Originally posted by Jadette
But I learned that guns aren't toys when I was a child. They aren't status symbols, they aren't for fun. They aren't tools to empower. They kill
things. That's their sole purpose.
As a lifelong gun-owner and a better shot than you, I know from your statements that you're full of hot air.
Sure, guns aren't toys. Neither is a circular saw. But guns are
status symbols, guns are
for fun, and most of all
tools to empower
Why else would the gubbmint fear
private gun ownership in America? It's because 280 Million privately-owned firearms tip the scales of
in the gubbmint's favor.
That's what the entire gun-control movement is about
— removing power
from the people and giving it exclusively to the Executive
branch of government.
I'll tell you this, the campaign to disarm the American population is not
based on gun-related crime or gun-related deaths. Gun-related crime
has been on the decline for over a decade, and gun-related deaths account for only 1% of the fatalities in America annually. By comparison,
automobile accidents account for over 40% of all fatalities. These stats are from the U.S. Census.
Definition of "fatality" — any death other than natural
death. Accidental deaths and homicides are fatalities
. Guns are
instrumental in only 1% of all fatalities.
As for the stale old anti-gunner mantra "Guns have only one purpose. To KILL,"
again I can say that you're full of hot air.
Aside from hunting and military applications, the gun's best and most potent purpose is to instill fear
and deter crime
, and this goal
is attained daily
all over America, without ever firing a shot
. If you know anything about law enforcement — and I do — then you
know that just the presence
of a gun does more to deter crime than actually discharging the thing. Every day across this country, police
officers draw their guns in resolving various situations and apprehending suspects, but very very few
weapons in the line of duty.
More importantly, civilian ownership of firearms empowers the American citizen in deterring crime, which is far more crucial than police
responding to a situation ten to thirty minutes after the fact
of the gun is enough. The gun carries power
, and the user is empowered in wielding the gun, even without
So there goes the old "Guns have only one purpose" LIE
— Doc Velocity
[edit on 5/8/2009 by Doc Velocity]