With all the talk about 'common sense' gun laws to 'promote safety' and 'think of the children', I was thinking about the idea of 'public safety' in the much broader context. If the anti-gunners are truly interested in safety, why don't we take a more comprehensive view -- and use data. For starters, if they're all genuinely interested in public safety, how about more regulations on alcohol? I don't have the stats handy, but I suspect that more innocent people (including children) are killed by drunk drivers than by guns. Along these lines, we often hear: "no one *needs* to have a such-and-so type of weapon", therefore we should outlaw them. With that line of thinking, how about banning alcohol production and sale above a certain limit (say beyond 80 proof)? After all, who needs something as strong as Everclear or Wild Turkey 101 proof? Additionally, why not have NICS checks for all alcohol purchases and prohibit all criminals (or just violent criminals, or DWI convictions) from any alcohol purchase at all? The whole idea here would be to see just how genuine their motives are (or aren't). Wonder how Feinstein would feel about 'turn them all in' approach that included wine from Napa and Sonoma. Of course there is some percentage of the population who doesn't drink any alcohol and may say 'fine by me', but overall I wonder if a wider swath of our citizens would be more sympathetic to individual rights when they start hitting closer to the ones that they might cherish. Your thoughts?