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  •  Guns aren't the only deadly force. (5+ / 0-)

    And how does an 86 year old grandma or someone who isn't trained in some form of martial art respond to deadly force?

    Well, other than die or be maimed.

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    by KVoimakas on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 08:31:53 AM PDT

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    •  Interesting example. (0+ / 0-)

      How many octogenarians have ever shot an assailant? There is some myth that people who are surprised by an attacker will have a chance to pull out a handgun and shoot their assailant. I won't say it's never happened, but I'd bet there are a lot more cases like the Martin incident -- where someone who wasn't a threat gets shot.

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      by FischFry on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 10:22:56 AM PDT

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      •  Who said 'shot'? (4+ / 0-)

        Most of the defensive gun uses in this country occur without shots being fired. What's scarier to a criminal: an armed or unarmed victim?

        There is some myth that people who are surprised by an attacker will have a chance to pull out a handgun and shoot their assailant.
        A firearm gives you another option. You have the choice to draw it or not if you're carrying. If you don't have it, you have what kind of response to the threat of lethal force?

        Defensive gun uses, as classified by a government survey (mid 90s), occur at the rate of 108k/year. This varies based on the survey but the high end is 2.5million. Both numbers are higher than the less than 100k firearm injuries and deaths that occur each year.

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        Republicans cause more damage than guns ever will. Share Our Wealth

        by KVoimakas on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 11:41:32 AM PDT

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