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Response to Neon Gods (Reply #64)

Tue Mar 3, 2015, 08:47 PM

71. Factoids and faulty conclusions.

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.

More freedom? No, unless by "more" you mean "more than zero." It only takes one gun to commit suicide, and single-shot firearms are more than adequate to the task. Furthermore, there are already mechanisms in place to keep guns out of the hands of the severely mentally ill. Given all that, it's hard to see what additional restrictions, aside from outright bans, would have the desired effect on suicide rates.

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.

That's some tortured logic you've got going on there. Guns give people power over those who don't want people to have guns? So the invisible guns of concealed carriers are somehow a deterrent to a public cry of outrage over the presence of those invisible guns in public? Is that what you're trying to claim?

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