Hlrest, on 10 January 2012 - 11:34 PM, said:
You mean that they don't sell rifles at Wal-Mart where you live?
Also, I really am getting sick of this "LOL TEXANS AND GUNS" stuff. Only the truly backwards areas are filled with stanch gun-wielders. And what the hell is so bad about being able to own a gun in the first place?
Try growing up in an area where the majority opinion is that all guns should be banned, then
ask me that question. But that's the point I'm getting at here: you can't assume that the kid would've felt the same way about wielding a gun as, say, a kid from Canada given the political culture surrounding guns and gun ownership in the South. I'm not saying that southerners are all gun-toting warlords, I'm just saying that the culture around guns in the South is more pro-gun than in most other places in the US. I also think people are forgetting that just as it makes sense for police officers to panic when a gun is pointed at them, the same probably applied to the kid. When you're panicking, it's kind of hard to do things that other people would consider "reasonable," no?
Also, guns are a tool to facilitate killing, whether it's the killing of people or the killing of animals. Saying either "guns kill people" or "people with guns kill people" doesn't speak at all to the issue. The question is about whether or not people should be allowed access to tools that make killing as easy as it is with a gun. It's really a lot easier to kill with guns than it is to kill with most other things. That's why people don't tend to like them unless they plan to kill things.
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