By Bernie on 19 Jul 2012
Photo Credit: The Car Connection
Before any of my readers ask if I have lost my mind, let me say that texting, reading a newspaper, putting on makeup, washing your genitals, or engaging in any task that takes your eyes off the road while you are driving is not only outright, absolutely, positively, undeniably dangerous, but stupid as well.
So why would I even ask such a ridiculous question? Because of readers like Monique from California who left this comment in response to my article Even Small Dogs are Not Safe Around Infants:
How can you be so ignorant? Dogs are very safe for children.
I grew up with a chow chow and he never once hurt me.
I believe you are more likely to get shot or in a car accident than to actually have a dog attack a child - it all depends on the way your dogs have been trained. I have a newborn and my two dogs love my child.
[Edited for readability - Bernie]
Actually, one is more likely to be bitten by a dog than get shot or be injured in a car accident (1), sorry Monique.
Monique, you do realize that I was not offering the opinion that dogs are not safe around children, I was merely reprinting a news article. For example, I do not need to offer my opinion that texting while driving is dangerous, news reports of people getting killed while texting prove it. Only an idiot would insist that texting while driving a car is safe or that dogs around children are safe. News reports say otherwise.
In my article National Disgrace - Dog Attacks, I noted that in a typical day in this country there are 14,000 dog attacks with the majority of them against children and almost all of them by a loving family pet. So while Monique offers the statistic that one person has not been bitten by a family dog, so far, I offer the statistic that in the past 14 years there have been over 70 million reported cases of dog bites. Who are you going to believe, Monique with her one experience or the Centers for Disease Control with their experience?
Monique, you are not only an idiot, but a danger to your child.
Here is the breakdown:
- Dogs bite more than 4.7 million people a year. Source: CDC
- 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. Source: CDC
- There were 75,685 gunshot injuries in 2000. Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
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