@ Brave Sir RobinOutlawing guns won't stop the James Holmes of
the world. In fact, it will increase public shootings. If these psychos knew
that nobody was armed, they would go on more rampages. Bottom line is that if
the wrong person wants to get their hands on a gun they will. Outlawing guns,
sadly, will not make our nation safer.
@joseywalesWhy not outlaw both? Guns and cigarettes have one thing
in common: They both exist to kill people. Outlawing one does not preclude us
from outlawing the other. So let's outlaw both...I could certainly get
behind that idea.
We approach a lot of these causes of preventible death in different ways, for
different reasons. We get apoplectic and puritan about alcohol, but defiant
about freedom when it comes to guns. Smoking, on the other hand, causes more
preventible deaths than all other causes combined. Yes, including guns, alcohol,
you name it. When a smoker dies, however, it doesn't make the news. As a
strong advocate of single payer health care, I feel that such a system would go
hand in hand with serious tax increases on cigarettes, because of the direct
link to problems caused by smoking and to fund the system to support the victims
of such damage. User pay. It would also be part of a strategy to reduce smoking,
Addressing air pollution and tobacco use are not mutually exclusive. Fix both of
them, but don't confuse the issues. Cigarette smoking a personal choice.
Breathing, even if it's polluted air, is a necessity. The cocaine farmers
in Columbia, Helmand Province of Afghanistan and the tobacco farmers in the US
have the same problem, they need an alternative to growing their deadly crops.
Maybe all of those "let's outlaw guns" weirdos will figure out that
there are way more scary things in America than guns. Smoking kills more
Americans than guns do every year, and unlike guns, whether they kill you this
year or later in life, it's almost certain they will kill you. I've
lost tens of number of close family from cancer due to these horrible cancer
sticks, yet I've never lost even one distant relative or close relative to
a gun. The problem is the Big Tobacco companies donate way too much money to
politicians (both sides) so they will never have the guts to outlaw cigs. That
my good people is the real tragedy.
Then what does the inversion and pollution in the air do?