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#23 - ANOTHER GUN RANT



CHRISTIAN SELF DEFENSE
A guy walks into a church and threatens the pastor with a brick. The pastor pulls out his Glock and shoots the guy multiple times, killing him.


That's all. Isn't that enough?


 

TODDLER MURDERERS
Over 40 murders have been committed by toddlers this year.


 Call me out, if you will. Insist that the deaths at the hands of the toddlers who find guns and shoot people with them are are not murders but are accidental deaths. Then you will say that accidental deaths and suicides should not count when discussing gun violence. Then you will say that when you take out what doesn't count, what's left are people with mental illness and drug-related murders. And therefore what is needed is more guns in the hands of good people to protect us from the sickos and the druggies. 

Pfui!


Let's be clear. The deaths of children, murders at the hands of children, by accident or murderous intent, are less important to you than your guns. Just admit it.

BAN KNIVES
An internet meme recently popular with the gun-loving crowd is that five times as many people are murdered with knives as are murdered with rifles. So why not ban knives?

This is simply shameless cherry picking. Yeah, it's true. But it's also true that five times as many people are murdered with handguns as with knives. And that's not taking into account the accidental deaths and suicides by handguns. (Toddlers have 'murdered' at least 43 people this year while playing with handguns.)

In fact, about 70% of all murders are committed with firearms.

Hillary recently said that we should look into mandatory buybacks of the type that Australia conducted after their worst mass killing. Imagine that. One of the squirreliest politicians on the national scene actually talking about not just regulating, but reducing the number of guns in the hands of Americans.

Could it be true? Will we start going after the guns? Wouldn't that be interesting?

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