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One of the things about college is the wallpaper. Not the interior decorating stuff, the literal paper on the walls: notifications for events. They're everywhere, they change almost weekly, and they probably contain something interesting, if you're willing to look hard enough.

A new set has sprung up this week; hand-drawn with markers and paper (not printed) about a speaker coming to speak about "Carrying a Gun For Safety" here where I'm studying foreign languages. I just might make time for it, because I might get a chance where I can trap him. Here's a few questions I'd like to ask:

"Are you rated as an expert marksman?" (if not) "A gun has the power to take a life. Shouldn't you set aside the time to practice with it, and make sure you don't miss when it counts?"

"I've been told in a gun safety course that guns aren't calibrated to leave their targets alive. If you want to not kill someone, you should use something else. Are you in favor of carrying tasers?" (If so) "Which is a better weapon to carry, tasers or guns?"

"I'm willing to take the time to study martial arts, and to prepare my body for a fight when should the need arise. If I do that, should I get a gun?" (if so) "That'd make my study a waste, are you saying I shouldn't study fighting or work out?"

"Bullets frequently go through their targets and hit something else behind it. I took a gun safety course, and was told that you should never point a gun at something if you're not willing to destroy both the target and anything behind the target. With that in mind, shouldn't you have to carry insurance for whatever property damage you may cause, inadvertently or not?"

"I am all for safety, but I'm against the illusion of safety. I'd be wearing it for actual protection, not to make myself feel better. So, I would like to hear some principles of carrying a gun in a dangerous situation. Is it my first resort? My last resort? Should I consider the legality of my actions? What other things should I be mindful of when trying to shoot someone?"

"Почему вас глупый ковбой?"

I'll be impressed if he catches that last one, but I'm not holding out much hope. Anyway, if you were going to a "lecture" where an NRA hack is going to preach the gospel according to Samuel Colt, what questions would you ask him?

Originally posted to Mister Black on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 01:12 PM PST.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA) and Shut Down the NRA.

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