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    theatre goon

    1. No one speaks for all of RKBA, not even me. And I'm the de facto leader (and facto organizer.) We aren't all of the same mind on many issues.

    2. People who say things in our diaries that we don't agree with are going to get pushback. I don't know if I'd classify it as jumping on them. I know there are a few members who don't respond in the nicest fashion but for the most part, those responses are aimed at those we know pick a 'fight' and those who start off with the insults or penis jokes.

    3. I think having the option of a firearm for self defense is a good thing. I'd rather have the option to beat feet (if situational awareness fails)or use a knife or a firearm for self defense.

    4. I had access to firearms as a kid. It was always under adult supervision.

    5. When it comes to violent crime: it's a non-zero number when it comes to the possibility of being a victim of violent crime. Carrying a firearm doesn't really cost me anything. Why wouldn't I?

    Republicans cause more damage than guns ever will. Share Our Wealth

    by KVoimakas on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:54:14 AM PST

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    •  I will actually agree (1+ / 0-)
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      that in some situations, for some people, having the option of a gun could be a positive.  (I doubt it would work for me, since I don't think I could shoot another person).  

      I also believe that in other situations, a gun would be a disastrous addition to a volatile mix.  I'll try to find the comment from another diary where I talked about this, might have to post the beginning of the thread for it to make sense.

      I don't worry quite so much about little kids- I just hope there is always the level of supervision you mention. The only little kid I knew who was killed by a gun was shot by his mom after his father left her and just before she killed herself.  I worry much more about teenagers, especially boys, because they're often considered "old enough" to be responsible, when in fact their brain development is years away from maturity.  And I cannot deny that going to those funerals had an impact that will probably last forever for me.

      Gonna look for that comment thread...

        •  I'm all for situational awareness. (1+ / 0-)
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          theatre goon

          I'm also for having options if situational awareness didn't help.

          I'm curious as to your opinion on my number 5 above.

          Republicans cause more damage than guns ever will. Share Our Wealth

          by KVoimakas on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 07:39:03 AM PST

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          •  That's a personal judgment. (2+ / 0-)
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            KVoimakas, Tonedevil

            The cost for me would be living with the guilt and remorse if I ever shot and  killed someone.  In the situation above, the guy who tried to rape me was behaving like a drunken entitled asshole.  But he was also an 18 year old kid, with parents and sisters, one of whom was in my class.  

            Did I want to hurt him? Absolutely- or so I thought right up until the moment those guys started beating him up.  Am I glad he wasn't seriously hurt or god forbid, killed? Absolutely- even though I had to endure his endless, tearful, public, drunken apologies at every party for the next year.

            •  It is a personal judgement. (2+ / 0-)
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              gramofsam1, theatre goon

              In class, we point out that if you CAN'T shoot someone, you shouldn't be carrying a firearm. Whether that's for religious reasons, personal reasons, or whatever. Don't. Carry. One. A firearm is not a talisman that makes the bad man go away.

              Republicans cause more damage than guns ever will. Share Our Wealth

              by KVoimakas on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 07:57:06 AM PST

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