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Tell Us: Are You OK With Guns on the Rail Trail?

Anyplace a citizen may be isolated from help, either by peers or police, is a place where people are likely to be attacked. There have been several reports of a near-lethal and lethal attacks on, for example, the Appalachian Trail. Carrying a viable means for self-protection should be a "no-brainer " in such locales. The adage, "when seconds count, the police are just minutes away" applies here. Pennsylvania (my state) just doesn't seem to "get it." The fact that holders of concealed weapons permits are not allowed to carry in State Parks is a further example. There seems to be some kind of mindset that anyone "enjoying the beauty of nature" or the "thrill of the outdoors" will be, by default, a "good person" is sheer foolishness. A further applicable adage might be, "better to be judged by twelve than carried by six."  (Jun 25, 2012 | post #3)

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Pop Culture Pacifist - Making the World a More Dangerous ...

Great article! Sadly, the people that really need to read it probably will never see it.  (Feb 5, 2012 | post #2)

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Not having the discussion

It just goes on and on. Some looney uses a firearm to cause harm and the 2nd Amendment becomes a non-issue. Same looney uses a car and, in a rage, or while impaired, possibly kills innocent people. Same looney uses a knife, or a hammer, or a club (or ____ -you name it-) and no one hints at restrictions on the purchase of those products. As well, let's take some examples of ignorance from the article: "We need meaningful background checks on all gun purchases — no loopholes. A mentally unstable man should not have legal access to a gun, period." FACT: Mental instability is not permitted to be known unless it has been cause for adjudication. "We need to ban fully automatic weapons from private use. The hunter who needs a gun that fires hundreds of rounds a minute isn’t much of a hunter." FACT: I know of no state that permits hunting with an automatic weapon and I'm sure the author does not either. "We need to encourage gun safety classes so that poorly secured firearms stop ending up in the hands of little children." FACT: How many school shooting programs have been shut down due to efforts by liberal, anti-gun zealots? How many schools permit the NRA to conduct the "Eddie Eagle" safety programs? Who is it that funds our "hunter safety" programs in the various states that require such programs for issue of a license to hunt? The one really sensible statement made by the author is, "Too many on the political left still seem to harbor a fantasy of getting rid of all guns and refuse to distinguish between responsible gun owners and those criminals or deranged people who have no business with firearms." Strangely, he seems to do this himself.  (Jan 30, 2012 | post #6)

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Shoot 'em down

While, on the surface, this article seems to offer some "reasonable " area of compromise, one fact is lost: we are dealing with an individual's right as enumerated in the Constitution. Lost is the fact that those who would carry a firearm with the intent of criminal use will -never- be intimidated by an additional restriction. Virtually every restrictive "gun law" assumes, first, that all citizens are potential criminals, another direct violation of the Constitution. There will always be those who will misuse a position of trust, whether it be a gun owner or the President of the U.S. To, in effect, punish the others in our society for the transgressions of a few is contrary to sound judgement and the principles under which this country was founded.  (Jan 29, 2012 | post #2)

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Brave men don't need guns

While not exactly "on topic," I thought this tidbit of info might be interesting and amusing: From what I read, on that particular day of shooting, Harrison Ford had a case of diarrhea causing, as you can certainly understand, repeated frustrations. While filming that particular sequence (I regret I don't recall how it was -supposed- to go), "necessity " descended upon him once again. His disgust is actually evident in the scene as he shoots the bad guy and turns to leave. The director actually liked the way things turned out and decided to leave it as filmed. :-)  (Jan 28, 2012 | post #324)