Thursday, July 26, 2007

Gun Guys: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

The Gun Guys (why do they call themselves that?) use an example of an accidental shooting to make their point:

That is the case with this story out of Arizona:

A Sun City woman, a gun enthusiast, was killed Sunday in an apparent accidental shooting while her boyfriend was handling a loaded weapon, authorities said Monday.

Susan Noben, 54, was pronounced dead at her home in the 11600 block of North Desert Hills Drive, said Detective Aaron Douglas, a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Investigators believe Noben was shot once while her boyfriend was handling one of many weapons in her house, Douglas said. The weapon turned out to be loaded, he said.

We don’t like to be cynical, particularly when a person is shot, but wouldn’t you expect that in a house with two gun “enthusiasts,” one of the guns might, well, just be loaded?

These sort of incidents put a dent in the gun lobby mantra of gun worshipers always being “responsible” and accident proof with their weapons.

This is an example of poor judgment on the part of a gun owner, true enough. But nobody claims gun owners are accident proof, only that they are in fact actually responsible. Lots of people have accidents of all sorts who are responsible. People make mistakes. What is the solution offered by the "Gun Guys"? They don't offer one.

Since they don't offer us a typical idiotic solution that we could demolish, lets demolish the idea that guns are bad because people have accidents with them. From one of my favorite sources of facts about guns: guncite:

Deaths Due to Unintentional Injuries, 2000 (Estimates) (Chart compiled by GunCite. Source of data, except as noted, National Safety Council, Injury Facts, 2001 Edition, pp. 8-9, 84)

Given that there are over 200 million firearms in the United States, and given that 16,200 people died in this country in 2000 due to falls, I'd say that legitimate gun owners were remarkably responsible.


Blogger Francis W. Porretto said...

The care we take with our firearms is especially notable in light of the comparison with cars. Guns are designed to kill, yet in the hands of the law-abiding, they kill very seldom (600/yr). Cars are designed not to kill, but to take us places safely, yet they kill very often (43,000/yr). And there are about as many guns in the United States as there are cars.

7/27/2007 9:41 AM  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

It seems these "Gun Guys" are an astroturf anti-gun organization front group, who play-up incidents and attack ownership, especially CCW - they're fakes and moonbats.
Rule 1. All guns are always loaded.

7/27/2007 9:50 AM  
Blogger carnaby said...

They are absolutely astroturf, funded by the Joyce Foundation. Pathetic.

7/27/2007 5:56 PM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Left a comment to your comment:
Press info here, too:

7/28/2007 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my sister and I will comment on her death yes her boyfriend shot her Kevin Hughes and we will never now what took place as he shot her in the back of her head she was no gun enthusiast by no means she was getting the guns out of the house.

4/21/2009 11:39 AM  
Blogger carnaby said...

I'm sorry about your sister's death. I wonder why the "gun guys" reported her as a gun enthusiast?

4/21/2009 12:02 PM  

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