...a couple staffers had been armed?
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What about the National Hand Grenade Association (NHGA). You can pry my Hand Grenade from that cold dead crater where my hand used to be. I have the right to bear arms, see there it is up in that tree!
If bucks could shoot back or shoot first, deer hunting would not be so popular. I grew up in a military, pro (big caliber) gun family, now my optic nerve is barely attached. If you rely on weapons to feel like a big man, you are just a wuss, pure and simple. In fact, all of these killers have one thing in common - inadequacy.
If you rely on weapons to feel like a big man, you are just a wuss, pure and simple.
I'm trying to figure out how that's not a non sequitur.
As a card carrying member of the NHGA, I am sure you would not be granted membership because no one can be a member if he or she doesn't know the Three Cardinal Rules of the Hand-Grenader
1. Grasp grenade firmly.
2. Pull pin.
3. Throw. (this is the one you are missing)
Throw the pin right? Yet still I failed to get a membership in the NRA. The said my IQ is way too high.
LOL I'm gonna hire you as my proof reader. :)
I'm shocked, you couldn't get a membership into the NRA...did your check bounce??? LOL
Shit if you got a pulse and $35 bucks you're in. :D
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1) South Africa, with a much smaller population (and a democratically elected government) has 32,000 gun deaths a year compared to the United States with a mere 9,400. South Africa's population is only about 52,000,000 compared the the United States' 315,000,000. So, what are you talking about? Even that sublime Buddhist nation Thailand has more gun deaths per annum: about 20,000, more than twice that of the United States, which has a much much larger population.
2) There is so much bad logic and bad polemicizing here that it's hard to know where to begin. Where did you get your 30,000 gun deaths figure? The figure I found here is less than 1/3 that. Am I a racist because Charlton Heston was? Likewise, there is no necessary linkage between the NRA and all gun owners, many of whom also think the NRA is just a lobbying arm of the gun manufacturers.
Why don't you come back with some well-reasoned arguments demonstrating that there's a linkage between confiscating or limiting access to guns reduces gun deaths in the United States. You see, comparing Americans with Icelanders or New Zealanders or (East) Indians isn't an apples to apples comparison. Americans are a breed unto themselves, as are Icelanders, New Zealanders, or (East) Indians.
Unseen has answered you fairly capably, Dale. Your "argumentation" is shot through with fallacies (E.g., correlation = causation--but you compound it correlating selectively, ignoring cases like South Africa and Thailand that wouldn't match your desired causation) and emotional appeals.
Here's my counter, Dale:
How is it that these rampages occur ONLY in places where guns are strictly forbidden?
Is it just barely possible that they occur there because guns are forbidden (to the law abiding, who would only use them in self defense) there?
This seems to be something the anti-gun folks refuse to think about.
If you want an intelligent discussion, then have one.
The cause of why humans are violent toward each other might be a useful discussion to have.
Only having one tool of violence as the center piece of the discussion isn't going to result a useful discussion about the cause.
I am not an anti-gun or pro-gun. [Blaine]
You could have fooled me. You sure seem willing to focus on, and perhaps even blame, an inanimate object for a problem with certain small number of people.
Only having one tool of violence as the center piece of the discussion isn't going to result a useful discussion about the cause. [Gregg]
There was zero gun crime in the 11th century. Zero, zilch, nada. Yet I doubt people either felt or were safe.
The problem isn't "gun crime" it's crime, period, and to deny law abiding people the right and tools for self defense because someone else abused or could abuse that right would be like (to carry some people's favorite analogy a bit further) like duct taping people's mouths shut on entering a theater because otherwise someone might yell fire.
Buddy you just went off the deep end, climb out, dry yourself off, calm down and try to rejoin the conversation.
Take your time we'll wait.
And by the way it was me, not Gregg, who said it.