BBGB next? Calling Brady Bunch


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fedlaw
November 1, 2004, 11:09 AM
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BB Guns Injure Thousands Each Year
By LINDSEY TANNER, AP


CHICAGO (Nov. 1) - They are often thought of as toys, but BB guns and other nonpowder guns are sometimes lethal and injure as many as 21,000 Americans each year, according to a new report.

Nonpowder guns kill an average of four Americans yearly, and from 1990 to 2000, there were 39 such deaths - 32 of children younger than 15, according to the report in November's issue of Pediatrics.

The report, published Monday, comes just two weeks after the BB gun death of an 8-year-old South Carolina boy accidentally killed by a 13-year-old friend. The pellet pierced the boy's heart, said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

"These are not the kinds of BB guns that I grew up with," Watts said. Today's BB guns "are extremely high-powered," and some can shoot with a velocity nearly matching a .22 caliber rifle, Watts said.

These guns include powerful air rifles introduced in the 1970s and paintball pistols used in war games. They're sometimes described as fake guns and often given to children as gifts, but the report says they can cause internal injuries similar to those from bullets.

The gun involved in the Oct. 18 shooting was a present from the older boy's parents, who had hoped it would lift his spirits after his own brother's recent death in a car accident, Watts said.

"They're being given as toys without recognition that there may be a serious injury risk," said report author Dr. Danielle Laraque, a New York pediatrician.

Nationally, an estimated 21,840 injuries related to nonpowder guns were treated in emergency departments in 2000 - most in children aged 5 to 14, according to the report prepared by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Injury, Violence and Prevention.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show there were 19,163 nonpowder gun injuries last year.

Most states have laws or regulations governing nonpowder guns. New York's is one of the strictest, prohibiting the purchase or unsupervised use by someone younger than 16 years, the Pediatrics report said.

While some models of air guns and BB guns are marketed specifically to youngsters, manufacturers and sellers also stress that they should be handled like legitimate firearms. Daisy Outdoor Products, a leading maker of BB guns and air rifles, lists safety instructions on its Web site and notes the risk of injury or death if the rules aren't followed.

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cslinger
November 1, 2004, 11:15 AM
GASP THE HORROR. 4 AMERICANS ANNUALLY. We must stop this river of blood this deluge of unmitigated mass murder.

I mean forget about car accidents, forget about drowning.....heck forget about football deaths and injuries. This kind of death rate must be stopped. Just think if we all work towards this goal we can cut these horrible deaths down by 50% or even 75% and all we have to do is save two maybe three people. Surely this is worth trampling on millions of other people, since surely the good of the one outweighs the good of the whole hell of a lot.


Chris

RavenVT100
November 1, 2004, 11:17 AM
Give me a break. Plastic garbage bags kill more people annually than BB and paintball guns.

Why don't we just disconnect from reality, hook ourselves up to a bunch of feeding tubes and live out the rest of our lives in a padded nerf couch in a comatose state? Life carries risks. Deal with it.

mtnbkr
November 1, 2004, 12:48 PM
The only BB guns that can nearly match a 22lr's velocity are not "BB" guns and aren't in the same class as the kid's "toys" sold at Wal-Mart. Many of those airguns cost as much or more than a basic 22lr (the BSA Supersport I bought 6 years ago cost more than a 10/22).

Chris

Standing Wolf
November 1, 2004, 04:20 PM
Plastic garbage bags kill more people annually than BB and paintball guns.

Well, yeah, but representatives of the Democratic (sic) party need large garbage bags to take fraudulent votes to the polls, so they're exempt.

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