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  •  *raises hand* Here's my problem with it (3+ / 0-)

    I grew up in one of these areas of Tucson.  (And I now live just a few miles east of there, in an OK but not great neighborhood.) We were the rare white family in the 12th & Drexel neighborhood.  Was there crime?  Yes.  Were we constantly living in fear?  Oh hell no.  But we did have one thing stolen from the house in my 16 years there.

    It was my dad's shotgun. A friend of my brother's took it.  Feel safer yet?

    They are talking about introducing weapons into these neighborhoods to combat a problem that really doesn't exist.  They have this perception that people are getting robbed and assaulted on a regular basis.  It does happen, but I don't know a lot of people who it has happened to and I don't know anyone who feels like they need to keep a weapon in the house, who feels scared without one.

    Giving out these weapons, though, adds more guns into the mix, and some of these are going to be stolen or end up in the hands of kids.  We already know that more guns do not equal less crime - there are close to 300 million guns in the US, and 30,000 gun deaths each year.  Compare that with European countries with effective gun control - the gun death rate isn't even close. This is a recipe for more dead people, more gun accidents, and more crime.  This isn't about preventing crime.  It's about finding new ways to display a sick worship of guns.

    •  So your problem is... (0+ / 0-)

      There's crime, but not that much crime. People are worried about it, but not that worried. Some of them might be stolen, so no one should have them at all.

      Is that really the extent of your problem?

    •  You missed up on the reporting description (1+ / 0-)
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      But we did have one thing stolen from the house in my 16 years there.

      It was my dad's shotgun. A friend of my brother's took it.  Feel safer yet?

      In today's hyperbole, that was a "stealth home invasion."

      /snark (kind of)

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 10:01:41 PM PDT

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