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ZachZimmey says2017-01-13T00:18:22.1722318Z
@BrendanD19: The question was not whether or not we need guns for self defense, it was simply if we need them. Hunting comes to mind. Also, please source your information concerning the "slim at best" statement you made.
JonHouser says2017-01-16T19:07:48.4000525Z
BrendanD19 - The odds that a geek will need a condom on prom night is probably very slim at best too, but I would guess he probably carried one anyway. I hope and pray that I never need to use the weapons I carry on my person every single day, but if I do need it, it will be there. I would recommend you read the letter by LTC (RET) Dave Grossman entitled "On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs". There is nothing wrong with being a sheep, but the fact that you are a sheep does not make you morally superior to us sheepdogs. It just makes you dependent on us for your safety and security.
cyber_onions says2017-01-20T03:30:23.1330255Z
I'm guessing this poll is targeted at people in the US, but speaking from an Australian perspective, I'd say no. Australia introduced strict gun laws after a massacre in 1996, and since then gun related crime dropped significantly. America is a different culture though - you have guns embedded in your constitution (I think?). It's also worth noting that the debate around guns is not 'we should have guns/shouldn't have guns' but simply about having tighter restrictions on who can get guns. Lots of farmers in Australia have guns. Mentally unstable people typically don't though. In Australia you can still get a gun, if you want one, there's just more personal checks/waiting periods/screenings. I think it's also worth noting that the 'we need guns to protect ourselves against the government' isn't hugely relevant anymore. Back when the amendment was made, it made more sense - you have a gun, the other guy has a gun, pretty fair and even. Now it's like, you have a gun, they have drones and bombs and whatever else...If the US government wanted to attack or repress it's people, it could, regardless of whether the populace was armed. You can't bring a gun to a drone fight.
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