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Response to jody (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:33 PM

25. That's a good point.

And I don't think anyone thinks gun control, alone, will solve the problem. Gun control is a small part of the problem. However these NRA people want to discuss the problem without talking about guns. That's impossible. Guns are an inescapable part of the current problem. Its guns that allows someone to easily commit mass murder. You can also accomplish mass-murder with explosives and toxins. However those two things are highly, and tightly regulated. Guns, at least in America, aren't.

Also, I haven't heard one person in our government proposing to repeal the 2nd amendment or take guns away from the people. The NRA has their panties in a wad over magazine capacity limits and the right to have military-grade weapons in civillian hands. No where is anybody trying to take their guns away. The 2nd amendment is still preserved, although I'm hard pressed to call any of these people a "well regulated militia" But they're still allowed to have and carry weapons. People are just saying you don't need an extended clip in your Sig.

And I'm not even going to get into the gun show loop hole.

We're only in a stand-off because there is a minority of Americans who are hysterical and obsessed about being armed with a firearm at all times of the day and who believe they only way to solve difficult problems is to shoot them. If those hysterical people would calm down and recognize that nobody's taking their guns away, or their right to own a firearm and use it legally, there would be no stand-off.

I live in the city of Chicago. We have a serious gun problem and a high murder rate. We also have a serious crime rate and have endured some nasty flash mobs, they were real popular a few summers ago. I have a small child at home, and though I'm over 6 feet tall, my wife is pretty small. We've never desired possessing a firearm of any kind. There was an assault across the street from my house this summer, its unclear if it was a mugging or attempted rape. But my neighbor had a rape whistle and used it, which woke me up and I went outside, armed only with a cell phone and responded, helping to scare the attacker away. Two other neighbors joined me. We stayed with the victim and patrolled the block until the police arrived, we did all this unarmed. And this is on the affluent, white, North Side.

My family and I protect ourselves and will exercise our right to protect ourselves to the fullest extent we are able. We're not that terrified that we have to hide behind a gun to be protected. We have plenty of reasons to desire a firearm, but we do not. We're confident enough in ourselves and training (my son and I are karateka) that we do not desire weapons.

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