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  •  I stopped reading when you said we'd have (3+ / 0-)
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    rightiswrong, sponson, sethtriggs

    10,000 machette related deaths if we banned guns.  If you really think that machettes are as leathal as guns then why not advocate that the military stop buying M-16s, outfit all soldiers with machettes and pump the savings into infrastructure?  

    The answer to that is - obviously - because your machette argument is a complete red herring and caries no persuasive merit.    

    "If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people." -Tony Benn (-6.38,-6.36)

    by The Rational Hatter on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 01:58:34 PM PST

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    •  Me vs. Crazy man with machete (4+ / 0-)

      Me vs. Crazy man with AR-15 holding 30 loads?

      I'll take my chances with Machete Man.

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      by rightiswrong on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 03:05:40 PM PST

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    •  Most gun deaths are not at long range (1+ / 0-)
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      happy camper

      If 90% of the gun homicides in this country were from shots fired from 500 yards, you would have a point.  Most deadly gun shots are fired from close range, by a person who knew the victim.

      At close range a machete or any blade certainly is as deadly as a gun, unless you're saying my great aunt isn't actually dead.

      Go ahead and stop reading.  Stop trying to ban guns to and go address the real problem of mental illness.  But I don't think you're actually intereted in ending random violence or gang violence.  I think you're just grandstanding.

      •  /yawn. NRA talking points aside... (0+ / 0-)

        I don't base my opinions on random strangers' dead aunt stories (and for the record I also think that your aunt is fabricated but I can't prove that any more than you can prove she's real).  But I do agree that banning "assault" rifles is stupid.  We should ban firearms. Period. I know that wouldn't pass constitutional muster but it's what would happen in perfect world.

        The fact is that there is no epidemic of blade related homocides in the US.  There is an epidemic of gun related homocides and that is why they will wind up being regulated in some manner whether you like it or not.

        You are comparing apples to oranges and it's not convincing anyone.  

        "If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people." -Tony Benn (-6.38,-6.36)

        by The Rational Hatter on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 04:36:12 PM PST

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