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  •  Photo caption - "Training Young Republicans" (n/t) (3+ / 0-)



  •  Metaphor (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    "Where do babies come from?" Or, as Wiktionary says:

    The use of a word or phrase to refer to something that it isn’t, invoking a direct similarity between the word or phrase used and the thing described, but in the case of English without the words like or as, which would imply a simile.
    [emphasis mine and theirs]

    Prospective parents take heed.

  •  David, as a person with a disability I wanted to (0+ / 0-)

    comment on your story today about the legally blind guy who shot his nephew and the nine year old who shot her gun instructor..  I have had cerebral palsy since birth and based on my interpretation of things, I'm considered fairly "high functioning."  I have some mobility, spasticity and coordination challenges, but no speech or cognitive issues.  I wear glasses, but am nowhere near "legally blind."  Because I was born in central PA., I know a bit about "gun culture."  My dad, uncles, cousins, and even a few aunts went hunting regularly.  My cousins and I played Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, and Army in our neighborhood and on my grandpa's farm with our Johnny Lightning replica rifles and a variety of other cap guns that were readily available at any toy store drugstore and mall.  Despite all this I have never fired a "real" gun, not even the BB guns that many of my friends and cousins got for Christmas( no I'm not related to Ralphie,but I probably could have been.)  

    The main reason for this is that my CP made it abundantly clear for me at an early age, and my responsible parents even earlier, that carrying or firing a loaded gun was not a good idea.  You see I have very bad balance and pretty serious eye hand coordination issues.  As a result. the chances that I will drop a loaded gun "accidentally " when I fall or trip or that I would hit something other than what I'm aiming at are and were quite high.  Therefore, I have never thought owning or firing a gun was a good idea for me even when I lived in a relatively high crime area of Philadelphia in the early 1980s.  I was always more afraid of the harm and damage I could do with a firearm accidentally than the harm that could come to me because I didn't have one.  To me this is just common sense.  I think when it becomes common for parents to train nine year olds in gun handling, gun advocates are advocating that the blind and profoundly disabled be armed, and that teachers should be armed in the classroom, common sense no longer plays a role in the debate.

    On an unrelate matter, Happy belated birthday!  Sorry I missed your mention of it yesterday, but I tuned in a bit late.  Take care.  I'll be listening!

    •  Thanks! (0+ / 0-)

      For the comment and the birthday wishes!

      I guess what I'd say on reflection is that I understand the desire a person with a disability might have for additional protection, but it's an open question whether a gun would actually afford more protection, or just enhance or even create new dangers.

      •  That's my point exactly. There have been (0+ / 0-)

        situations where my disability has garnered unwanted attention and feelings of vulnerability, but I can say that I've never been in a situation where I felt that having a handgun would have made me feel more in control or "protected."  

        On a related note, after reading more details of the gun fail story of the 9 year old girl, found out that the "gun" in question was an uzi!  This not only violates my common sense principle, but falls into the "What the hell were they thinking!" category.  As I told you in my prior comment, I am not an experienced gun handler, but I know enough to know that most long guns and automatic weapons of a  a non-handgun variety are quite heavy and are subject to a thing called recoil.  While the uzi is relatively light weight compared to other combat weapons it is certainly not "light" by any definition.  Also, physics tells me that weapons which are designed to rapidly fire large quantities of bullets have significant recoil.  

        Unless this girl was  particularly large or well balanced for her age the weight of the weapon and the recoil would make it very difficult to control.  This begs the obvious question, "Why would anyone ever let a nine year old fire an uzi?"  In other words, "what the hell were they thinking?"

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