Gun Appreciation Day is a heartless idea

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Philadelphia Daily News
  • Updated: January 10, 2013 - 9:29 AM

But coalition of conservative groups wants to mark Jan. 19 that way.

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mplsjimJan. 10, 13 9:40 AM

Guns don't kill people, people kill people. Guns do not protect people, people protect people. Lets have a 'people' day.

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raywakefieldJan. 10, 13 9:46 AM

2011 Car deaths Vs. Gun related homicide. Car deaths = 32,367. Gun related homicide = 11,101.

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justsayingJan. 10, 1310:09 AM

I guess this is why the article is in the opinion section. This is your opinion, not the opinion of a vast majority of America.

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jqpublicJan. 10, 1310:11 AM

Ray that's not the total of handgun deaths. If you want to compare apples to apples it should be how many times have cars been used to kill in homicides vs guns been used in homicides. in 2010 the total gun deaths (all causes) was 31,672, which much more closely matches your figure. Remember, we test for drivers licenses, we track ownership, license cars and regulate what they can have for equipment. I'd pick a different metaphor if I was you.

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tsolmerJan. 10, 1310:13 AM

It's absurd to think technology hasn't progressed to the point where we could have nonlethal self-defense weapons which are equally capable of incapacitating a person as a gun. Guns simply aren't necessary for self-defense. The rest is obnoxious posturing to protect the use of guns for fun.

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LicoriceJan. 10, 1310:18 AM

"Gun Appreciation Day?" "Million Gun March?" What a slap in the face to the families of gunshot victims -- adults and children. How does a parent explain this to a child who just lost his little brother or sister to gunfire?

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beebee82Jan. 10, 1310:21 AM

raywakefield, a more accurate comparison would be 11,000 traffic fatalities caused by drunk drivers vs. 11,000 gun-related homicides. All traffic fatalities (32,000) are projected to be eclipsed by all gun deaths (including suicides at just about 32,000) by 2015. Unlike gun deaths, traffic deaths are on steep declines. Could that possibly be due to better enforcement and regulation on our traffic laws?

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fruitbuttJan. 10, 1310:22 AM

Twelve Americans are murdered every day by illegal aliens, according to statistics released by the US Federal Government. If those numbers are correct, it translates to 4,380 Americans murdered annually by illegal aliens. That’s 21,900 since Sept. 11, 2001. How about a lobby cracking down on criminal illegal aliens?

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kkjerJan. 10, 1310:22 AM

In the US there are over 8000 gun laws and over 25000 drug laws. The total cost of the DEA from 1972 to 2009 according to the agency website was $536,367,800,000.00 with 10,784 employees in 2009, the average cost per arrest made was $9,893.09 and that doesn't include local law enforcement. Why is it our society seems to think the answer to everything is a new law? In Minnesota we have a law that declares Mosquito's a public nuisance and a law that prohibits sleeping naked. Do we need a law for everything???

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elind56Jan. 10, 1310:31 AM

Every day is gun appreciation day at my house.

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