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Clarifying America's Gun Culture

ericynot Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 4:36 PM
Primus, Yes, I have insurance. Against statistically reasonable perils such as hail, fire, tornado, auto accident, etc. Odds of experiencing a home invasion are statistically negligible, and even if one were to happen, a gun is only marginally likely to be of use (home invaders have on their side surprise, speed, and force). As for prevention of a dictator assuming control, I'm more concerned about finding a Sasquatch in my garage. Sorry, man, my level of paranoia just doesn't match up to yours. And I don't need a gun to be a citizen.
AKFred1 Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 6:51 PM
You are correct. Hurricane Katrina proved several points. The only people not getting robbed or shot at were the legally gun owning citizens. The first ones the cops came after were the legally owning gun owners. The first thing tyranny must do is get rid of the ability of citizens to defend themselves. A good example of crime after gun removal from citizens is Australia. Over night after gun removal violent crime went up 300%. So eric you owe every gun ower a thank you, because chances are no one invades your home because they are afraid you may have a gun. If you are truly brave put up a sign stating you have no means of defending yourself. ie "I do not own a GUN". It won't take long.
MilShooter Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 6:02 PM
Ericynot, while I suspect (know for certain) that our words and reasoned arguments won't change your mind, many people, me included, view your opinions with amused disdain. Facts argue directly against all of your talking points. To us, you are nothing more than a potential victim.

When you are attacked in a dark parking lot at the mall, your cell phone dialing 9-1-1 will only alert the police as to the location of your corpse. In a recent "townhall" meeting with our local State Police commander, he encouraged everyone to own a firearm, to become proficient in its use, and to practice frequently. Why did he encourage us to arm ourselves? Because his troopers would never arrive in time to save us.
ericynot Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 5:26 PM

So, more New Yorkers having guns could have averted 9/11?

What could have averted it was better airport security, but Bush was too busy cutting brush in Crawford to be bothered with warnings about an al-Queda attack using airplanes.

There are always dangers we cannot foresee, control, or prevent. My owning a firearm won't change that. And my sitting around worrying about the unknown (alien invasion, bird flu, meteor strike, or whatever), provided I've made provision for the most likely dangers, won't improve my life or yours.

Since NBC sportscaster Bob Costas went on his halftime anti-gun rant on Sunday using words written by Fox Sports Columnist Jason Whitlock, we’ve heard a lot from the media and from uniformed commentators about America’s “gun culture.” The fact is, America actually has two gun cultures and it is important to distinguish them from one another.  

The first gun culture is deeply seated in American history and her founding. Founding Fathers like George Washington understood that an armed citizenry would prevent government tyranny, which is why we have the Second Amendment. This is a concept rapper...