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> Why Not To Own A Firearm, Turns out that they're killing machines
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post Jul 17 2017, 02:58 PM
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Two news reports that came back-to-back recently have revealed why you might not want to own a firearm.

The first is the father who shot his son dead at a supposedly safe indoor range when a hot shell allegedly bounced off the wall and fell into his shirt, then he used his hand holding the pistol to get the shell out, and that resulted with him shooting his son in the jugular vein. A few moments later his son, 14 years old, died.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/04/us/florida-f...-son/index.html

The second is a guy getting shot in the leg at a Denver gun show.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/denver-man-acc...anner-gun-show/

Firearm enthusiasts rationalize these incidents away by claiming they should never have happened if the firearms had been handled correctly, basically that guns don't kill, people do.

Same can be said for most traffic injuries and fatalities. Vehicles don't kill, drivers do.

So is that good enough for you? Or does it make sense to avoid firearms and places where they are fired in order to not be shot? Does your need to feel secure outweigh the risks involved in owning firearms?

Other examples come to mind, some exactly the same and others that are stranger, such as the camper not too far from here being killed by a stray bullet. The round came from an unsupervised range about a third of a mile away, which has also been the starting place for two fires this year.

I guess that's one reason they're called firearms, but I understand that exploding targets were involved. Hey, lets go into wildfire areas and start some -- ought to be fun!

Reminder: This is Casual Conversation, a place where points don't have to be made but where education can happen. My purpose is to encourage education on the risks of firearm ownership, especially those that are usually ignored. Like getting shot at a gun show in Denver or losing your child due to a freaking hot shell falling into your shirt -- one of the major reasons I sold my Glock 9mm. It did that all the time. There were several other reasons as well. I no longer own a firearm, have no plans to own them in the future, and I have my reasons.

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post Apr 26 2018, 07:33 PM
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Here's a reason for not owning a firearm that's tangential to safety concerns:

It means joining a club that doesn't understand how language works and has a religious-like fervor about anyone using synonyms and, apparently, ignore that firearm jargon often, if not always, has other uses.

Thus, a magazine can also be a building or a periodical. A clip can hold papers together or really anything, depending on design.

A muzzle can be on a dog, and in certain situations, on people.

A cartridge is what you put into a laser printer. A barrel can also be used to hold whiskey, beer, crackers, rain water, oil, and so on. Grips are what liberals needed to get before the Iraq adventure. Sites are where something happens, such as nuclear weapons tests. Scopes are what projects have.

So you get my drift -- do you really want to associate with people who constantly criticize others for their usage of language, even when that usage is accepted by lexicographers -- meaning what serious writers with important published works use?

If you do, have at it. I find these types to be highly annoying, geeky in a way.

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post Aug 30 2018, 04:41 PM
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Here's an example of why not to bluff having a firearm:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/30/us/stand-you...iver/index.html

The guy made a few fatal errors that led to the Uber driver shooting him dead:

* He got all bent out of shape by letting his feelings run away from rationality regarding his girlfriend. It's difficult, but try not to do drastic stuff when the old emotions are screaming their little noodles off. Usually it's the guy shooting dead the girlfriend and possibly her new lover, which is really stupid too. Life-in-prison stupid.

* He followed the wrong Uber driver, which goes along with being really, really upset. Emotional turmoil turns people crazy in lots of ways, but the most dangerous is the loss of all rational judgment.

* His crappy judgment allowed him to bluff having a gun to the wrong guy, who is trained and licensed to carry. While there was no way to know this ahead of time, even a tiny bit of rationality would have stopped the headlong rush to death.

The story doesn't mention it, but I bet alcohol was involved on the dead guy's part.

So don't drink while your emotions are driving the bus. Or drink enough to pass out so that you will be dealing with the hangover instead of your emotional pain when your bleary red eyes finally open. Then by the time you feel up to being extremely stupid, it won't seem so bad and definitely not worth the effort.

The Uber driver has a dash cam too, which is looking more like a smart thing to do in our firearm-rich reality. Maybe they'll become standard equipment on all vehicles.
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