What I saw at a gun show

  • Article by: Ken Herman , Austin American-Statesman
  • Updated: February 2, 2013 - 9:58 AM

Of all of America's cultural gaps, is any wider than the one separating gun fans and gun foes?

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andy13tFeb. 1, 13 4:37 PM

Very well said. While I am similarly not a gun owner, and seldom a gun user, I have no problem with people that are gun enthusiasts. It's those nuts that make me uneasy. Maybe instead of gun control laws, we should be looking at "nuttiness" control......

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joepikeFeb. 1, 13 4:38 PM

Well written and interesting. The "protect us from tyranny" stance to me seems a tad outdated. Sure, after the Intolerable Acts it made sense, but not now. Cannot recall the last time I saw hordes of folks from the Armed Forces parading through town demanding that we surrender our weapons and ammo.

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munsterlandrFeb. 1, 13 4:48 PM

For the first time in 150 years, more people fear the power of the Federal Government than do not. There is no question the Federal Government is currently capable of operating without elections. When you have a President who does as he wants and ignores the Constitution and Congress, all that keeps him from total control of the Government is finding enough loyalists that would bear arms against their fellow Americans to ensure his power. Obama has many such thugs.

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minn12Feb. 1, 13 4:51 PM

If you think it can't happen here, just look at states like New York that are actually talking about confisctating certain guns and magazines they don't like. Now, we have some extreme gun-hating politicians here that are talking about the same things- banning 'scary looking guns' and proposing ammo limits etc. So DON'T let it happen here, folks. Take a few minutes to CALL and WRITE your senators and reps. It is easy and fast, just go online and call/and or email them. Be sure to politely tell them that if they vote for ANY useless bans or restrictions, you will vote AGAINST them. Your 2nd Amendment freedoms are under attack, and only YOU can do something to prevent this. The time is now.

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hammarhead1Feb. 1, 13 5:22 PM

I've never been asked to give up my shotgun or deer rifle. They are all I need for hunting and protection.

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rkn55811Feb. 1, 13 5:24 PM

Let me be the first to call the author naive.

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Douglind33Feb. 1, 13 5:24 PM

Can you just imagine some imaginary "fedrul authority" going door-door and demanding that we hand over our guns? The absudity of this scare tactic amazes me.

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greg62Feb. 1, 13 5:24 PM

Let's go after dangerous gangs, not gun rights for law abiding citizens.

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pumiceFeb. 1, 13 5:26 PM

Re: "Maybe instead of gun control laws, we should be looking at 'nuttiness' control......" How are you going to define "nuttiness", andy13t? Gayle Trotter, for example testified Wednesday at a US Senate hearing on gun violence. Her thesis is "Guns make women safer." She, like others who testified, argued earnestly against background checks, against banning high capacity ammunition clips. They also argued that Amendment II absolutely protects their right to own a military style semi-automatic gun.

Like facts about protecting us against tyranny imposed on us by our government and our military, however, the facts about guns making women safer disagree with Gayle Trotter and her ilk. According to the American Journal of Public Health, "The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the chance that a woman will be murdered by 500%." That's not safer; that's less safe.

What's safer? According to National Archive of Criminal Justice data, "In states that require a background check for every handgun sale, 38% fewer women are shot to death by partners." That's safer. Background checks to keep guns and ammunition out of the hands of criminals and the criminally insane. That's safer. Congress re-upping the Violence against Women Act. That's safer.

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commoncent4Feb. 1, 13 5:31 PM

Seems a tad outdated......I was thinking the same of the first amendment. We really don't need that right either!

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