April 5, 2015 8:00 pm -


They were debating a bill to do away with a ban on guns in parks.

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 (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.”

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.

Not a day goes by when a child doesn’t get ahold of a bicycle and uses it to kill or maim someone by accident. Parents just have to stop leaving unattended bicycles around the house.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

26 responses to Tennessee Lawmaker: Guns As Safe As Bicycles

  1. Carla Akins April 4th, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I love that argument “if used properly” – that’s the whole damn point. Too often, it’s not used properly and someone is injured or dies. That rarely happens when someone doesn’t know how to properly use a bicycle, ink pen or hammer.

    • Larry Schmitt April 4th, 2015 at 10:02 am

      If used properly, guns often kill people. That’s not true of most things.

    • bluejayray April 4th, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      i guess I’m confused between “used properly” and “used as designed”. Either way we sure get a lot of dead bodys. I wouldn’t mind so much if gunnuts would just kill themselves and/or other gunnuts.

      • Carla Akins April 4th, 2015 at 8:09 pm

        I agree completely, and in this case I think both phrases fit.

        • bluejayray April 4th, 2015 at 8:56 pm

          And I agree with that. They like to compare guns to cars, too–same difference if you ask me. In fact, cars are designed to SAVE lives when used properly.

          • Carla Akins April 4th, 2015 at 9:09 pm

            The comparison with cars and guns is that it’s not equal playing time. It’s not the number of cars against the number of guns – it should be the number of hours of use, then we can talk.

  2. Larry Schmitt April 4th, 2015 at 10:01 am

    If the bicycle is loaded and the gun isn’t, it’s even safer.

  3. Roctuna April 4th, 2015 at 10:16 am

    According to the CDC,
    in 2010 there were 515,000 bicycle-related emergency room visits with injuries and 800 deaths suggesting about 0.15% fatality rate

    According to the Gun Violence Archive
    in 2015 there have already been 11173 gun incidents resulting in 3044 deaths, suggesting a rate of about 27.2%. Those don’t sound at all similar to me. Tennessee is starting to compete with Texas, Louisiana and Georgia for complete lunacy in their government.

    • Mike April 6th, 2015 at 10:00 am

      The .15% fatality rate is actually high unless those 800 accidents with a bike didn’t involve a car, a which point that death is attributed to a motor vehicle accident.

  4. Obewon April 4th, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Except that homes with bicycles don’t cause 2/3 of USA’s homicides, didn’t kill 32,163 in 2011, or shoot 100,000+ in America every year.

  5. StoneyCurtisll April 4th, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Not sure how many people have been killed using a bicycle as a weapon…(searching as I type)

    But the statistics of guns/weapon being used to kill people are overwhelming.

  6. Suzanne McFly April 4th, 2015 at 10:34 am

    For any of the people who voted for this tool, how do you not bang your head into a concrete platform when you hear this idiot speak?

  7. eyelashviper April 4th, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Did I miss it, the news about the latest mass murder by bicycle…???

    • FatRat April 4th, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      It happens, one day your are pedaling, the next day a house falls on you. Direct causation. (smile)

      • bluejayray April 4th, 2015 at 7:46 pm

        “He didn’t know the bicycle was loaded”…

  8. bluejayray April 4th, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    No–when bicycles are used properly, you get exercise and fresh air. When guns are used properly, you get dead bodies.

  9. bluejayray April 4th, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    No–when bicycles are used properly, you get exercise and fresh air. When guns are used properly, you get dead bodies.

  10. Beau Phillips April 4th, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    “The bicycle just started pedaling while I was cleaning it. I had no idea it would hurt anyone.”

  11. fancypants April 4th, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    “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.

    • Larry Schmitt April 6th, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Watch where you’re aiming that bicycle.

  12. labman57 April 5th, 2015 at 12:48 am

    I’ve searched the Internet for incidents involving a lunatic killing a room full of people with a bicycle.
    Still searching …

  13. liberalMD April 5th, 2015 at 3:37 am

    Mr. Casada needs to provide the public with a list of people in his state who have been killed by a bicycle. Who does he think he’s kidding?

  14. rocker April 5th, 2015 at 4:19 am

    * Deaths by firearms 2013 – 9,997(37% were suicide)
    * Deaths by DUI – 10,096
    * Deaths by automobile 2013 – 31,339(10,096 DUI)
    * Deaths alcohol related 2013 – 88,000
    * Death by drug overdose 2013 – 43,989
    * CANCER 2013 600,000

    Drum roll please……………………………….

    Bicycle deaths 2013 – 114

  15. CHOCOL8MILK April 5th, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    • Larry Schmitt April 6th, 2015 at 9:30 am

      And no one was killed.

  16. Bunya April 6th, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Hey! Those bicycles are pretty heavy. Who knows? One day we’ll be hearing about a road rage incident where a man, who felt slighted because he was cut off in traffic, throws a bicycle at a fellow motorist, severely injuring, or even killing him!