You know, at some point, you have to ask yourself…where does the gun nut insanity end. Is there anything, literally anything an NRA shill wont say to move firearms? We’re somewhat confident that even Wayne LaPierre would never suggest AR-15s for juggling, 50-cal sniper rifles for pool toys, or chrome .45 ACPs as plausible substitutes for Seroquel suppositories. Though we’re not entirely sure that last would be a bad idea, in the NRA’s case. Still, though…you have to wonder where they find the bottom. And ladies and gents, this may be it.
A Texas (of course) gun lobbyist by the name of Alice Tripp recently gave an interview to the Austin Statesman, during which the interviewer asked an interesting question. Said the reporter [paraphrasing]:
“Do you think parents should ask other parents about gun ownership and storage when dropping their kids off for a playdate?”
Of course, you might think even a gun lobbyist, legislative director (law-writer) for the Texas Rifle Association, and affiliate of the NRA, might give some kind of qualified answer. Maybe, possibly something thoughtful, at least given the fact that she’s a grandmother herself.
But…well, you read the title.
“I wouldn’t ask it. I would not think of it. It’s like asking, ‘How do you handle your bug spray or a sharp, pointy knife?’ I teach my children and grandchildren gun safety. That’s the best insulation.”
Well, where to start.
First, thank God ALL children are as well-trained in the use of firearms as Tripp’s grandchildren! You know…including the children who live in the home they’re visiting. So, it’s probably safe to assume Alice doesn’t ask whether there are guns in the home, or how they’re stored. Because the more important question is:
“Have your kids been through firearms training?”
Now, as to the other part, about bug spray, reasonable parental caution and such…
According to a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics last year, about 7,500 children a year are admitted to hospitals for gunshot wounds. No, that’s not a typo.
But, Alice says. America’s a REAL big place! We got 75 MILLION of the little buggers. Dang sure a couple of them ain’t smart. Them odds is still tiny. Nothing to worry about. Don’t mean nothin.
All right, then. No sense in exercising any degree of caution in protecting your kids there. Odds are tiny, with only 7,500 shot. But, then again…from the CDC‘s numbers on yearly child deaths and causes, a child is:
- About as likely to die in a car crash as get shot
- 6.5 times more likely to get shot than drown
- 7.8 times more likely to get shot than suffocate
- 12 times more likely to get shot than die of poison
- 13 times more likely to get shot than burned to death
- 40 times more likely to get shot than die of a fall
And you know what?
Somehow, we’d bet Alice still kept her grandkids off of rooftops, kept them away from bonfires, kept poisonous chemicals locked up, didn’t let her toddlers wander around pools, and made sure they were buckled safely into their car seats.
But, you know…there isn’t a big car-seat-and-ladder lobby in Washington.
And if there is one, it’s not paying Alice enough to sell them.