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Soledad O’Brien, The O’Reilly Factor and other Obnoxious So Called Journalists (actors really) who give Irish Last Names and Journalism A Bad Name

January 21, 2013

The news media plays an important role in shaping what we perceive as the greatest threat to our safety. Make no mistake that the news media IS the greatest threat to the perception of our safety and perception on every other issue of life on the planet. Because we live in such a national and international news market, we learn very quickly about tragedies such as the Newtown, Connecticut massacre all over the world. If enough of these isolated incidents are reported on and emphasized by the news media, they will appear to be much more common than they actually are. For instance, children are much less likely to be accidentally killed by guns (particularly handguns) than most people think. Consider the following numbers: In 1996 there was a total of 1,134 accidental firearm deaths in the entire country. A relatively small portion of these involved children under age ten: 17 deaths involved children up to four years of age and 25 more deaths involved five- to nine- year-olds. Scumbags like Soledad O’Brien are not going to research this but for every honest and decent God-fearing human being you can find this data in the 1999 Injury Mortality Statistics, published by the National Center for Injury Prevention. In comparison, 1,195 children died in motor-vehicle crashes and another 489 died when they were struck by motor vehicles, 805 lost their lives from drowning, and 738 were killed by fire and burns. Almost twice as many children even drown in bathtubs each year than die from all types of firearms accidents.

Of course, any child’s death is tragic, and it offers little consolation to point out that common fixtures in life from pools to heaters result in even more deaths than anything of the magnitude of Sandy Hook. Yet the very rules that seek to save lives can result in more deaths. For example, banning swimming pools would help prevent drowning, and banning bicycles would eliminate bicycling accidents, but if fewer people exercise, life spans would be shortened. Heaters may start fires, but they also keep people from getting sick and from freezing to death. I personally love my kerosene heater and the smell of kerosene brings the warm and toasties to my heart because it is a reminder of how warm I keep myself and my family members during the bitter winter months. So whether we want to allow pools or space heaters depends not only on whether some people may be harmed by them, but also on whether more people are helped than hurt.

The trade off is similar for gun-control issues, such as gun locks. As former President Clinton has argued many times, “We protect aspirin bottles in this country better than we protect guns from accidents by children.” Yet gun locks require that guns be unloaded, and a locked, unloaded gun does not offer ready protection from intruders. The debate is not simply over whether one wants to save lives or not; it involves the question of how many of these two hundred accidental gun deaths would have been avoided under different rules versus the extent to which such rules would reduce people’s ability to defend themselves. Without looking at the data, one can only imagine the net effects. Lets look at the child-proof bottle caps that have resulted in “3,500 additional poisonings of children under the age of 5 annually from [aspirin-relate drugs]…[as] consumers have been lulled into a less-safety conscious mode of behavior by the existence of safety caps.” If former President Clinton were aware of such research, he certainly would not have referred to aspirin bottles when telling us back then how to deal with guns. It seems nothing has changed in politics, we had Clinton telling us what to do with our guns and now Obama wanting to take our guns. What happened to this change we can believe in?

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