Thursday, January 3, 2013

So do we ban the guns or the alcohol?

By Donald Sensing

Sister, 19, accidentally shoots brother in the head while posing with gun for Facebook picture | Mail Online:

Not possible to overstate how stupid this is:

Deceased Manuel Ortiz with sister Savannah
A 19-year-old woman accidentally shot dead her brother while posing with a gun for Facebook photos on New Year's Eve. 
Manuel Ortiz died instantly after being shot in the head at about 6am on Monday morning.Family and friends wept as his body was carried from his apartment in Phoenix, Arizona, where the shooting took place. 
Police said 22-year-old Ortiz and his sister Savannah Ramirez arrived back at the home they shared on New Year’s Eve after spending the night drinking.
Do we need gun control or stupid control? Maybe try Prohibition again?

Alcohol and firearms do not mix. Why is this not so obvious that it need not be stated? I would support making using a firearm while intoxicated specifically chargeable in the same way that operating a motor vehicle is solely chargeable.

Military pilots have a saying, "Twelve hours from bottle to throttle," stop drinking at least 12 hours before you sit at the controls of an aircraft. So I propose a similar rule for firearms: "Twelve hours from jigger to trigger."

Related topic:
Although some indications suggest the American public has reached a breaking point after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting -- yet another tragic mass shooting in a particularly tragic year -- such attacks have long been a part of American history, and some experts say they are happening not much more often than usual.
"There is one not-so-tiny flaw in all of these theories for the increase in mass shootings," James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston, wrote for Boston.com in August. "And that is that mass shootings have not increased in number or in overall body count, at least not over the past several decades."
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