by Worthington Daily Globe
August 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Worthington Daily Globe
If anyone thinks I am dead to this world of misery and woe, they should just try lifting the coffin lid. Continue Reading
Tags: letetrs, Opinion, Politics 18 Comments »
What the frackin’ what????? We are so, soooooo different….. I don’t think anyone is on your side of the argument because no one knows what side you are on from that rambling incoherent letter.
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I agree with Charles, you have no idea what you are talking about, continue to drink the Kool-Aid. It will make you an expert on what we gun owners know and feel about the II Amendent.
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Mr Behrends — if the writer continues to drink HIS Kool Aid, as you suggest, I don’t see how he will all of the sudden see the “gun owner” point of view.
You need to admit that the NRA, gun owners, and 2nd Amendment literal interpreters are also drinking Kool Aid. It’s just a different flavor.
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Let this be a lesson to all of this….This is what happens when you don’t reread your letter before you mail it or hit the send button.
The gun shows I have been to require FBI checks before you can purchase a weapon. Where is he getting that from? Wasn’t that changed nationwide years ago?
The truth of the matter is gun ownership makes our country a more civilized place. There is less crime not more crime due to the fact that we have the right to protect our homes.
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“The truth of the matter is gun ownership makes our country a more civilized place. There is less crime not more crime due to the fact that we have the right to protect our homes.” Any actual proof to back that statement?
We are #1 in civilian guns per civilian at 88 guns per 100 civilians. If your statement was correct, wouldn’t we then have the lowest crime rate nationally?
During an average year in the United States: 31,224 people die from gun violence. More than 100,000 of them are shot in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents or by police intervention. 12,632 people are murdered with guns. 3,067 children and teens die from gun violence. 683 children and teens commit suicide with guns. 351 people are killed by police intervention. 17,352 people kill themselves. 679 are shot and injured during police interventions. 66,768 people survive gun injuries. 613 people are killed accidently and 2,161 children and teens are murdered.
On an average day in the United States: 8 children and teens die from gun violence. 268 people are shot in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents or by police intervention and 86 people die from gun violence, 35 of whom are murdered.
Source; Grunwald, M. “The Tucson Tragedy: Fire Away” Time Magazine. Jan 24th, 2011. page: 25
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You’re a mininster so of course you buy into that line of thinking. I live in the real world. Come and visit it sometime.
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minister merc, if you think there is crime now, you just wait until they (try) to take law abiding citizens guns. You haven’t seen anything yet. Take a look at Australia’s statistics since they gave up their firearms! Armed Robberies up 69%, Assaults w/guns up 28%, Gun Murders up 19%, Home Invasions up 21%. You know what makes a polite society? An armed society!!!
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Relax, boys.. Your 2nd amendment rights aren’t even being addressed by the politicians this year, in spite of the recent spate of mass murders. Minister Merc’s stats reflect the “real world”, as well, TJ.
Since you’re obviously a fan of “statistics”, here’s a side-by-side comparison of crime in Australia and the US… for starters. Pay particular attention to the % difference or, in some cases, the “times” difference between the 2 countries.
Also, Australians haven’t “given up” their firearms. Loads of websites dispute that assertion. The Australian government put in restrictions on gun ownership, but don’t outlaw it. The US has restrictions, too!
If you don’t like what these sites tell you, Google your own. When you compare Australian crime rates to the U.S. crime rates, the Aussies look pretty darn polite to me.
Relax, enjoy your gun rights, and be safe.
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The problem with stats like Mr. Behrends provides is this… you don’t know what the baseline is to which the % increase is being applied. For example, if Worthington had 1 car theft in 2011, but had 2 in 2012, that would be a 100% increase! Sounds significant, doesn’t it? But you know it’s not.
If you’re able to provide some baseline stats, your argument might be more solid. Without the baseline, it’s just a bunch of meaningless numbers designed to alarm people.
A “polite society” does not come about because it is “armed”. There are DOZENS of extremely polite societies where not everybody has guns or easy access to guns. If you don’t believe that, you need to get out more.
The NRA estimates that about half of US households have guns. And you know not all those households are occupied by “polite” people. Paranoia and fear of the unknown drives gun licensing and ownership as much as anything else. Gun manufacturers thrive on it.
I could not care less if you have a gun, or not, as long as you acquired it legally, are trained in how to use it, register it, and are mentally stable.
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Eastender…according to you I need to get out more. Cool…I’m all for it. No matter what side a person is on…this is an interesting subject to debate.
Minister Merc…I’m sorry my comment was so snotty. Please forgive me. I have a sharp tongue. I need to learn how to control it. Once again…I’m sorry.
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Not a problem. My stats were real world stats however. I didn’t say you were wrong, but safety has come with its price.
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It must be just some coincidence that our country that has the loosest gun control in the developed world also has the highest gun related gun related homicides and Japan, a developed country with strict gun control, has the second lowest homicides by guns.
Nothing to see here. Move along.
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Interesting story on WHY, the Japanese murder rate is so low…
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Better source of that info, not a blog.
This articles main evidence is one persons statements and he just release a book about it. It also states there are low numbers and few examiners available. “But much of the country remains without a fully functioning medical examiner system.” I’m sure there is a cultural influence in these low numbers as well.
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I want a tripod mounted 40mm autocannon mounted on my roof in a cupola, razorwire around the perimeter of my house, a moat filled with laser shooting sharks, a yard full of landmines and an ED-209 from Robocop patrolling the perimeter. I’ll stay under my bed with my .600 nitro express magnum that shoots bullets that create miniature black holes. I should be safe then.
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Some paranoids would say you still haven’t gone far enough.
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Columbine occurred while the Assault Weapons Ban was in effect and many of these mass murders occur in Gun Free zones like the Miller Hill Mall which bans concealed carry by those with permits. Schools, movie theaters, work places, shopping malls. It is not about being paranoid,it is about taking steps to protect yourself. Japan has had strict gun control since WE put it in place as an occupying force since the end of World War II. Japan has also seen Sarin Nerve gas attacks and the Osaka School Massacre in 2001 where a knife wielding man entered a school and murdered eight children and injured thirteen. Oh yeah and the Akihabara incident in 2008 where a man drove a truck into a crowd at a shopping mall and then stabbed multiple with a dagger killing seven and injuring ten. There are enough gun control laws in place. People need to take measures to protect themselves from those on murderous rampages. Our homicide capitals of the country also have some of the most strict gun control laws; D.C., Chicago and New York. How is that working?
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States with assault weapon bans, vote in trigger lock laws and implement safe storage laws have fewer gun deaths.
When it’s easier to buy bullets then it is to buy Sudafed, it might be time to to start rethinking some things.
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