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left is right Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 06:00 AM
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2. I am not against guns
but I dont see a reason for our culture to be so saturated with them. I remember hearing a prominent African-American leader of the 1990s (sorry dont remember the name) talk about the effects of having a gun.
He said that he grew up in one the poorest section of his city. Gangs were rampant. He first started off avoiding the streets that they controlled. At some point, he thought he needed protection and procured a handgun. Soon he was walking openly in the gang areas. Short time later he was feeling so brave he was confronting the gangs (like any dumbs kid) bragging about his gun and what he would.
He continues the story by saying his mother found out about the gun and took it from him. I guess he feared his mother far more than the gangs. He concluded by saying that he credits her bravery with taking the gun away from him with the fact that he didnt get the chance to kill or be killed. She kept him from ruining his life.
My point is, guns have an almost addictive power over people. It starts to whisper in the ears of way too many people that it is the best solution for almost any problem. Did someone cut me off in traffic? Ill just scare em with my gun. Did the neighbors nasty dog dig up my rose bushes? Maybe my gun can make him see reason. Those kids laughing on the street corner seem awfully scary but I wont fear I have my gun to protect me. Maybe its the rabid ranters of rightwing radio has convinced me that all liberals are evil. Ill take my automatic with the 30-bullet clip to the local grocery store and just shoot as many liberals as I can
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