Is it time to talk about guns?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Balbus, Mar 24, 2021.

  1. Toecutter

    Toecutter Moderator

    I have a fire extinguisher in my home, never used it, I know how to use it, I hope I never need it.

    Walking into a home and getting the drop on someone is a possibility,
    What are you going to do if you find him before he finds you, he has a gun what do you have to defend your family ?
     
  2. Eric!

    Eric! Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter

    Japan is very similar to this, they don’t play. You get pulled over by the koban (police), if you have a baseball bat in car, there better be a baseball glove and baseball uniform, and you better be on the way to or coming from a baseball game- or else you’re going straight to jail.
     
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  3. Toecutter

    Toecutter Moderator

    Imagine that happening here in America….. News at 11:00
     
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  4. MeAgain

    MeAgain Dazed & Confused Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    I'll do whatever I can. Meanwhile I'm not losing any sleep over it, nor am I running out and buying a Bushmaster. I'm looking at the odds of it happening and not worrying about it.

    I've looked down the wrong end of a gun before. Survived that time, maybe I will again if it ever happens, maybe not. That's life.
     
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  5. Toecutter

    Toecutter Moderator

    Agreed Sir
     
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  6. scratcho

    scratcho Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter

    I think like everything else in life that can be quantified, anything can always be reduced to percentages and should for be for edification, depending on the importance of the circumstances. There are some people that are going to die in car wrecks. Likewise with fires, falls, murders, plane crashes, vaccinations, falling trees,guns, fist fights, poisonings, etc,etc and on and on ---percentages work for any and all facets of life. For example: I quit flying back when I left Hawaii for the last time in 1976. It just isn't worth it for me to go through the stress and the results of my vivid imaginings of the end when it comes via a plane plunging to earth with people screaming , piling up in the front of the plane------YIKES! See what I mean. Now the odds on that happening are miniscule compared to driving on a public highway. I've rolled two cars, been in a drag race wreck where the the two in the the front seat of the other car were killed. In the car in which was riding in the front seat, my friend the driver was horribly injured and lived an awful life afterward and then me. I lost some teeth, got a whiplash that bothered me for years and years. I also worked as a roofer and roofing contractor from the age of 27 until the age of 70.

    So--to conclude: Willing to buck the odds of crashing in a plane however much the odds would be in my favor. Nope. Foolish? Perhaps.
    Willing to buck the odds of dying on the highway after beginning to drive at 8 years old until this very day at 82? Yup. Foolish ? Perhaps
    Willing to vaccinate? Yup, even though a small percentage will die from a vaccination. I grew up before polio shots / cures were discovered. Saw results of polio firsthand. Foolish? Hell no.
    Willing to roof even though I fell off 4 or 5 times over the years and hurt myself in two of the incidents and had to work on jobs that not many would do? Yup. Enjoyed the physically difficult, hard work, the satisfaction of helping people with serious situations and the money I made. Foolish? Depends on who you ask.:)

    So: My usual long winded / typed point is that I now keep a gun at the ready in case a member of that very, very small percentage of assholes that want other peoples stuff and don't mind killing said others or at least frightening and humiliating said others to get their stuff. And woe to the asshole that thinks that he has a right to my stuff and to impose upon me and my family by fright , humiliation and worse. --- his attempt will gain him a serious case of lead poisoning.

    ( No Children here in the house and if I lived in a peaceful, country--I would not own any guns.)
     
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  7. Toecutter

    Toecutter Moderator

    Agreed Sir
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2021
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  8. Eric!

    Eric! Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter

    If I was still single, I would have the same view. However, now that I have a family- I’ll do anything I can to keep them safe. Security system, cameras, weapons, etc. I have it all, and I have peace of mind. As the saying goes, “Better to have and not need, than to need and not have”
     
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  9. erofant

    erofant Members

    I should have clarified in my posts #939 and #940 that we have no kids below 21 anymore. We're TOTALLY READY for any home invasion.

    I saw a cool sign some years ago ( not a big billboard ) in a home's yard. It said -

    "This homeowner is very well armed and a proficient shooter. There's nothing in this house worth risking your life for."

    I don't know if anyone - day or night - would take the time to read his sign, but if they saw it, I have to think it would give them pause to reconsider their plan.
     
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  10. Tyrsonswood

    Tyrsonswood Senior Moment Lifetime Supporter


    Actually that sign just tells criminals there are weapons in that guy's house... It might peak their interest.
     
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  11. Toecutter

    Toecutter Moderator

    The sign at the door of local hardware store.
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  12. Toecutter

    Toecutter Moderator

    Would it peak your interest ?
    Or would you go next door ?
     
  13. Tyrsonswood

    Tyrsonswood Senior Moment Lifetime Supporter


    I'm not a criminal.
     
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  14. scratcho

    scratcho Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter

    I think that sign might peak their interest in finding a different prospective victim.;)
     
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  15. Tyrsonswood

    Tyrsonswood Senior Moment Lifetime Supporter

    That sign says "This house has guns in it".

    I guess a "criminal" isn't smart enough to wait until the "proficient shooter" isn't home to break in and stock up...
     
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  16. wrat1

    wrat1 Members

    the average criminal is a not to bright opportunist so
     
  17. erofant

    erofant Members

    I thought that too. Always a possibility. I knew that guy, and he showed me his bedroom. It was FULL of guns .......... all of them loaded in case of a break-in at night. He was a gunsmith.

    But you're right - for a truly daring burglar - the sign might be a temptation to "try it." If the car's not in the driveway (might be in the garage- no window), or the wife may have taken it - and he's still at home. I'm sure there'd be SOME idiot that would risk it.
     
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  18. Harrison Miller

    Harrison Miller Members

    I agree with you.
     
  19. MeAgain

    MeAgain Dazed & Confused Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    If the sign works do well why not just buy the sign and forget about the guns?
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2021
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  20. Tyrsonswood

    Tyrsonswood Senior Moment Lifetime Supporter

    There is no way to inject logic into this discussion...
     
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