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  •  Those Godless Europeans and their phantom tollbo- (1+ / 0-)
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    er? What's that? I'm responding to another comment entirely? Goodness gracious, I can be such an anorak. Hold on, hold on... mentally recalibrating... splines reticulated... there we go!

    No, it's not. I know a handful of gun owners. I have made it very clear to them on no uncertain terms that I am not fond of their hobby. One or two walk around with it for self-defense; they are also Marine Infantry or Army Ranger, so I feel pretty secure in the knowledge that they do know how to use it to do something besides shoot themselves in the arse with a ricochet. The others do so as hobbyists, which displeases me more.

    The general reaction from this crowd is in favor of slightly to heavily more gun control (even from the conservatives) after Newtown, some of them are wonderful fathers, and one in fact describes himself as an anti-war and is pretty hard to shift on that sentiment; he's only starting to maybe decide Libya was NOT an excuse for an imperialist takeover.

    He is paradoxically a giant nerd about wars and history, because he thinks big guns are shiny; but he doesn't like killing people, only blowing up mountains.

    •  I know many lovely gun owners. I'm not arguing (2+ / 0-)
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      ConfusedSkyes, Brit

      that we take away all guns. I'm arguing that we call a spade a spade. I'm also arguing that it's incredibly toxic to compare a gun owner to a mentally ill person. We don't all have the potential to kill, not by any means. One of those things is not like the other. I've been a vegetarian for twenty five years, and I'm mentally ill.

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