Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Guns Don't Kill People, Dogs Kill People

Gun rights advocates are fond of telling us that "guns don't kill people." Well, it turns out that the unofficial mantra of the National Rifle Association (NRA) carries a degree of validity. Guns don't shoot and kill people. Dogs do.

I was shocked to read that, a few weeks ago, a 19-year-old Minnesota hunter was shot in the leg when his dog jumped into his boat, landing on the man's shotgun and discharging it. Fortunately for the man and his four-legged friend, the injuries were not life-threatening and no charges were filed.

What are the odds of such a freak accident? Actually, higher than you might imagine. It turns out a quick internet search uncovered at least 17 shootings by man's supposed best friend since 1980. (Not to be left out, a cat was responsible for knocking over a loaded handgun, causing it to fire a 9 mm cartridge into a Michigan man's torso.)

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