Ok so in Calf.. guns are bad....but per this artical...link included..I cut some of the stuff from the artical because it went on and on......guns look friendly next to these statics.
You probably know that fewer than 1000 people a year die in gun-related accidents. But did you know that cell phones accounted for between 600 and 1000 deaths in 2001 - and are expected to cause 2000 deaths a year by 2004?
Next time some idiot suggests that "there should be a law" requiring locks, licenses, waiting periods or mandatory safety classes for guns you can suggest we save twice as many lives by requiring such restrictions for cells phones. http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...distractions_4
High-Tech Gizmos Distracting Drivers
Thu Aug 22, 7:46 PM ET
By JIM WASSERMAN, Associated Press Writer
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gone are the good old days of distracted driving, when motorists merely juggled coffee, shaved, read a map, drove with a pet dog in the lap and lit cigarettes for the miles still ahead.
Nationally, officials believe up to 30 percent of crashes are caused by driver distractions that include mobile communications devices.
A March report by the National Conference of State Legislatures suggests device-related distractions that killed an estimated 600 to 1,000 motorists in 2001 could kill 2,000 a year by 2004.
The report also cites "great potential" for even more dramatic increases in fatalities by the decade's end.
Already, cell phones, in-car electronics and radio-CD systems represent the leading cause of inattention in crashes that killed 6,516 Californians and injured 413,913 last year.
Those causes ran well ahead of eating, smoking, children, pets, reading and personal hygiene. Yet many, including the California Highway Patrol, which last year joined 15 states that gather such statistics, believe cell phone and high-tech inattention is greatly underreported because most offenders don't admit to it.