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I awoke to an email from a Red state cousin, who entreated his complete email address book to vote in a purported USA Today poll. His headline: Eric Holder Says We Have No Right to Own Guns."  The idea was, for all readers to take time from polishing their many firearms, and vote against Eric Holder and his pinko ideas. Usually, I ignore this stuff. Well, I lost it. So I punched "Reply All" and sent the following. Probably didn't make some recipients feel better, but signed my name, so they'd know who. We'll see what develops.

"I think that we have no right to possess certain guns. Automatic and semiautomatic rifles and pistols, for instance. They are not needed to bring down hunting game. I also think that it is time the US looks into some kind of periodic review, testing, and periodic, renewable licensing, of firearms. How is it that Canada, with more of a hunting tradition than the US, and Australia, England, Germany, the list goes on, do not have our fine tradition of allowing whackos to buy all the guns and ammo they want? Incidentally, these countries don't seem to have as many whackos that shoot up kids and strangers. I never read of, nor hear of from friends who are citizens of these countries, that they wish to rise up in revolt because they can't buy all the guns they want.  Actually, they think our laws are pretty crazy, and the folks abroad who wrote me today are certain of it. Aren't you?

 Right now, in England, they are worried about their whackos who seem to be pulling out their knives and assaulting people. I wish we had such problems. It is hard to cause a large massacre with one knife and one whacko. Here, we make it convenient for the whacko to efficiently kill a large number of people with guns. Until we get a handle on the politicians and gun companies that seem to control our laws, watch out kids.....you are collateral damage. You don't count, you can be sacrificed in the name of gun owner rights.
And in case you are wondering, yes I have had numerous hunting licenses. Yes, I have served in combat and carried a gun, and participated in eliminating large numbers of humans. And yes, I own firearms, and am quite willing to cooperate with any reasonable program that would make the killings we read about lately less likely to happen. We don't have such a program. I'm waiting to hear what Eric Holder has to say. That old crap about "Outlaw guns and only outlaws will have guns" needs to be rethought. Hello: Outlaws already have guns. They use them to shoot one another. And they are not the ones grabbing Mom's semiautomatic rifle with the large magazines, and shooting kids in school. It is a supply and demand problem."

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  •  You're a brave soul (2+ / 0-)
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    Eyesbright, CA wildwoman

    Good luck.  I bet a lot of the people on that email list will send you many nasty responses.  Hopefully none of them will be threats to harm you or your family.

    "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

    by Steven D on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 09:29:54 AM PST

  •  What I would do? (0+ / 0-)

    I wouldn't read a single reply.

    I'd just zap them all as they come in.

    I wouldn't let the bastards into my head.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 09:33:10 AM PST

  •  Please post some of the responses you get (2+ / 0-)
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    4mygirls, CA wildwoman

    ... no need to include their email addresses, but it would be interesting to hear their response to your argument.  My guess is that there will be more in favor of your comments that you think (at least I hope that's the case).

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 09:56:25 AM PST

    •  responses (3+ / 0-)
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      Hey338Too, CA wildwoman, luckylizard

      Yes, I'll send along such responses. 'Funny thing is, I verrry seldom get any when rebutting. These folks seem content to forward emails and articles that agree with their particular bent, but aren't much into writing originally. Or thinking originally, one might argue. Thank YOU for your responses, Dailykos readers.

  •  Thanks for standing up on this issue - we all (0+ / 0-)

    should.  Enough is enough.

    Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. - Einstein

    by moose67 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 12:31:44 PM PST

  •  I did this once back in 2008. (0+ / 0-)

    I got an email from an old friend and there was a whole bunch of cc business. Anyway it was pre-election and it opened with something like, Did you know that Valerie Jarrod was born in Iran?  o-la-la.

    Something inside me just snapped, it was also my last straw after so much ugliness in the election, so I hit "reply to all" and off I went.  

    First thing was that as soon as I completed the mail and hit send, a brief "reply to all" had already been sent out by someone in the group that who I knew of - many years back - but had never met.  It was funny, he had obviously turned out to be a liberal, too.

    I got a message that my friend's stepson had blocked me for abuse.  Naturally exposing half truths and lies would be considered abuse by many in Oklahoma.

    My friend, was okay with me, and we still email from time to time.  I will be curious to see what response you get.  

    This terrible tragedy is just too much, and we just have to really pin their ears back.  

    I know that it seems polite to just suffer through their ignorant ideas in silence, but it has just gone too far now.  

    It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

    by ciganka on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 01:13:52 PM PST

  •  I think you did a great job of expressing yourself (0+ / 0-)

    and you're not wrong about any of it. I'm going to keep track of this diary as you put all he right words in all the right places.

    My family seems to have a similar mix of opinions as yours.

    They know my husband's views as an ultra-responsible gun hobbyist who knows that rules are needed for everyone's safety & he doesn't have any entitlement to be unsafe with his guns & ammo.

    He has no respect for the political & lobbying arm of the NRA & thinks far too many people want to carry guns on their hip than have any valid reasons to need to.

    Packing heat is a huge responsibility & legal liability that too many gun owners choose to ignore; they're being reckless & immature, & endanger everyone around them.

    Something that doesn't make good sense, makes bad sense. That means someone is being deliberately hurtful & selfish. Look for motives behind actions & words.

    by CA wildwoman on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 02:47:21 PM PST

  •  No cousin comments received (0+ / 0-)

    Predictably, my "rant" to my cousin's email RE gun rights prompted none of the recipients to "fire" back thus far, about 24 hours now.

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