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Good Sense and Gun Control

Geoff34 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 10:59 AM
Jonah's argument is absolutely correct. However, there is also a further point that needs to be highlighted whenever the whole "Gun Crime" issue is being discussed. The problem is not, and has never been, "Gun Crime," but rather crime, more specifically, "Violent Crime," in general. The old adage that "God made men; Sam Colt made them equal," is very true. Imagine for a moment that we could somehow wave a magic wand and remove all guns from the planet (we can exempt the military and police only if we include a magic injunction preventing their weapons from ever being stolen, as they regularly are, but tha's a quibble). What we would have created is a society in which bigger, stronger bullies rule (probably with knives).
DB07 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 11:20 AM
I'd never watched A Clockwork Orange, but I watched the opening minutes of it the other night. I remember thinking to myself that a SINGLE person with a gun could have stopped the thugs depicted in the film. The fact that they were Brits (BIG on gun control) and that we are in the midst of a gun control debate ourselves really highlighted that for me. I turned it off, convinced that gun control indeed makes us vulnerable to the biggest thugs.
SdAufKla Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 11:12 AM
Gee, that sounds just like Great Britain...

Of course, the next step is to remove all sharp knives and glass beer mugs from public establishments, then the next step is to ban those bullies (hooligans) for life if that start a fight in the stands at a soccer game, and finally victims are prosecuted for defending themselves...

Of course, only "select" law enforcement officers are allowed to carry guns, so that any armed thug has the advantage over most first responders, too.

Rule Britannia!

In the early 1980s, transit officials in Washington couldn't figure out why traffic on the Beltway would grind to a near halt every day around the exact same time. The usual explanations didn't fit.

Then it was discovered that a single driver was to blame. Every day on his drive to work, this commuter would plant himself in the left lane and set his cruise control to 55 mph, the posted speed limit, forcing those behind him to merge right, and you can imagine the effects.

To his credit, this driver came forward in a letter to the editor of the...