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Response to Swede Atlanta (Reply #15)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:34 PM

26. I'm no gun nut defender, BUT

part of the "gun" mentality, which you did not list, is the notion that you can defend yourself in a situation where the police might not arrive quickly enough to save you. The classic example would be, pick any "psycho enters school/restaurant/bar/church/etc and starts shooting", but there are other scenarios that apply.

How reasonable it is statistically might be a matter for discussion, but at least it sounds more reasonable than the reasons you suggested.

As someone who supports rational gun control (with my idea of "rational" probably on the side of pissing off the "gun nuts"), I don't think it helps to minimize or ignore real concerns that drive people to feel they need to own guns. Sure, there are plenty of nutty people out there who have ideas like you suggest, but I bet there are more that just feel safer if they have a gun. There are reasons for that and we should pay attention, if we want to succeed in having rational gun control.

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