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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 06:40 AM

How do you reason with people like this? [View all]

The son of a FB friend of mine posted a rant the other about how he "deserved" his arsenal of legally-acquired weapons. He was in some sort of law-enforcement or security detail, and bragged that he never left the house without packing heat. He had "dozens" of various weapons and he "deserved them." His dad chimed in about how proud he was of his son. Apparently dad is a corrections officer or something.

Then dad posted some NRA support ad featuring a big black Dodge Charger, and a screed about the car, with its 400hp V8, was "specifically designed to kill innocent people" and therefore it should banned. The ad included the number of auto-related deaths annually.

Well, I couldn't help myself, and pointed out the ridiculousness of his statement, that the car was "specifically designed" to kill innocent people. Guns, however, are "specifically designed" to kill. That is their only purpose. As you might expect, the name calling from his circle of friends began quickly.

"Guns are only designed to fire bullets. It is people who do the killing!" Hell, how does one begin to argue with such a mindset? A car is "specifically designed to kill innocent people" -- not just people, mind you, but innocent people -- because it has a big engine, but guns are merely for shooting bullets. If that's the case, why does the dude pack a weapon 24/7? In case he gets the sudden urge to do some target shooting?

I'm not anti-gun, but people like this are frightening.

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