The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #67255   Message #1131087
Posted By: Cluin
07-Mar-04 - 04:05 PM
Thread Name: BS: Crime in Canada, England and Oz
Subject: RE: BS: Crime in Canada, England and Oz
Do not talk to me about self-deceit, Stroller. I don't know what airy-fairy world you're living in, but in my world things die and are killed so other things can live. Maybe it's not right, but it's always been that way and it always will be that way. Take it up with God or whatever power made the rules. If YOU don't wish to hunt, then don't. I respect that decision; hell, I don't do it as much as I used to either. Just don't take the attitude that nobody else should be allowed to because YOU don't like the thought of it. And largely urban residents shouldn't be allowed to make rules resulting from their fear and ignorance restricting the rights of largely rural residents. There's such a weird love/hate fetish surrounding guns today in our society. But for some us who've grown up around them and have always owned and used them, they ARE just tools. I don't see why I should have to justify owning the 3 hunting firearms I do own any more than I should have to justify the 4 guitars I own, or the 2 hammers, or the 1 minivan. But I got rid of my golf clubs years ago. They were just way too scary. ;O

For the record, I am opposed to citizens being able to own and use handguns and automatic assault-type weapons. Those are definitely firearms that are designed and meant for shooting human beings. There's no good reason for people outside of law enforcement and the military to have them. They are not tools designed for legitimate (and legal) hunting. And I also have no objections to registering my hunting rifles and shotgun. I did that as soon as the law said I had to. The only objection I ever had to it is the fucked-up way our (Canadian) government did it. I won't even get started on that here, except to say it was one more government program that was ill-conceived, ill-prepared, and inefficient.

But I still think there's hope for me. ;)