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Guns as Defensive Weapons
People like Rick (Lil’ Abner) Perry and the
NRA (National Rifle Association)
keep pushing the idea that guns are defensive weapons. The more you
have the safer you are. This is obviously not true. How do I know?
- You almost never hear of a citizen taking out a criminal with a
gun, certainly compared with the number of shootings. The problem is
not a shortage of guns. There are 300,000
- The safest places in the USA are airports and a bubble around the
president. Both are gun free.
- The USA has more guns that any other country. It also has way
more shootings. If Perry were correct, it should have the fewest
- Criminals have the advantage of preparation. They can cache
multiple huge clips of ammunition. They can rehearse for months. They
can have a plan for every contingency. They can don body armour. They
can take the optimum position. They can pick the optimum time to
begin the attack.
- Criminals have the advantage of surprise. For example, in a
theatre, criminals can take out those carrying unconcealed weapons
before their victims even know there is an attack in progress.
- Consider a western. Whoever got the drop won. Criminals get the
drop. Their victims are blithely watching the movie, paying no
attention at all.
- What works in other countries is gun-free zones, and keeping guns
away from crazy people, terrorists and criminals. What works is
arresting anyone with a weapon more powerful than its legitimate
purpose. In Canada, and other civilised countries, burglars do not
carry weapons, because if they are stopped, that is automatic jail
time, open and shut. Further, no homeowner is going to shoot them.
Burglars do not need guns to defend themselves. Other counties have
almost no shootings compared with the USA.
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Blaming the Kids
If a child does not have a home, what professions are open to them but begging, the
sex trade, theft and drug dealing? How can they possibly go to school? How can they
ever get their lives together? Why do so many people think these children deserved
their fate when they often had no part in creating it? For example, between
30 and 40 percent of homeless
youths identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Their Christian parents threw
them out on the street for being gay, something they could no more change than their
height or gender. Some of these kids were born of indigent parents who could not
support them. Some of these kids had drug-using parents who abandoned them.
~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:67)
When the Yellowstone caldera supervolcano blows, it could make America uninhabitable
for some time. Global warming will also trigger an exodus. Yet, oddly, Americans
imagine that all the other countries of the world will welcome them with open arms,
just because they are #1. I could hardly imagine Mexico welcoming large numbers of
American refugees after the way America treated Mexican citizens/illegal aliens with
~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:67)
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