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Response to Pacafishmate (Reply #33)

Mon Aug 13, 2012, 07:42 PM

50. you're right, the word "ban" really makes owners defensive.

and very few advocates of greater regulation think that a "ban" is in any way realistic. i think it's a normal fight/flight black/white on/off emotional reaction to a specifc tragedy like aurora or cafe racer or virginia tech. "we need to get rid of all guns!" is absurd on it's face. as Steve Earle once said, "it's WAY too late for gun control in America".

perhaps you can understand why non-gun owners, those who don't "need" firearms, could react that way? after all, we walk around every day with the sword of damocles dangling over our heads, the threat of random gun violence always lurking, however abstractly. and no, carrying our own handgun would not provide a feeling of safety to us.

would the word "reduce" calm the debate down - a focus on harm reduction? as in "how can we reduce the ease with which homicidal schizophrenics amass arsenals?"

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