While speaking at a South Carolina town hall last week, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said gun laws to protect lives isn’t necessary just like it isn’t necessary to pass fencing laws to keep kids from drowning. There’s one problem: he actually did pass a pool fencing law as Florida governor to help prevent kids from drowning.

“Tragedies… a child drowned in a pool and the impulse is to pass a law that puts fencing around pools,” said Bush. “Well, it may not change it. Or you have a car accident and the impulse is to pass a law that deals with that unique event.”

“And the cumulative effect of this is, in some cases, you don’t solve the problem by passing the law, and you’re imposing on large numbers of people burdens that make it harder for our economy to grow, make it hard to protect liberty.”

Bush’s Florida pool bill passed in the Florida legislature by a 109-8 vote in 2000. The law itself isn’t bad. It was a good move. However, Bush could have used a better example to push his pro-gun agenda. It’s true that stronger gun laws won’t completely eradicate gun violence, but it will surely have a strong effect in tapering the violence.

It’s crazy, but this is the kind of logic we can expect from someone who said “stuff happens” when it comes to mass shootings.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced