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Response to jody (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:24 PM

79. Problem is we hear many stories about crime

but none where someone having a gun protected them.

Then there are the George Zimmerman's of the world. And that guy in Texas who shot his neighbor.

It does not seem to be truly effective - not so effective that we should not be able to do something to deal with the rights of the rest of us to be free as possible from violent crimes with guns used against us, gun accidents, etc. The balance of factors does not favor the idea that having a gun for self defense is so essential that it trumps the possibilities of mass shootings, accidents, greater number of homicides and suicides and the misjudgments of the Zimmermans of the world. IOW I don't see that these children had to die so that others could feel a little better about having a gun that is more likely to be used in other ways in any event.

And to add the chance that self-defense itself goes awry, and bystanders get killed in the attempt.

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