It is inherently more dangerous to have large numbers of people who believe themselves to be safe but are of dubious judgment and who practice questionable gun security armed with lethal weapons. A safe and civilized society where there is a RIGHT to be safe, not a right to be armed with lethal force, means that we shouldn't be subjected to the danger from your fetish objects, or your gun lunatic fantasies and fears.
This is just one more gun nut who shot himself instead of someone else accidentally, but it could AS EASILY have been an innocent bystander who was the victim, or someone else's property.
This was filed uner news of the weird, and I'd agree that the failed logic of gun nuts is pretty weird and twisted. But the underlying point is that you are more dangerous as a group of people than any claims of safety for yourselves, your loved ones or the public in general can justify for an armed civlian society.
We would all be safer with instead more and better equipped law enforcement, including surveillance and other monitoring equipment which both aids law enforcement to prevent crime, and to catch and successfully prosecute criminals. We do not need more armed Joe-Bob public idiots. Law enforcement has to have a better knowledge of the law and a more legitimate authority to enforce it. Law enforcement has to train regularly and meet minimum standards of accuracy and safety. Law enforcement is insured through their municipal or state jurisdiction for any mistakes they make - and they do make some - or for the actions of any bad apples among them. Law enforcement has the ability to call for assistance from fellow law enforcement officers, and to coordinate efforts against criminals at the time of a crime that provide alternatives to deadly force, making for a greater range of options to preclude people being hurt or killed. Law enforcement is increasingly more often equipped with alternative weapons, including tasers and stun guns and pepper spray, rubber bullets, and protective equipment, alternatives or aids to solutions involving weapons of lethal force.
Before you insist here in one of your comments about how safe and how 'good' the public is with weapons, remember this guy. And if you don't (I expect you will do your best not to think of these instances at all, and to try to deny them to yourself, as part of your pattern of intellectual dishonesty), be sure that will bring them up to remind you. I doubt most of these even merit a mention in the national news, or depending on other events, local news. But they occur, regularly.
Hmmmmmmmm.......I wonder if the person who sold this dangerous man the gun was a private seller. I wonder if he checked to see if the dangerous gun carrier was a prohibited person or not. I'm betting not.
This guy should lose his gun ownership for having an accident, particularly one in a public place. He is clearly NOT safe. And while he and people like him are carrying, or just owning, neither are we. We have a moral right to be safe - safe from all of you. Your rights should not be more important than ours.
from the AP by way of MSNBC.com :