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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 08:53 PM

I was prepared to do a long essay on America and its love of Guns…

But then I asked myself, "What's the point?"

Because, unless we start addressing the cultural phenomena behind rampant gun violence, the fear of that violence and dealing with the utilitarianism that facilitates gun violence, we're never going to solve this problem by not understanding and acknowledging the problem at hand.

There's that long-standing American tradition that says that shooting that other mother-fucker will solve your problems. The other mother-fucker probably feels the say way about you, I'm sure.

We have to dismiss any arguments that the only way to stop gun violence is with the threat of more gun violence.

Or that other types of violence equates with gun violence… Knives, swords and hammers do not.

Then there's the fallacy that states that your freedom is secure from a "tyrannical" American government because you're armed. Which is fucking ridiculous to think that anyone who's equipped with small arms is any threat to an entity that has jets, tanks, ships and buys ammo in enough bulk to fill a bunch of warehouses.

No, we need a better approach…

One that gets most people to believe than being armed to the teeth causes more problems than it solves. Those people, in turn, start to change the culture of guns and take action against the rate of gun violence.

Americans, in many ways, believe that they're alone and that they have to fend for themselves, instead of looking at themselves as part of the greater American community and it should be important to work towards the betterment of that greater community. A lot of people arm themselves because they view that greater community as a direct threat.

Knowing that you're part of a greater community, that you have a responsibility towards making sure that it needs to be safe and secure and that a culture of gun violence ultimates threatens us all is the first step in a long journey of change.

We all need to think beyond our selves in order to create real change. In this matter and in a lot of others.

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Reply I was prepared to do a long essay on America and its love of Guns… (Original post)
MrScorpio Jan 2013 OP
RKP5637 Jan 2013 #1
Fresh_Start Jan 2013 #2
baldguy Jan 2013 #3
OneGrassRoot Jan 2013 #4
GeorgeGist Jan 2013 #5
pscot Jan 2013 #6
MightyMopar Jan 2013 #7
ellisonz Jan 2013 #8
MrScorpio Jan 2013 #9
ellisonz Jan 2013 #10
MrScorpio Jan 2013 #11
OneGrassRoot Jan 2013 #12
MrScorpio Jan 2013 #13
OneGrassRoot Jan 2013 #14
99Forever Jan 2013 #15

Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 08:55 PM

1. Well said!!!

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 08:56 PM

2. carrying a gun increases the risk of injury or death by 400%

if gun owners were rationale, the facts might matter to them.
But they are all emotional about guns, their fantasy is more important than any fact.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:03 PM

3. "There is no Way to Peace, Peace is the Way"

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:08 PM

4. Beautiful. K&R n/t

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:10 PM

5. Americans are paranoid?

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:16 PM

6. It's hard to convince people

who reject any evidence that guns are a problem. You think you're having a real conversation, but in the end it comes down to their 2nd amendment rights and fear of some nameless other, who's going to kick their door down in the night. I don't know how you deal with that fear, but it seems to be pervasive.

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Response to pscot (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:34 PM

7. To me this is DU at it's finest

 

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:40 PM

8. Your post is dangerously "collectivist" - I'm reporting you to Fox News!

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:46 PM

9. Thanks for finding that fuck that I lost the other day.

I can never seem to find one when I want to give it away.


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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:31 AM

10. You're welcome!

up or you'll be finding it in Gitmo

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:49 AM

11. You're so kind! nt

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 08:58 AM

12. Hey, I hope this is okay...

The last few paragraphs are so damn eloquent and important that I made a very simple graphic that can be shared.

Is that okay?



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:26 AM

13. Wow! I wrote that?

I'm truly honored.

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #13)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:29 AM

14. You did, dude!

And I went ahead and posted at FB. FYI.

THANK YOU for writing it. It's truly brilliant. Thanks for allowing me to share it.



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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:30 AM

15. Bravo, Mr Scopio.

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