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Richard Erlacher
08/14/12 11:26
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Denver, Co

#188075 - We don't do it willingly ...
Responding to: Jez Smith's previous message
Some 30 years ago, there was a slogan bandied about, "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." There's some sense to that, but I, for one, fail to see the sense in allowing the marketing of assault rifles that are essentially worthless for hunting, too inaccurate for target work, but easily modified for fully automatic operation.

I'm slowly beginning to believe that gun ownership, perhaps together with a massive infusion of TV and movie violence, is what creates these lunatics from what otherwise might have been perfectly reasonable people. That may explain a lot of things, keeping in mind that I once was an avid target-shooter with rifle, pistol, and shotgun. I only own a few guns now, and all but one of them are in varying states of disassembly, requiring hours of effort to make them useable. The one to which I refer as my "teddy bear" is fully assembled and ready for action. I have a lot more confidence in my dogs' ability to fend off intruders than just the one pistol, but I once was, after all, a world-class competitive shooter. I'm quite certain I could, with a single shot, dispatch anyone within 50 feet or so, though I can't imagine why I'd want to do that.

The biggest problem with the gun-rights issue in the U.S. is that the nation is one that reacts only to extremes. This has led to a legal system that's entirely based on adverserial interactions, a gun lobby that believes the only position to take is on the side of the lunatic fringe, and an equally extreme anti-gun lobby.

In a nation that has, for generations, idolized the criminal element in society, tolerated corrupt government at home while criticizing it abroad, and worshiped bullying and violence since the nation was founded, it's no wonder things are so.

The problem really isn't with the guns ... it's with the people.


List of 30 messages in thread
Salary System      Arif Deshmukh      08/10/12 23:08      
   "System"?      Andy Neil      08/11/12 08:04      
      Govt. System      Arif Deshmukh      08/12/12 00:00      
         Perhaps it's just another "bump in the road" for India      Richard Erlacher      08/12/12 07:54      
            Here is another bump      Arif Deshmukh      08/13/12 04:19      
         In The U.S.      Neil Kurzman      08/14/12 18:25      
   yeah well.      Jez Smith      08/14/12 02:18      
      Oh! Means I Am Lucky      Arif Deshmukh      08/14/12 04:37      
         Also        Jez Smith      08/14/12 10:10      
            We don't do it willingly ...       Richard Erlacher      08/14/12 11:26      
               Very Strict In India      Arif Deshmukh      08/15/12 01:09      
            yep      Andy Peters      08/17/12 15:30      
      You Make it sound like a bad thing.      Neil Kurzman      08/14/12 18:32      
         Cube covering      Rob Klein      08/15/12 03:52      
            I don't remember even one "cubie" that wasn't padded      Richard Erlacher      08/15/12 18:07      
            No Padding      Neil Kurzman      08/16/12 13:40      
      Not if your company follows this advice      Andy Neil      08/23/12 12:28      
         male cow manure      Erik Malund      08/23/12 12:38      
            wow      Neil Kurzman      08/23/12 20:57      
   New Zealand working conditions      Bert Van Den Berg      08/17/12 12:40      
      Here in the U.S.      Richard Erlacher      08/17/12 13:37      
         No Pension      Arif Deshmukh      08/19/12 22:03      
            Well ... there are those who believe ...       Richard Erlacher      08/19/12 23:21      
               Biased sample selection.      Christoph Franck      08/20/12 05:06      
                  You've overlooked the inherent bias ...       Richard Erlacher      08/20/12 11:21      
                     Paying for professionals.      Christoph Franck      08/21/12 01:39      
                        That's very much the case       Richard Erlacher      08/21/12 09:16      
            Arif: Which govt are you referring to?      Kalpak Dabir      08/20/12 04:50      
               BMC      Arif Deshmukh      08/20/12 10:16      
                  What would trouble me ...       Richard Erlacher      08/20/12 11:35      

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