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Hrumph Donating Member (336 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-04 11:17 AM
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122. My, but you do tend to ramble.
Lessee if I can separate the wheet from the copious chaff in your post;

I never said "all women are stupid, crazy, etc." so just cool yer jets, sweetie. I was simply addressing abusive relationships because you brought them into the discussion. Can't we even agree that the decision to stay in such a relationship is an unsound decision? My guess is that you would not do so yourself - you seem plenty fiesty. You cannot keep doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. I don't want to see anyone get hurt. How many times have we heard a battered woman say "but I love him" when someone tells her to get out of the situation? I'm sorry if it offends your sensibilities but that IS stupid! If you're going on a long trip by air and the plane looks rickity when you get on it, then major components keep breaking at every layover... STOP GETTING ON THE FRICKIN PLANE, IT MIGHT CRASH! When it DOES crash, it shouldn't be a surprise. Everyone has a responsibility to him/hersef to look out for him/hersef. Does that release the airline from its responsibility to maintain the aircraft? Of course not. But hell, don't get on the frickin plane if you have every reason to believe it's going to crash.

On to other points you raise... I will concede that many Americans would comply with an outright ban on handguns. In that event, we would probably see a reduction in the number of people shooting themselves or others due to stupid accidents. But you're talking about homicides. Further, you want to differentiate between "handgun homicides" and other homicides and this is where the whole point about intent comes in. I'll go further to conceed that if you were, in fact, able to make handguns unavailable or prohibitively expensive for the majority of criminals, then you've still done nothing to address the intent. Dope dealers will still kill each other over money and drugs and sociopaths will still murder others just cuz, they'll just use something besides a gun to do it. If you somehow managed to reduce "handgun deaths" by 1000 but other homicides rose by a similar number, then you haven't really fixed anything. Unless, that is, you just feel better about people being stabbed to death instead of shot.

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