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Mon Jan 18, 2016, 03:36 PM

What itís Like to Own Guns in a Country with Strict Gun Control

http://time.com/4172274/what-its-like-to-own-guns-in-a-country-with-strict-gun-control/

How an Australian gun lover came to accept regulation

I love firearms. I collect them and I enjoy shooting them. I probably have 30 pistols and 20 rifles or shotgun combinations. My family has always had lots and lots of firearms. My father was a shooter and we had a property when I was growing up, so from the age of 12 I had a rifle. Target shooting was offered as a school sport and I used to carry my .308 rifle to the rifle range unsupervised with my friends on Saturday for practice and competition.
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Australia is a great country. You can go hunting, you can go shooting. And as long as you hurt nobody and abide the law you can continue to do it. That to me is freedom. The idea of having people own guns with no concept of gun safety and no reason to have a gun? That is not my idea of freedom.




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Reply What itís Like to Own Guns in a Country with Strict Gun Control (Original post)
flamin lib Jan 2016 OP
Puha Ekapi Jan 2016 #1
discntnt_irny_srcsm Jan 2016 #2
mwrguy Jan 2016 #4
Duckhunter935 Jan 2016 #5
Puha Ekapi Jan 2016 #12
beergood Jan 2016 #14
discntnt_irny_srcsm Jan 2016 #3
catnhatnh Jan 2016 #6
gejohnston Jan 2016 #8
jmg257 Jan 2016 #7
TeddyR Jan 2016 #9
discntnt_irny_srcsm Jan 2016 #10
Kang Colby Jan 2016 #11
beevul Jan 2016 #13
DirtDart1319 Jan 2016 #15
Duckhunter935 Jan 2016 #16
ileus Jan 2016 #17
benEzra Jan 2016 #18

Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 03:48 PM

1. So what would you consider...

...a legitimate reason to own a gun?

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Response to Puha Ekapi (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 03:51 PM

2. re: "a legitimate reason to own a gun..."

...would be to shoot something.

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Response to Puha Ekapi (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 05:26 PM

4. fear of minorities, rambo-fantasies, preparing for a zombie apocalypse

the usual

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Response to mwrguy (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 05:39 PM

5. good thing that is not me

 

but zombie robots really should not be messed with.

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Response to mwrguy (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 11:42 PM

12. Fear of minorities?

Interesting, as I am an enrolled tribal member of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. We know a thing or two about being disarmed, and the results of that. So that right there is a good enough reason to own a firearm, doncha think?

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Response to Puha Ekapi (Reply #12)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 11:57 PM

14. 12. Fear of minorities.

that's why we disarmed them. much easier to defeat an unarmed populace.

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 03:57 PM

3. Yeah, Ramone, that'll happen...

..."Another part of the law that changed is that the police can come to your house and inspect your storage."

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 06:21 PM

6. Good article and should be discussed

but I'm betting it won't be....Sigh

But K&R anyhow...

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Response to catnhatnh (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 06:34 PM

8. has been discussed for years

and rejected.

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 06:30 PM

7. No thanks...too many hoops and justifications required. nt

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 07:02 PM

9. Why do I need to have a reason

 

For owning a firearm? Do I need a reason to vote? What about a reason to go to the church of my choosing? No thanks, I'll keep my constitutional rights as is and the rest of the world can f#*k off.

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Response to TeddyR (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 10:17 PM

10. The very best reason...

...and fundamentally only valid economic reason to buy a Bushmasterģ ACRģ DMR:
http://www.bushmaster.com/firearms/acr.asp


...is that it is worth more to you than the $2,799 it takes to buy one.

In terms of economics purchases are a special class of exchanges. An exchange, either a purchase or a barter, takes place when both parties find the other's possession(s) more desirable than their own. In the case of the DMR you want the it more than the $$2,799 you have in your wallet and Bushmaster wants your $2,799 more than they want to keep one of their DMRs. Therefore you make the exchange, a purchase happens.

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 11:31 PM

11. Tl;dr. FYI - we live in the United States.

This one goes out to all the gun controllers....

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 11:48 PM

13. In other words, a privilege.

 

The article could have saved us all a lot of reading by simply saying:


"Owning a gun isn't a right in Australia and we even dug up a random assclown who likes it that way".

In other words, in Australia, owning guns is a privilege.


Summarily rejected on that basis.

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Response to beevul (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 19, 2016, 12:11 AM

15. Hilarious

Perfect summarization

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Response to beevul (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 19, 2016, 06:47 AM

16. that is right

 

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Tue Jan 19, 2016, 06:54 AM

17. Unless you value your life and family at zero, everyone has a reason for a firearm.

Not caring about life isn't a progressive value.

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 08:04 PM

18. Except you can't even own many guns that are popular in mainland Europe, Canada, and even the UK.

You have very little gun freedom left in Australia, and the prohibitionists are now moving to steal what little you have left (such as the recent push to ban 1860's-style lever-actions). No thanks.

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