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Response to Hoyt (Reply #35)

Fri Jul 12, 2013, 11:27 AM

111. I think people who dictate what others can and can't do are callous.

You know, religious fundamentalists, anti-choice whackos, devotees of the War on Drugs, Republicans in general, basically anyone who wants to tell people what they're allowed to do with their money or body. It's the hallmark of sociopathic tendencies, far more than simply owning or carrying a gun.


"That callousness -- and other closely associated factors such as majority of gun owners fear minorities -- causes a lot of people to use their guns improperly. "

I've yet, in rural New York, met any gun owner who has ever indicated fear of minorities, or a general callousness towards human life. Do you have a citation for that, or is that just a statement without backing? I know where you're coming from Hoyt, and I get that you don't like guns, but you're flat out wrong about gun owners; you judge without proof, and then slather a large number of innocent people with a quite frankly offensive and inappropriate broad brush. If you want to hate guns, go ahead; that's your right, and I can't say I blame you. Please don't rope my family, my friends or my shooting buddies into your completely rational hatred simply because they enjoy guns and shooting them.


You want to know why it's so hard to get the NRA to see common sense? Because people give them reasons to be lunatics. Certain people allow the NRA to point at them, say "This person wants to ban your guns." "This person wants to ban your ammo." "This representative wants to deny your civil rights. Now give us money to stop them."

As I told Robb, Controller folks are the NRA's wet-dream; the more talk about banning, the more money flows into their coffers. That's why some of us RKBA folks -really- wish the hyperbole about "Banning" guns would stop, because it only feeds into the NRA's hands and bankroll. All you have to do is say "gun ban" and the wallets come out and the NRA grows in strength. Hell, they're as much the RKBA crew's enemies as MAIG's: The NRA makes responsible gun owners look bad because the NRA largely consists of -irresponsible- gun owners. Trust me, there's only two groups that we -really- want to stop: The National Rifle Association and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Realistically, the only way we'll make progress is when both of those groups dissolve.

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