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  •  testing for competency (5+ / 0-)

    Continuing education proficiency, enough hours of use in dangerous situations that one could actually use it for self defense, etc.

    Self defense has to be one of the most overrated and least useful reasons for owning a gun.

    I have good friends, they have a number of guns, very proficient with them.   They have had two occasions to use their guns in the real world.  Both were defensive, one against a dog that jumped their fence and attacked their dog, a second time against coyotes on the farm.   They could use them now as well, they are having a feral hog problem, but unfortunately, feral hogs are a whole 'nother level of hard to kill and even they are not adequately equipped or trained to handle them.   They will probably hire some professional hog hunters.

    In all the years and all the people I know with guns, I still don't personally know anyone that had to use it in defense of themselves or a family member.  I have known a couple that have shot at each other in fights while drunk. It is Georgia after all.

    But the issue of self defense just keeps getting trotted out as if millions of people need to shoot somebody every other week to defend themselves.  Low probability event, lower probability that the gun will be available and the person actually able to use it effectively.

    But keep pushing it as anyone who supports any kind of gun restrictions is irrational, because that really is convincing.

    •  The great majority (10+ / 0-)

      of defensive uses do not involve shots fired.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:55:18 AM PST

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      •  so the real defensive (0+ / 0-)

        use is waiving the gun around to scare somebody, so we should not have any competency testing or training for the use of a dangerous instrument?    And then of course, ammunition is also unnecessary since defensive use doesn't involve actually shooting at anything?  And of course, the whole premise that multiple shoots are necessary as a right kind of flies out the window doesn't it.

        You can't have it all ways,  either guns, because they do shoot and are deadly force are necessary to protection, or they don't even need to shoot.    It isn't that they work some of the time for self defense just because someone knows you have one,   doesn't mean that the person who has one doesn't need to show competency in its use or that is not a perfectly reasonable restriction on ownership.

        Not to mention, there aren't any modern scientifically rigorous studies, in part, that issue may be addressed by the president today.    Old studies,  and pro gun lobby literature, nothing in almost 20 years.  Ignorance isn't bliss, its just a lack of knowledge.  Deliberate on the issue of guns so that the real dangers can't be known.  And who fears this knowledge, not the people who argue for some form of registration and licensing, but those who want to sell the maximum number of guns without meeting any restrictions.

        So keep promoting your old information and ignorance.   It works for Republicans and a few no nothing types.

        •  Your reply is (5+ / 0-)

          full of things I did not say, or even imply. FBI statistics are not old information. But obviously you are less interested in facts and more interested in hyperbole.

          Have a nice day.

          "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

          by happy camper on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:34:29 AM PST

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          •  no actually (1+ / 0-)
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            I  tried to find some current numbers, the FBI tries to keep some statistics, but they are, like many statistics from the FBI, not the best methodology (reported crime is not always a good measure of all crime, so police departments don't respond or fudge their numbers) or not current.   Older studies quoted frequently are 1995 and older.  Notable changes in crime patterns have been recorded, other things have changed.  

            A search for FBI statistics shows lots of stuff from the mid 1990's nothing in the last few years.  Again, a result of deliberate action by Congress to end research.  Nothing may be known in case it is negative.

            And if you have the killer end all of arguments, you could link them.

        •  Non sequiteurs and Strawmen? (1+ / 0-)
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          Well played... not.

      •  I don't know about you... (0+ / 0-)

        But I was taught "unless you're on a range, never show a gun unless you intend to use it."  Notice that's not "are willing to use it", but "intend to use it" -- the odds are that once you've shown it, you will wind up using it.

        •  In the USAF they taught us about deadly force (2+ / 0-)
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          PavePusher, gerrilea

          and the policies for how to respond.

          There's a local TV station that's as red as you can get, but for once I agree with the general manager's comments.
          KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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          by BlackSheep1 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:51:32 PM PST

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