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  •  This is absurd. There are only two kinds of people (9+ / 0-)

    in our country, those who have been caught, and those who haven't. Counting every variety of transgression of the law in our country, given the complexity of our society, almost everyone who is not comatose violates at least something at least daily. And given the prominence that you place on ending drug prohibition (thanks for that, by the way) I wouldn't believe you for a second even if you did claim to be an intoxicant virgin. (In Utah, non-Missionary position sex is still prohibited, and don't even think about entering the office pool on the Super Bowl.)

    Lawful gun owner, lawful gun user, lawful gun carrier, lawful gun possessor, an otherwise unlawful person (whatever that is) doing any of those things lawfully, there is much room here for interpretation.

    You're just hostile about the negative publicity.

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 12:51:44 PM PST

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    •  There are 2 sets of people gun-owners. (2+ / 0-)
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      FrankRose, wishbone

      The first set, and by far the largest, will go their entire lives never endangering anyone with a gun.

      The second set may not have committed any crimes yet, but eventually will.

      Punishing the first set for the not-even-happened-yet transgressions of the second is absurd. It's the same mentality that has Israel bulldozing homes in occupied territories. "We can't tell which is which, and the bad ones are so dangerous we must take extreme steps to protect ourselves, even if we steamroll over the rights of the innocent!"

      And of course there's the never-quite-voiced hints that they think the innocent ones may be secretly helping the guilty somehow, and maybe those insinuations are the most despicable part of all of it.

      But again, I'm trying to use logic and rationality to persuade the irrational and emotional to be a bit more reasonable. I might as well be talking to the wall.

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