THe problem is that the definition changes a bit depending upon who is
talking. A lot of peopl ewant to completely ban all legal gun ownership.
I say "legal", because yes, if someone is a criminal, he or she isn't
goingto give a hoot that a gun is illegal, only that a gun is power, a
way of getting others to submit.
THat's been part of my point. People talk about the thing, but not *why*
th ething is used as it is.
The same is true of drug useage. Making drugs illegal hasn't done much
at all to curb drug use, but it *has* created drug cartels and drug
dealers and all of the violence that comes when one group of drug dealers
fights anoter for "territory", the way Prohibition created the Mafia.
Until the "whys" are addressed *honestly*, however, high crime levels
will propagate like waves across the ocean.
Thinking of all other people as enemies is very different from knowing
that some people are capable of doing bad things, of flashing into
violent action. I have no way of knowing whether, the next time I go to
the mall, some nut is going to march in with a weapon (gun, machete,
whatever) and start killing people.
Some folks prefer to remain oblivious to the possibility. But choosing
to *not* be oblivious to it is no at all the same thing as viewing
everybody else as an "enemy". I don't think "everyone is out to get me",
but at the same time, I also don't have some cutsey disneyesque delusion
that everybody is sweet and wonderful and marvelous and reasonable.
--Which begs the question as to whether architects and builders really
need to be concerned with making wood floors silent.
How about they just snipe you from the road?
I mean, if they know that gun-control is history, why not make sure
you're good and dead before they are.
How much for a good snipe-gun with a good scope?
...Might be handy in a mall or school setting too.
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