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a) From a statistical standpoint, the number of people killed in the U.S. by assault weapons is pretty close to 0%

b) There may be paranoid Americans who make the news in Canada, but I don't know any paranoid Americans. Some people may live in dangerous areas (drug dealers, gangs, etc.) and then owning a gun isn't paranoid at all. It's preparation.

One need not be overseas to view Americans as rather paranoid and violent. 

Indeed. Who leads the world in murders with firearms? Total number of rapes per year? Total number of crimes committed per year? Inmates per capita? Total number of inmates?

It's not the people of China, or Mexico, or Afghanistan, or Columbia. It's Americans of course.

We may safely conclude from the body count and smoking guns that Americans are among the most violent people on earth. But if you only view Americans as violent: thank you. You're being rather kind about it. 

And yet, why don't I own a gun or feel paranoid? And I'm not just citing myself as an exception. I'm sure the vast majority of Americans go about their daily lives without overwhelming fear and without carrying weapons on our person. 

We may have a lot of violent people, but you go ahead and talk as if every American can be described as paranoid and/or violent.

Well, a disproportionat percentage of crimes are committed by blacks or hispanics, why not go ahead and draw similar sort of "safe" conclusion using the same sort of logic, namely that American blacks and Hispanics are among the most violent people on Earth?

You've fallen into a bigoted way of reasoning.

Whoops, my bad.  I should have been clearer.

Here is the "Gregg's Question" I had in mind.

She answered PART of the post here. But if she ever addressed the points he made other than the ones about the Aborigines, I haven't seen it.  (Of course it would help if she'd put her replies under what she is replying to rather than scattering them at random through the thread.)

As for the Glock in the glove box, I don't actually have a Glock in my glove box (or any other firearm for that matter), but if I did, who would be harmed?  No one.  But the spate of laws being argued over right now could prevent me as a law-abiding citizen from putting a Glock in my glove box. 

[And furthermore, the G-17 comes with a 17 round magazine, that magazine is illegal to purchase here in Colorado as of July 1, so I suppose a G-17 owner would have to either break the law, try to buy a bunch in a panic before then, or try to find a "special" 15 round magazine.  Similar for people who own CZ-75s (16 round magazine--it's just barely evil), but hey.... a Beretta 92 only has a 15 round magazine so it's okay.  Browning Hi-Power, 13 rounds; it's OK too.  Man, if I were stupid enough to imagine these this mag restriction is going to have ANY effect other than to be a huge nuisance to the law abiding people who aren't the fucking problem, I would feel so much safer!]

But those laws would do nothing whatsoever to stop the individuals who are misusing firearms by "shooting up our neighbourhoods."  They are already lawbreakers.  To them these new gun laws are simply "Stop!  Or I'll yell 'stop!' again!"  They won't hesitate to break these laws and proposed laws, the only effect of which are to reduce the law abiding citizen's ability to defend himself.

I don't know who's getting snippy, but it's not me. If you want to make a list of violent news events that make international headlines and use them to draw judgmental conclusions about the mental state of the average American, or even that of the average legal gun owner, go ahead. I'm just saying I don't think it's particularly worthwhile, nor is it particularly a fair characterization of everyday life here for most of our 311 million people.

Your comment is interesting Tom - Australians are generally, not a paranoid country, but very cynical, and certainly don't trust politicians or governments. Our politicians get hauled over the coals if they use their government car outside of work hours.

Britain has the House of Lords, if one has 'old money', and a title, they get into parliament and have a vote.

Not so, in Australia. We were founded on the backs of convicts, and do not trust anyone 'in power'. During early wars, World War !, people of nobility from England of course, and private school educated, went straight into positions of power in the Army - and they were shite. These so called educated people sent to the deaths thousands of Australian and New Zealanders, and was never forgotten. Australian soldiers mutineerd in their hundreds, and overthrew said people in charge. That is the Australian way. Nobody is better than anybody else, that is inbuilt. We certainly have people here, who think they are born to rule - doesn't work. We have terms like 'up themelves' etc. etc.

We have our royalists here, who luv the monarchy. The queen used to rule over Australia, but now is just a figurehead, and hopefully that will also go soon, and just become a tourist attraction.

Austalians are also lazy, but when push comes to shove, will rally to protect it's citizens. Our government is too stupid to turn on it's people. Your history is different. Australia has been invaded twice, first by the English, second the Japanese had a go at taking over during the second World War, but failed. No civil war, and I think that makes a huge difference.

There are perceived 'classes' of people here, but in the washup, we don't look up to, or revere, or tug our forlocks for anybody. We have respect for people of substance, of intellect.

Having guns here, would be a travesty - totally different mind frame.

For Tom Sarbeck 
    "Rob, you perhaps see gun ownership as a privilege.

The courts see it, and will continue to see it, as a constitutionally-protected right."


Recall I was referring to militias protecting our country... When was the last time we depended upon militias as opposed to a standing army to protect our Nation..? 
And after that if you could perhaps not attempt to appeal to authority, that would be great. Also, it's not unheard of for the courts  (even the SCOTUS) to overturn their past decisions..so, yea. I wouldn't hold on to that. Also, it specifically says in the first 4 words... "A well-regulated militia".. Nothing at all about private gun ownership.. 

Rob,

I hope you accept state National Guard units as modern day well-regulated militias. Many members of same went multiple times to our recent wars. Whether these wars protected our country can be doubted.

My appeal to authority? Instead, see it as an appeal to power.

SCOTUS dealt with those first four words in the Heller ruling several years ago.

I've read it. If you read it, you'll see its take on those four words.

The court has the jailhouse keys, and so has both authority and power.

You're free to disagree. Will your disagreeing result in jail house time?

For Unseen 

"Perhaps free speech, too, has become more a privilege than a right, along with freedom of/from religion?"


This thread isn't about those, so please stay on topic and don't confuse the issue at hand. For the record I stand by the 1st Amendment 100%.. nothing has happen since the writing of it for it to no longer be valid. Whereas with the 2nd Amendment.. when we stopped relying on militias for the nation's defense that's when it became obsolete. 

@SteveinCo - I don't know nor care what guns are available, I don't know nor care if machine guns are available or not - we, on the outside of your great country, see the results of disenfranchised people shooting up the place, shooting people minding their business. If you don't find that scary, good for you. I know Americans have the perception they are the only country, or the most important country, on the planet.

We get a lot of your American news shows, even here, can you believe that?

Your news is our news, the reports on who the latest killed and where, is with us in minutes. I, on the outside have to take notice of what is going on in America, as politicians of all persuasions, suck up to the incumbant President.

So, why are you so snippy. Why does what I think matter?

The perceived threat of taking away your favourite toy, and the ensuing tantrum, the fact that someone outside of your country has the audacity to comment on how there should be some sort of gun control. Can't have that.

I am an outsider. who thinks your guns laws would be funny, and the debate of what the 2nd amendment really means, just like the bible, put your own spin on it, that is a real hoot, if people minding their own business, were not also killed.

If our gun laws change, in line with America, innocent people, would be murdered, just like in America.

I don't want your gun laws here, we had a Prime Minister with the balls to do a buy back of guns in suburbia. Farmers have their guns, hunters have their guns, as they should. Criminals get illegal weapons, and really like to shoot each other. Not a problem. But, I guess, Americans must support the gun trade, as so many are made in America.

The following is an interesting read -

http://www.krem.com/news/189871201.html

But also remember, you can swap unwanted guns for an Amazon gift card.

'Records show that the Thurston County Drug Task Force sold a Norinco SKS military-style rifle and a Romarm AK-47 in a batch of 44 guns traded with a firearms dealer.

- The Kitsap County Sheriff’s office sold an Intratec 9mm, which used to be on the list of assault weapons banned in the United States.

- WSP sold an “Interordinance (sic.), assault rifle w/scope and case and 2 magazines” and an “SKS, assualt (sic.) rifle.”

WSP said it does not distinguish between firearms when it puts its crime guns out for bid.

It is a mind frame - just like religion. But have no fear, theists are not going to disappear, nor are your precious guns.

Suzanne, your assignment is to search on "scotus heller decision" (google and bing both work).

If you choose the link to Cornell University you can select either PDF or HTML.

You are to read the decision (as I did) and present more informed if equally passionate views on what guides policy in what is perhaps the world's most violent nation.

That is, if you haven't already.

@Heather - That could well be the reason - too bloody cold in Canada, too bloody hot in Australia. Die from freezing or heat stroke :)

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