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Re: “The cult of gun-toting

Steven, both you and the NRA/gun lobby are trying to make the rest of Americans believe that those of us who DO live, work and play, do so in the unsafe portion of the world you described, when in TRUTH that's just the fear mongering which has resulted in the escalation of gun sales - and OBSCENE profits - over the past two decades.

The simple fact is, the REAL majority of Americans live in relative safety, with absolutely no desire to either carry a gun, or to see someone else carrying one.

I WILL give you the benefit of the doubt regarding young rape-able women, who live amidst potential danger spots, such as college campuses, or workplaces where their parking isn't secure, and I feel for their safety as much as they do. ( And try to look out for them, when I'm in their proximity.)

Unfortunately, there are more cases of women with guns being overpowered, or having their gun turned on themselves, and killed, than there are of stories where they have successfully scared off an attacker, or a domestic abuser.

I'm a veteran, and a gun owner, and am quite diligent in overseeing my surroundings. If I see something dangerous approaching - in my community that would more likely be a coyote, which I HAVE scared off just by puffing myself up, and snarling, which I'm happy to report worked just fine - I do everything I can do ensure my own safety, and that of others around me - especially women, and I've been able to do that my entire life - 72 years - without wishing I had my gun at my side. ( Well, it would have probably made me feel a bit more secure when I was confronted by the coyote.)

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Posted by Bob Phillips on 01/12/2015 at 4:31 PM

Re: “The cult of gun-toting

Ah, were back to the swimming pool/fire extinguisher gun lobby obfuscation tactics, are we?

It is NOT fear mongering to emphatically state that far too many - an average of 2 per week, or over 100 per year - American children die from an accidental, unintended bullet.

The solution to pool safety is childproof fencing, coupled with alarms going off when someone goes out a door, leading to the pool. Obviously not ALL pool owners go to that "trouble" to prevent children's deaths - but they should.

The solution to gun safety is to NOT keep a bullet in the chamber, to make sure the safety is engaged, or better still to keep the gun and the ammunition apart - all easy methods to employ.

The PROBLEM gun owners see when those tactics are suggested is that ALL those methods slow down the ability of the gun holder to fire their weapons willy nilly upon the unsuspecting public. ( Or people/children who happen to be in harm's way.)

The fact is, if you're attempting to intimidate a potential attacker, just the sight of the gun should be enough to send them scrambling. They don't know it's not loaded.

Of course not having the gun loaded defeats the purpose of having the gun in the first place, which is just fine for the majority of Americans who don't consider it NECESSARY to be packing, every minute of every day.

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Posted by Bob Phillips on 01/12/2015 at 12:14 PM

Re: “The cult of gun-toting

@Katie Waliforce, comparing gun deaths to pool deaths is as ridiculous as another post in this thread re: fire extinguisher deaths. Pools are NOT built to be a killer - they serve a far different purpose.

Pools also - in my state, at least - require child-proof fencing around the pool. ( Kind of like the child-proofing that guns SHOULD have, as a matter of course, but for the legislating efforts of the gun lobby, to prevent such laws, or hindrances being in place.)

VERY similar to the lowering of vehicle deaths which have resulted from the numerous laws and restrictions on driving, over the last few decades. Car driving is now as "WELL REGULATED" as gun ownership should be. ( Again, but for the legislating efforts of the gun lobby, to prevent such laws, or hindrances being in place.)

For the NRA, the gun lobby, and the most radical of gun zealots to continue to stoke the flames of fear, where family's like Veronica's consider it NORMAL to pack chambered heat wherever they go, is a great American tragedy.

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Posted by Bob Phillips on 01/10/2015 at 5:12 PM

Re: “The cult of gun-toting

@Katie Waliforce, comparing gun deaths to pool deaths is as ridiculous as another post in this thread re: fire extinguisher deaths. Pools are NOT built to be a killer - they serve a far different purpose.

Pools also - in my state, at least - require child-proof fencing around the pool. ( Kind of like the child-proofing that guns SHOULD have, as a matter of course, but for the legislating efforts of the gun lobby, to prevent such laws, or hindrances being in place.)

VERY similar to the lowering of vehicle deaths which have resulted from the numerous laws and restrictions on driving, over the last few decades. Car driving is now as "WELL REGULATED" as gun ownership should be. ( Again, but for the legislating efforts of the gun lobby, to prevent such laws, or hindrances being in place.)

For the NRA, the gun lobby, and the most radical of gun zealots to continue to stoke the flames of fear, where family's like Veronica's consider it NORMAL to pack chambered heat wherever they go, is a great American tragedy.

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Posted by Bob Phillips on 01/10/2015 at 5:10 PM

Re: “The cult of gun-toting

Here's a comment I made on the website of the company that made the new purse that helped cause Veronica's premature demise: "One PROBLEM with your device, is that your own website states that it is "SAFE, and SECURE". Obviously, Veronica was at fault to leave the bag unattended in a grocery basket beside a 2 year old, but it could be that she was lulled into a false sense of security, due to your own advertising. I realize that YOU as a company have to maintain a delicate balance between actual safety, and fast, easy access gun owners want because of their NRA fed fear of not having enough time to get their weapons out, to deter ALL those bad guys they'll encounter, in their everyday travels. ( Which, in 99% of our country is a load of NRA bunk!) Obviously her purse was not safe OR secure, when the security measures could be bested by a two year old. RIP Veronica Rutledge, Walmart Shopper"

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Posted by Bob Phillips on 01/09/2015 at 9:57 PM
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