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  •  I was simply attempting to respond to your... (3+ / 0-)
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    question/scenario. To ask the same question over and over without acknowledging alternatives is also avoiding the larger issue of my diary. My intent was never to patronize anyone, but  I was attempting to understand why it was important to you to get an answer to your hypothetical without recognizing there are many unanswered questions posed in your scenario. Actually Lanza was using an a semi automatic assault rifle (AR15 type rifle) and several handguns. There were armed guards present at Columbine. It's hard to imagine, but the entire event at Sandy Hook transpired in a matter of minutes. No one KNOWS what they would do in those minutes after they heard the front door glass shattered by shots from the assault rifle and when Lanza killed himself. Some of us would hide and some of us (like the principal and one teacher) may be heroic enough to charge directly at a maniac firing at us. The 'janitor' reference was in response to some politician commenting that if there had been a man in the school (i.e. a janitor) he could have thrown a mop or bucket at Lanza. Some even suggested the children should have been trained to charge Lanza. The problem trying to answer your question is that we should be brainstorming on how we can prevent or minimize another such event. The reason I take exception to people claiming they only use guns for defense is that argument falls apart when an assailant or mugger calls their bluff with a larger weapon. Remember if LaPierre and company had their way EVERYBODY would be armed.

    'It isn’t fair: the caterpillar does all the work, and the butterfly gets all the glory.' - George Carlin

    by FloridaRedneck on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 05:04:51 PM PST

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    •  But you have been entirely unresponsive (0+ / 0-)

      to the question. I don't know why, you would have to answer that, but I don't expect you to.

      Yes, the principal and a couple of teachers did what they could to defend those kids.

      The point of the diary is to argue that there is NO defensive use for guns. You apparantly think that muggers and assailants are better armed than the average Joe, so average Joe should just give up. Lay there and die while the police take minutes to arrive - just in time to draw a nice chalk outline of a corpse and fill out the necessary paperwork.

      Hey, throwing a mop or bucket at the SOB is something. A floor lamp, a chair, a book.

      Keeping a gun for self defense is perfectly reasonable and rational.

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