Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafesj

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
BlueJay BS: Minnesota's idiotic new 'concealed carry' law (68* d) RE: BS: Minnesota's idiotic new 'concealed carry' law 19 May 03

Ironmule- Your arguments are thoughtful, but I still say we have too many guns in this country for our own good. I have been an avid shooter, and in the past I have owned quite a few guns. If someone gave me a gun now, I'd probably really enjoy a little target shooting.

But I don't think you can deny the fact that the more firearms available, the more accidents there will be. When I was about 10 or 12, I blew part of the top off of my dresser. I was trying to shoot a .22 into a phone book, (use a thick one), in my bedroom. Unfortunately I didn't understand that the scope I was aiming through was sighted for fifty yards rather than ten feet, hence the chunk out of my dresser. I shouldn't have even had my dad's gun, and I got the bullets on my own. Kids are very clever.

My friends and I, (about the same time), managed to get ahold of a few .22 pistols. We understood that shooting each other with standard .22 ammo was not an option, but we quickly realized you can pry the lead projectile off with a pair of pliers, dump all or most of the powder out, stick the shell into a bar of soap and have a stinging but not deadly projectile.

Boy we had fun, shooting each other with abandon. We quit after a potent charge landed a wad of soap through my shirt and into my right deltoid muscle. It healed, without my parents ever knowing. I still have the scar, looks just like a smallpox vaccine of old. Good thing no one got one in the eye.

I think it is undeniable that with more guns, there will be more gun accidents. More kids will get ahold of them and do stupid shit like I did.

In Denver, in the last month, two kids are dead and one in critical condition because they got ahold of their dad's firearms. That's the only real statistic I have. Is that a fair trade off for your right to own and carry as many weopons as you see fit? Or is it just "collateral damage"?

Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.
   * Click on the linked number with * to view the thread split into pages (click "d" for chronologically descending).

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.