As surprising as it might be, other than tobacco, firearms are the only consumer product not regulated for health and safety by a federal agency.
Teddy bears, radios, and hairbrushes, which combined kill less than 100 Americans each year, are all regulated for safety. Guns, on the other hand, kill 30,000 and injure another 70,000 Americans annually but are not regulated. Why?
In 1972, pro-gun special interest groups used their powerful lobbying influence to achieve an exemption from government regulation for firearms. This precedent continues despite the fact that guns are among the most deadly consumer products made.
What does this sound like to you? Does it mean that the gun lobby is unconcerned with safety if it would interfere with profits to the manufacturers? Or is the lobby's main concern that the 50 or 80 million gun owners not be inconvenienced?
What's your opinion? Should the gun industry be exempt from standard practices that are binding on others? Why would that be?
Wouldn't this type of regulation be in the best interest of the gun-owning public? If, by means of setting safety standards, a decrease in accidental deaths from firearms could be realized, wouldn't that work against the need for gun banns?
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