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1a2b3c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-03 11:48 AM
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20. Finally someone who wants to talk about this.
Firearms, despite your attachment to them, are a discretionary purchase for the vast majority of their owners.
True, but.... they are being priced out of any minimum wage workers price range with new fees and the banning of affordable guns.

How does a woman with 3 kids, who is single, and working a $6 an hour job afford a handgun for protection? She cant if she has to pay $300 in fees and, dare i say, penalties before she can even buy the top of the line handgun. Of course to cheapen things up she could buy the CZ handguns for around the price of what her handgun license will cost ~$300.

I am also interested in talking about impact of pricing structures related to race and class, but thats more of a civil rights discussion.

fees for what in this case are mandatory services associated with the purchase, which are mandatory for perfectly good reasons
What would be the perfectly good reason for making a minimum wage person pay half a months salary or more before being able to spend the other months salary on the very best home protection? Are the non wealth at NO risk of robbery, rape, and other hate crimes? Unless gays quit getting beat to death and dragged behind trucks and people in Idaho quit killing blacks for walking past their skinhead compounds and the world becomes a peacefull loving and caring place....I see the need for the poor to have the same protection as the middle and upper class.

I just dont see how it is a choice in this matter. The only choice i see is either to risk the chance that you wont need a gun so dont get one. Or, risk the chance that you will need a gun and get an illegal one without paying all the money. Or even #3, pay all the money to the government so you can exercise your right to protection just like the middle and upper class.
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