Why are firearms legal in the US? 545 replies

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#1 12 years ago

This is why.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Margaret Johnson might have looked like an easy target.

But when a mugger tried to grab a chain off her neck Friday, the 56-year-old Johnson, while riding in her wheelchair, pulled out her licensed .357 pistol and shot him, police said.

Johnson said she was in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood on her way to a shooting range when the man, identified by police as 45-year-old Deron Johnson, came up from behind and went for the chain.

"There's not much to it," she said in a brief interview. "Somebody tried to mug me, and I shot him."

Deron Johnson was taken to Harlem Hospital with a single bullet wound in the elbow, police said. He faces a robbery charge, said Lt. John Grimpel, a police spokesman.

Margaret Johnson, who lives in Harlem, has a permit for the weapon and does not face charges, Grimpel said. She also was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and later released.

For some reason many people think that guns are only used for murder, theft, and intimidation. The truth is that legally owned firearms are used on a regular basis by licensed and responsible citizens to defend themselves from this sort of scum. What would have happened to this woman if she wasn't carrying? Just another crime statistic. When I come across stories like this in the future, I'll post them here. Hopefully now some people will realize the true purpose of the firearm as seen in the eyes of the American citizen.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/09/09/wheelchair.shooter.ap/index.html




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#2 12 years ago

Unfortunately, there are probably at least five times more shootings where there is a negative outcome (IE not shooting someone for self defence).




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#3 12 years ago

With legally purchased weapons? No.

Edit: Thanks for the reopening Fancy.




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#4 12 years ago

Sorry, but that's a bit short (take a look at the rules please). You can PM me if you want to add anything to the thread and we'll reopen it (but better do it fast, I won't be online much longer today).




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#5 12 years ago
Ma DeuceWith legally purchased weapons? No.

Many illegal weapons were legally purchased at some point of time, weren't they?

Besides, I think shooting someone with a .357 just because he wants your chain is a bit exaggerated.

Yes, that man is a bastard to attack a disabled person, but I just don't think it's proportional to try and blow his head off for simple theft.




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#6 12 years ago

Weapons are neither good nor bad. It is the populace which decides how they will be used. And in reality if you want to kill someone you will do it regardless of whether you have a gun or not.




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#7 12 years ago

And one thing I've never heard of is gun education. Yes, you have drugs education. Sex education. But I've never heard of a strong and strict education on the dangers of guns to kids. Do they just gleefully hop along to the shooting range with daddy?




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#8 12 years ago
AfterburnerAnd in reality if you want to kill someone you will do it regardless of whether you have a gun or not.

Of course it's a bit more difficult if you don't happen to have your pocket-artillery with you.




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#9 12 years ago

You could put it that way, yes. But if "daddy" is at all like the gun owning parents I know, then those kids are going to grow up knowing how to handle a firearm with responsibility, respect, and safety.




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#10 12 years ago
DnCAnd one thing I've never heard of is gun education. Yes, you have drugs education. Sex education. But I've never heard of a strong and strict education on the dangers of guns to kids. Do they just gleefully hop along to the shooting range with daddy?

I quite agree. I think there needs to be two things in place, one is gun education as a slice of the education kids get in school. Teaching them the dangers of guns. The second needs to be a mandatory class you should have to go to before getting a shooting license.