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  •  People who ascribe magical qualities (1+ / 0-)
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    to scary black guns are the problem.  The gun cult promotes the deification of the gun and it is not surprising that the mentally ill take the magical thinking to its logical conclusion.  

    •  That's an interesting way to put it, and it opens (3+ / 0-)
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      the door to a broader look at the problem.  Substitute anybody who is making money by pushing violence for "gun cult" and we might make some real leeway on figuring out who snaps when and why.

      And, maybe, not shy away from the issues of economics and race that create the conditions that endanger the lives of the kids whose deaths don't make national news.

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      by dinotrac on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 10:04:32 AM PST

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    •  The scariest gun out there is the 1897 Winchester (0+ / 0-)

      It is a shotgun.  Over 1 million were produced and production continued through much of the 1950's.  They are still in use today by hunters and competitive shooters.

      It is the only firearm I am aware of that the Germans complained about in WWI for its effectiveness at "clearing" trenches. While anecdotal, it was also used by a few well-trained infantrymen to knock down grenades thrown by axis soldiers at allied trenches, much like skeet shooting.

      Shotguns are really the scariest guns out there.  They will breach a door (no matter what the TV's say, you can't do that with a semi-auto pistol or an "assault" rifle).  They will take down any assailant within 50 yards, and with a 1 oz slug, will put a person in a ballistic vest flat on their back and they won't be getting up any time soon.  And, you can hunt for supper afterwards.

      I don't own an "assault rifle" right now.  I don't presently live in an environment where I believe it to be effective for my requirements.  There are, however, many areas of the country where a .223 Remington/5.56 NATO is, perhaps, the most effective method for the jobs at hand.

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