[FoRK] Re: An armed society... (freakin' Canada.)
<jbone at place.org> on
Wed Sep 5 13:48:57 PDT 2007
On Sep 5, 2007, at 11:35 AM, Jeff Bone wrote:
> Ian, I appreciate and even agree with a lot of your specific
> complaints about the US, but the universal anti-Americanism is
> neither warranted (hey, a lot of us detest the folks in D.C., too!)
> nor even factually substantiated.
> Take, for example, the recent implication that Canada's gun
> controls generate positive results. Let's list a few facts:
> * Canada's overall crime rate is actually 50% higher than the US
> * Toronto's violent crime rate is higher than New York City's
> * 30 US states are safer than any Canadian province
> * The Canadian
Postus interruptus; I thought I saved that to draft, apparently I
Anyway, it was clear where all that was going.
All I know for sure is this: I never wanted to own a gun. One of my
high school girlfriend's brothers was killed in a "playing with guns"
accident years ago, and afterwards - despite having grown up w/ guns
in the house, though not often seen or talked about - I never felt
like I wanted one in my household. That all changed last year,
thanks to my stalker incident; and now I've got a fun new hobby. I
probably have spent on average one to two hours a week at the gun
range over the last year, I own several distinctly different guns,
and --- I'm a damn good shot, thank you very much! ;-) :-)
Actually being faced with that element of society which is dangerous
and unreasonable can certainly change your perspective on such things
as arming yourself.
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