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    Quote Originally Posted by htom View Post
    That's the accident that causes the discharge. You think it's empty, and BANG!

    The trigger lock doesn't know if the gun is loaded or not.
    What idiot puts their gun away loaded, or cleans it or locks it without properly checking it? If you can't handle that much, then frankly you should be allowed tohave agun. RESPONSIBILITY!!!!


    A gun doesn't know if a person is an idiot or not either, but it doesn't stop it from becoming a killing machine does it.

    A trigger lock keeps kids free from harm, relatively at least. My uncle hada gun in his sick drawer. as kids we took it out to look at everytime he went out. It was stored empty, open and with a big old pad lock through it. Had he not done that, hell yes it's likely my cuz nd I would have killed each other... we were dumb kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by htom View Post
    The goal (well, one of the goals) is to make firearms boring by the time they're teenagers and become crazy. "Go practice your pistol." "Oh, Dad, do I have to?"
    hmmm I have yet to find the boy who EVER finds things that go BOOM boring! Girls... a bit different story, but just how much gun practice would it take to make a BOY bored with it??????? Hell, Iam lucky if I get out of the way when the grown men I know find a tin of black powder and start the home made fireworks! Same crap they did as kids... big booms always give them the giggles
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    Quote Originally Posted by tizziec View Post
    hmmm I have yet to find the boy who EVER finds things that go BOOM boring! Girls... a bit different story, but just how much gun practice would it take to make a BOY bored with it??????? Hell, Iam lucky if I get out of the way when the grown men I know find a tin of black powder and start the home made fireworks! Same crap they did as kids... big booms always give them the giggles
    believe me... it worked... two boys and a girl

    my oldest son had to come to me in his late twenties to show him how to load the rifle his wife bought him
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Allen View Post
    believe me... it worked... two boys and a girl

    my oldest son had to come to me in his late twenties to show him how to load the rifle his wife bought him
    I hope you told him to sell it, that's embarrassing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogdog View Post
    I hope you told him to sell it, that's embarrassing.
    he just didn't have any interest in rifles... as was my plan. I guess it shows that he is Colorado's top pic for writing gun laws though There is nothing wrong with being ignorant of one thing or another... until the ignorant attempt to rule by their ignorance... we have lots of that these days. "Once the bullets in the magazine/clip are used up, no one will be able to buy more magazines/clips with bullets in them"
    (it lookks like the ignorant leading the stupid to me)
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    So Phillip, you'd be good with me writing firearm legislation then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Allen View Post
    There is nothing wrong with being ignorant of one thing or another... until the ignorant attempt to rule by their ignorance... we have lots of that these days...
    (it lookks like the ignorant leading the stupid to me)
    That's certainly correct, but I don't see the the NRA-ILA and their membership changing, do you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by htom View Post
    Mandatory firearms safety training in second grade.

    Mandatory single-shot .22 rifle training in third grade.

    Mandatory single-shot shotgun (.410) in fourth grade.

    Mandatory pump-action shotgun, and bolt and lever action rifle, in fifth grade.

    Mandatory handgun, revolver and semi-automatic, in sixth grade.

    Each county to have at least one 1,000 meter rifle range, and at least one 50 meter pistol range, free for public use at least three days a week, staffed by retired military shooting instructors.

    Military ammo available (5.56 and 7.62 rifle, 9 mm and .45 pistol) available free to citizens at those ranges, but it must be shot at the range, not taken elsewhere.

    You see (or maybe you don't) I think the primary cause of the "gun violence" problem is ignorance. I think that too many people think that firearms are magic wands, for good and evil. I want to change that ignorance.
    Surely you jest! Approximately half of the population of the U.S. has no interest in firearms and a large portion of that half takes a moral stance against them and you're gonna require them to take part in firearms training and force them to pay for your participation in the 'past time' through their tax dollars. That's your solution? Further your suggestion does nothing to restrict access to firearms from criminals or the mentally ill. Give me a break. . .
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    I was taught to shoot, taught firearms safety, the lot.

    As a 13 year old, I still played with the WWII Enfield that a houseguest who lived with us for a couple of years kept in his closet. I am damned lucky that I didn't have any tragic accidents.

    My own boys are no smarter in that respect than I am; so when my youngest got old enough to "explore" a bit, I got rid of my Dad's old rifle, and an 1822 pattern cavalry sabre I'd bought. I knew that they'd disregard my rules, just as I'd done at their age.

    Had I a place for locked storage at the time, it might have been different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leikec View Post
    Good question. I'm not expecting a coherent answer.

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    me either, dude's a troll plain and simple, only interested in slinging invective. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by RodSBT View Post
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    I guess others here just aren't trust worthy or understand consequences?
    I prefer to think of it as being just a bit more entrepreneurial, and less docile.

    If everybody always followed the rules, you'd feel no need to keep a gun for self defence, would you Rod?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RodSBT View Post
    My folks had firearms around the house and I learned from an early age I was not to mess with them unless they( parent) were around and under their control, and followed that rule to a T.
    I guess others here just aren't trust worthy or understand consequences?
    It would be nice if all children were born with the same potential for learning and/or following instructions, but unfortunately it's not true. Obviously there are some parents who have more relaxed view regarding their children's security.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RodSBT View Post
    My folks had firearms around the house and I learned from an early age I was not to mess with them unless they( parent) were around and under their control, and followed that rule to a T.
    I guess others here just aren't trust worthy or understand consequences?
    As a child, I unfortunately learned from consequences. Taking someone's word for it has never been in my wiring (Youngest syndrome??) Thankful the only guns I was near had padlocks through them.

    Granted I learned quick from consequences, and thankfully they were never of the tragic kind...

    My sis was the "I'll listen and take your word for it", I was... I will find out for myself and if I get railed I will learn from that.. And ya, I know, it's a wonder I survived myself (then again, I am of the genetic make up of my mother who still has a piece of a 22 in her arm from lining them up on the street and seeing what happens when you hit them with a hammer. Safety standards were a tad different in the 40s)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Surely you jest! Approximately half of the population of the U.S. has no interest in firearms and a large portion of that half takes a moral stance against them and you're gonna require them to take part in firearms training and force them to pay for your participation in the 'past time' through their tax dollars. That's your solution? Further your suggestion does nothing to restrict access to firearms from criminals or the mentally ill. Give me a break. . .
    it's not a moral stance if it's based on ignorance, is it? Do you prefer that the ignorance be nurtured until the 'vote' can do what you want it to do? If we want to save people from accidents, why not educate them... ? If 'one' life can be saved, wouldn't it be worth it?

    If parents opt out of teaching their child about guns in general, could we require an extensive course on guns in order to operate one anywhere except on private property? To be paid by the people who opted out in the first place?

    What about the people shaking the insurance threat? Don't you think the insurance world would want the gun courses?
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    This thread sounds like gun people are going off of the edge. I need to get my background checked ! No big government ? or no government at all ? Extreme vocal gun nuts on TV shows are beginning to sound wackos who shoot people......
    How many shootings, nationally, so far this year ? Never ending debates......meanwhile, over in Chicago, people are falling like flies....and near here, the local city, Saginaw Mi, is very high on the number of killings in recent years, nationally, per capita...
    Luckily I don't live in the city...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Surely you jest! Approximately half of the population of the U.S. has no interest in firearms and a large portion of that half takes a moral stance against them and you're gonna require them to take part in firearms training and force them to pay for your participation in the 'past time' through their tax dollars. That's your solution? Further your suggestion does nothing to restrict access to firearms from criminals or the mentally ill. Give me a break. . .
    No jest. I want us to return to the militia. Everybody learns, everybody serves. You don't have to stay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by htom View Post
    No jest. I want us to return to the militia. Everybody learns, everybody serves. You don't have to stay.
    No, no.. I, too, want everyone to serve.. but think 'peace corp'.. No guns, no killing. 17th century thinking _has_ to go. We need to help, not kill, each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durnik View Post
    No, no.. I, too, want everyone to serve.. but think 'peace corp'.. No guns, no killing. 17th century thinking _has_ to go. We need to help, not kill, each other.

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    I want them to learn how to handle firearms safely. I want them to understand in a kinetic fashion what happens when the gun goes "bang". I would like (but not require) that capable teachers (if not their parents) take them into the field for hunting. The program I outlined doesn't produce snipers, put trophies on the shelf, or meat on the table.

    I also want them to learn how to use a fire extinguisher, and to perform first aid and CPR.

    I hope all of their lives are such that they never have to use any of those skills -- firearms, fire extinguishment, first aid -- to save lives or homes. But I want them capable of doing so. Self-esteem comes from accomplishment, not from praise. "I did this." "I can do this."

    They can serve in the militia or the military or the peace corps or VISTA or the old folk's home. Where ever they serve, they may need those skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htom View Post
    I want them to learn how to handle firearms safely. I want them to understand in a kinetic fashion what happens when the gun goes "bang". I would like (but not require) that capable teachers (if not their parents) take them into the field for hunting. The program I outlined doesn't produce snipers, put trophies on the shelf, or meat on the table.

    I also want them to learn how to use a fire extinguisher, and to perform first aid and CPR.

    I hope all of their lives are such that they never have to use any of those skills -- firearms, fire extinguishment, first aid -- to save lives or homes. But I want them capable of doing so. Self-esteem comes from accomplishment, not from praise. "I did this." "I can do this."

    They can serve in the militia or the military or the peace corps or VISTA or the old folk's home. Where ever they serve, they may need those skills.

    There is more to life than dialing 911.
    I'm afraid you would need to reverse the current 'wisdom' of vilifying guns and anyone who owns them. I took my (then)10 year old granddaughter into a gun shop to purchace something and to show her off to friends there... as she walked in the door and looked around, she said, "They shouldn't let little children come in here"
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    Because it is in the BoR, which is in the constitution, the fed govt has every right to regulate and to over ride the states on their laws (and you can thank the not so slick anti-feds for that)

    Obviously we need SOMETHING done in this country. With such a horrible record with people and guns, we are seriously doing something WRONG.

    I would think everyone would want to fix it, but so few solutions come from the "gimme my guns" side that all we are left with is the "get rid of the guns side". One side is left with the burden of bringing SOMETHING to the table. Just sayin
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    Quote Originally Posted by tizziec View Post
    Because it is in the BoR, which is in the constitution, the fed govt has every right to regulate and to over ride the states on their laws (and you can thank the not so slick anti-feds for that)

    Obviously we need SOMETHING done in this country. With such a horrible record with people and guns, we are seriously doing something WRONG.

    I would think everyone would want to fix it, but so few solutions come from the "gimme my guns" side that all we are left with is the "get rid of the guns side". One side is left with the burden of bringing SOMETHING to the table. Just sayin
    I don't think anything is particularly obvious... there are more drownings and car crash death and so on... I don't see an hysterical movement to have those things banned. I think this is just political footbal.,. just keeping score and no more
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    ..."I don't think anything is particularly obvious"...Phillip Allen

    Bingo! I knew it all along! Priceless!

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    There is more to life than dialing 911.
    Yes, first aid.. resuscitation of non breathing people, splinting a broken limb, stopping the flow of blood.. Lots of possibilities.. but killing? NFW. The 'we need guns to be safe' guys are BSC.

    There is no rational reason in the U.S. of A. to even begin to consider that 'firearm training' of the masses is a good, never mind necessary idea - your status as 'elder hoplophile', not withstanding.

    Now, if you _really_ believe self defense is a good & necessary skill, let's talk Tai-Chi for all students - from the age of 6, on. I'd love to see my taxes pay for that! But don't even think about using my taxes to pay for familiarity with tools expressly designed for killing.

    Meanwhile, do you really think that those of us unafraid to walk with out firearm 'protection' are wont to cry out to 911 as our main (or even common) solution? Heck, I've been lambasted by conservatives (gun loving christians to boot) for helping injured people instead of 'calling the experts'. You really don't understand. Many of us who find no need for guns are perhaps more self reliant (& likely more volunteering of aid to others) than those who feel the need for security.

    "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" & "The more you know, the less you need" come to mind.

    Get rid of the gun. Learn how to give a helping hand, in _all_ circumstances.

    After all, It's hard to offer a helping hand - when it's holding a gun.

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    I don't think anything is particularly obvious... there are more drownings and car crash death and so on... I don't see an hysterical movement to have those things banned. I think this is just political footbal.,. just keeping score and no more
    Well, as far as I know, to drive you must prove you CAN before geting a license, and prove you know rules applied to it, and get a background check., Cars are constantly being updated with safety guyidelines (hhmm I had to have seatbelts put into my 56 ford and my 62 falcon)

    As far as Iknow, all towns DO have building codes that apply to backyard pools and ponds that exist for the safety of the whole. If you live near beaches you know people are very often up in arms about laws and regulations to reduce off hours drowning in the ocean.

    it's not the people looking to make it safe that are acting politically, or are politically intentioned (they may be reacting to tragedy though) but those standing their groud, refusing to accept that there is a "greater good" and refusing any step towards maintaining the safety of others that tend to keep it political.

    Never get so caught up in personal liberty that you forget the greater good. In thee slaughterhouse cases, the opposition to the public slaughterhouse were ready to give up hygiene to live in utter disgust, just to protect their personal liberties, while hoping to force everyone else to live in their disgust, get sick, and die as well.

    people once had the personal liberty of disposing of human waste however they chose, but that thankfully, that ended shortly after it was discovered that such practices were the source of cholera in public water.

    If people want so badly to keep their guns, they should be showing they are also willing to accept the responsibility they have to those around them and HELPING to find a solution and accepting safety measures intended on protecting the community.

    I swear, it's like dealing with a child! We all give out children things that we expect them to be responsible with, and I would guess i am not the only parent that takes things away when the child is NOT responsible with them. I don't allow my child to others at risk with her toys, why should i accept it of my neighbor?
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    No jest. I want us to return to the militia. Everybody learns, everybody serves. You don't have to stay.
    A return to the militia? What Utopian period in American history are we talking about here? And there's never been anything approaching universal participation in militias. Further, there's never been a long term well organized militia in the United States. Sure militias have been raised and trained prior to the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War, but between each of those wars and after the Civil War, militia movements in any organized sense always collapsed. I think we can both agree that the modern militia movements bare no similarities with the organized militias of the Nineteenth Century. . .
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    At this point I'd almost be willing to settle for not going backwards anymore than we already have. Among other notorious distinctions, Florida's Agriculture and consumer affairs secretary brags about having some of the most lax gun laws in the country.

    And, if it weren't for moments of sanity from the state supreme court, when you consider some of the past attempts of our legislators, it would be much worse.

    This article pretty well sums up the holes in our laws that could stand to be revised.

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/publics...ts-say/1267397

    And something the article doesn't mention is that same paper carries around 200 ads daily in the sporting goods category. Of those, roughly 1/3 to 1/2 of them are bicycles, golf and fishing gear and peripherals for guns like holsters and cabinets. The other 100 items are ammo and firearms. Now, I haven't checked today but on average, one or two sellers state in their ads that they will require a concealed carry permit(witch requires a background check) and the rest are pretty much open to whoever want's them. Don't take my word for it though:

    http://secure.adpay.com/searchresult...3&catid=IFS164

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Allen View Post
    I don't think anything is particularly obvious... there are more drownings and car crash death and so on... I don't see an hysterical movement to have those things banned. I think this is just political footbal.,. just keeping score and no more
    You actually believe there are more drowning deaths per year than gun deaths?

    Regarding your comparison to cars: do you understand the concept of utility? What about cost versus benefit? And nobody's trying to ban guns, we're trying to reduce accidental and intentional deaths from firearms through regulation of their ownership and use, just as we have done with cars over the last century. . .

    You make a lot of accusations that those you disagree with are spreading fear and ignorance, perhaps you should take a closer look at your own postings.
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    Phillip doesn't actually believe in the sense of having a reason to think something true. He believes in the sense of being able to say whatever. It's freedom carried past reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    You actually believe there are more drowning deaths per year than gun deaths?

    Regarding your comparison to cars: do you understand the concept of utility? What about cost versus benefit? And nobody's trying to ban guns, we're trying to reduce accidental and intentional deaths from firearms through regulation of their ownership and use, just as we have done with cars over the last century. . .

    You make a lot of accusations that those you disagree with are spreading fear and ignorance, perhaps you should take a closer look at your own postings.
    Paul, are you saying that I make 'a lot' more accusations of fear than, say, Elf? (who repeats the claim of fear with every single post)... and the collective total of nay-sayers who, daily, claim that the 'other' side uses fear to drive the ignorant? It is their collective, repeat5ed, deliberate lie I am responding to... FEAR (she says, fer gosh sakes)

    Bear in mind that the NEA has the present cod-lock on education... BTW
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    Spin and deflection, is that all you got old man?
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    repeating, Paul

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    Paul, are you saying that I make 'a lot' more accusations of fear than, say, Elf? (who repeats the claim of fear with every single post)... and the collective total of nay-sayers who, daily, claim that the 'other' side uses fear to drive the ignorant? It is their collective, repeat5ed, deliberate lie I am responding to... FEAR (she says, fer gosh sakes)

    Bear in mind that the NEA has the present cod-lock on education... BTW
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    So Phillip, how many drowning deaths per year? How many of children in the home compared to in home child gun deaths? And what do you think of the converging trends where, if they continue, firearms deaths will surpass auto deaths sometime in 2015?

    Or did you mean by " . . . there are more drownings and car crash death . . . " [#144] that drowning deaths PLUS car crash deaths was more than firearms deaths?

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    repeating, Paul
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    The NEA has a "Cod-lock" on education?.....
    Wow..... Next they'll be telling people that they have a right to think for themselves..... Better get the ACLU and the SPLC on this issue right away.....

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    very old info... 4 times as many drownings (suicide certainly is not to be counted of course)... BF uses it to tweek his numbers

    additionally there are no child guns... the phrase is a simple emotional appeal to the simple minded

    as far as convergence... I insist you qit rid of the 'construction' of suicide... anyone supporting pro-choice can certainly affirm the choice of some to commit suicide and not steal political advantage from their bodies to advance an unrelated agenda

    I believe over half of 'deaths by gun' are personal choices of the deceased
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    Phillip.... You're a decent law abiding citizen...... Why do you oppose background checks?

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    ..."Elf? (who repeats the claim of fear with every single post)"...

    Unbelievable! elf has made 12 posts in the last three days while Phillip has made 118, yet he has the gall to spin her as a "fear monger"!

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    additionally there are no child guns... the phrase is a simple emotional appeal to the simple minded
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    "Child gun deaths" doesn't mean deaths from "child guns." From guns designed and marketed for children to use. "Women gun deaths" doesn't mean deaths from those pink-stocked rifles and shotguns we've seen either.

    "Child gun deaths" means childrens' deaths from firearms discharges. But you knew that already, eh?
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    Holy thread drift Batman! I feel universal background checks are going to become a reality, and done properly I have no problem with it. Will it be done properly? Does the government ever do anything right?
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    " . . . . 4 times as many drownings . . . " [#158]

    Huh???

    CDC numbers put it at 3880 drownings last year recorded: including 347 off boats. That also includes suicides, as does the over 32,000 mostly men but also women and children per year we lose to firearms.

    Phillip, do you have a sourse that you could possibly be naive enough to have believed or do you just make it up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durnik View Post
    Yes, first aid.. resuscitation of non breathing people, splinting a broken limb, stopping the flow of blood.. Lots of possibilities.. but killing? NFW. The 'we need guns to be safe' guys are BSC.

    There is no rational reason in the U.S. of A. to even begin to consider that 'firearm training' of the masses is a good, never mind necessary idea - your status as 'elder hoplophile', not withstanding.

    Now, if you _really_ believe self defense is a good & necessary skill, let's talk Tai-Chi for all students - from the age of 6, on. I'd love to see my taxes pay for that! But don't even think about using my taxes to pay for familiarity with tools expressly designed for killing.

    Meanwhile, do you really think that those of us unafraid to walk with out firearm 'protection' are wont to cry out to 911 as our main (or even common) solution? Heck, I've been lambasted by conservatives (gun loving christians to boot) for helping injured people instead of 'calling the experts'. You really don't understand. Many of us who find no need for guns are perhaps more self reliant (& likely more volunteering of aid to others) than those who feel the need for security.

    "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" & "The more you know, the less you need" come to mind.

    Get rid of the gun. Learn how to give a helping hand, in _all_ circumstances.

    After all, It's hard to offer a helping hand - when it's holding a gun.

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    We disagree. Guns are so available that many own them and are entirely untrained, in basic firearms safety, in safe handling, in basic shooting skills, even (rarely) not understanding where the bullet comes out. Total ignorance. And they are proud of this ignorance. I've seen adults come to the pistol range, put a magazine in a handgun, fire ten counted rounds at a man-size man target at seven yards, miss the entire target completely with all ten rounds, turn to their companion, and say "See! That's how to do it!" He (the idiots on the range are indeed almost always male) was waving the handgun around, unconsciously threatening everyone, when it went BANG! The round ricocheted off an overhead steel beam into the ground. If you know where that round came from, you know more about guns than that idiot, and why I'm so down on trigger locks. Press check is your friend. All guns are always loaded. Especially if you know it's not!

    Yes, let's talk taijiquan. I study it. I practice it. At times I lead our instructor's advanced group while she works with the beginners, and she's told me to correct people. It is (or can be, if you're taught in this aspect of it) one of the supreme combative skills in the world, as well as a great fitness routine. Day before Valentine's Day, I was out with the Nordic Walking club. We came to an icy patch of path, and discussed going in the street instead, but we would have been just below the military crest of the hill, and people speeding down the street wouldn't see us until they were upon us. We turned to take the path, and I slipped and fell, my legs spread into the splits, my right knee twisted. There are several medical people in the group, and they predicted a number of dire possibilities. Went to the doctor the next day, found I'd already been scheduled for MRI and surgery (one of the group members works at that clinic and my age projected that treatment.) Actual exam showed a grade 2 sprain. MRI and surgery cancelled. "How is it", the orthopedic doctor asked, "that you are more flexible than my patients who half your age? You're more flexible than I am!" Taijiquan, a little yoga, a little Pilates. We talked. I get Ibuprofen, knee wrap before exercise, cane, walk & taijiguan daily, come back in three months. He's started studying Chen Taijiquan (I know his instructor.) Six is too old, four is old enough.

    "Expressly designed for killing", applied to firearms, is nothing more or less than a blood libel. The Guillotine is expressly designed for killing, as are the gallows and noose, the block and axe, the gurney and syringe ... if firearms are indeed expressly designed for killing, they are a most remarkably ineffective design. In this country, on the close order of a half-million rounds of firearm ammunition are expended for each human firearm fatality (counting legal intervention, self-defense, accident, homicide, and suicide.)

    It's easy to lend a helping hand, even while holding a firearm. That's why you have two hands.

    Training people to use firearms correctly gives them options. Like training them in CPR. If you don't know how to use them, you cannot choose to use them. You have no (meaningful) choice. (I wonder how many have been unintentionally killed by incorrect CPR? It's really almost a wasted activity, doing more good for those administering it (~95-97%) than the victim (~3-5%); it might approach accidental firearms deaths.) There are times to use them, times to not. With learning, you gain choices. With ignorance, we gain arrogance, it seems.
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    " . . . . 4 times as many drownings . . . " [#158]

    Huh???

    CDC numbers put it at 3880 drownings last year recorded: including 347 off boats. That also includes suicides, as does the over 32,000 mostly men but also women and children per year we lose to firearms.

    Phillip, do you have a sourse that you could possibly be naive enough to have believed or do you just make it up?
    So glad the CDC at least gets to research gun deaths in the US, just imagine if the NRA-ILA were to stop that? http://www.businessinsider.com/cdc-n...esearch-2013-1

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    Should our infantries and spec-ops units be equipped then with guillotines and syringes? Come come, htom, with such denials you're deflating your own argument.

    It is obvious that firearms were originally developed with lethal intent - they were war weapons before they were civilian hunting or self-defence weapons. And maintaining/enhancing lethality has been, uhm, a primary aspect of the trajectory of design improvements for hundreds of years. Swords only developed for lethal purposes too, despite the fact that there are very few sword deaths these days.

    An auto, hammer or a swimming pool, on the other hand, had quite a different primary design brief.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Longino View Post
    ..."Elf? (who repeats the claim of fear with every single post)"...

    Unbelievable! elf has made 12 posts in the last three days while Phillip has made 118, yet he has the gall to spin her as a "fear monger"!
    how about we compare the last 40 days?
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    I think Phillip is comparing accidental deaths of children, but I'm not sure.

    Table 10, NonTransport Accidents http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/dea...10_release.pdf Strange that they don't list bicycle-auto accidents now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Should our infantries and spec-ops units be equipped then with guillotines and syringes? Come come, htom, with such denials you're deflating your own argument.

    It is obvious that firearms were originally developed with lethal intent - they were war weapons before they were civilian hunting or self-defence weapons. And maintaining/enhancing lethality has been, uhm, a primary aspect of the trajectory of design improvements for hundreds of years. Swords only developed for lethal purposes too, despite the fact that there are very few sword deaths these days.

    An auto, hammer or a swimming pool, on the other hand, had quite a different primary design brief.
    you are pitching 'primary evil' but selectively... do guns designed for deer hunting have evil in them... you are suggesting they do
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    how about we compare the last 40 days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Should our infantries and spec-ops units be equipped then with guillotines and syringes? Come come, htom, with such denials you're deflating your own argument.

    It is obvious that firearms were originally developed with lethal intent - they were war weapons before they were civilian hunting or self-defence weapons. And maintaining/enhancing lethality has been, uhm, a primary aspect of the trajectory of design improvements for hundreds of years. Swords only developed for lethal purposes too, despite the fact that there are very few sword deaths these days.

    An auto, hammer or a swimming pool, on the other hand, had quite a different primary design brief.
    "Expressly designed for killing" implies sole current use, not historical invention. I expected better from you, at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by htom View Post
    "Expressly designed for killing" implies sole current use, not historical invention. I expected better from you, at least.
    This is disingenuous from you at best. You have a long history of explaining that your primary concern for defending the unfettered right to own firearms being a personal concern for self defense.
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