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I'm pretty sure Sarah Thompson, M.D. is a she, in which case I'm not sure what she'd be compensating for by owning a gun, though I suspect it is more of a self-defense tool than a compensatory tool.


True, true. Compensating for feelings of helplessnes might work. But hey, we are helpless.

I have a good friend. One night, he's sound asleep in bed, his wife beside him, his little kids in the next room. He wakes up in the dead of night and there's a stranger in the room, some home invading crack head type.

He jumps out of bed (he's totally nude) and attacks the guy. The guy had a knife and not a gun and my friend, who's a big guy, eventually overpowered him.

I suppose a gun would have come in handy, unless a shot went through the wall and killed his kids. The gun would have prevented him from getting cut, assuming he could wake up, instantly retrieve the gun from a place which was also safe from his kids, unlock the trigger lock, flip the safety, then acquire the target and blast the guy.....

....see, that, for me is the trouble with guns for self defense. I support gun ownership because it is naive to assume the cops can defend you at all times and in all places. Any police force that could even begin to do that would be so expensive and intrusive that the cure for crime might be worse than the disease.

So yea, I support the right to bear arms but I don't own a gun myself. There's too many situations where it isn't much help. That could change of course, but right now, I am just not that paranoid.

If I was, I'd own a gun whether it was legal or not so I don't really see what the beefs about gun rights are all about. If the bad guys supposedly now all have illegal guns, that would seem to mean the good guys shouldn't have too much trouble getting one either. Grownups take care of themselves.

In view of the above, me thinks the folks who are constantly on a rant about this have a hidden agenda. That's why I like to razz 'em ;)

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