Skip to comments.Blaming guns for childhood obesity?
Posted on 03/19/2010 7:09:37 AM PDT by marktwain
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The forcible citizen disarmament lobby, apparently finding itself on shaky ground Constitutionally, is increasingly relying on "public health" arguments to support its agenda of onerous gun laws. Manifestations of this trend run the gamut from "studies" linking gun ownership to suicide, to the growing trend of medical personnel asking patients about guns they own, to the National Institutes of Health funding research into whether teenagers carrying guns and drinking alcohol increase the risk of "gun violence."
Give the gun prohibitionists some credit, though--they certainly are creative. Recently, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Sue Ontiveros came up with what might be the most . . . novel "public health" argument against guns--that guns are forcing kids to become couch potatoes. In "Childrens' fitness another casualty of random gunfire," she begins by talking about all the walking she did as a child, but says that she now understands why parents would be reluctant to allow their kids to play outside, out of fear of "gun violence":
I wish I could tell Chicago parents to send their kids outdoors, make them walk to school. But in good conscience, I can't. I know many parents don't allow their kids outdoors because they worry about their safety.
She even got Illinois' radical anti-gun group, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV), to weigh in:
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It doesn’t hold up logically. And the real reason that kids are so damned fat is for the same reason the parents are. They eat crap.
If all you do is eat junk food, sweets and cokes every damned day then yes you will turn into a huge tub of lard. It’s for this reason that I’m not entirely opposed to doing things like taking the coke machines out of the schools.
The fact that we even have flavored water borders on the ridiculous. Water is what we’re supposed to drink. Our bodies are mostly water and yet most people treat plain H20 like it is the plague.
My daddy force fed me lard at gun point. LOL
In Milwaukee a few years ago it was. Cryptosporidium
They should be decathaletes. Wouldn’t the gunfire make them run?
I would think the kids would be in better shape running home from school, and to and from friends homes etc. to dodge the bullets! ;-)
Michelle is going to be cheesed (not the kind that makes you fat) she didn’t come up with this first ...
Understand, these people will NEVER rest until the 2nd amendment has been overturned and our guns are confiscated. The left cannot afford the right to keep and bear arms, as it is the ONLY thing which stands in the way of an utter dictatorship.
I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.
W. C. Fields
Barack Hussein Obama may do the same thing... Call guns a “Public Safety Threat” and ban them through EO.
The Nintendo game system started the downturn in childhood activity.
I decided not to have children but if I did you can be darn sure they wouldn’t have a videogame system available for them to use except for an hour a day before bed.
Guns give my kids lots of exercise. Walking up and down range all day is exercise.
picking up brass is also great exercise.
That can’t be right. Everybody knows childhood obesity is caused by tobacco and/or Republicans driving SUV’s.
When we all get National Healthcare expect this study to be what finally gets guns banned in this country.
Egad, don't you know what fish do in that stuff!?
Guns are directly responsible for only 10% of childhood obesity. The rest is due to:
Global Warming : 10%
Rich people: 10%
Tax cuts for the rich: 10%
Lack of Obamacare: 20%
More like coming soon to the USA once we have Obama Care.
Hmm, Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to his nephew had a different idea.
A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.
Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1785. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors.