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Sat Aug 20, 2016, 04:55 PM

Guns are designed specifically to kill.

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When I wrote that statement in another thread I did not expect to have some gun types attempt to explain that guns are not designed to kill.

I was told by one responder that guns are designed for lawful use. Now what exactly is the lawful use that the responder referred to?

Is it self-defense? If so, can that self-defense not include killing another?

But the argument here is not about self defense, a deflection, it is about the essential function of a gun. And a gun is designed specifically to kill. Nothing else. And a gun with a high capacity magazine makes it much easier to kill multiple people.

I read the silly nonsense that people are killed with bats. Change the last word to screwdriver, or rope, or bricks, or rocks and the same nonsensical argument can be attempted, but of all the things referred to here, only guns have as their sole purpose the facilitation of killing people and animals.

So if you are a gun rights type, a Second Amendment type, or however you define your position, know that the instrument which you insist should be legal to carry is designed to kill people. Embrace that element because no amount of rationalization can eliminate that fact.

A brutal fact that apparently makes some gun rights types uncomfortable.

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Reply Guns are designed specifically to kill. (Original post)
guillaumeb Aug 2016 OP
flamin lib Aug 2016 #1
guillaumeb Aug 2016 #4
judesedit Aug 2016 #24
Name removed Apr 2019 #55
billh58 Aug 2016 #2
guillaumeb Aug 2016 #5
SheriffBob Aug 2016 #13
billh58 Aug 2016 #15
ncjustice80 Aug 2016 #35
Hoyt Aug 2016 #3
guillaumeb Aug 2016 #6
Hoyt Aug 2016 #7
billh58 Aug 2016 #8
guillaumeb Aug 2016 #9
billh58 Aug 2016 #10
guillaumeb Aug 2016 #11
SCantiGOP Aug 2016 #12
guillaumeb Aug 2016 #14
SCantiGOP Aug 2016 #28
Stonepounder Aug 2016 #16
billh58 Aug 2016 #18
mwrguy Aug 2016 #29
guillaumeb Aug 2016 #19
Stonepounder Aug 2016 #22
gunsmoker Dec 2018 #49
Stonepounder Dec 2018 #50
fleabiscuit Aug 2016 #17
guillaumeb Aug 2016 #20
fleabiscuit Aug 2016 #32
evilhime Aug 2016 #21
billh58 Aug 2016 #25
guillaumeb Aug 2016 #31
fleabiscuit Aug 2016 #33
billh58 Aug 2016 #34
ncjustice80 Aug 2016 #36
Name removed Feb 2018 #44
fleabiscuit Feb 2018 #46
MartinLane Sep 2019 #62
Iggo Aug 2016 #23
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2016 #26
guillaumeb Aug 2016 #30
bluedye33139 Aug 2016 #27
Aristus Aug 2016 #37
guillaumeb Aug 2016 #38
Jerry442 Aug 2016 #39
guillaumeb Aug 2016 #40
Name removed Mar 2017 #41
SoCalMusicLover Jul 2017 #42
guillaumeb Jul 2017 #43
Name removed Feb 2018 #45
gunsmoker Dec 2018 #47
guillaumeb Dec 2018 #48
3catwoman3 Jan 2019 #51
guillaumeb Jan 2019 #53
InAbLuEsTaTe Jan 2019 #52
guillaumeb Jan 2019 #54
LeadByExample Aug 2019 #56
pandr32 Aug 2019 #57
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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 05:10 PM

1. Well said and damn hard to refute.

I need it for self defense . . . to kill the person trying to attack me.

I need it for hunting . . . to kill the game I plan to eat.

I need it for target practice . . . to better use it for the above.

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Response to flamin lib (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 05:17 PM

4. True, but some gun enthusiasts insist on avoiding that simple, brutal truth.

And I wonder why. If anyone is carrying a gun that simple action makes it far more likely that the gun will be used.

But again, some hide behind the phrase "lawful use", as if that lawful use does not include killing.

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Response to flamin lib (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 07:51 PM

24. Well put

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 05:13 PM

2. Second Amendment absolutists are

funny that way. They are highly offended when you point out that guns (arms) are designed for the one specific purpose stated in the Second Amendment: a militia for security.

The Second Amendment says absolutely nothing about hunting, self-defense, target shooting, or any of the other activities NRA/ILA/GOA apologists whine about. It is specifically written to ensure that a body of armed people are available to defend the nation. Our armed services fill that need many times over.

Guns are designed to kill, which is why they are so effective for that purpose. Any consumer item which is designed to be that dangerous must be regulated and subject to safety restrictions.

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Response to billh58 (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 05:19 PM

5. But Bill, I can use my gun as a paper weight also!!!

And I can use it to hold open the door.

It is sad to see these rationalizations offered as logic. But some people cannot admit that.

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Response to billh58 (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 06:44 PM

13. you left out

"well regulated" militia.

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Response to SheriffBob (Reply #13)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 07:04 PM

15. The US Armed Forces

are very "well regulated."

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Response to billh58 (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 21, 2016, 01:09 AM

35. Yup!

And now that we have a standing army, we can dispose of the 2A.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 05:16 PM

3. They would not be so popular among yahoos otherwise.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 05:20 PM

6. And so many gun owners apparently feel the need to own multiple guns.

None designed specifically for killing of course.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 05:38 PM

7. Exactly. They are all hunters putting food on the table like george zimmerman.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 05:56 PM

8. DailyKos: The purpose of a gun

I'm really sick and tired of the gun freak crowd claiming shit like this:

Baseball bats kill people. Do you want to ban baseball?

You could strangle someone with shoestrings. Do you want to ban shoes?

People choke on pickles. Do you want to ban deli sandwiches?


No, I do not want to ban pickles. Know why? Because while I'm sure someone could do some MacGyver type shit and take a baseball bat, a shoestring, and a pickle and turn it into a bomb, each of those things has a useful, non-lethal purpose. That's why they are, for the most part, used for non-lethal activities.

The purpose of a gun is to kill people. Or animals in some cases. That is the purpose. That is what it is designed for. That is what they do. The killing of people is its SOLE PURPOSE. That is why it is singled out for special attention, both by those of you who want to live in middle nineteenth century Nevada and those of us who prefer modern civilization. Because guns pose a lethal danger to people. That's why you shouldn't be able to go buy them like you can go buy pickles, shoestrings, or baseball bats, which all have other peaceful, non-lethal purposes.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/30/1242498/-The-purpose-of-a-gun

These basic facts are obvious to most people.

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Response to billh58 (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 06:04 PM

9. But this basic purpose apparently make some gun enthusiasts uncomfortable.

The question is...........why?

I have numerous knives. While I know that I could kill people with them, I use them in woodworking. I do not carry them around as self-defense.

I also have a chain saw. I know how powerful the chain saw is, and it could be used to kill, but I do not carry it around to use for self defense.

I also have numerous chisels, all very sharp. I could definitely kill someone with them but again, I do not carry them around.

But guns are designed specifically to kill. Nothing else. And again, a multiple round magazine makes it even easier to shoot numerous rounds, thus making such a gun ideal for a shooter who intends on killing multiple people.

Now you can claim that the only killing that you intend to do would be in self defense, and if you make that argument I will understand, but killing is potentially involved. Gun carriers must in my view accept that, every time they carry a gun, they are carrying instruments designed solely to kill.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 06:13 PM

10. I believe that denial runs deep

in the gun fetish cult of absolutists and apologists, and that they have lost their ability to reason objectively. Guns replaced bows and arrows, which replaced swords, which replaced clubs and rocks.

The darker side of man's nature is biased towards violence. Civil society and laws are aimed at curbing this dark nature. Liberal Democrats strive to curtail gun violence for these and other humane reasons.

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Response to billh58 (Reply #10)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 06:28 PM

11. Your first paragraph expressed it very well.

And there seems to be a deliberate de-linking and avoidance between the professed aim of self defense and the possible result of that self defense.

Almost a cartoonish view of the word where everyone gets up and leaves at the end of the action and no real damage is done.

Perhaps all gun owners, as a requirement for issuance and renewal of a FOID card, should be required to tour the morgue on a yearly basis to view the victims of gun violence. That way they could see what a bullet does when it enters a body. It is not a nice image.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 06:30 PM

12. A great philosopher once said:

It's hard to win an argument with a smart person; it is damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.

(That was actually Bill Murray's quote)

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #12)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 06:49 PM

14. I would not say stupid, just people with a very different world view.

A somewhat bizarre world view, in my opinion, based, as it partly is, on an apparently fundamental distrust of their own government. A government composed of fellow US citizens. And from my perspective, this distrust in government seems to spring from a Libertarian current of thought that somehow equates any government with repression and slavery.

Perhaps this plays well with the fantasy of the independent pioneer, or woodsman, hunting for food while building a log house while at the same time repelling invaders with the ever present handgun. A self-sufficient superman who needs no one and depends solely on his own strength.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #14)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 08:34 PM

28. I know

I just love the quote.

If you notice the people who jump into threads to do the all-out NRA defense of everything gun related, they usually don't post on any other subjects. I won't question their motivation, but I think they are here for a reason, and not because they are liberal-minded Democrats.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 07:16 PM

16. I have one small quibble.

First, let me state for the record that I do not like guns. I believe that our gun laws are way too weak, I do not allow guns in my home, and if I see someone 'open carrying' I immediately leave the area - whether that 'area' is a public space, a restaurant, grocery story, etc.

That said, there are folk (probably very few) who use guns (and bows and arrows) exclusively for target shooting. Note that there is even an Olympic event for target shooting. While not disagreeing with the basic point that guns are made to kill, there are at least a few gun owners would never want to use their guns for killing, only for shooting at paper targets.

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Response to Stonepounder (Reply #16)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 07:29 PM

18. Target shooting

is just training to kill, even if that is not the intent of the shooter. Proficiency with a lethal weapon is a part of all military and law enforcement training.

The "I only shoot at the range" argument still does not preclude the possible use of the weapon being stolen, or misused by another family member or friend. Contrary to the gun nut mantra, it is indeed the gun that ultimately kills, because that is its designed purpose.

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Response to billh58 (Reply #18)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 08:38 PM

29. Exactly!

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Response to Stonepounder (Reply #16)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 07:33 PM

19. True. But my purpose in writing this thread was not to attack any

individual owner, but to point out something so elemental that one would think it was not a point to be argued. And that is, guns are designed to kill people. Thus the title. And when I made that point in another thread a few gun rights people took exception to this self-evident point.

So in any legitimate discussion of the gun issue, the point must be made that these are portable weapons of destruction. And large magazines modify these portable weapons into weapons of more destructive capability.

So every time you carry a gun, you must be aware of the destructive capability of your personal self-defense weapon. You must admit to yourself that you are carrying a weapon that will easily permit you to kill people. A weapon that, by its presence in public, increases the possibility of a gun fatality. And if you cannot admit this, if you are so unaware of this, you probably are not a good candidate for carrying in the first place.

And even a target gun can kill. Remember the service member at the target range with a fellow service member with PTSD issues?

Or the young child who shot her instructor?

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #19)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 07:45 PM

22. Note that I agreed with your basic premise that 'guns are designed to kill'.

Was just pointing out that not all gun owners kill, or even want to kill things with guns.

And anyone who gives a gun to a child is just plain fu**ing nuts.

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Response to Stonepounder (Reply #22)

Mon Dec 31, 2018, 09:40 PM

49. kids and guns

Stonepounder, if I'm thinking of the same incident, a nine-year-old girl was given a super compact stubby-barrel machine pistol to fire under the instructors supervision.

She was not generally familiar with guns and had never fired any machine gun before. She was a skinny kid, not strong like an adult man or woman (the kind of IDF (Israeli Defense Force) people that a micro-UZI machine pistol was designed for.)

She lost control of the machine gun, and the last few rounds in the burst hit the ibstructor in the head as he scrambled to try to help her regain control of the gun.

this tragic incident does not mean that nine-year-olds cannot be taught how to shoot firearms and that they should not be allowed to pick up, load, aim, and fire the guns themselves under direct and immediate supervision of a parent /coach.
But small heavy-recoiling machine gun would not be a suitable weapon for such a young and inexperienced person to shoot.

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Response to gunsmoker (Reply #49)

Mon Dec 31, 2018, 11:18 PM

50. Then you and I must agree to disagree.

Just as we do not allow children to drink alcohol, smoke, drive cars, etc. I do not believe that children should be allowed access to firearms.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 07:27 PM

17. I personally think the framing should always be "regulating firearms."

"...attempt to explain firearms are not designed to kill.

"...a firearm is designed specifically to kill. Nothing else. And a firearm with a high capacity magazine makes it much easier to kill..."

"...only firearms have as their sole purpose the facilitation of killing people and animals."

etc.

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Response to fleabiscuit (Reply #17)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 07:34 PM

20. The follow up question is......

what do you mean by "regulating firearms"?

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #20)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 10:04 PM

32. Congress has virtually unlimited power to do what ever they want. nt

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Response to fleabiscuit (Reply #17)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 07:44 PM

21. Designed to propel a projectile

Guns are designed for the same purpose as a bow and arrow is designed, to propel a projectile over a distance to hit and put a hole in a specified (aimed at) target. This target could be paper, straw, a hill of sand, or a living thing. It is not the gun that kills, it is the person and their thinking that does it. Guns don't pull their own triggers; they don't walk into a bar and attack someone; they don't load their own ammunition; etc.

Some out there feed their families using their guns, bows and arrows, etc. Some out there use them for sport, as was mentioned - it is an olympic sport, among other types. I own and shoot guns and enjoy the heck out of making holes in paper targets. Yes I find multiple guns useful because there are different kinds of matches using different types of guns and rounds.

In many states there are a lot of gun control regulations along with some federal ones. The issue is we need to close the loopholes in those regulations, and enforce the ones we have. If a state is stupid enough to say guns belong in bars, I'm sorry for that and won't move to that state (might not even want to visit it!) alcohol and firearms, just like alcohol and driving a vehicle, do not go together.

Sadly blaming the tool doesn't solve the problem - we have to remedy the underlying reasons the guns are used violently. We need to enforce the regulations, and make sure they are followed. Blaming the tool takes the legal responsible sport shooter and punishes them. I agree the gun lobby nuts need to shut up and understand they are inflammatory - but again, they are the nuts, not the guns.

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Response to evilhime (Reply #21)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 07:59 PM

25. Bub bye... n/t

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Response to evilhime (Reply #21)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 09:18 PM

31. While I agree with much of your argument, that guns are used for hunting and sport,

my post was addressed specifically to those gun enthusiasts who attempt to deny that guns are designed to kill. Yes target shooting is non-lethal, but that does not diminish my point.

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Response to evilhime (Reply #21)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 10:15 PM

33. Change the firearm. I always get tons of phishing email and account assaults after posting this...

A gun that won’t work if they steal one.

ALL guns should be computer chipped to only operate in legally designated areas, and able to be overridden by legal authority. All ammunition must be micro-stamped. All POLICE weapons should be fitted with iSight type cameras and audio. All guns should have a built in “find my gun” feature to disable and recover lost/stolen guns. It is way past time for a 700 year old technology to advance to the 21st century.

In addition:
Mandatory comprehensive background checks before guns are sold. Mandatory 6 month waiting period to purchase. All guns and ammunition should be required to be stored in/with approved gun safes or gun/trigger locks at home.
No minors under 16 should be allowed to own or carry/handle a gun.

Including:
* National buy back program of all civilian non chipped modern guns. (paid for by gun makers)
* $50K fine for possessing working non chipped modern guns.
* $50K reward for reporting owners of working non chipped modern guns.
* Antique guns cannot be loaded or used in public space.
* Mandatory liability insurance for gun ownership.

Help stop NRA-ISIS.

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Response to fleabiscuit (Reply #33)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 10:38 PM

34. Great ideas!

Not only great ideas, but workable and do not "infringe" on the sacred Second Amendment. Thanks for this.

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Response to fleabiscuit (Reply #33)

Sun Aug 21, 2016, 01:14 AM

36. Screw the 2A.

Given it the primary reason it was created was to arm slave patrols, I would hope eventually the country could get together and do something about this racist relic of our past.

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Response to Name removed (Reply #44)

Thu Feb 22, 2018, 02:46 AM

46. Maybe Apples system 7 will be used. nt

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Response to fleabiscuit (Reply #33)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 12:02 AM

62. Maybe....

 

Would this extend to the police and military? Good luck ever getting them to go along with it. I've yet to see any police want the current "smart tech" guns to be issued to them. That said, I would love to have a personalized gun that only I and my family could use.

If the government is going to confiscate legally obtained property, then they (meaning the taxpayers) should pay for it.



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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 07:50 PM

23. Yep.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 08:01 PM

26. Wanna know what's really weird?

 

When they act like it's the silliest thing they've ever heard to suggest their guns could possibly hurt ANYONE.

Like they squirt cherry syrup for snow cones.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #26)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 09:15 PM

30. Denial of the essential nature of a weapon that they insist on carrying.

And yes, this denialism is strange.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Sat Aug 20, 2016, 08:11 PM

27. When I was a boy, we would fill coffee containers with gasoline and shoot them

And they would explode very dramatically.

But I agree with you, the main purpose is to kill.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Sun Aug 21, 2016, 10:56 AM

37. I would ask the "bat, shoestring, and pickle" gun-apologists to show where any of those items

was used in a mass murder.

Or knives for that matter. There have been several stories in the last few years of crazies using knives to attack a large number of people. The results were something like "Thirty wounded, none dead, in knife attack", or "Fifteen injured, one dead in knife attack".

When murderers want headlines like "Fifty-three dead, eighty wounded", they use a gun. Or several guns.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #37)

Sun Aug 21, 2016, 02:12 PM

38. Yes, The difference between what something is designed to do versus

using something for another purpose.

Guns are designed to facilitate killing. To make killing easier. And some gun enthusiasts seem to engage in verbal gymnastic to avoid this simple, evident point.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Sun Aug 21, 2016, 10:40 PM

39. Suppose a family of guns were designed NOT to kill.

Suppose they had a smart vision chip which locked the trigger when they were aimed at a human (or a spell was cast on them by the wizards at Hogwarts if that works better for you.) They'd still be useful for target practice and hunting.

Suppose any would sell?

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Response to Jerry442 (Reply #39)

Mon Aug 22, 2016, 09:10 PM

40. No, because no matter the stated reason for buying a gun,

the purpose of a gun is to kill. A gun, like a bow, is designed for one purpose. And that is to kill. Target shooting, while generally non-lethal, is sublimated killing. It is killing thinly disguised as recreation/sport, but it is rooted in killing.

And a magical non-killing gun would not appeal to that majority of gun owners who are concerned with self defense or hunting because it would not fulfill either function.

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Wed Jul 5, 2017, 04:47 PM

42. Pools, Cars, Knives.....

 

All are clearly comparable to Guns, and should be banned since they sometimes cause death.

Gun Humper logic.

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Response to SoCalMusicLover (Reply #42)

Fri Jul 7, 2017, 06:08 PM

43. You forgot the prefix "il" when you wrote logic.

Reading deep into the back pages?

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2018, 09:27 PM

47. Homicide or Combat Games

There *are* certain fire arms that are truly sporting and are ill-suited for use as offensive or defensive weapons against people --whether that be self-defense or murder.

But these truly sporting weapons make up a small and ever-shrinking percentage of all firearms that are sold today.

I think if you look in any gun store, or the local gun show, or if you peruse the gun magazines (periodicals) that you see on the bookshelves of stores today, you will see that nearly all of the guns being advertised or written about are weapons intended to shoot people ---or intended to be used in combat-simulating games where you shoot targets under the same conditions as you might shoot people on the battlefield or in urban gunfights on our streets.

I do not think it is intellectually honest to say that your AR-15 is simply a piece of sports equipment when the "sport" itself is intended to replicate mass homicide (perhaps justified per the laws of war or citizens' use of deadly force, but "homicide" just the same.)

Artillery cannon can be used in sporting games too. There ARE such sports as shooting competitions where canon users will fire non-bursting artillery shells at targets thousands of meters away and attempt to score hits closer to the bullseye than the other competitors can .

If hand grenades were legal and sold cheaply to any civilian who wanted some, I imagine that there would even be hand-grenade throwing competitions at local gun ranges. That does not mean hand grenades are sports equipment or would become such just because you buy them with that purpose in mind.

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Response to gunsmoker (Reply #47)

Mon Dec 31, 2018, 09:40 PM

48. Welcome to DU, and this "ancient" post.

I agree with your observations. Firearms were invented to kill. No advertising campaigns can disguise this fact. Nor can we ignore the many virtual games that allow the player to "kill" mass quantities of people.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 01:08 AM

51. A recently deceased friend of ours...

...told us, about a year ago, that he had a gun in every room of his house. When my husband asked him, “Even in the bathrooms?”, the answer was “Yes.”

He tried the “A gun is just a tool” line. Not being very confrontational, especially when I know I stand zero chance of changing someone’s mind, I decided to say nothing. What I wanted to ask him was, “A tool for what, precisely? A tool for styling hair? No. A tool for gardening? No. A tool for home repair? No. A tool for car repair? No. Etc, etc, etc.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #51)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 01:57 PM

53. Sad that people live in such fear.

Sad that the corporate media, with their fascination and preference for stories of violence, feed this fear.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 07:43 AM

52. Well said!!

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Response to InAbLuEsTaTe (Reply #52)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 01:58 PM

54. Thank you.

It does seem obvious.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 09:08 AM

56. Does this make sense?

Look. I was an Army soldier. I know what the Constitution and 2nd Ammendment say. I swore to protect our country. Our leaders are not doing the same....and most have never served or seen the damage caused by assault rifles.

There must be an assault weapons ban. To protect police and first responders as well as civlians. The early Congress referred to a militia where the arms were single shot muskets and blackpowder weapons. U can keep your Colts, Glocks and Smith & Wessons for personal protection....but no pistol should fire more than 12 shots.

Hunting rifles and shotguns can be owned as they are now....BUT.....every single sale... every sale....commercial, gun show or private party/ family member to family member, etc....should be registered and allowed ONLY to a licensed gun owner that passes the criminal, mental health and training requirements.


Yes, ALL people wanting to possess and use a firearm should have to be licensed. What is more dangerous a car or a loaded gun? Of course cars can be a deadly weapon and require licensing. Why not guns?

Also restricting magazines to 15 shots for rifles is plenty. If u cannot hit a target or kill your hunting prey in less than 15 shots then your skill level SUCKS.


Most owners of AK-47s and AR-15's don't even know the ballistic science of what makes these assault weapons different with bullet spin, tumble, velocity and internal organ damage. When small children are shot at close range....they don't fall to the ground when hit by the tumbling projectile, they get blown apart. I know there are orhers like me who know i am right and who could support these ideas.

Licensing , limiting and banning certain weapons makes sense for a country whose past was forged in blood and violence but which does attempt to strive for peace. We are humans that relish conflct, but we can find a better way to live,protect our families and exist with our Constitutional rights in an America that respects all races, religions and those seeking a dream of peace and tolerance.

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Response to LeadByExample (Reply #56)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 11:24 AM

57. Welcome to DU

...and thank you for your service and perspective.

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Response to LeadByExample (Reply #56)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 12:42 PM

58. Welcome to DU, and this conversation.

My post deals with some of the stated reasons for owning firearms. And it was intended to remind people of the primary and designed purpose of them.

I come from a family where hunting and eating what was hunted was a regular part of life, and as you said, if one cannot hit with one shot, skill is lacking. My father and uncles used either bolt action rifles or a bow.

And surveys show that most gun owners support limits such as you spoke of.

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Response to LeadByExample (Reply #56)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 05:50 PM

59. welcome to DU

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:09 PM

60. That's right!

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Response to KalebD108 (Reply #60)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 09:54 PM

61. Welcome to DU.

Some prefer to deflect from that.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Sun Oct 18, 2020, 06:35 PM

63. Is the group inactive?

 

No posts in a year.

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Response to AlCarroll (Reply #63)

Fri Oct 30, 2020, 07:08 PM

64. Welcome to DU.

It is currently active, courtesy of your response.

What do you think of my post?

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