Thu 29 Jun, 2006 02:24 am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday
to overturn a recently enacted law requiring safety trigger locks on all hand guns sold in the United States.
The Republican-controlled House handed a victory to opponents of gun control by a vote of 230-191.
Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, a Colorado Republican,
argued that the added cost of the trigger locks is passed on to gun owners
and that they "do not stop accidental shootings."
Last fall, President George W. Bush signed legislation giving gun makers
broad protections from civil lawsuits,
but that law contained the mandatory trigger lock provision.
The amendment overturning the requirement for trigger locks was
attached to a larger law enforcement spending bill for next year
that has not yet been considered by the Senate.
If u lock up your gun,
it may not be ready in a predatory emergency
that presents itself when u r in your bed
in the middle of the night
and some uninvited shady fellow of questionable ethics arrives in your bedroom.
It pays to be prepared.
I hope you don't have any children.
Just think: Someone with a gun who's considering suicide (a popular use for handguns) might think twice if there's a trigger lock.
The House has acted wisely!
Your wish is granted.
Thank God for small miracles!
You are wrong, pal. Suicide is against the law.
At the risk of discouraging you, I'll offer that in many jurisdictions, an individual surviving a failed suicide attempt may be subject to fine, imprisonment, enforced observation/counseling, or some combination thereof. If ancillary to the attempted but failed suicide, damage to property or injury to persons uninvolved also may, and likely will, incur charges. Such prosecutions are not uncommon. In the event of a successful suicide, typically the decedent's estate forfeits any and all claim to life insurance and/or other deat benefits, and the estate also may be sued to recover costs or other damages resulting from the suicide.
Get it done or muff it, suicide is pretty much a no-win deal.