Unfortunately George, you replied, then for some reason blocked any replies from me! I will therefore post my response as if it was an original answer.
Simply, the fact that people die from other causes does not negate murder and all the accidental deaths and injuries due to firearms use.
on 9/11 around 3,000 people were killed. Heart disease US last year 614,348. Cancer 591,699, COPD 147,101
So do you reckon that terrorism is not worth worrying about since cancer killed 200 times as many, heart disease 197 times as many, COPD 49 times as many?
If you think that last year 671 children under 11 were shot, but that is negligible because more were run over, then I question your sense of morality and proportion.
As to cancer:
OK Paul, won’t argue with you on the number, but MOST of those 1000 were justifiably killed. Only a very small portion were unjustifiably killed. And of course it’s terrible that anyone gets accidentally shot. But why do people like you obsess over only ONE THING as a cause of occasional wrongful death when there are SO MANY OTHERS? I would bet you that the day that Australian woman was shot, a dozen innocent people including children were killed by drunk drivers. So, why aren’t you questioning drunk driving laws??? Why do you pick on guns, when it’s a very small cause of wrongful death? FAR LESS than auto accidents. If a horrible accident kills one person, do you really want to change the laws affecting 300 million people? Especially when 95% of the time the cops are doing their jobs, protecting and saving lives? Do you understand the concept of balance and reasonableness? And finally, you live in Sussex. Why don’t you just worry about what’s going on in your own country? Don’t bother with us, you have plenty of problems of your own over there and you do relatively little to help the world at large. I don’t recall many cancer cures coming out of there.
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