Exactly, and if the reason for bringing up pools was to cite legislation on other forms of parental neglect, and the penalties involved in them, then that would be relevant.
That is not what you are doing, you are saying that pools is a larger problem, and therefore, we shouldn’t be discussing this problem.
When you ask what the penalty for a parent who lets their child drown through negligence, you are trying to change the subject.
I’ll admit that I got sucked into a bit of those hijacks, and I was wrong to take the bait. But the discussion is not about pools or cars or power tools or cleaning chemicals, the discussion is about guns in the home with children.
It would be like if you went into the tankless water heater thread, and said that there are billions who don’t even have access to running water, so we shouldn’t discuss water heaters until that problem is addressed. Or if you went into the silliest reasons for quitting a job thread, and talked about all the millions of people who get laid off. People occasionally drop into space exploration threads to complain about resources used on space exploration, when we haven’t solved poverty or cancer, and that is a threadshit.
If you want to talk about the dangers of pools, open a thread about it. If you want to talk about the dangers of texting and driving, open a thread about it. If the only time that you want to talk about those topics is when others are talking about guns, then it is obvious that these are not actually concerns for you, but rather, attempts at derailing the discussion so that it doesn’t focus on the topic at hand.
If you think that your legislator is spending too much time on gun issues, when there are more important issues at hand, call them or write them a letter.
This is a discussion board. We are not making laws, we are not focusing on one policy to the detriment of others. We are discussing topics that we find interesting to discuss.
It is not just implied, but often explicitly stated that those who are discussing ways of making guns safer are being disingenuous and in bad faith, as it is claimed that it’s not about protecting children or in the larger scope, society in general, we just don’t like guns and want to find a way to get rid of them. When you come into a thread complaining that we are not focussing on these other concerns that you have, you are making the claim that those discussing gun safety are debating in bad faith.