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interesting reading here, look for yourself

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by alan, Dec 31, 2002.

  1. alan

    alan Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    sowest pa.

    "The nation's first state law requiring all new handguns to be outfitted
    with built-in trigger locks will take effect in Maryland tomorrow, a
    measure gun control advocates predict will save lives but one that has gun
    dealers fearing for their livelihoods," according to The Washington Post (
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A56389-2002Dec30.html ).

    "Only six models of handguns and integrated trigger locks now on the
    market would meet the law's standards, and manufacturers of other models
    have started cutting back their distribution in Maryland, several dealers
    said yesterday.

    "The trigger-lock provision was part of a raft of gun control measures the
    Maryland General Assembly passed in 2000 despite bitter opposition from
    the rural reaches of the state and the National Rifle Association, which
    enlisted its 50,000 Maryland members to phone lawmakers just before key

    In "Gun Control: Myths and Realities," (
    http://www.cato.org/dailys/05-13-00.html ) David Lampo, Cato's
    publications director, debunks some of the myths surrounding gun control.
    Although many advocates of gun locks claim the devices are needed to curb
    the number of children killed by guns annually, Lampo argues that gun
    accidents involving children are actually at a record low.

    "In 1997 . . . only 142 children under 15 years of age died in gun
    accidents, and the total number of gun-related deaths for this age group
    was 642. More children die each year in accidents involving bikes, space
    heaters or drownings. The often repeated claim that 12 children per day
    die from gun violence includes 'children' up to 20 years of age, the great
    majority of whom are young adult males who die in gang-related violence."

    The link to Washington Post requires "registration", however the only information requested is date of birth and zip code. This doesn't strike me as "intrusive", but readers can, of course, judge for themselves. The CATO material is somewhat dated, but remains true. The world hasn't become noticeable flat since 2000.
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