20/20 about Guns vs Pools

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  1. dracphelan

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    This offends my wife. She wants to be a member of the militia without joining the National Guard.
     
  2. Bix

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    This study (swimming pools vs. firearms) is discussed at length in Freakonomics. One of the authors, Stephen J. Dubner, appeared on Stossel's 20/20 special last night.
     
  3. 22-rimfire

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    I am pleased that a major network is willing to air a show which points out the fallacy of the relationship between gun control and crime control.
     
  4. Atticus

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    No honest man needs more than 8 glasses of water per day...there needs to be limits on this nonsense. Are you aware that the car driving next to you may contain more than enough liquid to drown several children ...gasp?
     
  5. 22-rimfire

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    If you have a stockpile of water, you must be using it for some evil purpose like water torture. Congress frowned on that practice. No man needs that much water..... lets regulate it, put a big tax on it, and make everyone go through a NICs check prior to allowing their access to water. Oh, and for you California and Maryland folks, make sure you have to wait 7-days or whatever before you can get that water. It's for the children.
     
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    I don't have a source for this other than a friend of mine, who said at breakfast this morning, that more people die in the bathroom each year from a variety of causes than from gunshot wounds.

    Imagine if we had to have a waiting period before you could go to the bathroom.:eek: :uhoh: :what: :D
     
  7. paddykern

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    Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide
    http://www.dhmo.org/

    How about the need for a permit to carry water.


    http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/mortrate10_sy.html

    National Center for Injury Prevention and Control/CDC

    2004, United States
    Unintentional Firearm Deaths and Rates per 100,000
    All Races, Both Sexes, Ages 1 to 18
    Number of Deaths Population Crude
    120 73,297,755 0.16


    2004, United States
    Unintentional Drowning Deaths and Rates per 100,000
    All Races, Both Sexes, Ages 1 to 18
    Number of Deaths Population Crude
    931 73,297,755 1.27


    2004, United States
    Transport Deaths and Rates per 100,000
    All Races, Both Sexes, Ages 1 to 18

    Number of Deaths Population Crude
    6,452 73,297,755 8.80
     
  8. Plumber576

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    As a Pool Operator certified by the National Swimming Foundation, I can tell you that there are a bunch of dangerous things around a pool, not counting the chemicals that can be used...
     
  9. madmike

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    Drac: Anyone who "declares an intention" belongs to the militia.

    Able bodied males are required.

    Fortunately, most antis are web-potato slush and not "able bodied," so we don't have to take them;)

    If she has a center fire rifle, or volunteers, she's part of the militia. I'm still trying to relocate the relevant DoD reg.
     
  10. davhina

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    gun accidents vs other accidental deaths

    Automobiles are the leading cause of accidental deaths in this nation. Accidental gun deaths are approximately 1% comparitavely. So why aren't the brady bunch and other similar orgs. going after the pools and the cars. :p They are far more dangerous. Quick, fill in all the pools...no more swimming!:neener:
     
  11. telomerase

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    Not to mention, water is the main greenhouse gas, keeping the Earth 50 degree C above its natural state of permafrost.

    Of course some people think that this is a good thing....
     
  12. madmike

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    OT: I'm no fan of the global warming hypotheses, but that Lew Rockwell article is full of holes.

    on topic: Sarah Brady smokes. Doesn't she care about The Children?
     
  13. Sharps-shooter

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    UMMM...

    That can't be true, can it? I mean, it sounds nice, but I can't see how it's mathematically possible. Badguy pulls a gun on you, you draw your gun or guns and scare him off or shoot him. That's one for the criminal side, and one for the defensive side.

    Maybe the badguy pulls a knife, and you defend with a gun? That's illegal where I live, and so would still count as one defensive and one criminal use of a gun. Even if it weren't illegal, does this scenario happen so much more often than gun/gun confrontations to make up for the statistic?

    This reminds me of a statistic I often saw repeated when I was in college, to the effect that the average straight guy has 20 partners in his life and the average straight woman has only 5. Sorry, it can't happen that way, it takes two to tango. Or gunfight. (No need to post your personal numbers, please).

    Anyway, I'm not trying to sound anti-gun, but how can this statistic be true?
     
  14. meef

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    I wonder....

    Do you suppose that it's illegal to possess a pool within 1000' of a public school?

    Or, are felons allowed to own pools?

    There's just so much to ponder...... :confused:
     
  15. General Geoff

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    Because criminal usage of a gun is only recorded when someone is injured/killed, or when something is stolen or otherwise taken. In a standard street encounter between BG with a gun and GG with a gun, and the BG runs away, statistics will record that as one incident of a firearm used legally and defensively, and discard the incidental use of a firearm by the BG.
     
  16. madmike

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    It shouldn't be. You may defend yourself with deadly force under circumstances in which a reasonable person would fear for their life, in almost all jurisdictions. A knife is certainly a deadly weapon.

    You're assuming a 1:1 ratio. That's average. A few people will have far higher than average numbers of partners and skew the graph.

    Consider that if you have 30 people in a room, odds are even that two of them have the same birthday, even though there are 365.25 possible birthdays per person.
     
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    I haven't had any luck finding the guns vs. swimming pools study. You wouldn't happen to have a link, would you?
     
  18. Fly320s

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    I really enjoy the way John Stossel writes and thinks. The man has his head screwed on straight.

    He is a syndicated columnist as well as being on 20/20. His articles appear in a local NH paper, The Weirs Times, along with Oliver North, Michelle Malkin, and one other right-thinking individual who's name escapes me.

    I think 20/20 should get rid of everyone except Mr. Stossel.
     
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    He's right, toddlers drown in toilets, bath tubs and 5 gallon pails, more so than those who end up dead due to a fatal wound from a projectile.
     
  20. Bruce H

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    Now we need the number of houses with firearms against the number of houses with pools. If there are less houses with pools that firearms wouldn't this make pools more dangerous?
     
  21. Eyesac

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    Gettin' me a Pool for HD, they sound dangerous!

    John Stossel is a great reporter. Instead of following the Times, he has an actuall curiosity that a reporter should have and he's not affraid to report something if it's not main stream. Big time libertarian.

    molon labe!
     
  22. Justin

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    Ban dihydrogen monoxide!

    Do it for the children!
     
  23. MD_Willington

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    Well I have far more tubs toilets and 5 gallon pails than I do firearms, I have a virtual arsenal of drowning implements.


    I didn't even register them with the Bureau of Plumbing Devices & Liquid Storage.. you know the BPDLS :neener:
     
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