Tempest in a teapot
CeaseFire Maryland has issued a press release claiming that one assault rifle is traced every 48 hours in Maryland, proving they need more laws against that manner of thing.
OK, that's 180 guns a year for the entire state. As I've noted earlier, upwards of 90% of ATFE traces aren't in relation to use in crime. (ATFE encourages local police to trace any guns that come into their hands, so they trace recovered stolen and lost guns, guns seized pursuant to a domestic violence restraining order, etc.). So now we're down to under 18 guns a year, for a populous state. Big woof.
Can't tell you how absolutely sick I am of the term "gun violence." Talk about Orwellian thoughtspeak. Their idea seems to be if you use it enough, people will automatically associate "gun" with "violence."
How about a group dedicated to ending "knife violence" or "baseball bat violence" or "fist violence"? How about "chair leg violence" or "beer bottle violence" - or maybe "rock violence"?
And don't even get me started on "car violence" - we saw that in San Francisco about a week or two ago.
Posted by: Bill Taggart at September 6, 2006 11:54 AM