If you thought the pandering to the NRA present in Tennessee’s “guns-in-parks” bill was bad, it’s nothing compared to what State Rep. Glen Casada had to say about accidental gun deaths and injuries.
According to Rep. Casada, shootings are not mere “accidents.” No, these are Acts of God, and there’s nothing we can do to prevent them — they’re something that just happen, like bicycle accidents.
Representative Casada has promised on his website that he will “guard law-abiding Tennesseans’ ” rights to own and keep firearms, “Regardless of the attempts to restrict gun rights by overzealous Washington politicians.”
This includes supporting the “guns-in-parks” bill, because it’s your Second Amendment job to be a public health hazard!
While giving an interview with Post-Politics this week, the overzealous state rep. had a bit to say about the recent “Guns-in-Parks” bill that the Tennessee House passed, and about shootings in general, with none of it good.
Reporter: So, if there’s an accident and a permit holder is in a park, there’s a high chance it’s going to hit a child.
Casada: There’s accidents with bicycles in parks. Should we outlaw bicycles?
This is a false analogy. A bike isn’t designed to kill you. Also, nobody’s calling for guns to be outlawed.
Reporter: Yeah, but bikes very rarely kill people.
Casada: That’s not true, I disagree with that statement.
Check this: While bicyclists are at a higher risk of injury than automobile drivers, this translated into a whopping 800 people killed in 2010. That’s little over 2 deaths a day.
Meanwhile, in 2010, guns killed 31,076 people, or over 80 people every day. That year, they were the third leading cause of death nationwide, following automobile accidents and poisoning.
Now, he can say he disagrees with that all he wants. It means he’s a idiot. But for him to say it’s not true makes him a liar.
Reporter: Guns are weapons. Are you saying a gun is as safe as bicycle?
Casada: If used properly I am. If used properly.
Casada is a moron. If used properly guns kill. That’s what they’re designed to do. It’s not a toy, and that he can’t seem to tell the difference is symptomatic of a larger cult of gun worship that underscores American culture.
Reporter: In the event of an accident, which is more likely to kill someone?
Casada: Now we’re back in theoretical. I think in Tennessee we’re dealing with a lot more questions than guns in parks. I think this is a minor thing in the scope of what we’re doing good in Tennessee.
Notice how he ducks the question. He notes that “we’re back in the theoretical” and then dives off on a completely unrelated tangent that doesn’t answer the reporter’s question.
Reporter: If someone is hit accidently with a bullet, you guys are fine defending this bill?
Casada: If someone gets run over by an automobile accidently, there’s nothing I can do about that. These are things beyond, they’re called acts of God, they’re beyond our control.
There’s the false analogy that gun nuts love so much. There are protections in place to keep people from getting run over by automobiles. These include crosswalks, stop lights, speed limits, and pedestrian right-of-way. You can’t legally drive a car on the sidewalk, and you have to stay within your lane. Driving a car legally requires having a license, and it requires going through probationary periods. Some states require car insurance, as well, like Tennessee.
None of these protections are in place regarding guns. There are no “guns only zones,” no “proper lanes” for gun users, nor insurance requirements.
And I still won’t acknowledge an automobile accident as being comparable to a gun accident, because a properly used car isn’t designed to kill people.
This rhetoric is pretty standard from an NRA tool like Casada. The answer to all of those questions and more about safety is “whatever keeps the gun lobby pumping money into my campaign coffers.”