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Marilee J. Layman

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07:44 pm: Chocoholics Rejoice!
Mars is developing a tougher stronger cacao tree so you won't be without chocolate!

It's Code Orange today so I wasn't supposed to go out, but my check came, so I went directly to the bank and came directly home and was only coughing the last few minutes. Then I paid bills. The new 50-pound batch of birdseed came today, just in time, and I maneuvered it to the sliding glass door and after 8pm, when the warning goes away, I'll go put it in the metal container.

I read ICHC every day, but don't normally put them in my LJ. However, this one seems designed for me:



So everybody gets to keep a gun at home. Statistics show that most guns kept at home hurt or kill someone other than an intruder. This is because people don't learn how to keep guns or how to use them properly and they don't practice on the range. I wonder if DC can put that kind of requirement on keeping guns at home.

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From:skylarker
Date:June 27th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
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I love that LOL. I'm certainly tempted by the starter kit.
From:etumukutenyak
Date:June 27th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
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I'll take a half-dozen of those starter kits...thanks.

(LOL)
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From:green_knight
Date:June 27th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
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I liked that macro, too - verrry cute.

Statistics show that most guns kept at home hurt or kill someone other than an intruder. This is because people don't learn how to keep guns or how to use them properly and they don't practice on the range.

But that goes for Switzerland, too, where they're now debating to change the law. Every male has to do reservist training and keep a gun at home. Made sense, I suppose, in a country with a very spread-out population that was surrounded by non-friendlies; in the 21st century it seems a bit weird; but every now and again someone else in the family takes that gun, or someone gets drunk/angry/depressed, and Shit Happens. And these are the people who *had* proper training.
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 27th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, and the Supreme Court justices who led the opinions are now sniping at each other. I think saying the DC gun law (and therefore, all the states' gun laws) are invalid is going to lead to a lot more deaths.
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From:dlacey
Date:June 27th, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I will definately take a starter kit. Maybe two.
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From:dd_b
Date:June 27th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
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The gun defense numbers are mostly vastly understated; but they're in the range of 10 times to 100 times the accident+misuse numbers, and the accident+misuse numbers include (are mostly made up of) accidents and misuse of *illegal* guns, which I'll claim really shouldn't be charged against the good guys.

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From:mjlayman
Date:June 27th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
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But the reason many of them have been illegal is because of the gun laws, so those do need to be counted with the statistics.

I'm not against people having guns, I'm against them having guns and not keeping them secure in their homes, not learning how to use them, and not practicing regularly. People think they can just get a gun and they can use it, and that's not true.
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From:dd_b
Date:June 28th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
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The recent Heller decision explicitly says the laws against possession by felons and by the mentally incompetent are okay, so those cases wouldn't change.

I'm totally in agreement on the importance of training (having been a trainer myself off and on). We make snide remarks about people who have "all the training that came in the box" with their gun.

And yet I'm not comfortable with government-mandated training, either; it's too powerful a piece of control (if you make it require three 8-hour days, you lock out a huge portion of the population, including many of those who most need it since they can't afford to live in "nice" areas; if you push all the gun ranges out to the far suburbs, same effect).

Anyway, the accident numbers are quite low, and have been decreasing as more and more states adopt shall-issue carry laws (not suggesting causation; but the more civilians carrying, the more opportunities for accidents, since you have to handle your gun every time you put it on / take it off). Last I looked, drowning in 5-gallon buckets was a bigger danger in some of the most emotionally-powerful age ranges.
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Date:June 29th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
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Now they've found water they're going to grow chocolate on Mars? (--oh.)

My family-and-friends experience of guns at home: my great-great-aunt is the only one to ever use one, and she didn't have to fire it. She and her two sisters all married doctors, in the days when doctors got called out at night, and they all had pistols because of it. (My great-grandmother did regular target practice in the orchard near the road, so the whole neighborhood could see that she could hit what she aimed at.) Auntie woke up one moonlight night (when indeed Uncle Frank was out on a call) to see a man rifling her jewelry box. She got her pistol and aimed it at him before she spoke to him. "Put that down!" she said, and he said "Why should I do that?" without turning around. "Because I've got a gun." He looked at the little old lady with the revolver and dived out the window, leaving the silver from the dining room behind on her dresser. She was such a tough old gal, though, that she might well have driven him off unarmed.

Mary Anne in Kentucky
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 29th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
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I don't think it's hot enough for cacao trees on Mars! But isn't it neat that there's water and the soil is like ours?

LOL That bandit made the right choice! Here in VA and DC, many of the guns at home aren't kept properly so the kids get into them and accidently kill each other. We had another one this last week. Actually, I should have said urban VA -- SW VA is where kids learn to use guns when they're old enough to hold them, and most deaths down there are on purpose. They're allowed to bring rifles in their cars to school during hunting season, so they can go right after school, as long as the rifles stay in the car during school.
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