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I've been debating with a few anti gun people lately

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by lionking, Jan 18, 2013.

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  1. JERRY

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    if somebody voted for obama its because theyre politically ignorant or truly believe in karl marx thinking......this does not include those on welfare.
     
  2. SoCalNoMore

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    Then you just ruled out most of his voters
     
  3. phillipduran

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    In response to someone who would say the founders could not have envisioned how firearms would evolve, I would say it doesn't matter because the purpose is for us to defend ourselves against a military or police force that could be used against us. As our military and polices forces get more powerful individual weapons so should the weapons of the people to maintain the balance of power between standing armies and police forces.

    This kills the chances of the military or police being told to round us up or take control of us. Modern day weapons in the hands of individuals helps to secure our freedom without even firing a shot.
     
  4. mrvco

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    I'd say that the net is that "the genie is long out of the bottle" as it were, and (while obvious) any sort of prohibition, e.g. alcohol, drugs, guns or whatever, takes the offending item out of law abiding hands and creates an illicit market for it, while leaving it in the hands of criminals, regardless of whether the person possessing it was a criminal before the ban or not.

    The unique aspect of "personal weapons", whether they be guns, swords, knives or whatever, unlike other items that the government may try to prohibit, they are commonly and regularly used defensively by law abiding citizens to protect themselves, their families and their property, both actively and as a deterrent.

    Arguing over 30-round vs. 10-round vs. 7-round magazines or "this gun" vs. "that gun" just ends up being a deteriorating and defeatist argument. Why? Because once you ban 30-round mags, you've set a precedent that when someone commits a crime with a 10-round mag, the logical solution is to ban 10-round mags and so on and so forth... the fact remains, any effective weapon is "dangerous", that's the entire point, and it is the person behind that weapon that determines why and whether it is wielded for good or otherwise.

    One also has to remember that you are typically "debating" with people that have embraced victimhood and whose idea of home and self defense is (with any luck) frantically dialing 911 and capitulating until law enforcement arrives to save the day... any 30-rounds vs 10-rounds or AR vs. 6-shot revolver argument is completely lost on such a person.
     
  5. Tcruse

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    There are as many opinions on this stuff as there are people. Everyone has some "element" of truth in their opinion but there are no silver bullets. I personally have no problem with background checks as long as it does not lead to registratration of all firearms and that guns can be given or willed to family members. The other danger of backround checks on all transfers is that using "medical information" or "prescription information" will prevent people that need treatment to not get it and it removes a persons rights without due process. If we are forced to accept universal backround checks we need to add a lot of more protections against mis-use of information and better methods of appeal and restoration of rights.
    My preference would be for all of these "proposed" changes to just die without getting up for a vote in congress.
     
  6. Guy B. Meredith

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    Frankly, I don't even like the 2A argument as we shouldn't even need it. Individual freedoms practiced responsibly need to be accommodated period. No justification is needed where no harm is done.

    The hard core antis are outright bigots and refuse to see the world any other way than through their stereotypes and prejudices. Big one right now is "Gun ownership and safety for children are incompatible"--you are a child killer. Ownership=violence in their minds. No attempt at connecting real world dots.

    There was a news report about 1994 that a group of moms were going to do a door to door in favor of firearms ban. Then they decided against it as they might come to the home of a firearms owner and get shot. Victims of their own gullibility.
     
  7. RustyHammer

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    Ah yes, appeasement and socialism. Clearly they both have a track record of raging success in Europe.
     
  9. Deanimator

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    You can't convert a hardcore anti any more than you can convert a hard core Holocaust denier. They're too invested in their own psychopathologies, either for ideological or financial reasons.

    You can convert observers:
    1. Refute EVERYTHING the antis say. Don't let them define the terminology or the terms of debate. Correct them EVERY time they misuse words.
    2. Expose EVERY lie they tell. Throw their own words back in their faces at EVERY opportunity.
    3. Expose their motivations. Lots of them are racists, misogynists and the like. Rub their noses in it EVERY chance you get.
    I've been fighting them on and offline for a VERY long time. Their greatest weakness, apart from their colossal ignorance, is their colossal arrogance. They're often totally bewildered by direct confrontation and refusal to play their game. You're just supposed to roll over for them. When you don't, it often destroys their morale.

    No matter what, NEVER give up.
     
  10. Clean97GTI

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    Nobody is talking about appeasement and I don't think you want to get into the socialism argument here. Plenty of countries in Europe with standards of living meeting or exceeding our own. "Socialism" on this board rarely seems to match the definition most other places know it by. Indeed, here it simply seems to mean "any government spending I don't agree with."
     
  11. splattergun

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    Originally Posted by akv3g4n
    "I never understand the argument that the founders couldn't have known what future weapons would be developed so the 2nd amendment is no longer applicable to many modern firearms. Many of our founding fathers were inventors, entrepreneurs and innovators in their time. I'm pretty sure that people of their intelligence and determination were keenly aware of what the future of weapons development could bring.

    I'm sure the thought of the government having those weapons and nobody else made them feel all warm and fuzzy inside."

    The Founding Fathers were intelligent, wise men. One need only read a few of the their letters arguing for and against adoption of the BOR to understand that they believed without a doubt that progress would lead to increasingly dangerous weapons.

    They, as a group with individual exceptions, also understood that opening the door to liberty also meant opening the door to a certain element of evil. THey believed, as a group, that the guarantee of personal liberty was paramount to security. They KNEW that with the freedom of speech would come those who would speak evil against them. They KNEW with the freedom of arms would come those who would use those weapons to murder. They KNEW that a future government would try to take those Birthrights away from us, promising security. That is why Thomas Jefferson foresaw a Republic whose liberty was maintained with the judicious use of armed rebellion against a well armed army. THAT is the primary purpose of the 2A, and why modern weapons in the hands of citizens are still necessary.
     
  12. Solo

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    Could you provide some specific letters or quotes for future reference? I imagine this would be very useful when debating the intent of the Founding Fathers.
     
  13. KTXdm9

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    Appeasement is exactly what is being discussed. We don't need to "offer" anything to anti-gunners. If we did, what do you suggest we would get in return?

    You are right, socialism is a hot button topic. I guess you and I will have to differ on our views regarding European standards of living and the value of "strengthening social programs to fight poverty."
     
  14. 2nd 41

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    Same here. However they will always point their finger at the NRA. I tell them the NRA members go to movies, malls and have kids in school. The NRA is your fellow neighbor, friend, lawyer, doctor, teacher...whatever. Also ask the people that know me personally "would you feel safer if I tossed my HC mags out"
    Also ask them how they would respond if they or a family member has their life threatened. Would they consider a firearm for self protection.
     
  15. Clean97GTI

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    What you get really depends on what you ask for. Giving away the universal background check would, in the opinion of many here, do absolutely nothing. Criminals will still get guns just as they always have. The checks might stop a few more but the serious ones will still get their guns.
    However, you might find that because you are willing to acquiesce to the background checks, you could ask for the removal of certain drugs from controlled substance lists thus allowing states to make their own calls on what is OK and what is not. Drugs are a huge driving force behind gang violence in this country. Take steps towards fixing that problem and guess what. You might find gun violence starts to drop off a bit.
     
  16. j.kramer

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    there is no debating on the social media

    make your point and move on

    keep your comments on top view

    the inti posters dont care one way or another they get paid to be anti

    and they get paid to have their comments on top of others

    what matters is the readers of those comments
    for any anti comment have a good and smart comment against let the readers make their own minds of what is right or wrong
     
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    Your best bet is to reference the various Militia Acts that have been enacted all the way up into the 1900's. They all reference being trained and issued current military arms, that includes automatic weapons. Whether or not the Founders could envision the types of weaponry that we have today is completely irrelevant, because legal precedent has kept apace with technology.
     
  18. lionking

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    Thanks for the comments so far it has been a informative and interesting read and I'd like to especially applaud posts # 24 by clean97, #29 by mrvco and #34 by deanimator.

    Regarding clean97 on #24, I agree that violence is only a bi-product and the root cause is better addressed. Whether a gun is within access or not when we have too many with lack of love or respect for themselves and others who want to murder then there is a serious underlying issue.
     
  19. Tcruse

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    "The biggest problem here is that such arguments, when applied to a national stage, offer no solution to gun violence. More comprehensive screenings of gun buyers might yield a few more guns kept out of the hands of criminals. More importantly, it is a seemingly meaningful concession that may be of little actual use but it puts the ball back in the hands of the pro-gun groups. Now we can use our concession to begin something truly useful like the legalization and regulation of drug sales. The strengthening of social programs to actually fight poverty."
    Agreed, however we need to also push for gun training in high school and college. We need to push the NRA training role for all persons. My thoughts are that if you could get most of the anti-gun people to a good range for a day, it would change much about the way they think. Especially, if they could see that the people that go to ranges are normal people, couples, women both young and old, and grand parents. See that the people that run the ranges are like your neighbors and friends.
     
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    I'm not sure they even had to envision much. The idea is simply that if the citizens have the right to arms, then no matter hows arms developed, they would match that of the government and any standing army. Once you decided to ensure parity, the specific nature of the tools reflected in that parity are not so important.
     
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    I'm having exactly the same "debate" on another forum with a couple of AHSA fifth columnists.

    One has as much as admitted we get NOTHING back, and the other refuses to answer AT ALL.

    Appeasement of anti-gunners is a ponzi scheme where NOBODY gets paid.
     
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    What's that got to do with restrictions on gun owners?

    NOTHING.

    Name a restriction on gun owners which has been removed in return for gun owner concessions to anti-gunners.
     
  23. powder

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    Yes, basic reasoning has gone out the window. So, the most effective way to battle this is to continue supporting firearms education through Boy Scout, NRA, or local Rod & Gun Club programs: kids have to be SHOWN that firearms are not pathological instruments with minds of their own, but simple tools.

    After work the other night, on the drive home, I was listening to Allen Combs.(Sp?) It's a more liberal radio station, but this guy was running a show more like it was "hate radio" and he brought up this "nuke" point in relation to 2A.

    Why are we trying to align ourselves with the founding fathers, as if we can relate to them, but want to use them for our own purposes today? That makes as much sense as the "nuke" logic, or lack thereof...

    Basic statistics and passing on that knowledge is how we win: approximately 3/4 of firearms deaths last year were suicides done with handguns, which just furthers the debate angle of needing better and more effective mental healthcare in the U.S.. The majority of the remaining portion of that pie is criminal activity, again, done with a handgun. There were almost no black rifles involved with firearms related deaths last year, statistically speaking.

    On the flip side, I just received an NRA e-mail today that had bad statistics in it; stating that violence had declined in the past 20 years-absolutely false. Actual homicide rates cannot be used, as medical tech. and response times are saving more lives than ever. Aggravated assaults and attempted homicides have sky-rocketed five-fold, IIRC, and THAT is the Stat. the NRA should be using for self-defense purposes for RKBA. Not sure why they went with a misdirection/lie....
     
  24. 1911 guy

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    I feel special. I got an honorable mention in a link by clean97GT1. Of course, he held me up as an example of "the same tired argument".

    I'll return the favor and hold him up as an example of someone seeking a way to throw other gun owners under the bus to assuage his own feelings of self pity or loathing for being somehow a contributor the the problem of gun violence. I don't see him as such, but apparently he does. Despite persuasive arguments by many people, he refuses to see what is self evident by the admission of the anti-gun crowd themselves. Ultimate confiscation is their goal, yet somehow we're to see caving on a key point in their plan as "compromise". When pressed for what we might get as part of the compromise, there was reference to legalizing pot.

    In short, the classic example of what has been mentioned by Deanimator. Someone who has their mind made up, cannot be bothered with facts and claims majority support for his opinion in the face of overwhelming opposition. Then declares the opposition uneducated rubes and ultimately results to name calling and personal attack. Seen it in the very thread he was so kind as to reference.

    In short, debating someone who has not yet made up their mind can be profitable. Debating someone who has a position but also has an open mind to the reality of the topic debated can be profitable. Debating someone who has abandoned rational thought in favor of "feelings" and amorphous "maybe's" is an exercise in futility. I submit Exhibit A, a member of this board who claims to adhere to Libertarian Socialism (supposedly non-beaurocratic) yet feels more government involvement (mandatory background checks on private sales) is a workable solution.
     
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  25. lionking

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    There is another slogan the anti's like to use that I will mention and that is "if it saves one child".

    More and more we hear about kids being bullied by the internet, facebook and texting. It is as common to hear about a kid commiting suicide over bullying as it is to hear about a rampage.

    Should we ban facebook, the internet, forums and texting? I mean obviously kids are dying from them so if it saves one child? The 1sr amendment nut be damned, turn in your face book account Mr and Mrs America.

    Where is the call to ban and regulate face book and texting? I hear crickets. Our kids are dying from bullying while the free speech nuts cling to their blackberry.

    I propose licensing of mobile phones, and bans on phones with texting ability over 10 texts a month and government registration with I.D with yearly background fees of face book and other social internet places. So you use your face book account and phone responsibly? So what? Too many others don't.

    So face book wasn't designed to kill so what? It still is killing too often so save one child's life and give it up to the government.

    Do I support such measures of course not but just saying.....

    I just had a anti post the photos of the kids in Connecticut to my response in a thread on another forum. It is heart breaking, but if they are going to go down the slippery slope of give up freedom if it saves one life where would that end? Or if someone dies from NOT being able to have a gun for self protection are they expendable in the numbers game?
     
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