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  •  I've had far more instances (8+ / 0-)

    of being put in danger by so-called "responsible gun owners" than of running into bad-guys.

    Lets' see, I've had:

    1. Colt 1911 pointed at my head by a drunk at a party.

    2. AK-47 muzzle swung past me at a shooting range by a 12-year-old boy who was with his father "Hey Dad! This thing's jammed......"

    3. On two instances FFDOs (Armed Airline Pilots) swung muzzles in my direction while holstering their weapons in the cockpit.

    So that's a total of 4 loaded guns pointed at me versus 0 instances of running into a bad guy and needing to use lethal, ranged force to defend myself.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 07:37:41 PM PDT

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    •  And we all know that personal anecdotes (0+ / 0-)

      trump data every time, right?

      How exactly does this hold water any more than the myriad of, "I got beat up by gangs of black kids when I was in school, therefore all non-whites are violent criminal scum" stories out there? I mean seriously, this is a data set? "I've been muzzle swept three times and had an drunk point a gun at me once, so gun owners are the real danger."?

      •  Ummm .... (3+ / 0-)
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        Data? Scroll up to the top? Maybe read the diary?

        Reaganomics noun pl: blind faith that unregulated capitalism can provide unlimited goods and services, that government is bad and it can increase revenue by decreasng revenue. Synonyms: Friedmanomics. Antonyms: common sense. Related Words: Laffer curve

        by FrY10cK on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 05:16:00 AM PDT

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        •  Did read the diary. Know the data. (0+ / 0-)

          Know that there are other sources that cause greater death and injury to children per year. Know that these studies almost never control for prohibited persons who have guns and are not likely to purchase gun safes/lock boxes which would prevent kids from getting a hold of them. Know the usual response to bringing either of those up is "BINGO! NRA TALKING POINT!".

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