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  •  Therein lies the problem (6+ / 0-)

    There are far too many "fucking idiots" running around with easy access to weapons.  Unquestionably a very slim minority of gun owners, but enough to ensure that we see stories like this far too often...

    I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

    by Wayward Wind on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 03:15:24 AM PST

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    •  The same can be said of any object that is... (2+ / 0-)
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      theatre goon, oldpunk

      dangerous when handled negligently.

      •  No, it can't be. (3+ / 0-)
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        cany, blueness, splashy

        There is no equivilant.

        Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

        by ZenTrainer on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 11:51:56 AM PST

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        •  Sarcasm, yes? (1+ / 0-)
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          I have to be sure....

        •  I have both a chainsaw (1+ / 0-)
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          and an ER nurse friend (who also has a chainsaw), and we'd both beg to differ with you on tools being dangerous when handled negligently. They can be positively deadly, and it happens with some sad regularity.

          We have hard hats, protective goggles, and leather/kevlar chaps to wear when bringing in the firewood. Doesn't prevent widowmakers from falling on a head or a tree crushing the life out of someone when it's brought down, but it does prevent 'accidentally' cutting your leg off or nearly so during a deep woods on-the-slope slice-up operation. Heck, I even got steel-toed mountain boots just for the task. Helpers (our not-so-little kids) know to gage the fall line and "oops" possibles, stay away from it and away from kickback arcs during slice-up "just in case."

          We take all due precautions when target shooting in the bottomland as well. This occasional pastime helps us all keep the guns in good working order and our individual knowledge/skills with those guns up to date. No one has ever been shot - accidentally or on purpose - on my land for the entire 20 years I've lived here. We plan on keeping it that way, barring any more meth-heads up to no good who just might need some convincing.

          When some creep pulls a gun on me, I may not want to run for the chainsaw (or machete), as those aren't the appropriate tools to use for the task at hand. Grandpa's shotgun [he was once the sheriff of a one-horse town in Oklahoma, the horse belonged to him] is.

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