A bit of truth in a usually-left-wing publication


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mzmtg
September 18, 2005, 10:56 PM
In the October 1st issue of "Bottom Line Personal" in an article called The Big Myths About Money, Elections And More:


MYTH: The most dangerous thing you can have in a household with children is a gun.

REALITY: Owning a swimming pool is far more dangerous than owning a gun. Federal data shows tha kids under age 10 are 100 times more likely to drown than be killed by gunshot. There is one child death for every 11,000 pools versus one for every million guns.

The math in that quote is still a little suspect, but at least the right message is being put out...

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Joejojoba111
September 18, 2005, 11:31 PM
The left has ppl who believe in liberty, just like the right. And they have ppl who believe in police-states, just like the right. The only difference is image and perception.

mzmtg
September 18, 2005, 11:40 PM
Guns in general usually arent portrayed very positively in bottom line, so that blurb was refreshing and surprising.

Andrew Rothman
September 19, 2005, 01:01 AM
It's a quote from "Freakonomics."

http://thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=28366
http://thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=28367

LaEscopeta
September 19, 2005, 09:09 AM
Iíll have to do some research, but I seem to remember seeing there are 6 million INGROUND pools in the US. I believe the number of above ground pools is much higher. Also, a lot (too many) kids drown in public pools, ponds, in boating accidents, etc, not just in residential pools. Finally, very few homes have more than one pool, but quite a few homes have more then on gun.

So I think a fair comparison is the number of homes that have in ground pools divided by the number children under 10 who drown each year in a residential in ground pool, vs. number of homes that have guns divided by the number of children under 10 who die each year from an accidental gun shoot.

I believe that comparisons show in ground pools to be a higher risk factor for young children than firearms, but I donít think the difference is as high as 1:11,000 vs. 1:1,000,000 (Like I said I have to do some research.)

I just saying I donít think exaggerated numbers help our cause in the long run.

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