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  •  Agree. (9+ / 0-)

    I hunted growing up. Pheasant and rabbit, mostly, with my dad. When he quit hunting, I quit hunting.

    The folks who puzzle me are those who feel the need to always have a weapon on them (excluding, of course, those with a demonstrated need such as security, police or perhaps dealing with a stalker issue).

    They are the radical ones, in my experience. All of this macho bluster about "being ready if the SHTF!" (Shit Hits The Fan)

    Most of them are out-of-shape white guys who would be lucky if they could run 200 yards without being gassed. But they have their guns! At all times! And they typically fight every reasonable effort to make guns just a little more difficult to get in this country.

    Calling other DKos members "weenies" is a personal insult and therefore against site rules.

    by Bob Johnson on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 08:41:39 AM PDT

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    •  I don't disagree... (2+ / 0-)
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      Bob Johnson, Joy of Fishes

      But you must recognize that within the dKos community there are individuals who do not see these distinctions.  Gun=bad.  Gun owner=Nut job.

      •  Yes, true. (2+ / 0-)
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        Joy of Fishes, shaharazade

        I think the big change came when the gun makers (and their mouthpiece, the NRA) switched their emphasis from guns as sport (hunting, target practice) into guns for self-defense.

        That happened when hunting declined and gun makers were desperate for new markets in which to push their wares. The shift in advertising was dramatic. There was still advertising for hunting guns, but they really started pushing items like the semi-autos (handguns and weapons like the AR-15) as "self-defense" weapons.

        When I was a kid, a lot of other kids I knew hunted with their dads. I imagine a lot of that is gone now, especially as people moved from rural to urban environments over the last 50-60 years.

        We now know that the gun makers (and the NRA) don't give a rat's ass who gets a gun, as long as a gun is sold. That's why this country is flooded with handguns, and the concealed and open carry crowds fight any sort of sane restrictions on sales, tooth-and-nail.

        Calling other DKos members "weenies" is a personal insult and therefore against site rules.

        by Bob Johnson on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 09:03:31 AM PDT

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