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  •  Excellent contribution (5+ / 0-)

    to the ongoing debate.

    It's very easy to talk tough, not so easy in real life.

    I remember watching a BBC documentary discussing soldiers in war. They concluded that many soldiers could not bring themselves to even shoot the enemy. That went equally for both sides.

    Most actually didn't shoot, or did shoot, but aimed to miss.

    The estimates, and I'm relying on memory, was that fewer than 25% of the deployed men did the actual killing, and those soldiers were often the most troubled and troublesome in the command.

    We appear to not be wired to kill other people, unless something goes tragically wrong.

    Indeed, I also believe that most common criminals arm themselves from a perverse sense of self-defence. If they feel they might meet an armed victim, they want protection ... Then the weapon becomes a thing they use to commit the crime, because they have it.

    I rather think that most criminals would prefer to steal your car or TV without that level of risk attached, and no TV is worth a life, anyone's life.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    Who is twigg?

    by twigg on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 03:44:01 PM PST

    •  I knew someone like that, he wasn't a criminal per (4+ / 0-)
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      twigg, ER Doc, gerrilea, Ginny in CO

      se but had spent 2 years in Joliet on drugs. Used to carry a small cheap pistol in his pocket, and he did stick it in someone's face when they'd jack him up.

      Someone else I knew used to take his revolver out and pistol whip people first thing during his multiple confrontations. Just soo they'd know where he was coming from.

      There are some bad people in the world.

      I have no guns for self defense personally. I chose to live in a very safe place and chose a non confrontational life to lead. I can understand why others might need to be armed depending on where they live and stuff but for me the minute possibility isn't worth the hassel.

      How big is your personal carbon footprint?

      by ban nock on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 05:08:47 PM PST

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