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  •  I have never handled a firearm beyond (4+ / 0-)

    a water pistol.  I have always known since I was very young that guns are not toys which is exactly why my parents made the firm decision not to allow me to have either a toy gun or a real gun when I was a kid.  My father went to military school, was in the Reserves and is completely versed in all things guns.  We never had a gun in our house.  My father who was for most of his life a wiry man of only 5'10" took down a man who had broken into our house who was 6'4"  and probably outweighed him by 100lbs by using his wrestling training and bending the man's thumbs back - forcing the man out the front door.  You don't need a gun to protect yourself.  I didn't need to learn how to handle guns.  And the single worst experience of my life when I was violently attacked by a group of people thankfully did not involve a gun because had there been one, I am sure I would have been dead or at least wounded by gun fire.  In that case, it was me and then help from a dog that got me out with my life - someone was trying to cut my throat.  Had I had a gun - I would have lost possession of it very shortly into the attack.

    I would strongly oppose a universal mandate for every kid in America to learn about guns as proposed above.  It is a bullshit idea for a multitude of reasons Adam Lanza being one of them.

    •  I agree. (0+ / 0-)

      And what's wrong with teaching kids to play the piano--instead?

      And yes--I'm being humorous--here---but anything that teaches---perseverence---the value of practice and excellent hand to eye coordination---would teach the same skills---wouldn't it?  

      Does it have to be guns?

      There are so many things our young people could be taught---why guns and shooting skills?

      If a public place is the scene of a sudden piano recital  I 'm sure everyone will survive.

      "Hey----Hey---NRA---How many kids have you killed today?"

      by lyvwyr101 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 02:28:10 PM PST

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