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  •  Well, I don't think anyone reasonable (9+ / 0-)

    ever said that a gun was the only applicable answer to everything... only that it is one potential answer among many, many, many others. And if a person isn't really prepared to accept the responsibilities that come with it (and in truth it can be a pain in the ass) then they're better off dismissing it from the start.

    Only the NRA leadership really seems to think that a gun is the answer to every problem. Even a lot of NRA rank-and-file have expressed a willingness for new regulations.

    There are plenty of perfectly reasonable ways to stay safe or even defend oneself that include things beside firearms.

    •  When you have a hammer every thing looks like a na (8+ / 0-)

      everything looks like a nail.

      If the author had had a gun he might have been so busy thinking about using or not using the gun that he may not have come up with the clever solution he actually used.

      They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance. Terry Pratchett

      by Toon on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 10:18:56 PM PST

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      •  yes... & cop's taser use supports this meme (7+ / 0-)

        they all carry tasers and just end up using them where they would not have in the past. Laziness. and the whole mental process of deciding to use or not use... their buddies have deployed them... and they have not... a macho notch on the handle mentality.

        And areas with SWAT teams who do not really need Swat teams send them out to cover relatively minor situation just to justify their existence... have it = use it... whether it makes sense or not.

        And in the 19th century... and later... as countries armed up, built new warships... enlarged their armies, added newer better artillery... they just ended up using them just because. Untested or underused capability leads to rash use... those who lead them chafe at restraint or not being able to prove effectiveness or even need.

        The skipper of the guided missile vessel in the Persian gulf that shot down the Iranian airliner was just such an all decked out and ready to go guy without the really brag-worthy under fire medals... his career retirement was not too far ahead and when his longings for a chance to sport a few more important trinkets bumped into what might have seemed his last chance to A) win glory and B ) seriously defend his ship against a serious attack (and of course not totally mess up by being cautious... except that he did really screw the pooch by being reckless)

        And SWAT snipers have been known to take out innocent hostages by mistake... just a bit too ready to acquire a target... It just takes a few jumpy or gung-ho defectives to misuse all the butch equipment they are trained to use...

        Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

        by IreGyre on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 03:19:45 AM PST

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