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  •  also, BB--I've been drunk numerous times. (3+ / 0-)

    I've passed out, wandered around alleys, gotten locked out of buildings, fallen, tripped, etc. etc.

    I'm still alive.  In part because no one shot me.

    Drunk driving?  Now, that's a common cause of death.  I'm actually pretty shocked you didn't mention that--these other situations you've suggested are kinda nutty, to be honest.

    •  May sound nutty (2+ / 0-)
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      OldSoldier99, happymisanthropy

      But I've taken them from real life examples.

      P.S. I am not a crackpot.

      by BoiseBlue on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 07:48:35 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not saying they're impossible--I just don't (2+ / 0-)
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        see them as particularly strong examples of why alcohol is dangerous/at fault in this situation.  Hell I do the same things while tired.  Hell--i fell into a manhole in Mongolia once after not getting enough sleep...

        •  Come on, everyone here knows I'm a lush (3+ / 0-)
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          But when someone is so drunk that they don't know their own home, when they're that disoriented, it's not unlikely that something bad is going to happen.

          We all know alcohol can be dangerous, that's not in dispute. But to say that the gun is the only factor in this tragedy is naive.

          Again, I think people who own guns for the purpose of shooting intruders are cowards. I've taken plenty of heat for that opinion from the RKBA crowd.

          But at the same time, I don't see how the homeowner is solely to blame here. The kid didn't even know where he was. That WAS a factor in this- a huge one.

          I'm not saying that if he hadn't been drunk this wouldn't have happened. I'm saying that if he hadn't been THAT drunk this probably wouldn't have happened.

          P.S. I am not a crackpot.

          by BoiseBlue on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 08:03:30 PM PDT

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          •  the chances of DEATH from drinking too much (1+ / 0-)
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            aside from getting behind the wheel--and in rare cases alcohol poisoning--are minuscule.

            Get into trouble?  Sure.  Get killed?  Highly unlikely.

            Look--I don't dispute in the least that the alcohol played a role.  Obviously.  But we're not talking 50-50 blame here.

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