Friday, December 21, 2012

Why are we talking about guns when the real menace to America is ping-pongs

Texas state representative Kyle Kacal has some things he'd like to say about some recently suggested gun control measures. 

As someone who operates a hunting business, Kacal said he's opposed to stricter legislation on firearms.

For example, Kacal, who lives on a 2,400-acre ranch in Brazos County, said he wouldn't support a proposed bill instructing residents how to secure their assault weapons.

"People know what they need to do to be safe. We don't need to legislate that -- it's common sense," he said. "Once everyone's gun is locked up, then the bad guys know everyone's gun is locked up."

It may be common sense, but people are still fucking it up sometimes.  Still, it does seem like people are getting better at preventing accidents, at least in the hunting business, so there's at least a hint of a decent point there.  However, Kacal loses pretty much all credibility with his follow-up statement:

Kacal echoed a common nationwide argument that guns don't kill people, people kill people.

"I've heard of people being killed playing ping-pong -- ping-pongs are more dangerous than guns," he said. 

Holy shit.  What was that again?

ping-pongs are more dangerous than guns


ping-pongs are more dangerous than guns
In fairness, people do sometimes suffer very serious cases of tennis elbow.  I was unable to find any cases of death by ping-pongs.
 "Flat-screen TVs are injuring more kids today than anything."

Indeed, it is false.
 It sounds like Kacal heard (made up?) a case where someone was injured by a ping-pong, and decided this was a legitimate argument to be made.  Watch out for those ping-pongs, you guys.  And the flatscreens.  They are the true menace to society.

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