Tennessee lawmakers are considering a bill that would override any city ban on guns in parks, effectively allowing firearms in any park in the state.
The bill passed the state Senate, but must now pass the House. The bill also includes an amendment that would allow people to carry guns into the state Capitol.
Duirng a press conference on Thursday, State Rep. Glen Casada (R) insisted that guns were just as safe as bicycles, noted NashvillePost.com (video below).
A reporter stated that even gun permit holders have accidents with weapons, and asked, "So, if there’s an accident and a permit holder is in a park, there’s a high chance it’s going to hit a child."
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Rep. Casada replied, "There’s accidents with bicycles in parks. Should we outlaw bicycles?"
The journalist reminded Rep. Casada that bikes "very rarely kill people," but the lawmaker fired back, "Oh, that's not true, I disagree with that statement."
The reporter then asked, "Are you saying a gun is as safe as bicycle?"
"If used properly I am, if used properly," Rep. Casada said while waving his finger.
Rep. Casada claimed the guns-in-parks bill was a "minor thing," but the reporter asked, "If someone is hit accidentally with a bullet, you guys are fine defending this bill?"
Rep. Casada replied, "If someone gets run over by an automobile accidentally, there's nothing I can do about that. These are things beyond, they're called acts of God, they're beyond our control."
There were 722 bicycle traffic-related deaths in the U.S. in 2012, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Assn., The Los Angeles Times noted in 2014.
According to GunPolicy.org, 32,163 Americans died from gun-related incidents in 2011.