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    I'm a single, non-gun-owning urban Californian white guy, age mid-forties. Most of my friends who live near me are in a similar demographic, although I'm near the older edge of the age curve. With the exception of the two married guys in their number, one mid-thirties with a newborn and the other 50 years old with 5 kids, every single one of my male friends (outside work, family, and internet) has several guns, except for the guy who was into Korean martial arts who keeps a sword by his bed.

    I like my friends. That's why they are my friends. They're good guys. We play tabletop RPGs, watch movies, and go hiking in the mountains together. All the gun owners like to hunt and I have no problem with that (my vegetarianism is in large part connected to my feelings about modern American agricultural practices). Meat not only tastes good, but we've eliminated a lot of the apex predators that keep game from boom and bust population swings. Hunters fill that gap. But they do have some guns other than hunting weapons (legal and securely stored in gunsafes), and there the only appeal I can see is that they seem to get some sort of affirmation of their masculinity from them. I am quite sure none of them actually think they need them for self-defense. They're just toys to them.

    As I said, I like my friends. And I'm not at all sure any of the regulations being discussed would affect them at all, as living in California we already have some regulations many other states do not. But even if it did inconvenience them to some extent, I wouldn't care very much. The right to own expensive and dangerous dick-extending toys does not trump the right of parents to not see their children killed by said toys. Nor (as our own Hunter puts it) does the individual right to rise up in violent revolution if the individual decides government has become tyrannical mean that society has to aid and abet said individual in building up an armory for "just in case". We lose approximately 35,000 citizens to automobile accidents every year, a statistic that probably surprises few. We lose something north of 30,000 citizens to guns every year. Is anyone outside the Libertarian fringe arguing in favor of unregulating the cars? No? Then let's regulate the guns too.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:47:46 AM PST

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