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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 06:18 AM
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53. Tell you what friend, I'll make this deal with you
I will give up on gun control if you will go down and live in my old neighborhood for a couple of years. The kicker is that you cannot flee screaming, you cannot shoot somebody, and you cannot become a gun control advocate. If you comply with all of those stipulations successfully for two years, I will drop all of my objections to guns.

Let me tell you about my old neighborhood. I lived there up until a year ago, for about ten years. It is a marginal neighborhood, perpetually on the edge of being rennovated, or falling down into the ghetto. It is a working class neighborhood, where most of the people are decent folks. It is close by the ghetto 'hood, and has lots of, shall we say, interesting traffic coming through. We have had dueling(and I mean that literally) crackhouses up and down the street, though that problem has gone away after some serious persuation from our neighborhood association to the more unsavory landlords. My car and house have been shot up, as have my surrounding neighbors. You can hear gunfire somewhere close twice a week, more in the summer. Police patrol once in a while, but don't really do anything unless absolutely neccessary. I've had drive bys and walk throughs. I've had to deal with the injured and mentally unstable. All in all, an interesting place to live, though one does have to have a bit of fortitude to deal with it all.

Now let me tell you about the gun dynamic that effects this neighborhood. Joe Whitebread out in the 'burbs sees some fear mongering piece on the TV about crime in the inner city. In a paraxism of fear, inadequacy and bigotry, he goes out and purchase another gun, the biggest, baddest he can afford, and places it in the closet or gun safe(the same thing, for all practical purposes to a serious thief) with all of the other bright and shiny guns he has never used. His fear and loathing assuaged, he takes the wife and kiddies out to dinner and a show, congratulating himself on being big and tough with his new gun.

Meanwhile down in my neck of the woods, there is a job to be done, and tools are needed for that job. Rather than go out and buy these tools at full face value, the contractors decide to go out to the 'burbs for a little discount shopping. So, while Joe and his family are out, their fine place in the 'burbs are hit, and by by goes that fine new shooting iron in the closet, along with all the ammo for, the shotgun sitting next to it, oh and that shiny unused .357 sitting in the dresser drawer. Joe comes home and discovers the theft, and outrage at how his manhood has been violated, he gnashes his teeth, then calls the police and then his insurance agency. After all, he must replace his precious guns, they're the only thing standing between him and his family being violated.

Meanwhile, those stolen weapons are making their way back to my neck of the woods. They're going to be used to settle scores, even odds, and get the job done. Along the way the might also be used inadvertantly(or maybe not) to shoot up unintended targets like cars, houses, pets, children, adults, whatever gets in their way. And the people in this neighborhood that is really trying hard to become respectable suffer. They are the ones who have to patch up the bullet holes, suffer the injuries and loss. And none of this would have occurred if the hyperparanoid people in the 'burbs wouldn't have had these guns in their house. Because there isn't enough money to purchase most of those guns retail, the singular reason they show up in such great quanity in my neighborhood and others like it around the country is because such armament is stolen from the 'burbanites, who don't really need them, since their neighborhoods are perfectly safe, excepting the gun thiefs who look upon such places as an open air market.

So, again, come live in my old 'hood for a couple of years. I think you will be changing your tune quick. For if this is what is happening with our mild mannered gun controls we have in place now, imagine the chaos that would happen with unlimited guns being funneled in from the 'burbs. Scary scary, turning a neighborhood into a full auto war zone friend.
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