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Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:02 AM

Check in if you're ready to give up your firearms.

I am.

I've got handguns, including automatics, and I'm ready to give them up as part of a national movement to dramatically reduce gun ownership.

As a matter of public safety, they clearly do more harm than good.

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Reply Check in if you're ready to give up your firearms. (Original post)
Robb Dec 2012 OP
democrattotheend Dec 2012 #1
broiles Dec 2012 #2
Ron Green Dec 2012 #3
GoneOffShore Dec 2012 #4
liberal N proud Dec 2012 #5
AnotherMcIntosh Dec 2012 #17
tblue Dec 2012 #56
Berserker Dec 2012 #73
Narkos Dec 2012 #6
abelenkpe Dec 2012 #11
Aerows Dec 2012 #24
AnotherMcIntosh Dec 2012 #7
Robb Dec 2012 #15
AnotherMcIntosh Dec 2012 #16
Robb Dec 2012 #19
AnotherMcIntosh Dec 2012 #22
Robb Dec 2012 #25
Travis_0004 Dec 2012 #64
99Forever Dec 2012 #8
NYC_SKP Dec 2012 #9
99Forever Dec 2012 #18
99Forever Dec 2012 #71
Skittles Dec 2012 #54
NYC_SKP Dec 2012 #65
Skittles Dec 2012 #67
NYC_SKP Dec 2012 #69
Skittles Dec 2012 #72
tblue Dec 2012 #58
Skittles Dec 2012 #68
JDPriestly Dec 2012 #79
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #10
abelenkpe Dec 2012 #12
slackmaster Dec 2012 #13
Paladin Dec 2012 #27
catbyte Dec 2012 #14
-..__... Dec 2012 #20
OneTenthofOnePercent Dec 2012 #29
Berserker Dec 2012 #70
Dems to Win Dec 2012 #21
tavernier Dec 2012 #23
cantbeserious Dec 2012 #26
OneTenthofOnePercent Dec 2012 #28
Robb Dec 2012 #30
Esse Quam Videri Dec 2012 #31
Aristus Dec 2012 #32
dkf Dec 2012 #33
aikoaiko Dec 2012 #34
MostlyAmused Dec 2012 #35
flamin lib Dec 2012 #36
Coyote_Tan Dec 2012 #37
Robb Dec 2012 #40
Coyote_Tan Dec 2012 #43
tblue Dec 2012 #55
Travis_0004 Dec 2012 #66
Robb Dec 2012 #74
rl6214 Dec 2012 #38
Texasgal Dec 2012 #39
backscatter712 Dec 2012 #42
ProgressiveProfessor Dec 2012 #44
Texasgal Dec 2012 #45
backscatter712 Dec 2012 #41
geek_sabre Dec 2012 #46
Robb Dec 2012 #47
geek_sabre Dec 2012 #48
Jenoch Dec 2012 #59
Elwood P Dowd Dec 2012 #49
Nevernose Dec 2012 #51
rustydog Dec 2012 #50
Nevernose Dec 2012 #52
tblue Dec 2012 #53
Jenoch Dec 2012 #61
mick063 Dec 2012 #57
Loudly Dec 2012 #60
Jeff In Milwaukee Dec 2012 #62
Robb Dec 2012 #75
Travis_0004 Dec 2012 #63
Iggy Dec 2012 #76
Robb Dec 2012 #78
Iggy Dec 2012 #80
Zorra Dec 2012 #77
former-republican Dec 2012 #81

Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:03 AM

1. Not me

Since the only firearm I have ever owned was a watergun and I have no idea if I even still have it...maybe somewhere in my dad's attic. If I find it do I have to give it up?

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:04 AM

2. Never had any.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:06 AM

3. I'm down to a .22 revolver, from 4 firearms

a few years ago, and I'll gladly get rid of it. I want the gunners to do the same.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:07 AM

4. Don't have any guns, but if I did - a resounding YES!

Hell yes!

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:09 AM

5. I have not had a gun for 35 years.

I see them as dangerous.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:11 PM

17. Some see home invaders as dangerous.

 

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #17)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:23 PM

56. You have a lot of home invaders?

Where do you live?

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #17)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:12 AM

73. Some of us have

 

had family members killed like me in a home invasion and I feel the need to be ready to protect myself and my family. I live in reality knowing full well this shit happens and I am ready. It will be a sad day for our society if the laws change where a law abiding citizen can't protect himself and the ones he loves.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:10 AM

6. Have a shotgun for home defense. Not sure yet

Would give willingly if legally mandated

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Response to Narkos (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:31 AM

11. I don't think anyone is coming after shotguns nt

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Response to abelenkpe (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:25 PM

24. I don't see that happening, either

They aren't the problem, and they can be necessary in certain areas.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:13 AM

7. Sorry, I lost mine in a boating accident.

 

If I need a cop for home defense, I'll just have to call for one on my phone.

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:49 AM

15. It's called leading by example.

I'm not waiting for someone to force me into doing the right thing.

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Response to Robb (Reply #15)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:09 PM

16. If you want to follow my example, they were lost in Lake Michigan.

 

A gust came up along with some high waves, the guns were in a case near the stern, and over they went.

The water was just too deep to retrieve them.

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #16)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:17 PM

19. I get it.

You don't.

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Response to Robb (Reply #19)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:23 PM

22. Not exactly. If you don't believe me, then I still got mine and you don't.

 

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #22)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:28 PM

25. Next year, you MIGHT get killed by a burglar.

Next year, 80+ preschoolers WILL be killed by gunfire if nothing changes.

How many preschoolers is your life worth? 40? 60?

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Response to Robb (Reply #25)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:52 PM

64. So if we ban guns, suddenly all becomes perfect, and we can sing kumbaya

Nobody wants to see a single innocent person killed. The difference is, many people who are pro gun don't believe that feel good measures accomplish anything except disarm honest people. If the AWB was the answer, why were there shootings durring the AWB. The fact is criminals will always have guns. They are not going to turn them in just because its illegal.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:16 AM

8. This should be interesting.










(Came to the conclusion that I could either be part of the problem or part of the solution, many years ago. Haven't even held a weapon since.)

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:21 AM

9. No. As long as we're on a path toward a police state, I'm disinclined to help them. nt

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:13 PM

18. Really?

And precisely is it that leads you think that you having guns is going to do to stop that from happening anyway?

I'll wait, please be specific.

Thanks.

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Response to 99Forever (Reply #18)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:02 AM

71. Hmmmm. Guess this guy has nothing.

Should I be surprised?



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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:19 PM

54. and repuke solution is........put police in schools

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Response to Skittles (Reply #54)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:54 PM

65. Well, since they're already in banks!!!!11!!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #65)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:56 PM

67. but...they're NOT in banks

I haven't seen them in banks in a couple of decades

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Response to Skittles (Reply #67)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:00 AM

69. I know! But that was Weiner Lapierre's statement.

I haven't even BEEN in a bank, do they still make banks?

All I ever visit are ATMs!



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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #69)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:04 AM

72. OOOH I forgot

yeah he DID say that - OMG - SO OUT OF TOUCH!!! :

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:25 PM

58. How does a gun stop a 'police state'?

I'd love to hear this.

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Response to tblue (Reply #58)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:57 PM

68. it doesn't

it is how paranoid people think

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Response to tblue (Reply #58)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:59 AM

79. I would like to hear about that too.

As we have seen in other parts of the world (Yemen comes to mind), guns aren't much use against drones.

Thinking you can save your country with your home arsenal of assault weapons is foolish.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:23 AM

10. Never owned any, so I'll do my part by keeping it that way. nt

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:34 AM

12. My dad (retired navy pilot) is willing to give up his guns

My nutty birther tea party mom? No way. Kinda worries me because my nieces and nephews live with her. My nephew has aspergers and is under a lot of pressure to find a job now that he has tested out of high school after being home schooled by my mom. He's pretty depressed. hope he finds a job and escapes!

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #13)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:32 PM

27. That Line Wasn't Funny, After The First Half-Dozen Times You Used It. (nt)

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:46 AM

14. I gave up my last shotgun 5 years ago. Didn't want or need it anymore.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:21 PM

20. I'm with'ya bro!

 

I'm heading down to one of the "death merchants" place of business, going to buy me a "bullet hose",
and burn it in a bonfire in the parking lot.

WHO'S WITH ME?!?!

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Response to -..__... (Reply #20)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:38 PM

29. Are you really going to go spend nearly $1000 just set it ablaze in the parking lot?

 

wow, that's hardcore. I'd say spend the money on a plane ticket and just burn the OPs guns with him. There's probably more to burn there and you get to do some DU networking.

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Response to -..__... (Reply #20)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:02 AM

70. But but I don't wanna

 

I like my Precious.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:21 PM

21. Kudos. Thanks for your post

If I were a gun owner, I'd get rid of them to make 100% certain that I'm not the next Nancy Lanza, the legal registered owner of a gun used to massacre kids. Some risks are not worth taking.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:24 PM

23. What are these firearms and automatics of which you speak?

*stares at arms* Nope. No fire. Just hair and freckles.

I do have an automatic wine opener, but I'd rather keep it. Much handier than those sharp objects that pull the corks out manually.

I guess that's it, then. Sorry.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:30 PM

26. If I Did Own A Weapon, I Would Gladly Surrender It To Authorities

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:33 PM

28. I could probably trim my collection down to 5 in the interest of public safety.

 

Mac-11 (NFA investment)
12ga Shotgun for home defense.
.22lr pistol for cheap/quiet/fun plinking practice.
Glock 23 - To partake in local pistol sporing matches.
One of my .30 caliber rifles for hunting.

I could probably do without the other dozen or so.

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Response to OneTenthofOnePercent (Reply #28)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:43 PM

30. Little strokes fell great oaks.

(since DU's on a Ben Franklin kick lately).


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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:00 PM

31. Yep. Have a

9 mm and a .32. The only reason I haven't done anything yet is that I am truly scared of the tea-baggers and what they may do in the coming years.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:01 PM

32. I can't.

I don't own any.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:01 PM

33. I don't have any, never did.

 

But I know someone who will be eternally pissed at the government should they ever be forced to do so.

I don't think this is a healthy way to view our government and dread if this ever happens.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:07 PM

34. Are you just "ready" or are you doing it?


There is already a national movement to have people turn in their weapons in to be destroyed in so-called "buy back" programs.

Why are you hesitating?

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:18 PM

35. gave my only gun up years ago

I had a handgun for a while following a middle-of-the-night break-in that ended in abduction and rape. It made me feel more in control on sleepless nights to be able to sit in bed and point the gun at my bedroom door. But that was the first wave of PTSD talking, and it wasn't a healthy perspective to continue. Sitting up with a gun certainly didn't help me learn to sleep again, and having a weapon that wasn't loaded and aimed didn't make me feel more in control.

I realized I would rather deal with my fear directly than pretend a gun in the house made me safe. It wouldn't have helped anyway on the night in question because I woke up with a knife at my throat and someone much stronger already pinning me down.

I do feel more secure with a dog in the house, just because I wouldn't be caught asleep again.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:39 PM

36. My two semi auto pistols are being converted to paperweights.nt

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:41 PM

37. Nope ...

 

They haven't jumped out and bit anyone yet ...

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Response to Coyote_Tan (Reply #37)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 02:08 PM

40. How many dead kids is it worth to you?

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Response to Robb (Reply #40)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 03:56 PM

43. Fair enough...

 

Once they jump out of the drawer or holster on their own and kill a kid, I'll get rid of them.

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Response to Coyote_Tan (Reply #43)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:21 PM

55. I just read here somebody's grandkid shot himself.

A 3 year old kid, dead. I bet that Grandpa once felt as sure as you do about the wisdom of having such a thing in his home. I feel for the kids with relatives who have firearms. It's really not fair. Make sure you at least warn parents, etc., so they can decide whether to enter a dangerous place or not. You owe them that courtesy.

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Response to tblue (Reply #55)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:54 PM

66. I have my guns in a 400# gun safe.

If a 3 year old opens it, I'll be very impressed.

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Response to Travis_0004 (Reply #66)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 10:06 AM

74. Nancy Lanza probably felt just as safe.

She was quite wrong. What makes you right?

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:41 PM

38. Send em to me, I ll take care of disposing them for you

 

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:47 PM

39. I own a small handgun

that my Dad gave to me when I left for college many years ago ( my age is showing ) . At the time I was moving away from home to a big city and he gave it to me for protection.

It came in a box and it's been in that box unloaded for over twenty years. I don't even have bullets. It's hidden away and I sometimes forget that I even have it. I am sure the box has a fine layer of dust on it!

I've thought about it alot lately in light of this tragedy and I think I need to just go and turn it in, but I don't know where. Do i just go to the local police station?

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #39)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 02:23 PM

42. Find a gun store and sell it.

Handguns in reasonably good condition are worth decent cash.

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #42)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 07:38 PM

44. That's for damn sure

Consignment sales still go through the FFL

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #42)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 08:37 PM

45. Dosesn't that kind of defeat the purpose?

I mean... I wanna get rid of it because I have no need for it and I feel shitty about having it. Why would I want someone else to have it? *stumped*

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 02:22 PM

41. I already parted with mine.

Though mostly because I was poor at the time and needed the money.

Hey, guns are worth a lot of money!

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 10:46 PM

46. Why would you have automatic handguns? Aren't they illegal?

Or you have to go through a lot of hoops to have one legally.

this OP smells fishy...

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Response to geek_sabre (Reply #46)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 10:53 PM

47. Firing .45 ACP rounds.

Stands for "automatic colt pistol". The terms semi-automatic and automatic are frankly interchangeable handgun-wise to anyone who isn't being deliberately obtuse.

Any more gun posturing need doing? Need to see some paper targets? I promise you I'm better at it.

Shall I put you down in the "no, my paranoia is more important than any kid's life" column?

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Response to Robb (Reply #47)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:05 PM

48. Rather than bloviating about your hypothetical pledge

check back once you've actually gotten rid of your guns. Then I'll let you know my decision.

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Response to Robb (Reply #47)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:29 PM

59. No, the terms are not interchangeable.

How can a bill banning firearms be written without usinlng specific terms?

By the way, no assault rifles have been used in crime for many years. And rifles of any kind arw used in fewer than 4% of gun homicides. If I thought giving up the 2 shotguns, 4 rifles, and 2 handguns that I own would save anyone from dying I would give them up in a heartbeat.

It seems that everyone on this thread 'gave up' their guns by selling them? How does that reduce gun ownership in any meaningful way?

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:06 PM

49. I need them

because I live out in the boonies and use them to kill poisonous snakes, pepper deer with bird shot to scare them out of the garden, scare off wild dogs or coyotes, and as protection (911response takes 15-20 minutes). Anyway, they were inherited from my father and nothing more than a couple of old shotguns and a 38 Smith & Wesson revolver. The double barrel shotgun is 120 years old.

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Response to Elwood P Dowd (Reply #49)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:11 PM

51. Honestly not judging here

But a broom and dustpan works just as well for poisonous snakes. Just sayin about the snakes is all.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:09 PM

50. I don't need my Glock 19 with repealed law enforcement magazines

If Uncle Sam wants it, I got no problem with it.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:13 PM

52. I'm going to destroy or donate to a museum

In Christmas morning. Well, the museum part will have to wait until the new year probably. I'm a tiny little part of a much larger problem ( though to be fair, my arsenal was inherited from several different people).

Before I change the world, I must change myself.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:14 PM

53. My dad, may he rest in peace, had one

and it's still in the house where my mom lives. I'd forgotten all about it. Next time I go there, I'm turning it in to the police. Do not want!

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Response to tblue (Reply #53)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:38 PM

61. Make sure the cop to whom you turn

in the gun gives you fair market value for it because I guarantee some cop will end up taking your father's gun home.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:23 PM

57. Yes, I'll give it up

 


Pass the law and I'll give it up.


The only law I ever intentionally broke was smoking pot. I don't plan on breaking any other laws.

I honestly can't recall ever stealing anything.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:36 PM

60. Noble but irrelevant.

 

When not a single new unit is available to purchase from any store in the land, then we will have achieved the impossible.

In the good ol' USA.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:39 PM

62. I like the armory idea that's been floated around here

I have hunting rifles that see use 4-5 times a year. Hunting season and a few times for target practice. If there was a secured location (particularly one with a target range, I would absolutely sign my guns over to them -- with the proviso that I can check them out for hunting season.

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Response to Jeff In Milwaukee (Reply #62)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 10:09 AM

75. I like this idea more every time I think about it.

Enthusiasts maintaining things in exchange for being able to check out equipment during peak demand times. Every weapon accounted for.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:48 PM

63. So what are you waiting for. Why not get rid of them now?

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 10:39 AM

76. HERE WE GO AGAIN....

 

there has to be a technical word for Americans who can't face simple reality, who when faced with a serious problem, swing from one extreme to the other as "the answer".

Given our nation and congress is chock full-O' gun nuts, we're not going to get rid of our 300 million guns-- nor should we have to when there are much better, more common sense answers. so let's STOP wasting time on "getting rid of ALL guns'.

The answer involves several, well coordinated, comprehensive efforts:

1.) Much more mental health care/monitoring of students to determine who has a problem and a plan to deal with the problem-- not for a few months, but for the entire time the student is in school. Bullying of gay or "different" kids must stop. there must be a zero tolerance policy for this, including stiff fines for parents who don't stop their bully kids. I'm tired of idiot parents who think this is amusing and it's OK for their kids to be bullies.

2.) Much better school security systems, including identifying who is driving up to a school, parking there (or nearby), why are they there, etc. Video surveiilance has to be part of this. Think schools can't afford this? BULLsh**; tell it to congress who just spent $2 Trillion on two worthless wars of choice. Time to priortitize how our money is spent.

3.) Ban the purchase of guns/ammo/gear without registration & permit at gun shows.

4.) Much stricter laws, and a long waiting period for those wanting to purchase semi-automatic weapons. I'd be in favor of making the
permit fees for these weapons much more expensive.

5.) ban large capacity magazines/clips.

Failure to make these changes means the absurd slaughter will continue in our nation.



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Response to Iggy (Reply #76)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:34 AM

78. So, everything but fewer guns.

Because it's too hard.

Got it.

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Response to Robb (Reply #78)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:57 PM

80. WRONG. Because 95% of Gun Owners (or higher)

 

are sane, law-abiding people.

WHY do they need their guns take away??

Are you implying congress should re-write or get rid of the second amendment?

Hah hah hah hhahhh!!

That's a good one!!

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:18 AM

77. I only have one hunting rifle with a small magazine that has not been

fired since 1984. It's packed in wheel bearing grease and plastic, and is buried 800 miles from where I live.

If someone feels threatened by me and my old .270 pump, they are welcome to it, but they are going to have to waste their time finding it and digging it up, I'm certainly not going to waste mine.

I didn't sell it at the time because I didn't know if I was ever going to be hungry enough to need it for killing deer for food again.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:00 PM

81. Have you destroyed them yet?

 

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