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    American movies do teach us that problems can be solved with guns.

    And so we never get a chance to learn the skills of peace.

    The skills of peace are political skills embodied in liberal democracy, inter-personal skills embodied in conflict resolution, and personal skills embodied in psycho-therapy.

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    1. They look cool
    2. They combine fire, sharp objects, and projectiles
    3. They make their users feel like Rambo

    Pretty much

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    Quote Originally Posted by fghw View Post
    1. They look cool
    2. They combine fire, sharp objects, and projectiles
    3. They make their users feel like Rambo

    Pretty much
    Guns are a simple solution to a complex problem.

    Just as paranoia is a simple solution to a complex problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    Guns are a simple solution to a complex problem.
    IMHO, revoking your ability to access the Internet is a simple solution to a complex problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    Just as paranoia is a simple solution to a complex problem.
    How about a simple paranoia with a complex solution that involves toy guns and water balloons?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    IMHO, revoking your ability to access the Internet is a simple solution to a complex problem.

    How about a simple paranoia with a complex solution that involves toy guns and water balloons?



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    Apparently my critique of the gun culture has cut you to the quick.

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    Lots of problems have complex solutions. That doesn't make the solutions wrong.

    I've been called a criminal, a terrorist, and a threat to the known universe. But everything you were told is a lie. The truth is, they've taken our freedom, our home, and our future. The time has come for all humanity to take a stand...

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    I think if you live out in the boonies, having a gun wouldn't be the worst idea. I don't think it'd be my thing. I'd rather have big, scary looking dogs.

    Also, the deer have got to be kept under control. They are really bad in some areas. Last weekend, we had to drive our daughter to Chicago and we passed a corn field that had at least a hundred deer grazing in it. I don't think it's realistic to reintroduce wolves in most areas where deer are a problem. I think hunting is much more humane than the way we produce most of our meat and would do it myself except for not caring for venison, guns, and the entry costs being expensive. My dad is a veteran and could teach me to shoot. He has a rifle (I think he kept the one he had in the Marines) but he strongly dislikes guns because he's seen what they can do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by _eric_ View Post
    As long as the animals are actually used for something, like food, then I don't have a problem with it. Just killing them to have a good time and put a trophy on your wall, though...I find that very unappealing, wasteful, and disrespectful.
    This. As long as it is done in a controlled way, so that the animals don't end up on the extinction list, and not during breeding season when you might shoot a mom, leaving several pups starving. Also, amateurs who are too lazy to go find the animal they wounded and doom them to suffering for days on end before finally succumbing to infection need to seriously be shot themselves and left to rot.
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    Remember to kill one thing every day for the corps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    Apparently my critique of the gun culture has cut you to the quick.
    Don't get your hopes up.
    It's time for us to level set expectations.

    There are times when your posts are insightful and interesting; this is not one of those times.

    There are also times when you rant about things to such a degree that is obvious your participation is all about the chance to rant without any real interest in contributing in a meaningful way to the conversation at hand. IMHO, this is one of those times.

    So far as anyone's ranting having the capacity to cut me to the quick, it's not possible because:

    (1) Sticks and stones will break my bones, but hypertext will never hurt me, and

    (2) Once it is clear that another's behavior is a juvenile outburst of some kind, there's really nothing to get upset about - the whole display becomes laughable.

    For instance, when visiting a zoo, what do monkeys do?
    They throw their feces out of their cages at the zoo's visitors.
    When you see this happen it is not a trigger for anger; it is easy to laugh off, because that's what monkeys do. What else do you expect from them? They are monkeys, silly person!

    And so here we are, monkeys throw their feces at people, Mole rants in ignorant metaphors to satisfy urges for attention seeking, and as always I am having an awesome day.

    Thanks for asking, I appreciate it.

    Oh, and if you ever feel alone and want company during your next rant - I reccommend the "Me & My Homies" Superfly Monkey 7-Pack for $25.95 at www.buysuperflymonkey.com



    Cheers!



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