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  •  Strange (1+ / 0-)
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    FrankRose

    I have several hammers about the house, and also guns, and have had such all of my life, and yet I've never hammered a person to death, nor shot one, nor have I pounded "everything I encoutered".  

    I guess I was never a "small boy".   Perhaps that's it.

    Or, perhaps it's just a cliche.

    •  Not a convincing argument (3+ / 0-)

      the key to what you're saying is "about the house". I don't care what you keep "about your house" as long as you keep it in your house, or until a child or other innocent in your house is killed when you forgot to unload your gun while cleaning it.

      However, when you strap on your gun or hammer wherever you go, and our gun culture allows you to stand your ground every time something pisses you off, we have a serious societal problem.

      Now, given your UID, I'd say since you're a woman, thats not likely happen as most bullies with guns who stand their ground and kill other people are men.

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      by fcvaguy on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 08:02:03 AM PST

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    •  Not necessary to BE a small boy (2+ / 0-)
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      Glen The Plumber, coquiero

      It's sufficient to think like one.

      Black/white thinking, self-focused, inability to appreciate actions have consequences.

      E.g. I read right here in the past few days one gun owner claim that one reason they carry openly is because their gun forces them to de-escalate every encounter. Rather than simply admit they carry openly because they like to be seen in public a certain way, they rationalize by attributing behavioral power to the gun itself.

      That is very distorted thinking, and rather sad. Since any person can choose de-escalation as a matter of habit, the claim shows someone's manner of engaging the world is severely distorted by their own false perception of relative helplessness. It's just their own self-limiting justification that distorts every encounter.

      "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

      by LilithGardener on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 01:34:34 PM PST

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