·ing, drowns
1. To kill by submerging and suffocating in water or another liquid.
2. To drench thoroughly or cover with or as if with a liquid.
3. and 20 times more likely to die as a result of accidental fires. Looking at all children under 15, there were 56 accidental gun deaths in 2003--still a fraction of the deaths resulting from these other accidents for only the younger children. Given that there are over 90 million adults in America who own at least one gun, the overwhelming majority of gun owners must have been extremely careful, even before the 2005 law, or the figures would be much higher."
In his analyses over the years, Lott includes costs and benefits in his arguments, to show that there are often unstated or ignored consequences of mandating, for example, trigger locks or restrictions on carrying weapons. As he explained in his book More Guns, Less Crime, while it might turn out that as more people carry handguns that there are more accidents, it is also true the "number of murders prevented exceeded the entire number of accidental deaths." Some gun owners simply prefer not to use locks, and for good reasons. Crime victims often find that a gun that is needed for self-protection is of much less use when it is unloaded and locked.
President Bill Clinton used to be fond of saying that children were better protected against aspirins than they were against handguns. However, his demagoguery Demagoguery
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Long, Huey P.
(1893–1935) infamous “Kingfish” of Louisiana politics. [Am. Hist. ignored the point that such solutions as "child-resistant" caps on medicine or locks on guns also may lead householders to believe, falsely, that such items are now "safe." Such a false sense of security could be deadly. Take those child-resistant tops, for instance. Research cited in the American Economic Review found that their use resulted in "3,500 additional poisonings of children under age 5 annually from [aspirin-related drugs] ... [as] consumers have been lulled into a less-safety-conscious mode of behavior by the existence of safety caps."
The key, as is usually the case, is more individual responsibility--not a more intrusive federal government.