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  •  My family mostly has guns for hunting, but (14+ / 0-)

    there have been bad experiences: a child accidentally killed by his sister; a cousin jailed for having unregistered guns in the trunk of his car; my son in MT who is in the National Guard collects 'unusual' guns (he is a Democrat, too).

    It's a large family (I have 51 first cousins), and hunting is central to the family identity. I am told my great grandfather who came from Ireland was amazed that people could hunt here because in Ireland, only the landowners could hunt and people could be shot for poaching.

    I have two brothers and a nephew in Montana who live largely on the game they kill: antelope, deer, birds of all kinds.

    I am pro-gun ownership, but there is no way of avoiding the fact that it is dangerous. Also, the crazy way things are going, we should be able to defend ourselves. We own a couple guns (hidden) and two tasers.

    "All politics is national."

    by Auriandra on Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 06:21:01 AM PDT

    •  Going by the available stats... (6+ / 0-)

      gun ownership is rather far down the list of "dangerous".  

      The average non-criminal Citizen is far more likely to be killed by misuse of their motor vehicles.

    •  Follow the rules, and the 'danger' is minimal. (5+ / 0-)

      First, treat the gun like it is always loaded.

      Second, I said treat it like it's loaded damn it!

      Third, keep your nose-pickers off the trigger until you want it to go bang. Period.

      Fourth, Treat it like it's loaded, this means only point it at stuff you are willing to obliterate. Not 'put a hole in', I mean obliterate.

      Fifth, my own personal addition: We teach our kids about the danger of strangers so they don't get kidnapped. We teach our kids about condoms and such so they don't pull a Bristol Palin. We teach our kids about the dangers of cars so they look before crossing the street. We teach our kids about the dangers of the stove so they don't burn themselves. We teach our kids about lots of stuff for prevention of catastrophe. So teach the kids about the seriousness and danger of guns fer crying out loud! Assert the parental boot in the ass, figuratively, so the kid knows this is not some toy right from the start. Maybe take some wall material and the shell of a tv or some other such whatnot to a range and shoot that, so the destructive power is seen and respected for what it is immediately. You don't get that putting holes in paper.

      It Takes A Village To Keep The Peace...(RKBA).......(-7.12, -5.54)

      by JayFromPA on Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 03:35:39 PM PDT

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