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  •  They do happen, but they're relatively rare (8+ / 0-)

    People who buy guns for self-defense remind me of people who drive long distances rather than fly.  Flying is far safer, but being behind the wheel gives people the illusion of control over their fate.  Owning or carrying a gun gives people the same illusion of control, but it's just that: an illusion.  Gun ownership makes them feel safer, even though simply having a gun around actually endangers you and everyone around you.

    Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

    by nominalize on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 10:28:53 PM PST

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    •  This "illusion of control" is strong (1+ / 0-)
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      in American life.  Exhibit "c":
      Suburbs where homeowners can pretend that they don't need no stinkin' gubmint nor commonweal, and avoid the messy problems of people stacked on top of each other in the big evil cities.  

      ... Until they do need the gubmint, and the problems of the cities turn out to be general societal problems, after all (crime, zoning, unemployment, disinvestment, etc.),

      "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

      by New Rule on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 10:20:35 AM PST

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