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Old 11-14-2018, 11:10 PM   #61
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If you are not comfortable with a gun, get a can of bear spray, those things will stop a grizzly bear attack, watch videos so you can decide how you would use it.

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What is better than most things for defense is wasp spray. It shoots a long way in a narrow directed spray. And the stream is constant, unlike a legal gun.
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Old 11-14-2018, 11:14 PM   #62
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I've noticed the same thing - paranoid people spinning up other people. We recently had someone sounding the alarms about a strange man that came to her house. Turns out it was a cable company inspector who has all the right ID and was perfectly legit.
we could have a whole thread on weird posts on NextDoor!
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we could have a whole thread on weird posts on NextDoor!
Yea, I live in a semi-rural area so it is mostly about lost dogs, but there was recently a lost goat and a lost pig found. And a woman who claimed a hawk was going to fly off with her 60 pound dog.
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Yea, I live in a semi-rural area so it is mostly about lost dogs, but there was recently a lost goat and a lost pig found. And a woman who claimed a hawk was going to fly off with her 60 pound dog.
We had a woman sounding the alarm about a strange man that would park in front of her house and make cell phone calls. Turns out the man lived a few doors down and was also on nextdoor, so he read her posts about him. They exchanged words for a while, for all to see!!
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I'm hoping these Canadians break into my place soon.
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See what happens when you don't have a Second Amendment to protect your home? Poor Canadians drowning in crime.
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What is better than most things for defense is wasp spray. It shoots a long way in a narrow directed spray. And the stream is constant, unlike a legal gun.
I was thinking of wasp spray when writing about the bear spray. However, I read/heard somewhere, that it will blind a person and using it would make you liable for injury.
However it is cheaper, and solves the wasp problem at the same time.

I like an alarm, because the cops will probably come, and the noise will frighten off someone who breaks in at 3:30 am, and wake me up.

I imagine these folks wished they had an alarm when the gun toting career criminal started pistol whipping them at 3:30 am.

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I’m not sure what area you can live in to assure “you’re safe from violence”.
One can certainly mitigate it with wise choices.

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Certainly, as others have said, if you’re afraid of guns, for heavens sake (and everyone around you) please don’t get one! You’ll be more of a danger than a benefit.
You quoted me so I assume you meant me, if you did not that is OK to. But being afraid of guns is not the issue, it is being concerned about the folks that wield them.

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If you do have weapons (any kind of weapon) and don’t train and practice with them, please get rid of them.
More true words have not been typed here so far. I have shot competition pistol for over 25 years, in Canada, the UK and The US and have in the past earned many awards for IPSC, Tactical, Marksmanship, Skeet & a Training Certification.

The availability of good SAFE Public target ranges here where we live are few and far between, and not so easy to get to. The ones we have are poorly run, not regulated, and I have stopped going as a result. The ones that are, are not open to the public and reserved for Military and Law enforcement.

In Colorado, California, Canada and the UK, there were great clubs that were well run and a pleasure to patronize & use.

The problem in most of the USA as I see it is I think is that we let pretty much anyone have them, and encourage it.

I learned this when I went to our local CCP Training, supposedly run by a certified instructor (2 actually). If I were doing the training I would not have passed about 50% of the attendees. Most folks did not know how to dismantle and render their weapons inoperative, and were not taught how to do so. 2 ladies that were there could hardly hold the weapons they had brought with them, let alone shoot them straight. This did not seem to bother the instructors as long as everybody passed. I did ask them and the criteria is simply to make it through the day, answer a small questionnaire, and then they passed. Hardly a good measure to allow someone to carry a gun on their person into a public place. We did have a very brief target session but about 30% of the folks could not hit the target at 50 - 25 feet and could just about do it at 15. The 2 ladies mentioned above had to borrow a smaller pistol to even take part.

So I am not against guns, in fact I love responsible target shooting. Sadly I cannot hunt or shoot Skeet now because if my Pacemaker.

And for those who say it is it person not the gun, I agree. We should NOT be giving those people the opportunity to test the theory.
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I'm not sure how guns stop cars from getting broken into. .
A guy I knew from grade school shot and killed a guy breaking into his car. That sort of stopped the car from being broken into that night.

Of course, he went to trial and was sent out on probation, which in Mass I was surprised he didn't get the electric chair. AFAIK, nobody ever tried breaking into his car after that.

Having said that he'd probably have been better letting them steal the car.
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