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Old 09-08-2005, 01:33 PM   #61
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SG, I'm a bit fascinated that your evidence above is based upon 48 responses in an internet forum poll.* There is conflicting evidence about how many crimes are stopped by armed citizens ... as noted above, usually no shots are fired.* And, the media is loathe to report successful civilian efforts at armed self defense.*

For those who have never trained with firearms, aren't aware of the great many practical products now available to properly secure firearms (loaded, and ready to use), and especially have either not been nor know law enforcement officers ("LEO's") ...* there is an understandable tendency to see gun ownership as dangerous, impractical and unnecessary.

But they are just tools that can be stored and used safely, with training and care.*

With very, very few exceptions, the LEO's I've known privately tell you they think it is foolish for people to be unable to protect themselves and their families until the professionals / LEO's arrive.* Check the stat's on 911 responses.* They usually arrive after the violence is over.* And, common law precedent confirms that LEO's do not have a duty nor liability when it comes to protecting your life.

At the end of the day, as long as folks grant each other the freedom (barring convicted violent felons ...) to own and bear arms, then the balance is just fine.* To each his own.

Here's to hoping that none of us on this forum ever find ourselves in a NOLA situation, or come under violent criminal attack.

[Unfortunately, my wife and I have both encountered violence ... she and a girlfriend found a boyfriend murdered, just for a small amount of cash ... my sister-in-law was raped at an ATM, and left bleeding in the bushes ... and a Controller who used to work for me was strangled by a hit man hired by her ex.* Could any of them have stopped those crimes?* We'll never know ... they never had the chance, as these crimes occurred before concealed carry laws.]
A number of people on this board are clearly tired of this discussion. They have openly encouraged me not to take the bait. I respect them. I will comply with their wishes.
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Me too, SG. I didn't expect you to actually have facts to support your emotions anyway. We'll just walk on different sides of the street ...
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Me too, SG.* I didn't expect you to actually have facts to support your emotions anyway.* We'll just walk on different sides of the street ...
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SG,


Your self control is noteworthy.
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