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    Quote Originally Posted by JuniperWoolf View Post
    I’m glad, I was hoping my posts would spark a long discussion.




    Well, that's what I used to think until I researched the issue and really thought about it. I think a lot of people skip these steps (not saying you do, but it's something I think has to be said about the topic of gun control and now is as good a time as any) because this debate often tends to be heavily determined by political affiliation, which is a huge shame and I think very harmful. I won’t let myself be limited by something so ridiculous. I’ve recieved both sides of this issue with an open mind and I’ve come to the conclusion that legally allowing people the ability to defend themselves does more good than harm. Criminals don't care if you make a law against guns, they're criminals. They're already armed, and when they aren't it's because their victims are already defenseless enough.
    Yep, you are so right. Political affiliation has nothing to do with it, or shouldn't. Criminals will ALWAYS have the guns, and women need to carry them more, to protect ourselves if we need to.


    [/QUOTE]Personal insults in your first sentence of your first post, eh? I'd like to say that's a new record for you, but honestly it's in keeping with your usual trend of attempting to pigeonhole and belittle any opposition right off the bat, thereby detracting from the issue and degrading the thread into a mudslinging battle of parliamentary proportions. I'd like to point out once again that you don't know me from a hole in the head, so your personal insults consistently miss the mark (gun puns!)[/QUOTE]

    I love your gun pun, and it rhymes



    Do I look like Annie Oakley, or do I look like a 90 pound kid who's played every single handheld version of Pokemon ever? But no, you're right, everyone who's pro-gun is a cowboy.[/QUOTE]


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    The idea that the rapist might “get angry” if you pull a gun on him, that’s just a weak point and it's also condescending. I’ve often heard the idea espoused that “I would rather die than be raped.” If a woman would rather pull out a gun in the face of an oncoming attacker and risk “making him angry” than lay down and open her legs, I’d say that’s her right to make the decision for herself, SHE’S the one about to be raped. Who are you to say it should be against the law for her to make her own decisions (like a grown up) and defend herself?[/QUOTE]

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    Thats mighty fine talk considering you had a civil war just 150 years ago, and Italy had a civil war just a mere 70 years ago.

    And the armaments at that time were a world apart from what now exists. At the start of the American Civil War the most common weapons were swords, bayonet, muzzle-loading rifles, and canon. An armed body of citizens was not grossly outgunned. Today the US military is a bit better armed: fighter jets, machine guns, attack helicopters, tanks, nuclear warheads, nuclear submarines, stealth fighters and bombers, etc... Do you really think that a group of irate citizens armed with handguns and even a few White Supremacists out in Montana or Wyoming who've stockpiled AK-47s and hand-grenade are going to stand much of a chance in a real conflict?

    Recently I have been reading Chateaubriand's works, and there is a mention to a mere year before the french revolution, Louis being warned about the pssibilities of revoultion and his reply went soemthing along the lines of "such things cannot happen any more, the nation and army are to powerfull for there to ever be a revolution"

    Rather similar to you asnwer.


    Again... you are speaking of another time and place. The weaponry fielded by the French military was not exactly miles above what the average citizen had access to.

    The most common mistake made throughout hsitory, is assuming that technological superiority is what makes an army truley great.

    Its not a common mistake. It is reality. Why did Germany lose WWII? Why did the various Jewish rebellions against the Romans end in defeat? The Roman military was far better armed, trained, disciplined, and supplied? Why did the Germans lose World War II? They were grossly outnumbered by the Soviet forces while the Americans and British had complete control of the airwar.

    Someone mentioned this before, but with all of America's technological superiority and invincible army, two wars against talibans (armed mostly with korans and 50 cent rifles) and Iraq (armed msotly with korans and 50 cent riffles) have not only held you army at bay for ten years, but helped bring it to an economic crisis which has put it on its kneen.

    Again, you seem to miss the point. The American goal has been to control the the situation with the least possible casualties to both American forces and the Afghan and Iraqi citizen. Such an approach to warfare is historically doomed to failure. We should have learned this from our own Revolutionary War. Had the British really put forth their full effort in defeating the American forces, we'd still be a British colony... but the British were more concerned with developments in France and the war was highly unpopular at home. Ultimately... it wasn't worth the effort. The same occurred with Vietnam. If, however, the US approached the wars in the Middle-East as "total war"... as Sherman approached the destruction of the Confederates and as the allies approached the defeat of the Axis powers the results would be far different.

    The wars in the Middle East or Vietnam never threatened to end in a defeat of the US and foreign occupation. Do you believe that the US military and government would be so likely to restrain itself from an enemy that threatens their actual existence?
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    Personal insults in your first sentence of your first post, eh? I'd like to say that's a new record for you, but honestly it's in keeping with your usual trend of attempting to pigeonhole and belittle any opposition right off the bat, thereby detracting from the issue and degrading the thread into a mudslinging battle of parliamentary proportions. I'd like to point out once again that you don't know me from a hole in the head, so your personal insults consistently miss the mark.

    Perhaps the reality is that most of that which you have to say is not worthy of a better response. personal experiences and anecdotes aren't of much worth when you are trying to convince others of your point of view. You're arguing for arming Canadians in the same manner as Americans based upon unrealistic fear-mongering and little else. Where is the logic or hard data behind your call for arms? Is Canada headed toward becoming the crime capital of the world? Are you seeing shoot-outs in the streets like Chicago in the 1920s? I assure you that I live in a far more armed and dangerous city... and yet have never found myself feeling that I need to go about with a handgun strapped to my thigh like Jesse James.

    According to the statistics, Canada's murder rate is approximately 1.5 persons per 100,000. That places it among the safest nations in the world along with Austria, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Japan, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany Australia, Morocco, New Zealand, Finland, Lebanon, Poland, Portugal, China, France, Slovenia, Iceland, Bahraine, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar, etc... Now guess what? All of these nations share one thing in common: strict gun laws. The US, on the other hand, has a murder rate almost 4 times higher. The murder rate in the US is over twice as high as that of Israel... in spite of continual terrorism. Now certainly, there are nations with higher murder rates than the US... but most of these are located in Africa and Latin-America and are the result of weak central governments, on-going civil wars and power struggles, as well as drug wars.

    But you would have us believe that Canadian women would be safer if the nation were to follow the example of the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stlukesguild View Post
    You're arguing for arming Canadians in the same manner as Americans based upon unrealistic fear-mongering and little else.
    Unrealistic fear-mongering? You mean like "boy, them guns sure do look scary?" Like Dark Star said, if you're trying to ban something, it's up to YOU to provide reasons for why it should be banned. Since every American state except one legalized Right to Carry laws, has America devolved into the Wild West? Has crime even increased slightly? No, it hasn't. So where's YOUR logic?

    Quote Originally Posted by stlukesguild View Post
    Is Canada headed toward becoming the crime capital of the world?
    It doesn't have to be, whether it IS the crime capital of the world or not doesn't matter to a woman who is being raped. All that matters to her is the crime that's currently occuring.

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    ...and yet have never found myself feeling that I need to go about with a handgun strapped to my thigh like Jesse James.
    Another attempt at pigeonholing all pro-gun people as cowboys, eh? How tired.

    Quote Originally Posted by stlukesguild View Post
    According to the statistics, Canada's murder rate is approximately 1.5 persons per 100,000. That places it among the safest nations in the world along with Austria, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Japan, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany Australia, Morocco, New Zealand, Finland, Lebanon, Poland, Portugal, China, France, Slovenia, Iceland, Bahraine, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar, etc... Now guess what? All of these nations share one thing in common: strict gun laws.
    Yeah, I don't have time to research all of those other nations (some of which, such as China and Saudi Arabia, don't have governments which can be trusted to publish accurate statistics regarding crime, not to mention you want to talk about instances of RAPE and STONING WOMEN TO DEATH FOR BEING RAPED in Saudi Arabia? Don't use that as an example of a utopian gun-free society with me, maybe it might be better for that country if the murder rate did increase. Violence against women isn't even a crime in Saudi Arabia so yeah, no **** their crime rate is low), but I do off the top of my head know a thing or two about the gun laws in Switzerland, the country with the lowest crime rate in the world (and anyone who was wondering what use assault rifles could have might want to watch this short youtube video).

    Also, has the murder and crime rates in the United States increased or decreased in the 10-15ish years since nearly every state passed concealed carry laws? On what are you even basing this assumption that the crime and murder rates in Canada will increase if we pass similar laws? That hasn't been the situation in a single one of the places where concealed carry laws were passed.

    One more thing: bare homicide statistics are blind and don't really say much, which might be a moot point since they have decreased everywhere in North America, but this must be said because it's an important point. Criminals killing other criminals is by far the most common kind of homicide, and that isn't affected in the slightest by concealed carry laws. The concern here is rape, assault and a certain kind of homicide (innocent people being killed by criminals). If more criminals and rapists were killed in Canada by licensed people carrying perfectly legal firearms who are within their own rights and acting to protect themselves or their families or other innocent citizens, and as a result there were less good people being killed, assaulted and raped, I would be comfortable with that.

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    And pepper spray is really illegal in Canada? That's ridiculous.
    Tell me about it. We're allowed to buy "bear spray" which is essentially the same thing, but we can't carry it in the city (that doesn't stop many women from doing so though, even though the cannister is huge - I know a girl named Shannon who carries one around in her gigantic purse everywhere she goes). Also here's a funny thing, the government does issue a very small number of concealed carry licenses to people who live in the woods to protect themselves from "wildlife" (to give you an idea of how rare these licenses are, our most populated province is Ontario and there are only thirteen people with concealed carry licenses in the entire province), but no where in the law is the concept of people protecting themselves from other people in an urban setting addressed. It's like the government thinks that if they just ignore it, it won't exist. "No, no, Canadians don't ever need to defend themselves from other Canadians, we're so polite after all, they just need to defend themselves from... bears! Yeah, that's it, bears!"

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    This brought to mind a whole new issue. What about people who can't handle guns, like me? I can't physically operate a gun, it's impossible. I'd say it puts me at a bit of a disadvantage in a potential gun-toting country, no?
    Well, two things. First, the only people who know that you can't operate a gun are you and the people you tell. A criminal has no idea whether or not you have a concealed weapon on you, so it's strongly argued that even if you can't or choose not to carry a firearm there's a deterrence effect. Secondly, I'll give you an example. Say you're in a restaurant, and a guy pulls out a gun and starts shooting people. You might very soon be one of the people getting shot, there's not a cop to be seen and you don't have a gun to take him out - but maybe five other people in the restaurant do, good people with licenses to carry who have passed their background check and all of their registration courses, and who know how to use a handgun. Are you better or worse off in that situation than you would be if no one in the restaurant had a gun except the criminal? People can't rely on a police officer showing up during every situation in which a crime is occuring, we need to be able to protect ourselves and each other.

    By the way, I didn't invent that scenario off the top of my head, it really happened. I'll post an article here when I'm off work.
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    I would have to say, living in Australia it makes no sense to suddenly go all pro gun when the statistics don't support the argument. Will the introduction of guns decrease crime? I haven't seen any stats which show a gun carrying nation substantially decreases the crime rate, neither am I aware that sociologically people feel safer, securer, happier walking on the streets knowing that everyone is carrying a lethal weapon - that they have a right to blow the brains out of anyone who looks suspicious and call it self-defense. Sometimes its hard to see the wood for the trees. Its so absolutely foreign to me its unbelievable!

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    I know how mich you and stlukes like to get in your squabbles, but aren't you kind of ignoring the numbers of countries with gun laws and the numbers that show ,oat nations with stricter gun control, like Canada, have a lower number of violent crimes? The US's crime rate may have gone down since so many states passed the conceal and carry laws, but it's still way higher than other nations without such laws.

    As to me being able to use guns, interesting points, though I don't think a criminal is going to have trouble realizing I can't use a gun--it's pretty obvious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mutatis-Mutandi View Post
    I know how mich you and stlukes like to get in your squabbles, but aren't you kind of ignoring the numbers of countries with gun laws and the numbers that show ,oat nations with stricter gun control, like Canada, have a lower number of violent crimes? The US's crime rate may have gone down since so many states passed the conceal and carry laws, but it's still way higher than other nations without such laws.
    Again, Switzerland. Lowest crime rate in the world. Assault rifles abound, and while they don't have concealed carry laws, they have a similar system and I like it, it works. Show me a gun-free nation that's safer than Switzerland, and while you're at it show me a nation who's crime rate increased as gun laws became more lax (see how it works both ways?). Also, I was making these points before Stlukes tromped in here. I don't care about him, I care about human rights (namely the right to defend yourself and your family, and your potential ability to defend your nation from tyranical governments) and womens' safety.

    And "lower number" is kind of ancillary, since we have less people, but anyway... I don't have time to research the other countries he's told me are "safer" than the United States, but I don't think I buy that a woman in Saudi Arabia is safer than a woman in the US. If he SO obviously obfuscated that truth, why should I automatically swallow that the other countries he's listed are "safer?"

    Also, he didn't say "less violent crimes," he said "less homicides." As I've already said here, that's unclear and easy to misinterpret:

    Quote Originally Posted by JuniperWoolf
    One more thing: bare homicide statistics are blind and don't really say much, which might be a moot point since they have decreased everywhere in North America, but this must be said because it's an important point. Criminals killing other criminals is by far the most common kind of homicide, and that isn't affected in the slightest by concealed carry laws. The concern here is rape, assault and a certain kind of homicide (innocent people being killed by criminals). If more criminals and rapists were killed in Canada by licensed people carrying perfectly legal firearms who are within their own rights and acting to protect themselves or their families or other innocent citizens, and as a result there were less good people being killed, assaulted and raped, I would be comfortable with that.
    ...Plus it's estimated that only 3/10 rape cases in Canada are reported. Numbers aren't solid, inarguable things in any case, and in this situation they aren't even clearly pointing in one direction or the other, BOTH sides have ample stats backing them up so we have to use something else to make a judgement. Actually, here's a really cool Bullsh*t episode about numbers which explains that point better than I could in this short little post.
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    I was just kidding with my stlukes comment.

    And, fine, Switzerland is the exception. That doesn't invalidate the other nations with strict gun-control laws with low crime (violent, homicide, whatever) rates. And I don't know about Saudi-Arabia. Didn't read where that was mentioned.

    And I believe Canada has a lower number and lower percentage.

    Anyways, like I said, I'm not completely against guns, just assault rifles, which no one has given a good reason for legalization, aside from oddball Switzerland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mutatis-Mutandi View Post
    Juniper-

    I know how mich you and stlukes like to get in your squabbles, but aren't you kind of ignoring the numbers of countries with gun laws and the numbers that show ,oat nations with stricter gun control, like Canada, have a lower number of violent crimes? The US's crime rate may have gone down since so many states passed the conceal and carry laws, but it's still way higher than other nations without such laws.

    As to me being able to use guns, interesting points, though I don't think a criminal is going to have trouble realizing I can't use a gun--it's pretty obvious.
    Look on the brightside though, yes you can use a gun, but if America begins a new war and re-instates conscription (like in vietnam) you are exempt, and thus dont have to die for you country. So yea, you loose some you win some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mutatis-Mutandi View Post
    I was just kidding with my stlukes comment.
    *cringe* I hate it when I don't get jokes.

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    And, fine, Switzerland is the exception. That doesn't invalidate the other nations with strict gun-control laws with low crime (violent, homicide, whatever) rates.
    It's not an exception, it's an example. This is the safest nation in the world and in 2001 there were 420,000 assault rifles stored in private homes. This clearly proves that the presense of assault rifles doesn't compromise the safety of a nation's citizens. The fact that other nations with strict gun-control laws also have low crime rates (but not as low) can be explained using the fact that MOST nations are experiencing lowering crime rates, and MOST nations have strict gun laws. The one nation that doesn't (barring the US, which also happens to have the largest income disparity, and violence is clearly associated with socioeconomic status - NOT the presence of guns) has the LOWEST crime rate. I'm not saying that it's low crime rate is a direct result of the presence of assault rifles (actually I'm saying that violence is due to income disparity), the implication here is that the presence of guns isn't to blame for violence. If it were, Switzerland would experience more violent crime.

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    And I don't know about Saudi-Arabia. Didn't read where that was mentioned.
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    That places it among the safest nations in the world along with Austria, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Japan, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany Australia, Morocco, New Zealand, Finland, Lebanon, Poland, Portugal, China, France, Slovenia, Iceland, Bahraine, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar, etc...
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    A quick note on the subject of nations with strict gun control laws having lower crime rates:

    In most cases, these nations have not always had strict gun laws, yet they've typically always had lower crime rates than the US to a large number of sociological factors in play here that aren't in play there. There would be a much better case for arguing for gun control if one would look at the pre and post gun ban stats on these nations and see if there was an increase or decrease in murder rates, assaults, rapes, break ins, and other such crimes. If one doesn't do this they're simply harping away at a bad argument by ignoring the effect (or lack thereof) guns actually had on crime in those countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mutatis-Mutandi View Post
    As to me being able to use guns, interesting points, though I don't think a criminal is going to have trouble realizing I can't use a gun--it's pretty obvious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calidore View Post
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    Unrealistic fear-mongering? You mean like "boy, them guns sure do look scary?" Like Dark Star said, if you're trying to ban something, it's up to YOU to provide reasons for why it should be banned. Since every American state except one legalized Right to Carry laws, has America devolved into the Wild West? Has crime even increased slightly? No, it hasn't. So where's YOUR logic?

    Please do make an attempt to use some degree of logic on your own without having to have it all spelled out. Has the US devolved into the Wild West? Of course, such is an exaggeration... but the fact that the US... which has never been without the right to bear arms... guns... has a murder rate 4 times higher than Canada and most of Western Europe and much of Asia where guns are highly controlled suggests that there may just be a link between guns and the murder rate. Logic also suggests that you do not use the example of a nation with a higher murder rate than Canada's to argue that you should follow their example in order to decrease crime.

    It doesn't have to be, whether it IS the crime capital of the world or not doesn't matter to a woman who is being raped. All that matters to her is the crime that's currently occuring.

    Ooh, yeah... that's a real strong argument for arming the nation as a whole. It MAY deter some incidents of rape... but at the cost of a likely large increase in the murder rate, successful suicides, and accidental killings. Most laws are based upon some logic and even data looking at what is gained vs cost. Automobiles kill far more people per year than handguns, but this loss is measured against gain in mobility and increased productivity. Your argument in favor of the right to go about armed is based on nothing more than a personal desire to play Annie Oakley.

    Also, has the murder and crime rates in the United States increased or decreased in the 10-15ish years since nearly every state passed concealed carry laws? On what are you even basing this assumption that the crime and murder rates in Canada will increase if we pass similar laws? That hasn't been the situation in a single one of the places where concealed carry laws were passed.

    I had assumed (my mistake) that individuals participating upon a literature forum did have enough ability in reading comprehension to understand data without having to have it spelled out for them. Again, the US has never been without the right to bear arms. All that the Conceal/Carry laws have changed is the right to carry concealed weapons at all times. Many states have long allowed individuals to carry weapons as long as they were licensed and the weapon was kept in plain view (as in a gun rack on the back of a pick-up). We are not talking about a sudden switch from strong restrictions on handguns to suddenly having the right to bear arms. Most adults, barring a criminal record or mental illness have always been able to easily purchase a weapon. A good many of the States (especially is the North) have only recently adopted Conceal/Carry laws. The impact of these laws will undoubtedly take time to register. At the same time, most states have more restrictive laws than in the past including a 3 day waiting list, a database of those with a criminal background who are ineligible to legally purchase guns, required gun safety courses, etc... When I was a teen, we were able to buy guns the same day from the sporting goods department at K-Mart. They sold handguns off racks in plastic wrap like cap-guns. All of these facts go into impacting the statistics of gun deaths in the US.

    One more thing: bare homicide statistics are blind and don't really say much, which might be a moot point since they have decreased everywhere in North America, but this must be said because it's an important point. Criminals killing other criminals is by far the most common kind of homicide, and that isn't affected in the slightest by concealed carry laws. The concern here is rape, assault and a certain kind of homicide (innocent people being killed by criminals). If more criminals and rapists were killed in Canada by licensed people carrying perfectly legal firearms who are within their own rights and acting to protect themselves or their families or other innocent citizens, and as a result there were less good people being killed, assaulted and raped, I would be comfortable with that.


    Again... as a teacher all I can say is please give some degree of effort toward improving your reading comprehension:

    According FBI statistics, there were 617 justifiable homicides in 2008 including 371 by law enforcement officers. This was out of a total of 14,180 murders by gun. Add to this 1100 accidental deaths by firearms of which nearly 650 were children and 18,000 suicides by handgun...

    Again, you are calling for arming the nation based upon little more than fear-mongering. Canada currently holds one of the lowest murder rates in the world. The US rate is 4 times higher. Rape? Canada again holds one of the lowest rates in the world: 1.6 per 100,000 vs the US rate of 27.5 per 100,000. You forget the fact that while you may purchase a gun to protect yourself, the robbers and rapists are quite likely just as well armed and likely more experienced in using their weapons.
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    Why would a country that has strict gun laws want to 'fix what isn't broken?'

    It makes them feel more "manly".
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