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  •  Well, that was my goal (2+ / 0-)
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    DaNang65, Glen The Plumber

    though given the current state of the poll, and that this diary is rapidly sliding of the recent list, I'm guessing I don't need to worry about too many folks taking up this idea.  So it goes.

    Hell, I am not even sure how good an idea it is.  Makes sense to me, and I guess a few others.  But it would need a serious reworking from a real ballistics expert.  My guess, it would need to have some additional maximum limits on each individual element as well (impact energy and rate of fire).  Say, for example, a limit of 20 bullets a minute no matter what the impact energy is.

    I've learned a lot over the two weeks I've been researching this idea...so at least I will know a bit more as the debate proceeds.

    In the end, it all came down to my recent purchase of a motorcycle.  As I read and researched, I realized that most of the motorcycle guys (and lets face it, they are mostly guys) buy far more powerful machines than they really need.  Its all some macho thing that's out of control.  So I got a smaller bike that gets about 65 MPG.  My penis didn't get any bigger, but I more than doubled the MPG of the car I replaced...and now I can ride out to Kitt Peak on a sunny day.  I think its the same with guns.  There are legitimate reasons to own guns, and it really is fun to go shoot cans.  But nobody needs needs an AR-15 unless they are planning to depose a central African dictator.  

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 04:45:55 PM PST

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    •  If you're looking for some hope (2+ / 0-)
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      Empty Vessel, Glen The Plumber

      consider how popular "muscle cars" and their like were until the cost of fuel became prohibitive. I suspect all those horses under the hood often served a lot of the same kinds of needs.

      The economic principle of substitute goods seems to have been at play there. I'm sure another satisfaction for the psychological, as distinguished from the nominal, needs met by all that harnessed power will emerge.

      Or maybe folks might actually attain some real power in their own lives?

      Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Monkeys kill people too, if they have guns.

      by DaNang65 on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 06:22:43 PM PST

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      •  Powerful cars and bikes are still wildly popular. (2+ / 0-)
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        Otteray Scribe, rockhound

        But now they are rather more fuel efficient than they used to be.

        Some even have selectable power-levels/fuel economy.

        Technology took over where merely adding fuel and air trailed off.

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