(HT: SBPDL) These surprising (:-|) conclusions and statistics just in from the Journal of American Pediatrics [Pediatrics 2014;133:219–225] on the unfortunate recipients of unwanted bullets:
“On average, 20 US children and adolescents were hospitalized each day in 2009 due to firearm injuries. Public health efforts are needed to reduce this common source of childhood injury.”
“Significant racial and gender differences in hospitalization rates for firearm injuries were observed…The overall rate for black males was 10.5 times higher than the rate for white males.”
“…males, blacks, and those receiving Medicaid were at the highest risk of firearm-related hospitalizations.”
It gets even MORE racist when you narrow the stats down to the 15-19 year-old black males vs. 15-19 y.o. white males: there the rate for blacks is 13.1 times higher.
Unfortunately while these professionals purport to know so much about various problems in the various “communities” PLAGUED by out-of-control shooters with their wildly off-target GUNFIRE, their solutions will go nowhere towards actually preventing the injuries they’ve been studying. They propose prevention (i.e. “education”) programs like those used to reduce residential FIRES and childhood DROWNINGS, along with consumer product regulations (i.e. more “education” – read the safety manual that comes with your gun, kids), public health education, and, DRUMROLL…
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” Samuel Adams
Every time I sweep these babies off the deck I start imagining how the “creative process” might have played out. Wanna bet nature’s B-B’s would sting just a bit if they came off one of this gentleman’s slingshots? Now you’ll notice once well dried out, they do have a surface “crinkle” texture. I’m not sure if that’s a help or a hindrance aerodynamically…
The GOOD: You aren’t paranoid after all…the BAD? They really ARE coming for your guns. My YouTube essay here.
A Lt. Col. Bateman has written a guest article at Esquire. He thinks “gun-violins” just shouldn’t be allowed in the U.S. of A. His solution will warm the hearts of inner-city thugs everywhere.
Want to protect yourself? Or your family? Why then, here, have a smooth-bore musket. And a lead ball plus a whole thimble of powder! There you go. Now don’t forget to keep that powder dry. Nice doggy, good doggy.
Dear American Dear-Leader-du jour: No, 90% of Americans don’t agree with more-background-checks for gun purchases. Some narrow focus-group of a tainted “survey” (which was probably commissioned by one of your friends) came up with that LIE.
Dear American Statists/dodos: the N.R.A. is literally millions of people like me – clumped together. Just like your N.O.W., your A.A.R.P., and any of countless other lobbying groups (yes, they all lobby – duh!). “The N.R.A.” isn’t a manufacturer, or retail-sales organization. It “benefits” by firearms’ sales JUST LIKE YOU DO: by getting to live in a freer country (“mostly free” from the kind of tyranny shown in the poster above).