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  •  No, LL. You are getting the sequence all wrong. (4+ / 0-)
    when editor Franklin Foer asked Obama if he had ever fired a gun. The response seemed typical:

    Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time ...
    Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. And I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations. And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake.

    I would feel as you do if he had gone out there boasting about having used a gun. Here he is answering a direct question.
    And really, I hate guns but this is playing into the hand of gun enthusiasts. The argument is not about rifles used to hunt and shoot for sport. The case needs to be made against high powered weapons.

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:41:17 PM PST

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    •  i would have asked right back (1+ / 0-)
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      why does it matter? i've never driven an indy car, yet i know they shouldn't be on the streets.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:45:39 PM PST

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      •  Good enough...but admit that (2+ / 0-)
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        he didn't go out there pandering to gun nuts.
        It matters to me.

        Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

        by JoanMar on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:51:17 PM PST

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      •  I actually think it was a sensible question. (3+ / 0-)

        It establishes whether the President understands the pleasures of sport shooting, which is important for people who've been told that he is going to take everyone's sporting guns away.

        Is it strictly necessary for him to have direct experience with guns to have an intelligent opinion? No.  But that doesn't mean that experience is worthless.

        For me, shooting sports are like gay sex. Gay sex doesn't appeal to me, but the fact that other people enjoy it doesn't bother me in the least. I think most people these days are like me. But there are people of a certain puritanical stripe whose knee-jerk reaction to pleasures that don't appeal to them is to ban and condemn.

        I see exactly this in the gun debate, where  certain people like to paint all gun owners as a mouth-breathing gun perverts who get their rocks off by using and storing powerful firearms in a reckless manner. That strikes me as being like some people erroneously equate homosexuality with pedophilia.  Just because something makes you personally uncomfortable doesn't mean it is necessarily deviant.

        I've lost my faith in nihilism

        by grumpynerd on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 03:23:32 PM PST

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