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rrneck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-10 08:39 PM
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52. Indeed.
That's a good case for making NICS checks available for private sales. But you'll notice as the thread has progressed the issue of private storage has raised it's ugly head. I think that's because the same concerns regarding the transfer of firearms from FFL's to private citizens are not so different from the concerns regarding private sales between individuals and even access to firearms kept in homes and under what circumstances other people would have access to them.

The issue has become a pretty good test to see how one's ideology holds up under real world circumstances. It's a fine thing to declare that the owner of the firearm is responsible for its acquisition and storage, but the way people's lives are lived and more importantly the way their lives may be lived in the future make such a simple declaration problematic.

A firearm is at once personal, portable, life saving and life threatening. And its symbolic meaning inflates its importance for those who accept them and for those who are threatened by them. Only by applying our ideology to how lives are actually lived can we understand whether or not it works. A refusal to accept an ideological failure reveals an ideologue more concerned with his or her vision of the world than with the people around him.
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