Monday, November 4, 2013

WHAT WEAPONS SHOULD A CITIZEN CARRY?

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An atmosphere of fear has been promulgated by newspapers, real events and gun dealers and manufacturers. They want an armed too the teeth America. But, what do we really need in the way of guns for protection? My friend Randy Vining asks this question. Here is his post on the subject that I’ve copied with his permission.
Posted: 31 Oct 2013 05:06 PM PDT
FOUND: A GUN ENTHUSIAST WITH THE COURAGE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION.
Ask your gun loving friends this question and watch them turn cowardly—hem and haw—wiggle and lie, evade and accuse. Almost none of them have the courage to confront this question rationally. But I found one—Here he is:
He was having his morning coffee—I asked the question—expecting the usual evasiveness. BUT SURPRISE:—he answered succinctly and un-defensively: SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS. And he added: There is no legitimate need for automatic weapons. (other than military)
I had stopped to photograph this provocative sign. He told me people stop often with their cameras.
In Prescott, Arizona—
This may be the biggest gun store in Arizona—
a veritable supermarket of deadliness.
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: I salute this brave man—did you notice he is carrying a sidearm? (Arizona has perhaps the most permissive gun laws) He operates this store.
I think I agree with his answer—-at least for now—It seems a reasonable middle ground between too much and too little—and until so many mass murders occur that it will seem logical to begin restricting them—as happened in Australia. I feel safe in Canada because they have so seriously restricted firearms.
Twice in 8000 nights of boondocking I have felt comforted by my weapons—outside Sheridan, Wyoming In a lonely place– 4 (drunken?) Indians roared up yelling and began to rock my rig. I was not afraid–because I was armed—and they soon went away.
More seriously, in Lafayatte, La I was accosted by a carload of angry blacks–yelling and cursing me for some supposed traffic infraction. I apologized profusely several times—not knowing what I had done—while just out of sight I held my equalizer. Luckily they did not attack.
All in all my guns have caused me more trouble than they are worth. In Concord, Massachusetts the cops took my weapon—disassembled it and gave it back the next day.
I DON’T KNOW HOW RANDY’S EXPERIENCES STACK UP AGAINST ANYONE ELSE’S, BUT HE ECHOES MOST OF THE PEOPLE I’VE TALKED TO AS DOES THIS GUN STORE OWNER. SEMI- AUTOMATIC WEAPONS ARE NOT NECESSARY FOR PROTECTION. THEY HAVE ONE PURPOSE, NOT HUNTING, NOT PROTECTION, THEY ARE FOR KILLING.
Randy writes an interesting blog:  Here is his address:
http://www.mobilecodgers.blogspot.com/

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