Reader: When a sane person is armed, crazy people get off fewer shots

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Yesterday, we gave you a detailed look at the massive Liberty Firearms Institute, a veritable gun Disneyland that should break ground soon in northern Colorado. Among the comments that collected on the post was the following -- an enthusiastic endorsement for the project and for the sort of folks for whom it's designed.

totink writes:

I'm so looking forward to having this facility available to train and socialize with my firearms friendly community. I used to sell t-shirts at most of the Northern Colorado gun shows and I can tell you, I've never been around a friendlier more trustworthy group of people. I'm a "minority" female and I've been show the utmost respect and consideration at gun shows, shops and shooting ranges. I think the more patience, understanding and respect we show to people who are different than us, the better environment we create.

What I've learned from our firearms friendly community:
- Question authority.
- When a sane person is armed, crazy people get off fewer shoots.
- It's better to be your own hero.
- Never trust your life or the life of someone you love to a cheap gun.
- The goal is to eliminate threats, not create them.
- 'Gun Control' is actually victim disarmament.
- The stronger you become, the gentler you will be.

And my favorite quote right now is - "This country has a Mental-Health-Problem disguised as a Gun-Problem... and a Tyranny-Problem disguised as a Security-Problem." -- Joe Rogan

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Cody Hancock
Cody Hancock

Funny how it's the gun owners who recognize that as a mental health issue and not a firearms control issue. If 30,000 people died annually from falling off bridges (10,000 car accidents and 20,000 suicidal people jumping off of bridges) would the public notion be that bridges are dangerous and we should restrict/ban them entirely?

Cody Hancock
Cody Hancock

Wonder if it has to do with the fact that roughly two-thirds of the 30,000 killed annually killed themselves? (19,392 firearm suicides in the year 2010 according to cdc.gov)

mraufklarung
mraufklarung

It's unfortunate that social science, i.e. real studies of the social world, contradicts these claims, particularly the claim that more armed folks means less violence or gun deaths and more security. It's doubly unfortunate that the people who make non-factual claims about guns and gun violence don't really care about science or facts - they just know in their gut that they're right. This is true of the white supremacists, the creationists, etc. Knowledge be damned! I've got my gut. 

John S. Schafluetzel
John S. Schafluetzel

If there is one constant in the human condition it's people eventually getting fed up and killing folks. This leads sensible people to want to defend themselves. This is accomplished by bans on weaponry, armor, or offensive weapons. Bans criminalize possession of weaponry which is fine and good for those who care, but ultimately meaningless to those who are already planning another criminal act in which a weapon would be handy. Armor is cumbersome and expensive to the point of not being worth discussion as a viable solution. That leaves offense as defense. The idea being to end a shooter before he can get off more shots. It's certainly not the ideal solution but it is the most realistic. Look at the people who are tasked with our protection. The cops use armor and guns. They aren't taking down aggressors with harsh words and good intentions. Some people still see the ability to defend oneself and one's neighbors as a right, even in the age of guns. Disarmament strips away not just the right, but also the ability.

Maggie Nichols
Maggie Nichols

Funny how it's the gun owners claiming guns save lives. The 30,000 people killed annually in this country by guns are pretty silent on the matter.

whosdp
whosdp

Well, there you have it!  Clearly, this gun nut deserves to have her firearms confiscated!!

If only we had a gun ban, we'd not be so frightened about guns.  All we need to do is pass a gun ban, and every law-abiding citizen will turn in his or her guns...and all gun violence will be a thing of the past.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Cody Hancock A chilling statistic, Cody. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@John S. Schafluetzel Interesting post, John. Thanks.

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