I’m still completely amazed at the world Heidi Yewman lives in. Let’s see what other ways we can get ourselves or others in trouble in ways that are more dangerous than guns, and where the law won’t intervene to enforce common sense.
You can install a pool without the whole family having to take swimming lessons as a prerequisite for getting the permit. You can also buy a house with a pool without even the barest knowledge of how to swim. More children die every year in swimming pools than are killed by irresponsible gun owners in gun accidents.
You can buy a bicycle for your child without even the barest knowledge of traffic safety rules. What if the child takes the bike in the street? About 116 people aged 20 and under are killed on their bicycles, most of them involving collisions with motor vehicles. In total 677 people are killed in bicycle accidents. Injuries number 48,000. Yet we allow people to purchase these machines freely, and without training on responsible use.
Fires are burns are the third leading cause of death for children 14 and under, yet we allow people to cook, and purchase electrical appliances without even so much as basic training. Each day nearly 8 children are treated for shocks or burn injuries sustained tampering with wall outlets. Our government does not require parents to secure access to wall outlets from children, which can be done with an inexpensive plastic part.
Approximately 36,000 people are treated at emergency rooms each year for injuries sustain from use of chainsaws. These can be bought at home centers without even the most basic of training. Additionally, power tools in general are responsible for a great number of injuries and fatalities each year, and the government requires no training in their use, and they are bought and traded freely.
Do we really need government coming in and dictating all common sense, and throwing us in jail when we make poor decisions? Or treating us like children and making choices for us, because we can’t be expected to be responsible enough to make smart choices ourselves? I find that attitude baffling, but it is apparently the kind of world people like Heidi Yewman want to live in. Nerf goes the world!