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  •  Risks vs. Benefits (0+ / 0-)

    Everything we do in this life carries risks, and has benefits.  Good decision making means thinking about and weighing  the risks and benefits of a course of action.

    I myself am of the opinion that no one should be allowed guns because the risks (100,000 Americans shot every year, 30,000 gun deaths every year, an estimated $17,000 in direct hopsital costs for every shooting injury, tax-payers paying for roughly half of those direct hospital costs, billions in indirect costs for policing, emergency responders, courts and incarceration for gun crimes, etc ) far outweigh the benefits (and just what are the benefits of so many guns? fun for the gun owner? the imaginary safety gun owners think their guns provide them?).

    So if you were to ask me, I would tell you that keeping veterans from owning guns would be a good thing we should be striving for, not a drawback.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue May 07, 2013 at 10:30:11 AM PDT

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    •  Fair enough... (0+ / 0-)

      I wish more would just be honest enough to just come out and say that ... even though I completely disagree with it.  

      •  Understood. And acceptable to me (0+ / 0-)

        I understand that not everyone agrees with my opinions and my stance on guns.  I imagine that my idea that no one should be allowed guns is shared by only a small minority of Americans; that I am "out of the mainstream" in my thinking about guns.

        I also understand that other people have opinions and thoughts that differ from my own, and that other people believe in the correctness of their own ideas just as firmly as I believe in the correctness of my ideas.

        I enjoy the back and forth of differing opinions, often more so than agreement.  I don't really expect to change anyone's mind, any more than I expect I will be changing my mind.  Occasionally, someone says something that makes me see things in a new or different light, and then my thinking changes to accomadate this new perspective.  It happens, but I don't really expect it.

        It seems to me that with the issue of guns, both pro- and anti-gun sides share a concern with safety ("I need a gun to protect my family from bad guys"; vs. "Too many guns cause needless injury and death").  Maybe the discussion should focus on safety, rather than on gun laws.


        "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

        by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue May 07, 2013 at 12:27:35 PM PDT

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        •  I do wish more people were willing (0+ / 0-)

          to discuss it rationally as you do here. Too often, gun diaries here tend to... devolve.

          The internet is ruled by cat people. Dog people are busy playing outside.

          by Canis Aureus on Tue May 07, 2013 at 03:47:41 PM PDT

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