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If Needed Gun Laws Had Same Urgency As Foul Balls At Major League Games

December 11, 2019

Early this year, following the number of news stories about injuries resulting from foul balls at the major league baseball games my husband James predicted that the issue would be resolved shortly.

Tonight comes news that every Major League Baseball team will extend protective netting “substantially beyond the end of the dugout” for the 2020 season.  Earlier this year Caffeinated Politics noted that an NBC News investigation found at least 808 reports of injuries to fans from baseballs from 2012 to 2019.  Making such changes at ballparks is prudent and the responsible course of action.

But let it be stated that in 2017, 39,773 people died from gun-related injuries in the U.S., according to the CDC. This figure includes gun murders and gun suicides, along with three other, less common types of gun-related deaths tracked by the CDC: those that were unintentional, involved law enforcement or whose circumstances could not be determined. It excludes deaths in which gunshot injuries played a contributing, but not principal, role.

What I desire is that the same fans who sit in the ballparks with protection from danger also demand sanity with the nation’s gun laws once they leave the confines of the stadium.

Clearly, this nation can act when it wants to address issues of health and safety.

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