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It seems that some people are baffled by my including swimming pools in my ‘Why do you need that?’ list in the Big Gun Control Essay. For the benefit of those for whom the point was too subtle, I’ll elaborate.

In 2010 there were 138 children under the age of 12 killed in gun accidents (41) and homicides (97).

In that same year, 638 children under the age of 12 drowned to death. I’m not sure how many of those died in swimming pools, but I would be astonished if it were less than half.

So, if you want to save kids’ lives, banning swimming pools will accomplish that goal better than banning guns.

Oh, and some people may have gotten the wrong impression when I said I was from Massachusetts. Specifically, I’m from western Massachusetts. Raised by wild Italians in the Appalachian hills and forests, actually, but that’s another story.

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