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The fear of guns

February 17, 2013

A person asked on Facebook, "Why are liberals afraid of guns?" Guns are designed to kill people, that's why. People are not perfect. We make mistakes. We make poor decisions or have bad judgements....

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blazecee

Feb-19-13 3:50 PM

There may good reasons for not restricting rapid-firing guns but seeing them as defense against the feds is not a good one. The feds have tanks and drones and such. So we have to vote for people who care about us.

But I get upset when I read the gun lobby propaganda that Democrats want to disarm the citizenry. What I think it's really about is that gun manufacturers want to sell whatever they want to overseas markets, and they need the political support to do so. That comes from mostly Republican politicians, many of whom get voted for by citizens who believe the bull, citizens who would often be better served by Democrats, as the Dems are most likely to care about the forests, the fish, and the wildlife we sportsmen and sportswomen value, and are most likely to provide the safety net we and our loved ones may need when job loss, illness, and disaster occur. We often vote against the best interests of ourselves and our state and country when we fear the Dems.

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bryan48

Feb-18-13 7:59 PM

If we could TRUST everyone there would be no need to to defend ourselves with guns. Gun ownership is great, even necessary in extremely rare cases. I am bothered by those however who do not feel it is in societies best interest to regulate those who qualify. A few potential accidents prevented is worth the effort. I hear the right constantly saying liberals worry too much about catering to the exceptions or minority and not focusing on what benefits society as a whole...which I agree with...however both sides flip flop on this topic. God forbid if they could agree on anything.

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CMReeder

Feb-18-13 9:59 AM

No that is your universe Mike. You only have to look at the video games. Killing is recreational and sport.

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bryan48

Feb-17-13 9:54 PM

I am amazed how letters continue to surface regarding this topic. We currently have a dreadful economy and a health system on life support, yet most Americans are more concerned about guns. It sure does play in to the stereotype of American's from those outside of our border.

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spike2

Feb-17-13 7:51 PM

BTW - I said in the Newtown posts that Erik passed the sanity test.

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spike2

Feb-17-13 7:48 PM

Dream on premier. That is exactly what you want a criminal to think, that I can't or won't. You are actually safer with me. Erik may look menacing but will draw attention. I won't but will do what needs to be done.

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Premier

Feb-17-13 7:13 PM

Well if I had a choice of neighbors I'd take Eric over Spike any day.

If I were in trouble I feel pretty confident that Eric would back me up while Spike would hide behind the curtain and watch.

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spike2

Feb-17-13 4:41 PM

erik - or prove you have a mental illness

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eriklatranyi

Feb-17-13 1:51 PM

spike2:

There is a way to do that.

Convict me of a felony or amend the constitution.

Until then, you have no say in the matter.

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spike2

Feb-17-13 11:55 AM

I definitely do not want erik to own a gun.

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mikekerstetter

Feb-17-13 11:20 AM

CMReeder-"How interesting, killing is recreational and sport."

Only in your alternate universe, Chuck.

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JerryfromRI

Feb-17-13 9:37 AM

"See something, say something" is now a socialist communist plot?

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eriklatranyi

Feb-17-13 9:01 AM

"Guns are designed to kill people."

Nice soundbite, but absolutely ignorant of history.

Firearms have saved many more lives than they have taken (including war).

How?

Before mass production of food, survival was the priority of every family. Many of YOUR families would not exist today if they were not able to kill an animal to eat or defend their home from invaders.

But that is not the point.

Liberals do not fear firearms as many liberals own firearms themselves.

The truth is that liberals fear their fellow citizens with firearms.

The basic building block of social order and communities is TRUST.

If you take away TRUST, you deconstruct the basis of any society.

Why do you think that in every socialist and/or communist nation exist "secret police" and neighbors reporting on the activities of other neighbors?

Because liberals in those nations have successfully broken down the TRUST among citizens.

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JerryfromRI

Feb-17-13 8:42 AM

"Why are liberals afraid of guns?"

I can only speak for myself but I'm not afraid of guns, I'm afraid of crazy people with guns.

To that end, I say it should be the law that crazy people should not possess guns.

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enigma

Feb-17-13 8:06 AM

Haven't we banned murder? Yet it happens everyday, two or three times a day if you live in Chicago, where gun have been virtually banned. The writer is correct that we will never ban all guns because our government will never give up their's and neither will any other government. As long as guns exist, criminals will have them, so does it make any sense to give the criminal that kind of advantage? Gun control advocates should think carefully about more bans. Fully automatic weapons are plentiful in many countries where all or most guns are banned. Here, they are not, because we allow an alternative, which is the semi-automatic. If we outlaw them, there will be no reason for criminals not to get full auto weapons. Another unintended consequense.

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CMReeder

Feb-17-13 8:05 AM

How interesting, killing is recreational and sport.

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mikekerstetter

Feb-17-13 7:33 AM

sideliner-"Is it really necessary to have high volume clips that are designed to inflict maximum damage as quickly as possible when target or competition shooting? What's the big hurry? If this is a sport for fun and relaxation, what is the big rush? I don't see the rationale here."

Apparently you have never watched any shooting competitions and have little knowledge of the sport.

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mikekerstetter

Feb-17-13 7:31 AM

So, Chris, the AK-47 is NOT available in semi-auto only and isn't for sale in the US.

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mikekerstetter

Feb-17-13 7:29 AM

"True AK-47 rifles are fully automatic, however, with the exception of class III dealers it is illegal to posses them in the U.S. despite the constitution. The full auto Class III Tax Stamp is, for all intents and purposes, next to impossible for the average U.S. citizen to get. Enter the semi-auto variants, from Chinese imports to U.S. manufactured receivers and parts, this is as close to legally owning a true AK-47 as the ordinary private citizen can get, in most states."

Q:"I'm looking to purchase a AK-47 because of the quality of construction, popularity, & abundances of ammunition and accessories. So I was wondering what is the exact model of a Semi-Auto AK? Can someone recommend me one? I know there are very, very, many varieties of AK's and I'm having trouble finding a Semi-Auto Version."

A: The most popular are the WASR-10 (Romanian), MAK-90 (Chinese), and M70 (Yugoslavian). There are many others, but these three seem to be the top contenders.

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Premier

Feb-17-13 7:24 AM

Maybe the letter writer should talk to the people who once thought like him and after being victimized by crime purchased their first gun to feel safe.

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CHayes

Feb-17-13 7:17 AM

Semi automatic versions of the AK47 are both available everywhere, and plentiful.

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sideliner

Feb-17-13 7:09 AM

Is it really necessary to have high volume clips that are designed to inflict maximum damage as quickly as possible when target or competition shooting? What's the big hurry? If this is a sport for fun and relaxation, what is the big rush? I don't see the rationale here.

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mikekerstetter

Feb-17-13 6:44 AM

sideliner-"Does one need an AK or M-16 with 30 round clips to hunt?"

No, but since neither is legal to own because both are automatic fire it's a non-issue, isn't it?

But one may want 30 round clips for target and competition shooting.

The max speed limit on most highways is 65 or 70, so why do we allow the car manufacturers to sell vehicles that drive faster than that, some well over 100 mph?

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sideliner

Feb-17-13 6:35 AM

Does one need an AK or M-16 with 30 round clips to hunt?

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mikekerstetter

Feb-17-13 5:05 AM

Richard James-"Guns are designed to kill people, that's why."

Sure they are. And like most liberals you ignore any hunting or recreational use for a firearm. If Guns scare you, by all means don't buy one and certainly don't handle one.

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