reply to post by blupblup
Well a gun can only kill and injure. The gun wasn't invented/designed to maim and slightly injure people, it was made to kill and it has only limited
ability (along with maiming). A gun cannot be used in any other way than to kill and injure. A car for example is a mode of transport. Accidents
happen and of course people end up in road traffic accidents, that is life A knife is primarily used in the kitchen.... other knives include
hunting knives and camping/fishing knives and they are used to cut rope/fishing line and carve and are multi-functional. A gun is just a tool
of destruction. That is its only purpose. Obviously I meant to say its purpose is to kill OR maim, not just kill.... but the point remains, it is
not used for any other reason.
I'm sure what you meant to say is that the only use YOU can think of for a gun is...
Personally I'm a little more open minded and can see other uses, one's that don't end up with some person or animal dead or maimed.
Like for example to PROTECT people, most people don't want to die, and fear imminent risk of death, this includes criminals, the criminal who breaks
into a home intending theft of property or bodily harm of the residents, might consider flight when staring down the barrel of a shotgun or "assault
weapon". If the gun owner lets the criminal flee for the authorities to apprehend, that incident ends with no harm to anyone.
Another example I can think of is discharging the weapon harmlessly to scare off scavengers and some predatory animals in defense of your property
(though I would suggest abiding by all the laws governing the discharging of a firearm in the area where you live, lol).
Another example I can think of is as a deterrent to violence, this goes back to people not wanting to die and thus reconsidering violence against
someone who has a gun and can kill them with it, and a deterrent to an oppressive government, causing them to consider carefully how far they can push
the citizenry, how much liberty can they take away before they have pushed to far.
I may be alone in the belief, but I carry the belief anyhow, that this deterrent has worked to significantly slow the encroachment of government on
our liberties. To be honest it seems to be working a lot less now though, I'm hoping that we can convince our government with the strength of our
conviction to keep them that we can show them our determination without having to use them, which is a day I personally don't want to see.
Now I don't know if this part applies to you, I've been reading a lot of posts and counterarguments sort of blend together. So if this behavior
doesn't describe you, then I don't intend it towards you. But I've many times seen the argument or stance that because I want the citizens to keep
their guns, I'm a "gungho rambo wanna blow somebody away type" and that everybody that is pro-2nd amendment is also. First of all, I don't personally
own a gun, don't intend to in the foreseeable future either. But it would seem to me with all the legally privately owned firearms in the US, if every
one of them was a trigger happy as you make them out to be, firearm violence would have been astronomical, I say would have been because with such
overwhelming amounts of gun violence all the guns would have been taken long ago.
I encourage you to prove to me that we will be statistically significantly safer if we get rid of guns. As I'm a huge believer in the idea of an armed
citizenry being a deterrent to tyranny it'll have to be significantly safer, proof we'll all be marginally safer won't cut it.
And just to be clear, I am willing to support a limit on the clip capacity of weapons. I have no problem with all legally owned guns being registered,
though I fear what might be done with such a list by nefarious people, I also feel that gun owners should be responsible for their weapons, if your
weapon was used in the commission of a crime, you should have to answer for yourself and face possible criminal negligence or in extreme cases
accessory charges. I'm open to avenues that increase safety without sacrifice of liberty.
edit on 25-1-2013 by Taliesien333 because: fixed a