In a recent article in World News Daily, the motor city madman Ted Nugent argued that the real threat to children this summer is not firearms, but backyard swimming pools.
“The Big Lie about guns is that innocent kids are being gunned down or are accidentally shooting each other,” wrote Nugent. “Compared to drowning, gun-related deaths don’t even register.”
Nuge went on to say that children and teens do die of gun-related violence, however “The vast majority of teenagers who die as a result of guns are involved in gangs. They are punks, thugs and street rats who have dropped out of school and let out of their cages over and over again by a so-called ‘justice system’ gone bad.”
It goes without saying but Uncle Ted is correct. When it comes to the death of children, swimming pools are a much bigger threat than firearms. Of course, that doesn’t mean one can be careless with how they secure their guns.
“Parents have the ultimate responsibility to keep their kids safe from harm whether that be in swimming pools, securing their kids properly in cars, or when handling various tools, including guns,” noted Nugent. “Turning this responsibility over to Fedzilla may make some intellectual softballs feel good, but it will do nothing to actually protect any kids from harm.”
Ted is correct, whether we’re talking about firearms or swimming pools, responsibility is what it ultimately comes down to.
We live in a society today were people are unwilling to take responsibility for themselves, for their safety, for their children’s safety. It’s crazy but it’s true. It’s why gun-control advocates make headway in their attempt to enact onerous gun laws. People really believe that the concept of “safety” isn’t created through personal responsibility (one’s capacity to stand and defend oneself) but believe instead that it’s created through greater government oversight and intervention.
Of course, all gun owners know that this line of reasoning is insane, that it is the gateway to the erosion of liberty and to the emergence of government tyranny. Well, most of us anyhow.