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Do You Think I Handled This Correctly?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by LJ-MosinFreak-Buck, Apr 24, 2012.

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  1. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

    LJ-MosinFreak-Buck Member

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    Hello guys!

    I posted a status on Facebook today because I found a picture I took in my LGS that stated:

    "Why Do I Carry A Gun?"
    "Because you're not QUALIFIED to carry one. You haven't the skill, the judgement, the sense of responsibility, nor the courage to carry one!"

    In said status, I quoted the above statement, and erred on the side of bad and added:

    "And I believe this is true for those who are anti-gun."

    Well one of my friends that I've known for a bit, but never known his stance on firearms comments:

    To which I replied:

    He shot back with:

    I replied back stating:

    He replies:

    I answer his question with:

    He comes back with:

    I returned his argument with:

    To which he replies:

    And I answer:

    He comes back with:

    To which I answer (primer information may not be fully correct. Read this somewhere, and it's all that came to mind, google-fu was not among this):

    He comes back with this statement:

    I feed him some information in my response:

    He hasn't responded after this comment, but another friend of mine chimed in, and though some comments were not HighRoad material, he did defend the right to bear arms.

    Do you guys think I handled this correctly, for the sake of nothing but a good, heated debate?
     
  2. Fred_G

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    Why do you choose to argue with someone you will not, can not really have a conversation with.

    "Home/self defense. Which means intent to kill if provoked. Without the gun you would probably use a bat or knife usually not fatal. So that being said guns are bought to kill things even deer (recreational use). That being said guns kill."

    Don't accept the premise here. Being provoked is a whole lot different from someone willingly breaking into a home that is occupied. What is the person who breaks in going to do? Spread good cheer?
     
  3. SouthernBoy

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    Looks like you kept a cool head judging from your postings. Never works for us to get into a pissing contest with anti's which is what they want to happen, anyway. Emotion rules their arguments, not facts and common sense.
     
  4. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    He's a friend I went both to High School and Trade School with. In my opinion, it was a conversation, but to each his own.

    That's what I'm basically saying. The likelihood of bringing good cheer is non-existent.

    Well, as he said, he was for guns, but could see and accept the anti-argument. I'm thinking he's on the fence. Hard to say.
     
  5. musicman10_1

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    Opinions man - everyone is allowed to hold whatever beliefs they choose to hold. It is really hard to change someone's beliefs.
     
  6. Tommygunn

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    ~~I'm a bit confused as to who said that and why, but it seems highly presumptuous and even insulting. How does he know you don't have the skill, judgement, or responsibility?

    It's probably best not to get imbroiled in an argument like this .... after awhile people will probably be unable to tell who's the fool and who's not.....:confused:;)
     
  7. dcarch

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    I barely post anything on facebook anymore. I'm sick of getting in these myself.
     
  8. jerkface11

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    I'm not friends with anti-gunners.
     
  9. chhodge69

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    The choice to own a gun is a personal one not a statistical one. It sounds like you let him drag you down the wrong road. Point-counterpoint is not productive when both parties have dug in their heels.

    Take another road - ask him what he would do if his family were threatened? "You don't like guns because criminals do bad things with them.. I get that. So how will you protect your family and could you do it with whatever blunt instrument you've chosen to arm yourself with? Think it through - are you prepared?"

    odds are he'll say "phone" and now you have the upper hand.
     
  10. hogshead

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    Never wrestle with a pig you will both get muddy and the pig will enjoy it.
     
  11. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    Wasn't as much as trying to change his, more of defending mine.

    I'm not actually sure who said that. I just seen it in my LGS, liked it, and shared it. I've a few friends on FB that are pro-gun and knew they'd like it if they'd seen the statement, that's why I posted it.

    Well, hopefully they deem him the fool and not me. I didn't throw out some ridiculous things of happenstance trying to defend firearms as I seen them.

    Actually, this is really my first run-in with anyone outside of my mother. At first she was against me having firearms, but I was able to ease her misgivings.

    I'm friends with an adverse bunch of people. It's in my nature. That said, I really don't hang out much with the Antis.:cool:
     
  12. pintler

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    When people want to discuss rates by country, it's worth looking here:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate

    note that many countries with laws more restrictive than the U.S. have higher rates. Also note the low rate of the Czech Republic, despite quite liberal laws. Overall, there isn't a strong correlation between laws and rates. Also note Finland and Switzerland, which have very low homicide rates but fairly high suicide rates. And there is Japan, with a suicide rate much greater than the U.S., but essentially no gun suicides.

    Fewer guns, or more restrictive laws, just don't correlate well with fewer gun suicides or homicides.
     
  13. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    That and the homicide rate in the US has gone down, hasn't it?
     
  14. sleepyone

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    Those convinced against their will are of the same opinion still...

    and FaceBook, Twitter and other social media are helping to ensure that all intelligent and informed discourse of crucial matters is relegated to sound bites or pithy remarks of 144 characters or less.
     
  15. RBid

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    Gun vs bat debate path & points:

    "If you don't have a gun, what do you do if somebody breaks into your home?"

    Their answers:

    "I grab a baseball bat."
    - this means resorting to violence.

    - if the assertion is that this is because bats are potentially less fatal, then ask them to clarify if their specific goal is to fight to not-kill/fight to injure. If they are fighting to injure a person who has a) broken in, and b) continued to advance, when faced with a bat, then they are making the choice to risk the deaths of themselves and their family, to save the life of someone who has demonstrated extreme will to harm them.

    - bats are easier to take away than guns (they involve entering physical contact distance, can be grabbed easily, etc)

    - bats can be very fatal, even on accident

    - "where is your bat, right now?" (safe bet... Nowhere that is quickly accessible, if they even know where it is)

    - bats are less likely to deter an assailant WITHOUT injury or need-to-use than a bat. IE, presenting a firearm is often enough to prevent escalation. Presenting one reduces the chance of any injury to you, your family, OR THE CRIMINAL from happening, UNLESS the criminal is so committed to harming you that he/she does not stop, even when faced with a threat of death.

    - given that only truly determined criminals continue to advance when facing a firearm, how does the bat option seem, when facing a criminal who would advance despite threat of death?

    - what if the bad guy has a gun? How does that bat look?

    - how does a bat look, against multiple bad guys?

    - "would you rather scare someone away with a gun, or be forced to beat them with a bat? Which would you rather have your kids see?"
    - likely response: "I'd rather they see me hit him with a bat, than shoot him?"
    - yours: "...again, what if the bad guy has a gun?"
    - "how would you feel about your family seeing you get beaten to death with the bat?"
    - "how would you feel about being overwhelmed by 2 or more bad guys, who would likely run from a gun, and seeing your family beaten, shot, stabbed, raped, etc?"

    - "what if you injure the bad guy, and THEN he leaves, and says that you hit him while he was trying to escape? Are you ready to get sued? Is that better than scaring him away with a gun?"


    Bottom line: the only bad guy who will engage a man with a gun, is the kind who needs to be dealt with using extreme force.
     
  16. Cal-gun Fan

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    I think he's got a good point to be honest. Guns aren't perfect. They provide an extremely easy way for people to commit crimes and kill people. You can't kill someone with a knife or baseball bat as efficiently as you can a gun. You can also kill more people at once. This has been proven time and time again with shootings. The argument over the "guns kill people" "people kill people...with guns" wording is petty and doesn't really matter to be honest. Guns make it easy for people to kill people.

    That being said, I feel that there are plenty of benefits of having guns in a society that, overall, outweigh the negatives. However, its foolish to delude ourselves into thinking that there are absolutely no negative things about guns; we sound stupid when we do. Instead, we should look to the positive things they provide in a society.
     
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    Ever heard the quote "you can't fix stupid"?

    Stop arguing with anti gunners.

    Invite them to go shooting. If that won't convert them, they're a lost cause.
     
  18. Cal-gun Fan

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    They could easily apply that argument to those of us who blindly deny any downside to having guns in a society. They aren't stupid. To them, the negatives outweigh the benefits. Its a matter of opinion, not black and white. I've got lots of very good friends who disagree with me on the whole gun issue. I don't think they're stupid, "socialist", or "communist (words that are oft misused on gun forums) and they don't think I'm a dumb gun-toting hillbilly :)
     
  19. RBid

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    The key is not to argue with 'them'. Fear most often stems from misunderstanding, or incomplete understanding. Be gentle, be rational. Help them understand how guns operate, and how responsible gun owners think and behave.

    Make 'them' into 'us'.
     
  20. pockets

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    My eyes glazed over after the first few 'he said, then I said, then he said'.
    Seriously, trying to carry on a meaningful conversation with FB postings?

    Thanks though, this did remind me why I closed my Facebook account a couple years back.


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  21. beatledog7

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    Best way I have found to argue with an anti-gun person:

    Offer to take him or her to go to the range with you and put a few rounds through a couple of your favorites. The worst that can happen is that he or she will decline. The best that can happen--and probably will--is that the person will be surprised that you are willing to put your position to the test.

    My point is simple: Invite an anti-gunner into our world, and show that person why we enjoy owning guns, how firearms works, etc.

    The anti will not be able to make a parallel offer to you; thus, you have won.
     
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    Just a suggestion, but we should not use FB as a viable medium to express our 2A positions. Some of my friends do it, albeit subtly. My experience is that when I post a photo or chat about anything firearm related the antis come out of the woodwork and sometimes even unfriend me. It is better to keep that intel close to the vest, allowing one to keep a nice close view on the antis. Have you noticed the increase in firearm related adverts in your sidebar after doing such things? The great interweb marketing robot is tracking you.
     
  23. Walther P99

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    I still don't understand why people need to advertise their lives on social media.

    Like others have said, you probably won't sway an anti to our side with just words just like they won't sway us to theirs.

    I would ask if guns are so dangerous, why don't we just send guns to war instead of soldiers and why aren't guns patrolling the streets instead of police officers.. ;)
     
  24. TurtlePhish

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    LJ, you presented good arguments and kept your cool, probably handled the conversation/argument/whatever the best you could have. Doesn't seem like your friend really understands anything about guns or the reasoning behind them, nor do they make any effort to..
    Not to offend you or them, but they don't seem like the most accurate round in the magazine, if you catch my drift.
     
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  25. shuvelrider

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    Let your friend live in his fuzzy soft world of make-believe and unicorns, he has drank the kool-aid of the liberal mindset his whole life. You wont change it anytime soon either, he will learn the hard way (sadly) when his life becomes threatened at some point. You cannot talk reason when a thug is intent on doing you harm or worse, at that point you can tell your friend "To bad So sad".
     
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