All the small-arms in the US would not stand a chance against the firepower available to the US military, Jeff.  Said even though I'm aware of your statements about the US.

On Sat, Dec 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM, Jeff Swanson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Well, there may be more to this than meets the eye.

I do not own a gun, and am not contemplating any purchase in the future, though I used to hunt when I was younger.

Friends in the US who do advocate gun ownership as a right (not a privilege) point to the fact that their incredibly corrupt government has purchased 1.5 Billion dun-dum bullets in the last year or so, just for Homeland Security. Other departments have order similar quantities. These hollow point bullets are illegal even in war, and since these are destined for Homeland "Security" for domestic use, I can understand their concern.

To that I would add a quote, the source of which is very surprising:
"Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest."    

Not to mention, that the shootings in Aurora and Sandy Hook simply do not pass the smell test. Before people jump down my throat, do a bit of searching for yourself online and evaluate the serious questions raised by competent people outside the corporate media. 

I, for one do not see guns as a solution to anything, but am concerned when a government that is behaving as badly as this one, is demanding a monopoly on those guns. Indefinite detention, perpetual war, corruption at the highest levels, and a presidential claim to the right to assassinate anyone anywhere, including Americans. Once they have all the guns, will that guarantee everyones safety? I very much doubt it.

Do not confuse comfort with freedom.

The quote about the British, by the way, was from Gandhi.

Tough subject.

Jeff K. Swanson
Swanson Creative

On 2012-12-28, at 4:52 PM, Bruce Bartrug <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Well said, Barry.  The gun culture in this country is absurd.  I'll give you an excellent example.

On Christmas Eve, a man walked through Portland, Maine, openly carrying the same rifle used in Connecticut.  The gun was loaded, had a magazine larger than normal, and was slung across his shoulder with a strap.  There were 65 phone calls to the police, who followed the man everywhere he went.  But get this.  In Maine, it is not illegal to carry a firearm openly, therefore the police could not ask for the man's ID and could not ask if the gun were loaded.  Nor could they confiscate the weapon just to keep this guy from scaring the hell out of everyone.

That's just crazier than hell.  Something has to change here, and soon.  The gun culture in America restricts our freedom, rather than "protecting" it.


On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 8:07 AM, Barry K. MacKay <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Indeed.  It is a huge topic here in Canada, not only because of compassion for the victims, but because we know and are frustrated by the knowledge, that it is possible to live in a free country and with great geographic and demographic similarities and yet have far fewer innocents shot simply by implementing sensible gun regulations.


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The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.  - Albert Einstein


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