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Thread #148617   Message #3467277
Posted By: Ron Davies
16-Jan-13 - 07:36 PM
Thread Name: BS: Shooting tragedies and guns
Subject: RE: BS: Shooting tragedies and guns
If this be "greandstanding", then perhaps the poster can tell us just why anybody outside the police and the military needs a pistol.

The few times a homeowner drives a would-be criminal away with a pistol may make good press-- (we've seen some colorful stories on this thread which seem to fit snugly the macho image fondly cultivated by some guys) --but they are swamped hugely by the times people are shot by relatives or people they know--not to mention the mass shootings which seem to increase yearly.

It's time to make it less easy for people--whether wacko or not--- to reach for a pistol to solve arguments. It actually should be just as macho to solve problems with fists or knives--and the body count will sink dramatically.

And spare us the drivel about "only outlaws will have guns".   Wrong.   You can keep your rifles (not semi-automatic or automatic) and the police and military will still be armed to the teeth--which I'm sure is a great comfort to you. If the police are not up to your standards, the public can make them improve.

Of course you can also forget about hiding in the threadbare 2nd Amendment, which, as I noted earlier, was never intended for an "every man his own militia" approach a la the NRA--and is now hugely outdated for the purpose it was in fact designed---which never did work.