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  •  This soon after the tragedy, I think this diary (0+ / 0-)

    shows an incredible amount of insensitivity.
    I think there's a great deal of info that would be appropriate later on, but I think you're spitting on a great number of people who don't share your enthusiasm for guns.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 07:44:51 PM PDT

    •  Point taken, but at the same time I have to say (3+ / 0-)
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      that just because I am a gun owner doesn't mean that I should sit back and hear myself maligned by implication or have my very sanity called into question, or be referred to as an enabler, or "complicit" in the crime, and so on. I find that sort of broad, sweeping, all-encompassing condemnation about an entire class of people to be the very opposite of progressive thought. We are people who seek truth and proper study, to educate, and see through emotion to the facts even if they are uncomfortable.

      I didn't write this just to talk about my enthusiasm; I wrote this precisely because there's a lot of talk about the subject and people should know what it is they are talking about. Especially if folks want to discuss legalities. No legal decision should be made in the heat of emotion; that's how we get wars in Iraq and Patriot Acts.

      But I understand your concern and appreciate your candor, nonetheless...

    •  I disagree. This diary deepens the discourse and (3+ / 0-)
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      brings a calm, technical approach to the discussion.

      The diarist makes it very clear he is very distressed about the shooter-the murderer and what that individual perpetrated.

      The diarist makes it very clear that firearms are not toys or a means to settle an argument, etc.,

      With all the shrill name calling and labeling that has been flying about in the general direction of gun owners, this diary is a break from that, while still seriously discussing the subject.

      •  I re-read the diary and it's better on the second (0+ / 0-)

        reading. I felt like the discussion of various types of weaponry was a little too casual this close to the event.
        I read the ending, but I was kind of glazed over at that point. I like the final two paragraphs.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 10:13:09 AM PDT

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