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America’s gun addiction: Like a smoker who won’t quit

Post by Webscout » Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:52 am

America’s gun addiction: Like a smoker who won’t quit
A.J. SOMERSET
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 6:00AM EDT

A.J. Somerset is the author of Arms: The Culture and Credo of the Gun.

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President Barack Obama’s statement to the American people following the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon possessed a certain Groundhog Day quality. He looked tired, frustrated. No audacity of hope here. Instead, his remarks seemed off the cuff, unrehearsed, like a despairing Bill Murray approaching the end of his rope. Mr. Obama all but shrugged at America: If you won’t stop this, I sure as hell can’t. Exit, without taking questions.

One point in that appeal to the country stood out. “And I would particularly ask America’s gun owners,â€
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Post by Dude » Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:55 am

I have to respectfully disagree with that,
I know a bunch of people from the south and they all love their guns,
none of them feel they must go along with the other gun nuts,
they all completely believe that the more guns everyone has the safer and better they are.

I was just told none of those school shootings would have happened if the schools allowed everyone to carry guns, because the shooters would have been too afraid to shoot anyone.

and the person telling me this completely believed it.

I have noticed if you ask them if teenagers should be allowed to have AK-47's some of the middle of the road gun supporters won't agree that it's a good idea, they usually won't say it's a bad idea, just that it's not the main focus to put automatic weapons in kids hands.

I find that's a good question to ask people to see what type of gun supporter your talking to.
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Post by Webscout » Tue Oct 13, 2015 1:17 pm

I was just told none of those school shootings would have happened if the schools allowed everyone to carry guns, because the shooters would have been too afraid to shoot anyone.[..]

There is a certain logic to that and it scares me :p Guns prevent shootings.

Its like if every kid wears a school uniform than there is conformity and therefore less conflict.

Every kid should have the same gun model and allowed one clip only.
What age should that be?
Maybe young kids could have BB Guns. They generally don 't kill. Losing an eye is way better than losing your life. Everyone knows that.:-)

I was thinking. What if no one had guns or knives.
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Post by Dude » Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:11 pm

[QUOTE=Webscout;899933]
I was thinking. What if no one had guns or knives.[/QUOTE]

Don't let the NRA hear you saying that!
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Post by Revroy » Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:35 am

If no one had guns or knives, we would go back to beating each other to death with rocks and sticks! As long as there are people, there will be people who want to take what you have, rather than work for it......as for me, I'll keep my guns, and keep them loaded, as I make my way from the deep woods of New Hampshire to where the REAL dangers are....the big cities!! Indiana is not too bad, yet, but it's WAY too close to Chicago, and Detroit for comfort.....

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Post by Dude » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:01 pm

I just learned something today...

I was told that if I had ever held a gun in my hands that made me a gun nut.
and that the only people who could rationally make decisions about guns were the people who had never touched them.
it made me think of some type of virus you catch or something,
I guess there are all kinds of people out there.

personally I think if you live on a farm or if you go hunting in the woods, then you have a need for a gun and that's pretty normal.

if you live in a big city and you are stockpiling AK-47's in your apartment so you can over throw the government one day if they get out of line. Then you're not playing with a full deck.
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Post by Webscout » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:19 pm

I can understand gun collectors as guns are pieces of 'technology art'

I had a chance many years ago to buy a 'Special' Carbine...an RCMP model that was for sale in Eatons Catalogue. Eatons was a major catalogue and retail store that carried everything. Much like Sears.
I wish I had bought that rifle...a collectors item. I would be curious to know what the value of it is today.
Generally, Collectors don't collect guns for security purposes. Many gun nuts do.

A concern with gun collectors is how safe their collections are.

When it comes to guns, why is the gun culture so different in Canada?

We had a gun registry in Canada but it failed, and at great cost. I believe Quebec wanted to have their own.
The problem is the bad guys will not register their guns.:D

I am not aware of anyone in my immediate family owning a gun. Some in farming country might. I have never seen a gun within the family/relations group.

We don't need no stinkin' guns.
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Post by Dude » Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:26 pm

I don't think I know anyone in my family who does not own a gun or 20.
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Post by Webscout » Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:33 am

[QUOTE=Dude;899971]I don't think I know anyone in my family who does not own a gun or 20.[/QUOTE]

Good for get together conversations...show me yours and I will show you mine.

Do they 'pack' when they visit? :p
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Post by Dude » Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:22 am

many of them do drive around with loaded guns in their cars.

I might get a shotgun
for when the zombie apocalypse happens.
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