PLAYING WITH FIRE

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Vaccinations

Infants who are too young to be vaccinated get caught up in outbreaks when they are exposed at a doctor's office or hospital where an infected person is seeking care. People with immune system problems get needlessly exposed to measles, as happened in Pittsburgh, when a college student with measles possibly exposed about 100 cancer patients. People develop severe complications of measles, such as the healthcare provider who reportedly developed measles encephalitis during the large measles outbreak in Fort Worth. There were 220 cases of measles in the United States in 2011. To contain just 107 of those cases in 16 outbreaks, "the corresponding total estimated costs for the public response accrued to local and state public health departments ranged from $2.7 million to $5.3 million US dollars."

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Guns

It's a mistake to believe that you can stop a shooter with a gun. The shooter always has the element of surprise in his favor. You can only fire second and will likely be hit before you can wrestle your gun from the waistband of your pants. A case in point: President Reagan and three other people were shot when John Hinckley fired a Röhm RG-14 .22 LR blue steel revolver six times in 1.7 seconds before the guards surrounding the president could take him down. Sirhan Sirhan shot Bobby Kennedy and was still firing his .22 caliber Iver-Johnson Cadet revolver with professional football player Rosey Grier sitting on top of him. In addition to Kennedy, 5 other people were wounded.

Both supreme court case law and the text of the second amendment itself support reasonable regulations on guns. As written, the constitution and the second amendment permit precisely the kind of regulation Congress should enact. If the amendment rests on the assumption that well-trained state armies could be regulated, then it also allows Congress to regulate guns among the general citizenry.

The idea that the second amendment prohibits gun regulation is “one of the most significant pieces of fraud on the American public by a special interest group.


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