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Are Guns the Problem?

TDBLU Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 4:33 PM
A firearm is technically an internal combustion engine. A framework containing levers,springs,cams,and gears, that uses a combustible propellant, ignited by a spark, caused by a human pushing on the accelerator, to consentrate the high pressure gas created by conversion of the propellant, into kinetic energy by pushing a cylinder down a hollow cylinder. Wow. Mysterious Huh. Guess we better be outlawing portable generators and chainsaws too.
Ken5061 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 5:15 PM
Good. I think guns gave us the idea of reciprocating engines, both internal and external combustion. Turbine engines had already been done, 1600 in Germany I think, and 200 in Egypt by Hero of Alexandria. Good stuff. Wrote a book about it.
TDBLU Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 4:34 PM
Beg pardon. Pushing a Piston down a hollow cylinder. Thanks.
When I attended primary and secondary school -- during the 1940s and '50s -- one didn't hear of the kind of shooting mayhem that's become routine today. Why? It surely wasn't because of strict firearm laws. My replica of the 1902 Sears mail-order catalog shows 35 pages of firearm advertisements. People just sent in their money, and a firearm was shipped.

Dr. John Lott, author of "More Guns, Less Crime," reports that until the 1960s, some New York City public high schools had shooting clubs where students competed in citywide shooting contests for university scholarships. They carried their rifles to school on...