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  •  It seems to be unthinkable (3+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, Miggles, shenderson

    around some quarters that being in favor of gun control might be because someone just doesn't like violence and murder, rather than because they are personally afraid. I'm sick of all gun violence and have been talking about it for a long time right here on this website, not just since Friday. I live in a community that has had one shooting in 10 years so really I am not personally afraid. I just hate violence.

    By the way, the idea that we can arm ourselves to defeat a tyrannical government is fantasy. Have you noticed what weapons the government has these days?

    •  Have you noticed that all those weapons were not (2+ / 0-)
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      Denise Oliver Velez, kestrel9000

      enough to defeat insurgencies in Vietnam or Iraq?

      The idea that sometimes people have to rebel against a fascist government has a bad reputation right now, becuase most of the people talking that way are the Glenn Becks and the Tea Party war-gamers and the militias.  That is, it's the people who are scared and infuriated by LEGITIMATE change, by the rising participation of POC and women in our politics, etc.

      And always, non-violence should be the way to go short of genuinely tyrannical, facist situations, in which (as a holocaust survivor said) going out to demonstrate is what you do when you've decided to die.  Not risk death. Just die.

      But the idea that it could happen here, that there could be times whe the people have to resist with force, should never be completely dismissed.

      I certainly agree with you though that we're not in that kind of situation now.

      ANd I agree that personal fear is far from the only reason to support gun control

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 10:58:36 PM PST

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