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  •  No, it wouldn't have been ok... (6+ / 0-)

    but I also think such slaughter would be less likely. There wouldn't be as much of a military/war mind set without the guns and ammunition to support them. Also, it's easier to take out someone with a hunting rifle, as the Principle and the therapist of the school both tried to do. If they have to stop and manually reload, there's a greater chance of someone stopping them.

    If someone is intent on killing they'll find a way. The key is, at this point to make it harder. And make stopping them easier. Obviously there are more issues than just guns to deal with, but taking the guns out of the picture, or at least reducing them allows everyone some air to work out the rest. It's hard to find a rational solution when it's one crisis after another after another.

    I know there are some ranchers who carry hunting rifles for protection of the herd as well. Granted the big predators aren't as prevalent as they used to be, but a hunting knife doesn't do much against a panther, or even a rabid previously domesticated animal. But there should be safety courses required, and licensing maintained for those guns as well.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 06:26:47 PM PST

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    •  The scale of the slaughter would have been... (2+ / 0-)
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      tofumagoo, MixedContent

      ...smaller. That is my point.

      You can still kill plenty of people with a hunting rifle or a handgun.

      The few situations, like ranchers guarding herds, do not justify the general availability of firearms. But people who oppose regulating firearms use arguments like that all the time.

      •  I see it as a compromise. (4+ / 0-)
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        blueoasis, bkamr, DamselleFly, zett

        People hunt. Some people hunt to put food on the table. I know many years when I was a kid my dad went hunting for that reason. He didn't when there was a lot of work, but he was in construction and when years were more lean, he hunted. Some people just enjoy hunting. Some people do a little of both. I see no reason we can't compromise. There is no way to prevent all killing. We can reduce it though and still allow personal protection and hunting.

        With my ex-husband, if my son did not have the condition he has, I would have a rifle or a hand gun in the house for personal protection. My ex, before he was a felon, had a gun collection, I used to go target shooting with him. He knows I can hit what I aim at. That hesitation would give time for my kids to get out of the house and to safety. Heck, I wouldn't even need a loaded gun for that.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 06:46:59 PM PST

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