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March 17, 2013

I would like to ask a few questions of this paper’s readers....

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wwhickok

Mar-18-13 5:55 AM

Francine, in regards to your opening comment, you're correct, just wish the Police felt that way sometimes.

As for the letter, I think it's sensible and acts realistic questions. I also think the 'assumed' answers are pretty dead on.

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WKnapp

Mar-17-13 7:05 PM

CHayes

Mar-17-13 10:50 AM

It looks like MD could not contain the spill of crazy called CPAC...

You silly, silly boy! You misspelled DNC, silly!

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Billtown101

Mar-17-13 4:55 PM

There's MORE to "Serve and Protect", than some idiots with a gun can comprehend.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-17-13 3:42 PM

Those who think the police receive special training have never shot alongside them at a range.

Most local police departments do not pay for practice with your firearm. Some do not even supply the firearm.

At our sub-machine gun shoots (yes, they are real and legal), we get many police and special units because that is one of the few times they can actually practice with their weapons.

Aside from practice, we have competitions where a shooter has to run a course while shooting for accuracy and time. The civilians usually win every time.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-17-13 2:19 PM

@Tedeaux

I commend you got getting involved. Too many people are content to be bystanders.

I've been to Houma. Nice place. I was there a few months before Katrina and I heard that it got hit pretty hard.

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Tedeaux

Mar-17-13 2:10 PM

To answer your question Jerry, no, but only because I'm unaware that they make a 30 round clip for a Government Model 1911 Colt pistol. I do have a couple of eight round after market clips for it though!

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JerryfromRI

Mar-17-13 1:54 PM

@Tedeaux

Did your firearm have a thirty round clip?

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Tedeaux

Mar-17-13 1:40 PM

Continued: lover's quarrel until he stopped to see if he could referee them in to calming down. Turns out the guy was attempting to abduct the woman and Dr. Dayries held the guy at gun point until the law finally arrived about 20 minutes later. I can't honestly say that any of these women would be alive today if someone hadn't intervened with a firearm.

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Tedeaux

Mar-17-13 1:32 PM

It was about 1997, I used my Colt Model 1911 to stop a guy that was attacking a woman in the parking lot of the apartment complex I was living in. She was screaming RAPE at the top of her lungs! Well, that fellow must have had an urgent appointment somewhere else, 'cause he sure left out of there like his hair was on fire once he turned and looked into that .45 caliber gun barrel! I didn't shoot the guy because I didn't know exactly what was going on at that moment. Another time, I was driving down the main drag in Houma, LA in broad daylight and witnessed a black male knock the crap out of a black women in the parking lot of a business I had just past. I turned around and when I got out of the car with my weapon drawn, this guy suddenly remembered he had better things to do, cause he left as well. My dentist was driving down the road and witnessed a white couple fighting on the side of a rural highway. The guy was trying to drag her back to the car. Made him think it was a typical lo

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JerryfromRI

Mar-17-13 1:02 PM

@DavidBross

Sounds like what you are describing might be considered a 'well regulated militia'.

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DavidBross

Mar-17-13 12:41 PM

Another aspect to consider is that police receive extensive training and operate under an organized command and control system. So, I think that if the argument is going to be made that what the police have, citizens should have; then the citizens should be obliged to under go the same training and operate under the same command and control system.

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CHayes

Mar-17-13 11:06 AM

" I guess disarming citizens who have to face those same criminals is OK?"

You have frequent armed confrontations with criminals? Tell me about the last meth lab you raided. When were you last called to respond to a hostage situation at a bank robbery?

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eriklatranyi

Mar-17-13 10:58 AM

CHayes:

Nobody advocates disarming the police.

But your statement that we want them outgunned from the criminals demonstrates your lack of logic as follows:

I guess disarming citizens who have to face those same criminals is OK?

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eriklatranyi

Mar-17-13 10:54 AM

sideliner:

Nice try, but epic fail.

We assign duties and functions to gov't, such as printing money. That is why you cannot do it.

But if you engage in insider trading, you might go to jail. Your elected officials are exempt from that same restriction.

We are talking about rules for everyday life, so stop the nonsensical posts.

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CHayes

Mar-17-13 10:53 AM

It seems the same people that have been buzzing for weeks now about their desire to violently overthrow the govt, now ant to disarm the police.

What a coincidence.

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CHayes

Mar-17-13 10:50 AM

It looks like MD could not contain the spill of crazy called CPAC, and its leaked across the border. Police don't have any special authority, and should almost always be outgunned by the criminals they're charged with apprehending? That sounds more like a child's tantrum than a point of view.

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Bufftrev1

Mar-17-13 9:46 AM

Excellent comment, sideliner.. enigma, it is not necessary to be rude, yours is not the only opinion in the conversation.. there are plenty of others who are routinely rude on this forum, this behavior is not typical of yourself.

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richardson

Mar-17-13 9:25 AM

A little off subject: My choice for home protection would be: A pump or double barreled shotgun loaded with buckshot. Never mind whether the ammo is #6 bird or 00 the mess would be gory. For a handgun: .45 (pistol or revolver). My consideration takes into account that my defense should not be my neighbor's worry, thereby eliminating from consideration ammo that could penetrate my neighbor's living room.

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CMReeder

Mar-17-13 9:21 AM

Well it is quite apparent Phil that we do not have a civilized society any more. With all those dangerous predatory animals that roam free in our country especially our cities and all of the violent threatening people who reside is our country also. Worse of all we have law enforcement that carries very powerful weapons to use against us.

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philunderwood

Mar-17-13 9:12 AM

A civilized society delegates the use of force to government for use in protecting individual rights. That doesn’t mean citizens relinquish their own right of self-defense. Gun possession has nothing to do with crime in and of itself; crime is the use of a gun for criminal purposes.

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jeff33

Mar-17-13 8:47 AM

*40 CAL.*

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jeff33

Mar-17-13 8:41 AM

The police use 40 cab. now and have for a long time!

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enigma

Mar-17-13 8:35 AM

sideliner, Don't be an ***. What erik was saying is that people in the government should live by the same rules. Yes there are some functions that we have, through the Constitution, appointed to the government, but it does not appoint the government to own all guns, in fact it specifically prohibits that. Erik has stated the Constitutional view of gun ownership very well and you want to make moronic statements about printing your own money. Why don't you try to add something meaningful to the conversation? If you don't have anything, then just read and learn.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-17-13 8:31 AM

I've noticed that United Nations related conspiracy theory conversation has dropped dramatically since the Newtown shooting.

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enigma

Mar-17-13 8:25 AM

David, The police are merely citizens with a specific job to do. They should never be armed better than the citizens who hired them. You stated that the police have a responsibility to protect others, but so do you and I. Even in places where the legal reguirement has been removed, the moral responsibility remains. If you saw a woman being attacked, would you call the police and wait, or would you help? What if it was a child? Remember, the police are rarely their in time to protect, they arrive in most cases to take a report. You don't need a gun for that. If you don't take your responsibiliby to protect others seriously, how about your responsibility to protect yourself, or will you outsource that to the police also?

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