Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 13:52:55 +0000 (GMT)
From: John Pate
Subject: Re: My Turn
On Thu, 14 Feb 2008, TR wrote:
> and this is at least part of what I am getting at…
This sure beats algebra, doesn't it?
There are "school shootings" in the US all the time. There are in Europe. There was a famous one here… at a time when we had "gun control" laws that even the most rabid American gun-grabber could only dream about getting imposed on America.
You haven't answered any of my questions. For instance, the one about how do you take the guns away - and keep them away - except by having a class of watchmen with guns? Who watches the watchmen?
In the case of America it's going to be more difficult than that. I have American email pals who tell me they are busy buying black rifles and ammo and figuring out where to bury them in case of Hillary or Obama. The prospect of a Democratic President and/or Congress always sends gun-nuts into overdrive.
The Israelis, of course, are quite happy to arm their schoolteachers - nobody thinks twice because they are "at war" only more so.
Your point is, to my mind, meaningless. What mystifies me is why you are unable to understand that. I understand perfectly where you're coming from - pick up any newspaper and you'll see reams of the same BS (the Yahoo article contains the relevant tropes, case in point).
> you can't do this shit with a knife…
I simply look and see that it could have been done with a pipe bomb or petrol.
I suppose alongside banning guns and pointy sticks you'll be wanting to ban matches and petrol too.
You're turning out to be just what I expected: one of those crazy people who thinks we must get rid of guns because a deranged lunatic may go on a shooting spree at any time and thinks I'm crazy, stupid or paranoid (or any permutation of the preceding) for wanting a gun out of fear of such a lunatic.
That reminds me, I must buy a machete before they get banned.
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