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Response to DonP (Reply #72)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 10:27 PM

73. Well, I believe that you are mostly wrong - Never said it works "every time"

I'm sorry the 5 women at a Lane Bryant store got shot or killed and that employees at Brown's Chicken suffered the same fate. NO, I didn't say it works "every time." to just give up the money. Criminals, by definition, are not nice people. Some are worse than others.

You offer two instances where things went horribly wrong. Around 6,000 robberies/burglaries happen every day in the US. So two over an unstated time period is a rather small percentage of that despite the fact those two were horrible.

Do you advocate a wild west mentality where people should be armed and ready to fire upon criminals? How many people in that 6,000 a day do you think are actually well-trained in the use of fire arms and should be brandishing them against criminals? There is nothing in my background that would prevent me from getting a concealed carry permit and then a semi-automatic handgun. But I can assure you I am totally unqualified to own and operate such a weapon.

I read on an all too often basis that some idiot gun owner who has a valid permit shoots themselves or someone else because they forgot there was a round in the chamber. This makes me question the qualification of people to have a permit and own a weapon. Even Scalia has implied we could put restrictions on guns even given the 2nd Amendment. Perhaps we should require training and gun safety courses???

So despite your sensationalist melodrama that all robbers are going to shoot you in the back of the head so you can't ID them later it's just not based in reality. There is a far, far cry between robbery and murder and most, not all, criminals know that. Especially these days when a live witness is not always necessary given the number of security cameras around. There are still states where you get the death penalty for being convicted of murder. Criminals know that.

The killings typically happen when some John Wayne wannabe comes out brandishing a firearm and challenges a criminal with a firearm. We all know you don't back a wild animal into a corner because unpleasant things will likely happen. Well the same thing applies to a criminal with a gun. Challenge him or her with your own gun and you've just raised the event from passive people handing over the money to a confrontation with two people with guns. Yep, that's going to work out well.

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