But your reaction is the same one the rest of us had - what an idiot! Wasn't just any suspect, either - the guy was arrested for murder. Dumb.
*the police are also civilians.
Not if you ask them. Go see if you can get away with no-knock raids in the middle of the night and killing all your neighbors' dogs before you assert that.
Add a requirement to keep the batteries in the gun to the law and it will have the desired result
I cannot comprehend how it is that people come up with ideas this bad. You do realize that batteries can fail for a variety of reasons, right? And that the lawful gun owner is not the problem, right? I mean, the criminal who is going to commit armed robbery does not care if you also convict him of failure to keep his batteries charged when you pick him up.
You can't guarantee that the gun will always fire if an authorized user has it without restricting your safety mechanisms to simple mechanical ones.
The EPA report linked by "nasty chemicals" doesn't actually talk about anything involved in the manufacture of styrene, just the end products made from it (e.g., ABS, Styrofoam), and some of its uses, such as "an FDA-approved synthetic flavoring agent and adjuvant for ice cream and candy" (better watch out for those FDA-approved ingredients!). The same source informs us that
Smog chamber experiments with simulated sunlight and auto exhaust as a source of styrene, showed a 55% disappearance of styrene in 2 hours (U.S. EPA 1984).
Styrene rapidly volatilizes from surface water with estimated half-lives from a river or pond of 0.6 days and 13 days, respectively (U.S. EPA 1984). Microbes isolated from unadapted sewage sludge degraded 42% of the styrene present in 5 days while the microbial degradation with adapted sewage sludge was 80% in 5 days (U.S. EPA 1984).
Biodegradation is the major route of removal of styrene from soils. Microbes isolated from landfill soil degraded 95% of the styrene present in 16 weeks (Howard 1989, U.S. EPA 1984).
And in living organisms,
Based on the fish bioconcentration factor of 13.5 (goldfish) and the water solubility of styrene, the chemical is not likely to accumulate in biological organisms (Howard 1989).
Which is to say that the half-life of the styrene monomer, should any dissociate from the polymer, is on the order of a few weeks at most, and that's when it's buried. Unless it's horribly toxic, it's really not anything to worry about.
As for cancer, the EPA classifies it as a possible carcinogen, not a probable or even likely one, as does the IARC - as it says in your link to highcountryconservation.org. From the same EPA report you mentioned
IARC has classified styrene as Group 2B, possible human carcinogen, based on inadequate evidence in humans and on limited evidence in animals.
If that's the level of evidence that we've got - contradictory stories in animal models and nothing at all in humans - for the monomer, it's going to be hard for me to get too worked up about the even more inert polymer.
I want a nice clean environment, but I've seen what paper plants put out, and frankly dioxins are a bigger problem in my book than styrene.
Air is actually a better insulator
What do you think is trapped in polystyrene foam?
It's also butt ugly
Well, now that we're talking aesthetics rather than science...
If this is how you talk to people who agree with you, I think I can see the problem you have with convincing those who don't.