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  •  What's missing from the list of questions, but (9+ / 0-)

    is a big piece of the puzzle, is one aimed at finding out how many gun owners own their guns because they think that the federal government is going to invade them and make them UN prisoners, or own guns because they think that the country is now run by communists and socialists, etc.  

    In other words, how much of the gun-owning craze is due to right-wing paranoia and the spread of its conspiracy theories?

    These are people whose answers to questions about gun owning are qualitatively different from the answers given by hunters, gun collectors, etc.

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 06:18:18 AM PST

    •  I would wager its a small amount (2+ / 0-)
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      Your average gun owner, I would argue doesn't own a gun or two because he is afraid of the government.

      The truth is that gun owners own guns because ... they like to shoot guns.

      Pure and simple.  People who don't like to shoot guns obviously don't see the appeal, but they should take that into account before lumping in the majority of gun owners with the crazies.

      •  I don't think my comment lumped anyone together, (0+ / 0-)

        but I do think that poll questions tend to lump all kinds of groups together, in the sense that they filter for only very particular characteristics (e.g., political affiliation, age, gender, etc.)

        That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

        by concernedamerican on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 06:48:53 AM PST

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    •  You're so right about this. (3+ / 0-)
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      And frankly, I'm tired of listening to ANYTHING this fringe minority of lunatics has to say. If they hate America and its government so much, they need to get the hell out of here.

      It's a "free" country: love it or leave it. (Funny, how times have  changed. I can't believe I just seriously posted what used to be a right-wing meme!)

      It is time for us to take this "majority rules" shit seriously and move forward, not with "conversation" but with legislation.  

    •  I'm thinking that's the 6% in the survey (1+ / 0-)
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      who appear to oppose any restrictions whatsoever.

      The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

      by Alice Olson on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 07:43:19 AM PST

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