60 things worth shortening your life for


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hawk84
January 24, 2008, 02:15 PM
48. A home firearm
My entire life is a series of hedged bets. As the 54-year-old dad of a 7-year-old, I take no uncalculated risks. I don't let the gas-gauge needle fall below the quarter-tank mark. I set the ADT alarm every night. You could not pay me to travel outside the northern half of the Western Hemisphere. Everywhere lurks doom; I acknowledge its inevitability by avoiding all danger at every turn. When I can, I avoid turns.

I spent a long time living dangerously. I was the guy they sent into the pharmacy with the forged quaalude prescription. The guy who sold weed by the pound to the outlaw bikers. The guy who ate ham-and-cheese sandwiches on Yom Kippur. Now I'm the guy who insists that his wife clean the dryer vent twice a year so the lint doesn't catch fire.

Still, a few feet from where I now sit typing on the third floor of our home in a Garden State suburb of leafy calm sits my shotgun. The safety's on, but it is loaded. I don't hunt. And though my penis would win no bar bets, the shotgun doesn't make me feel larger. It is what it is: the most fearsome, effective, legal home-protection device around. Is it a danger to me and mine as well? Many studies say so, but I haven't seen a study yet that helps me get to sleep at night.

Call me crazy. Call me an ugly American. But don't expect me to call 911 if you break into my house not till I've blown your head and neck clean off your shoulders.

http://men.msn.com/articlees.aspx?cp-documentid=4725556
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RoadkingLarry
January 24, 2008, 03:17 PM
Call me crazy. Call me an ugly American. But don't expect me to call 911 if you break into my house — not till I've blown your head and neck clean off your shoulders.

He just verbalized my unspoken mantra!:)

Gordon Fink
January 24, 2008, 03:31 PM
Never mind.

~G. Fink

GuyWithQuestions
January 24, 2008, 03:44 PM
Call me crazy. Call me an ugly American. But don't expect me to call 911 if you break into my house not till I've blown your head and neck clean off your shoulders.

http://men.msn.com/articlees.aspx?cp-documentid=4725556
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Well, whoever this Scott Raab is, it's probably not a wise idea to go around getting his quotes published. Jeff White said quite a few times that doing so can be used as evidence later on that you premeditated killing someone. If you use a firearm in self-defense, and have many witnesses plus your own writing saying that you're looking forward to killing someone and then all of a sudden you do, that doesn't look good in court. My state law says that self-defense isn't a defense if you intentionally set up a situation where you're forced to kill someone in self-defense.

romma
January 24, 2008, 04:04 PM
The not winning any Bar bets comment was sure funny though!!

The Annoyed Man
January 24, 2008, 04:31 PM
I liked the "Russian Mafia" story best. I had a similar, but somewhat less dangerous experience in an after hours New York speakeasy when I was a young man. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and will never do something so stupid again as along as I live.

bogie
January 24, 2008, 05:03 PM
Scott's a writer/editor with Esquire.

I suspect that if he ever actually _does_ blow the head and neck off a a home intruder, he can argue that this was merely hyperbole. But now he needs a psychiatrist. And a cleaning service.

safetyjoe
January 24, 2008, 05:12 PM
I thought the Russian Mafia story was great, imagine walking up to some guy that looked like that and asking him if he wants to hear an Irish song. I laughed out loud and almost spit Dr. Pepper over my keyboard.

larry_minn
January 24, 2008, 05:32 PM
I do feel bad for people who live in fear/discomfort and won't do what they want due to fear. :( :( IMO that means you have lost.
I REFUSE to be a victim. OR let others change my life choices. (ok I do modify them slightly) I don't care for large crowds/events and now I have a reason not to be there. (I used to go to be polite but dislike most concerts/sports events/etc and would rather watch them on TV in MY home) (also tickets are $$$$)
If you can't live your life and enjoy it you need to change. (BTW I hope there are no kids in household) I do leave long arms chamber empty (hammer down on shotguns which takes a EXTRA LEVEL of safety to set up)

Urbana John
January 24, 2008, 05:38 PM
47......How bout 47 young hookers!!!!!

UJ

230RN
January 24, 2008, 05:51 PM
I won that bar bet once, but... ummm... well, you see....

Ah, never mind.

Hokkmike
January 24, 2008, 06:08 PM
I take no uncalculated risks. Being born is a risk. Then, it only gets worse.

Bazooka Joe71
January 24, 2008, 07:28 PM
Is it a danger to me and mine as well? Many studies say so, but I haven't seen a study yet that helps me get to sleep at night.


This guy definately seems like he could use a bit of help, but I do like this quote.:)

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