Rothenfluch: "Did you feel fearful of an intruder in your home in Germany also?"
Wow. Who said his decision was based on fear? It sounds to me like your guest is very well informed and made what was a rational, well reasoned decision based on his situation.
Okamoto: "Every shooting is preventable. [...] Had this been in Portland [...], the gun-owner would have been charged."
Does Ms. Okamoto even listen to herself? She states that the shooting would have been preventable, then goes on to contradict herself by conceding that the shooting would have happened anyway, but someone would have been punished. In this case the owner, not the shooter.
And that's very telling of her mindset: that owning a gun is a deviance that needs to be deterred through punishment. This has nothing at all to do with stopping people from being shot, which frankly she has no idea how to do. Her answer clearly indicates that.
Okamoto: Guns are made to kill people. [...] Cars are not.
So actually following this reasoning, people will kill each other intentionally because that's what they want to do, and this is difficult to prevent since you first have to convince someone not to kill someone else. Unintentional accidents with cars are therefore infinitely more preventable (since no one wants to accidentally kill someone else), as well as statistically an order of magnitude greater in deaths.
So why would Ms. Okamoto focus on the more difficult goal with the lower rate-of-return?
Because it's not about valuing life, it's about not liking guns.
Okamoto: The gun lobby does not work on making guns safer.
First, this is patently false. The NRA puts a lot of resources into the "Eddie Eagle" firearm safety program for children, as well as other safety fora such as "young hunter safety education", etc. Second, it's those who claim to be for greater safety that fight the most vociferously against firearms training in our schools and childrens' clubs.
Why? Because they want firearms eradicated from our way of life, and anything that makes them a more sustainable part of our way of life (including saving lives) is anathema.
Okamoto: Then why can't we have some type of law that prevents children from having access to weapons?
Outstanding question. Perhaps when she figures it out, we can use the same answer to stop children from having access to alcohol, prescription drugs, contraband drugs, dad's stack of Playboy's, etc.
The point isn't that the problem is guns. The problem is that children--and teenagers in particular--are extremely curious and tend to get into whatever they can.
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