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  •  Idiocy on stilts (9+ / 0-)

    If the "self-defense" here is to be achieved by a large number of guns being available (the possibility of that is another unproven assumption), then we must look at the side effects of a large number of guns being available.

    The side effects are already known. Increased violence, increased suicide, increased accidental deaths and woundings, and a vastly increased number of weapons in the hands of criminals who obtain them by theft or burglary.

    What you are saying here, in essence, is that "I want the freedom to have a gun because I cherish the diminutive chance I would be able to successfully defend myself with it, and I don't give a damn about the increased number of deaths the free availability of firearms is known to cause." Or to put it more briefly, "I'm willing to see several other people die or be injured so that I can cherish my dreams of playing Rambo." That's sociopathic.

    You don't have the maturity to accept that there are sometimes situations in which nothing useful can be done. Being on the wrong end of a gun carried by a criminal is one of those situations. Unless you are very, very lucky, and willing to gamble your life and the lives of others who may be with you, you are going to be doing exactly what that criminal wants you to do.

    "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

    by sagesource on Sun May 05, 2013 at 09:10:55 AM PDT

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