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  •  Know why the empire state event was like that? (2+ / 0-)
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    Tom Seaview, Otteray Scribe

    Because "the state" that you think of so highly has to play the numbers regarding keeping warm bodies on patrol. That means reducing the expected level of proficiency to the minimum required for the most basic standards of safety. Raise the expected level of proficiency and you begin shedding officers that just cannot manage to succeed at their six month testing.

    As an example, in responding to a shooting at the Empire State Building, Police wounded 16 persons other than those directly involved, primarily through ricochets. Passerby deaths from gunfire is not unusual when police guns go astray. Imagine civilians popping off who haven't been trained. Try shooting one guy 52 times. It's called contagion shooting.
    A concealed carry person who makes it to the range on their own time and on their own dime is already approaching the task of marksmanship with more dedication than any cop who is sent to the range by their supervisor with State-bought ammo. It's called initiative and motivation, and the cop who doesn't bother with practicing marksmanship doesn't have it.
    How did the small agricultural community of early times defend itself from marauding hunter-gatherers looking for an easy mark? Communal action.
    HA! Communal action taken by the people at large, not some few chosen to "remove the blood from the hands of individuals". Because you are aware that there weren't cell phones or even landline phones way back then to be used to call the cro-magnon version of the Sheriff, right? You are aware that when a small agri town was attacked, whomever was nearby stepped up to defend, right? It's not like there was time to unhitch the plow horse (or ox) and ride a mile or three to the neighbor "sheriff" and bring that sheriff back to your own farm just because you needed someone to "remove the blood from the hands of individuals".

    Your logic in support of gun control is absurd to the point of ridiculousness, and is plain to see when placed next to your own reports of practical self-defense in the form of the "trooper permit" and kicking the ass of a mugger yourself rather than meekly accepting your role as victim.

    It's safe to trust a sane person with the keys to nuclear weapons, but it's not safe to trust an insane person with the cleaners under the kitchen sink. The answer is not more gun control, it's people care.

    by JayFromPA on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 11:48:50 PM PST

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