The myth that more guns makes a community safer can really be blamed on the Dirty Harry and Death Wish movies of the 1970's. Every gun nut joker gets off on this fantasy that he'll know how to handle himself and his weapon should the 'bad guys' ever show up. As we see from this story, the gun nut assholes only succeeded in killing an unarmed junkie hiding in a shack.
1. Not an insult. A statement of opinion, as the quoted post certainly sounded lacking in knowlege.
2. Yes, a firearm is a weapon, of course. However, most firearms are never used as such... that was my point.
2b. Vehicles are very dangerous. They kill and injure far more people every year than guns. There have been cases of people driving vehicles into crowds and killing or critically injuring several people in less than two seconds... which puts them as "potentially more dangerous" than most firearms in the civilian market. Now consider an 18-wheeler truck with a tanker full of keroscene or chlorine...
3. As for your insinuation that all I know about crime is what I read in some study, I'm a former Law Enforcement officer who has been in more scrapes than I can easily remember... I also teach defensive handgunning and close combat skills as a side-business.
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"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Killing is justifiable and thus legal.
Murder is unjustified and thus illegal.
Firearms, pistols in particular, along with my issued military service weapons, are produced for lawful use.
They are not produced for criminal activity. Therefore, using a firearm to murder is an abuse of that weapon, inconsistent with that weapon's purpose and design.
Kindly turn in your voter registration card now.
Last edited by Jerry; 09-03-11 at 03:49 PM.
The main purpose of a gun is to fire bullets that will kill or stop another person. In some cases, to do that may indeed be legal. In some cases it will be a crime. And in some cases its debatable. But to pretend that guns have any other main #1 purpose besides firing bullets into others is simply a denial of reality.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
I do appreciate your concession noted in bold, that guns are killing machines, not murder machines; though you should still refrain from voting so as to not pose an ongoing threat to society.