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C. G. Sonny Walden wrote at 12:36 pm
"I own several hunting guns, and am no "anti gun nut." But for the life of me, why are weapons with high capacity clips legal at all, why are weapons that have only the singular purpose of killing large numbers of people legal. It is insane, period."
I appreciated his use of the word "guns" and later "weapons", indicating that there is a distinct difference. All too often gun buffs refer to all firearms as "weapons". Those are the ones that scare me.
Joe Zamudio, who had a firearm of his own at the scene, says that he came close to shooting the first person he saw with a gun - unfortunately, that turned out to be the guy who took Loughner's gun awa from him.
All firearms ARE weapons, except for replicas. They may never be used as such, but they have the capability, and that makes them weapons, just like nuclear weapons stored in a bunker. Firearms used for hunting are used as weapons against animals, and those used for target shooting are used to improve one's ability to use the weapon effectively.
My daddy used to say, "Guns don't kill people - people kill people."
And then he would say,"Take all the guns from the sane, honest, law-abiding folks, and only the criminals, the crazies, the cops and the military police will have guns."
The USA has been predicated on violence and the rule of power - to take what you want, to destroy your challengers, and to enforce your corporate-industrial-religious power impulses. This principle dates from the first landings on the rocky New England coast by the outcasts from Britain. Obama's relentless wars in the M.E. remind us that this nation has been saturated with violence and hatred from those earliest years to this very day.
The Bible says it clearly enough. Sow the wind, and you shall reap the whirlwind.
So don't blame the guns; blame the people. Blame this culture, blame the crackpots and hustlers, the loonies and losers, the arrogant, bellicose and selfish members of this sick society. Face it folks - this American 'empire' is over.
As usual, you've hit the nail right on the head...
Guns are illegal in Mexico. Didn't seem to help much there... New York City as well & that sure brought the murder rate down.. IMO In this government built on checks & balances the right of the people to keep & bear arms is less for hunting, sport or self-protection but meant to be the ultimate check on the govnt's monopoly on the us...e of organized violence. Sovereignty, in this country (in theory) rests with the people but how much sovereignty can there be if the people lose the means to evict a usurper from the White House? How else can self-crowned kings & emperors be removed? The powerful already openly thumb their noses at the weak. In a democracy the govn't fears the people & in a totalitarian state the people fear the government. In Switzerland every male citizen is in the army reserves AND keeps his weapon w/ 100 rounds of ammunition at home. To my knowledge there has NEVER been a murder committed with an issued weapon. Keep the guns in the closets lest the government become abusive with its prerogatives & drunk with its power.
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