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post #1 of 68
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After reading through the armed robbery thread it occurred to me that this is quite a pro-gun board, on balance. Or so it seems. So, how do you rate? I don't know if this poll should be limited to Americans since other countries' laws and attitudes would probably skew the poll. Any thoughts on that? I don't care either way, discuss.
post #2 of 68
I carry more or less all the time. My USP is one of my best companions
post #3 of 68
Jeremy, you left my category out. "Those that used to own guns, but due to youthful indescretions are no longer allowed."
post #4 of 68
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My brothers have several rifles at our ski house in Vermont which I have shot occasionally for target practice.  I don't find gun ownership offensive, but I think the lifting of the assault weapons ban is foolish.  Even if a criminal was breaking into your house you do not need much more the a simple revolver to shoot him, thus I am hard-pressed to understand why some one needs an AK-47.
A revolver you have to aim and do it well. Its a fairly easy thing to do when you have the time and are relaxed. An AK-47 doesnt demand that. The flip side is what happens to the people behind your intended target. A shotgun has similar advantages and disadvantages, and homeowners are encouraged to go 20 gauge so that the pellets dont go through a wall. and a couple of people as well. JJF
post #5 of 68
Absolutely, which is what I meant that a shotgun has the same advantages (no need to aim) and disadvantages (danger of no control). For home security, I would prefer the shotgun BTW. JJF
post #6 of 68
make that a shotgun with the shortest legal barrel. (in my area it's 18" i think.) much easier to swing around in close quarters.
post #7 of 68
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Even if a criminal was breaking into your house you do not need much more the a simple revolver to shoot him, thus I am hard-pressed to understand why some one needs an AK-47.
Shoot him? I'd want to cut that fool in two, messing wit my bidness and all that. I also have a 2 foot machete at the head of my bed for close contact, and an 8 inch hunting knife under my bed for closer contact. Both always kept razor sharp. Okay, truth is, I am actually trained with the knives, but I've never own, do not want to ever own, a gun. And I gave the knives away a few years ago. What was the point?
post #8 of 68
They say that if everybody could own guns, then this would cut down on the crime rate. Criminals would lose their advantage, and would be too scared to try to steal from people. Personally, I think all it would do is escalate a robbery into a shoot out. My solution to the proliferation of guns: make bullets way expensive. There should be a sin tax on them, like how we tax alchol and cigarettes.
post #9 of 68
i say we make a law that says all dwellings and residences who do not house gun owners must display a sign prominently that reads 'No guns on premises'. preferably in several languages and pictograms. braille is probably not necessary.
post #10 of 68
Proliferation of guns? I would imagine that a lower percentage of the population own guns here than did 50 years ago, although I am not sure if there is any evidence to substantiate that claim. I would rather have a gun (or in my case many of them) and deal with the risks of accidents, etc. than not own them, and deal with the danger of home invasion. Since I've had this happen on three occasions, I am not going to downplay that risk. Also, in regards to the comment about criminals having an advantage in a gunfight, I 1) know my house better, especially in the dark. 2) will assume the assailant will be armed, he has no idea. 3) unless rogue delta force operatives assault my house, I will be better armed as well.
post #11 of 68
I wouldn't want to be a burglar breaking into my house, I tend to respond to strange noises butt nekkid and swinging a sharp ass sword.
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I wouldn't want to be a burglar breaking into my house, I tend to respond to strange noises butt nekkid and swinging a sharp ass sword.
ROTFLMAO. I'm telling you. Tokyo, I got a visual from that and it wasn't very good. I ran away. Fast. So I gues a burgular would too. Hey, whatever works. Regards, Huntsman
post #13 of 68
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They say that if everybody could own guns, then this would cut down on the crime rate. Criminals would lose their advantage, and would be too scared to try to steal from people.
Well, my old neighborhood wasn't the easiest, but it was in a state very tough on guns. People were literally preyed upon. Now that I'm in a state that's comparatively easy on guns, even when I'm in a similar type of 'area,' I don't get that same queesiness I got back home, that ultra-alertness that leaves you spent. One reason I beleive that's true is because a good number of people around here do carry concealed (I presently do not), and if you're bent on mugging someone, they may intimately acquaint you with their friends, Messrs. Smith and Wesson. But that's just a response to a problem. Crime isn't about guns. It's about culture, and respect, and honor. Things that aren't heard from enough nowadays. All peoples are losing that, quicker and quicker.  If respect even for simple humanity is lost, it doesn't matter if they have a gun or don't. Japan is both a country of gentility and tough gun laws. The Japanese bow to acknowledge the spark of divinity in other people. Yet, in June, I was shocked to read that a young Japanese girl killed one of her schoolmates by stabbing her repeatedly with a knife.  A few years ago a friend of mine here in the States died after being beaten up by a gang of cretins with bats. It doesn't matter if they have a gun or not. It's the loss of respect that kills.   Regards, Huntsman p.s. Am not picking on the Japanese, no, not at all. If I didn't respect many aspects of their culture, I would not have been so shocked at the incident, nor would I have remembered it so specifically.
post #14 of 68
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I walk around all the time with my AR in at least low ready and 'slice the pie' of every room I enter. (Military only, hopefully)
Speaking of slicing the pie. It always amazes me how bad police tactics are on tv shows. I always laugh when i see them run in to a room with their gun pointed in the air, turn to face one direction while they lower their guns and then spin around to point in the other direction.
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My solution to the proliferation of guns: make bullets way expensive. There should be a sin tax on them, like how we tax alchol and cigarettes
Heh, you ever see Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker? He actually talks about the gun problem and suggests making bullets like 5000 a bullet. He was like then if someone go shot, you'd KNOW that guy did something to deserve it cause aint nobody gonna waste 5k shooting someone that didnt do nothing. It's orobably some of the funniest stand-up i've ever seen. go rent it guys ;p
post #15 of 68
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Heh, you ever see Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker? He actually talks about the gun problem and suggests making bullets like 5000 a bullet. He was like then if someone go shot, you'd KNOW that guy did something to deserve it cause aint nobody gonna waste 5k shooting someone that didnt do nothing. It's orobably some of the funniest stand-up i've ever seen. go rent it guys ;p
"If bullets cost fi' thousan' dollas', ain't gon' be no innocent by-standas"
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