If we didn’t have a Second Amendment in the United States, we would still have firearms and people could still own guns, and hunt, and do all that other fun stuff. But we wouldn’t have what amounts to a religious proscription against doing anything smart when it comes to firearms.
The Ohh Shoot blog reports on a very interesting situation. A woman was very severely wounded (nearly killed, I’d say) when her pistol fell out of her holster and discharged, the bullet piercing several body parts and organs and eventually lodging in her liver. She seems to be making a reasonably well documented claim that this particular firearm has a defect; It tends to discharge if jolted. One could argue that in theory any firearm might do that, but this is a situation where this particular brand, make, model of gun does it far more often than it should.
But it does not matter. If this was a faulty toaster or a safety problem with a car or a ball point pen that was dangerous, there would be a mechanism (or two) to warn consumers, recall the product, and/or make the manufacturer change the design and possibly retrofit for safety.
But no. None of this can happen because it is a firearm, and any effort ever to implement any kind of safety regulation at all is always opposed with the Big Money and Long Arm of the NRA.
The Second Amendment gives the NRA and the “Gun Nuts” the power to control the safety of the environment we live in. This should not be. It needs to end.