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Response to derby378 (Reply #86)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:01 PM

97. ...Carry thy gun as long as thou can'st....

Owning a gun could be a personal choice. I do not own and likely will never own one. That said, a number of biologist friends (non-Quakers) do own them and hunt for food. Some also use them to manage non-native species, wild boar and rock pythons for example. I have no problem with this and I am pretty sure they would not care if it became public knowledge, they don't seem at all shy about sharing the info.

Another friend and former staff member owned several weapons for personal protection and possessed a CCW permit to carry. I don't recall him being in the least concerned about privacy in this regard. He was pretty proud of his collection and would speak of it openly.

Here is the problem I have with the concern for privacy. A weapon is in fact dangerous to others. This is why many people buy them. They want to be dangerous as a matter of self defense. All sorts and kinds of things require pubic notice. If I want to build a fence over 5' tall and closer than 20' from my property limit along either street, I am required to post public notice.

My fence would be far less a hazard to the neighbors than a weapon.

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