Since I already exposed my right-leaning stance on the minimum wage, I might as well tell you that I support the Second Amendment in it's unadulterated form (no, they didn't mean state militias, they meant common citizens). A few years ago, Bill joined the NRA against my wishes as is his prerogative. My argument against being a member: concern that a leftist takeover of the government would turn that membership list into a hit list for search and seizures of any and all citizen-owned firearms.
Surely even liberals would be smart enough to check under the floorboards.
Actually, it was only a few months ago that we became gun owners. It's not that I was really opposed to having a gun in the house, it was that there was no legitimate excuse to spend hundreds of dollars on a firearm of any kind. We don't live in a rural area with varmints that need eliminating (although the squirrels in our last neighborhood did qualify, I think there are post regulations against discharging a firearm in housing areas). Bill does not hunt (although he says this is a Catch-22, since he can't hunt without a gun). And our neighborhood is a safe one. But last year someone gave Bill a shotgun he didn't want (at least that's the story), and there you have it. I suppose at some point I ought to learn how to load and shoot the thing, since there's little point to having something like that around if you don't know how to use it.
Anyway, via email from my brother-in-law came this funny one last night:
Some Facts, To Ponder.
(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.
(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171
*(Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Health Human Services.)*
Now think about this:
(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that's 80 million.)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .000188
*(Statistics courtesy of FBI)*
So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.
Remember, "Guns don't kill people, doctors do."
FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR. Please alert your friends to this alarming threat.
We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand.
Out of concern for the public at large, I have withheld the statistics on lawyers, for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention.