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Response to Electric Monk (Reply #34)

Tue Mar 3, 2015, 12:13 PM

64. Yes, I could post there and probably will end up doing so, but...

...I don't like giving in to bullies.

I see what they are doing, a group of like-minded zealots piling on with 20,000 NRA-provided "facts" combining lots of statistics, some distorted, some taken out of context, and the rest of little importance to the main concerns I have:

1) the United States has over 10 firearm related deaths per year, per 100,000, compared to 3 in France, 1.5 in Sweden, 1.25 in Germany, and 0.06 in Japan, etc., etc. And yet in this group the main concern is always people need more freedom to buy whatever firearms they want, and they resent any attempt by non-gun-worshipers to reign in the growing arsenal of firearms.

2) firearms are not "equalizers," they do not make society "politer," in fact they give gun owners an incredible amount of power over those of us who want to live without having armed strangers around us everywhere we go in public, in our schools, bars, churches, parks, playgrounds - some with no safety training, and none of them required to have liability insurance.

Has DU ever considered defining the progressive view on the limits of the Second Amendment, and apply it to this group because I've never met a liberal that doesn't put public safety over the desires of those who want few restrictions on purchasing and carrying firearms in public. You might say progressives believe "well-regulated" trumps "shall not be infringed" (otherwise, why include it?)

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