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    statistical significance is to ask whether the risk of getting shot by an accidental discharge is worth addressing.

    Perhaps we should focus more on the fact that a fatal gunshot or a serious gunshot injury, is a bad outcome for both the shooter and the victim as well as for all those in the vicinity or in their families, (all those who have to clean up the aftermath).

    Consider the Tylenol tampering case that led to a Nationwide recall, and a total redesign of medicine bottle caps. We now have sealed bottles, child-proof caps, and external shrink wrap seals. All of that to solve a statistically insignificant problem. Why?

    Because public confidence in the safety of medicines was vital to both the health of consumers and the profit potential of companies that make those products.

    If only we could have the same value of public safety with firearms. If we did, we might have a growing public demand for things such as:

    At home firing ranges be subject to permits and constructed to safety standards that ensure no bullets pass through the range, and that discharges from sloppy muzzle handling will also be captured on the gun owner's property.

    IMO, it's not about statistical significance, but about gun owners facing up to their responsibility to express their RKBA without creating a menace for others.

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 09:35:59 AM PDT

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