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It is totally fallacious to argue that stricter gun control laws should not be put in place because more people die from driving cars while drunk or talking on their cell phones, or from using hammers.

One has absolutely nothing to do with the other.

You are, in essence, arguing that nothing should be done to reduce deaths from gun violence or to prevent another Sandy Hook massacre because those fatalities are statistically small compared to hammers, etc.

That argument, by default, concedes that measures can be taken to reduce firearm mortality -- but shouldn't until the other causes of death are dealt with first.

It totally ignores the fact that measures have been taken to reduce driving fatalities, that new initiatives are implemented when deemed correct, and, more to the point -- passing sensible gun control laws (like closing the loopholes to backgrouind checks) will not detract the least from efforst in those other areas. Do you really think that doing nothing on gun control will result in greater efforts to combat drunk driving?

Of course, you can argue that new gun control laws would do nothing to reduce firearm fatalities. You can also argue that mere hunting rifles & handguns are insufficuent to overthrow our government when taken over by a tyrant, and that citizens have a constitutional right to own military assault weapons.

You'll get a lot of strong disagreement with those arguments, but at least you'd be debating the issue at hand instead of offering up a ludicrous fallacy.

In some respects it's quite amusing to read all these silly posts that we shouldn't do anything about saving lives from gun violence as long as more lives are lost due to accidents or irresponsible behavior in other areas. It's like you all get your talking points from the same source (probably the gun lobby) and go about parroting that nonsense without bothering to apply any critical thought of your own first.

But really, you need to stop. You're making fools of yourselves, and however amusing that may be we really need a serious rational discussion on gun control (which we have had, to some extent, in this forum).


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They're intentionally muddying the waters because they know they have no logical argument against rational gun control laws.
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Woody, I stopped participating for a simple reason.  My honest belief is that there are two sides to this debate and they each have a different goal.  I own weapons that will be covered under any form of an assault weapons ban.  I'm perfectly willing to discuss ways to keep guns out of the hands of people that should not have them.  I'm not willing to discuss ways to keep guns out of the hands of people that are absolutly no danger to their communities.  

My belief is that the other side is ideologically led by groups like Bloomberg's MAIG and the Brady Campaign.  Dianne Feinstein had her AWB ready before the CT shootings ever happened, she was just waiting for an opportunity to present it.  Preventing violence is only an aside for them.  Banning guns is their goal.  Given that, I don't think there's much of a conversation to be had.


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But it isn't two sides. Everyone who is not a lunatic believes in some form of gun control. I bet even Lonewolf is opposed to ex-cons owning guns, but the NRA has used the term "gun control" as a pejorative for so long that now even reasonable minded people start screaming and crying anytime any measure is suggested to monitor and control gun sales.  We have more guns in our nation than ever before. We have more per capita than every other nation on the world. This fear that the "gummit" is going to take your guns is completely and totally irrational.
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Woody, I stopped participating for a simple reason.  My honest belief is that there are two sides to this debate and they each have a different goal.  I own weapons that will be covered under any form of an assault weapons ban.  I'm perfectly willing to discuss ways to keep guns out of the hands of people that should not have them.  I'm not willing to discuss ways to keep guns out of the hands of people that are absolutly no danger to their communities.  

My belief is that the other side is ideologically led by groups like Bloomberg's MAIG and the Brady Campaign.  Dianne Feinstein had her AWB ready before the CT shootings ever happened, she was just waiting for an opportunity to present it.  Preventing violence is only an aside for them.  Banning guns is their goal.  Given that, I don't think there's much of a conversation to be had.

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I posted this thread for one reason:
To point out the fallacy of arguing against gun control on the basis of deaths involving hammers, driving automobiles, [fill in the blank here].

I'm hoping this doesn't turn into another generic thread about all the relevant issues concerning gun control, including the content of your post.

I'm just looking for agreement that deaths from hammers, trains planes & automobiles are irrelevant to the issue of gun control, so we can move on to more rational discussions in other threads.


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Fair enough and I appologize for the derailment.  Checking back out.

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They're intentionally muddying the waters because they know they have no logical argument against rational gun control laws.

Still waiting for something resembling a "rational" gun control law :laugh:

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Woody, I stopped participating for a simple reason.  My honest belief is that there are two sides to this debate and they each have a different goal.  I own weapons that will be covered under any form of an assault weapons ban.  I'm perfectly willing to discuss ways to keep guns out of the hands of people that should not have them.  I'm not willing to discuss ways to keep guns out of the hands of people that are absolutly no danger to their communities.  

My belief is that the other side is ideologically led by groups like Bloomberg's MAIG and the Brady Campaign.  Dianne Feinstein had her AWB ready before the CT shootings ever happened, she was just waiting for an opportunity to present it.  Preventing violence is only an aside for them.  Banning guns is their goal.  Given that, I don't think there's much of a conversation to be had.

And DIFI has flat out said that she would confiscate every weapon if she could get the votes

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They're intentionally muddying the waters because they know they have no logical argument against rational gun control laws.

Still waiting for something resembling a "rational" gun control law :laugh:

You've been offered many examples but you'd rather goose step behind the NRA than look at anything from a logical point of view. Your biggest fear seems be that should you say something halfway sensible for once that you might be called a RINO.
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So the forum name and intent has been changed to Firearm Topics Only?

Missed that.

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Regardless of your perceptions, I haven't been arguing against gun controls but asking why all gun control proponents are so outspoken for stricter gun control while basically blowing off the many 10s of thousands more deaths from alcohol and texting as being less important.

Shouldn't public funding be spent on the biggest killers first? Or how about proportional spending based on the ratios between them? But I doubt that would go over very well since that would put GC spending at the very bottom of the list.

Hammers VS rifles. The point wasn't and isn't that hammers are deadlier than rifles but that banning high cap mags and "assault" rifles will statistically have zero effect on overall gun deaths.


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Regardless of your perceptions, I haven't been arguing against gun controls but asking why all gun control proponents are so outspoken for stricter gun control while basically blowing off the many 10s of thousands more deaths from alcohol and texting as being less important.

Shouldn't public funding be spent on the biggest killers first? Or how about proportional spending based on the ratios between them? But I doubt that would go over very well since that would put GC spending at the very bottom of the list.

Hammers VS rifles. The point wasn't and isn't that hammers are deadlier than rifles but that banning high cap mags and "assault" rifles will statistically have zero effect on overall gun deaths.

Get with the program.

The deaths don't matter.

That much is clear even through the fog of emoting.

Newtown's murders may have been the match but the current flames are feeding off other fuels a long, long ways away from there now. Skepticism need not apply, just show up with your pompoms and join in the cheer leading.
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Regardless of your perceptions, I haven't been arguing against gun controls but asking why all gun control proponents are so outspoken for stricter gun control while basically blowing off the many 10s of thousands more deaths from alcohol and texting as being less important.

Which is why you come off as being totally ridiculous because no one is blowing off deaths by other causes. It's not an either or scenario. Your consistent straw man arguments don't help your case for gun obsession.
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Regardless of your perceptions, I haven't been arguing against gun controls but asking why all gun control proponents are so outspoken for stricter gun control while basically blowing off the many 10s of thousands more deaths from alcohol and texting as being less important.

Shouldn't public funding be spent on the biggest killers first? Or how about proportional spending based on the ratios between them? But I doubt that would go over very well since that would put GC spending at the very bottom of the list.

Hammers VS rifles. The point wasn't and isn't that hammers are deadlier than rifles but that banning high cap mags and "assault" rifles will statistically have zero effect on overall gun deaths.

That's the point. No one is blowing them off. Money is being spent to combat drunk driving and texting while driving. Laws are being passed, police enforce them where possible.

There are no silver bullets here, and no one expecting these issues to stop overnight. But we're really supposed to just do nothing because there are other things that kill people out there.

As for the yip, yip yipping about emotions - a massacre at a school should involve an emotional response. It is the emotional response to the particular nature of this attack that may finally provoke us to act.
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"massacre as a school should involve an emotional response"

Personally? I'd prefer an effective response. Shrug.

Oh and "effective" would be FAR from "nothing". IMHO anyway. Ymmv.
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Woody, I stopped participating for a simple reason.  My honest belief is that there are two sides to this debate and they each have a different goal.  I own weapons that will be covered under any form of an assault weapons ban.  I'm perfectly willing to discuss ways to keep guns out of the hands of people that should not have them.  I'm not willing to discuss ways to keep guns out of the hands of people that are absolutly no danger to their communities.  

My belief is that the other side is ideologically led by groups like Bloomberg's MAIG and the Brady Campaign.  Dianne Feinstein had her AWB ready before the CT shootings ever happened, she was just waiting for an opportunity to present it.  Preventing violence is only an aside for them.  Banning guns is their goal.  Given that, I don't think there's much of a conversation to be had.

Drifty,

I think Jim is spot-on.   I believe there is a large segment of the elite that thinks only the military, police, and their body guards ought to have firearms and have made it a passionate cause to use any event as a pretext to work toward the goal of taking them away from anyone else.

Hence the alcohol, texting, hammer analogies.   If a drunk, having become intoxicated on vodka, rams a school bus and kills several children, Sen. Feinstein and Mayor Bloomberg don't make repeated announcements that beer and wine are OK but distilled beverages need to be banned.

I must commend you on pick-up on this concern/line of reasoning by those of us on the opposite side of the issue from the side you are on.

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"massacre as a school should involve an emotional response"

Personally? I'd prefer an effective response. Shrug.

Oh and "effective" would be FAR from "nothing". IMHO anyway. Ymmv.

Well an emotional response doesn't preclude a logical search for ways to improve the situation.

They ONLY reason we just haven't all been disgusted for a day or two then moved onto the bit of celebrity gossip as we have done in the past is because the brutal nature of this attack provoked an emotional response that many were able to relate to.

It also comes as a counterbalance to the emotions on the side of the gun lobby - I think it's impossible to deny that many of the most ardent of the pro gun camp come at the issue of gun control in a highly charged emotional manner.
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'But you did it first!'

Really? That's your foundation?

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They're intentionally muddying the waters because they know they have no logical argument against rational gun control laws.

Still waiting for something resembling a "rational" gun control law :laugh:

You've been offered many examples but you'd rather goose step behind the NRA than look at anything from a logical point of view. Your biggest fear seems be that should you say something halfway sensible for once that you might be called a RINO.

No...i have been "offered" the same old tired, worn out, sill, stupid laws

Nothing that makes any sense....not yet!

Gun laws have been piling up for years

Then tide has slowed lately, but they continue to be crafted by people thet have ZERO understanding of firearms

Thus, they are doomed to be innefectual :laugh:


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Woody, I stopped participating for a simple reason.  My honest belief is that there are two sides to this debate and they each have a different goal.  I own weapons that will be covered under any form of an assault weapons ban.  I'm perfectly willing to discuss ways to keep guns out of the hands of people that should not have them.  I'm not willing to discuss ways to keep guns out of the hands of people that are absolutly no danger to their communities.  

My belief is that the other side is ideologically led by groups like Bloomberg's MAIG and the Brady Campaign.  Dianne Feinstein had her AWB ready before the CT shootings ever happened, she was just waiting for an opportunity to present it.  Preventing violence is only an aside for them.  Banning guns is their goal.  Given that, I don't think there's much of a conversation to be had.

Drifty,

I think Jim is spot-on.   I believe there is a large segment of the elite that thinks only the military, police, and their body guards ought to have firearms and have made it a passionate cause to use any event as a pretext to work toward the goal of taking them away from anyone else.

Hence the alcohol, texting, hammer analogies.   If a drunk, having become intoxicated on vodka, rams a school bus and kills several children, Sen. Feinstein and Mayor Bloomberg don't make repeated announcements that beer and wine are OK but distilled beverages need to be banned.

I must commend you on pick-up on this concern/line of reasoning by those of us on the opposite side of the issue from the side you are on.

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exactly right

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Regardless of your perceptions, I haven't been arguing against gun controls but asking why all gun control proponents are so outspoken for stricter gun control while basically blowing off the many 10s of thousands more deaths from alcohol and texting as being less important.

Shouldn't public funding be spent on the biggest killers first? Or how about proportional spending based on the ratios between them? But I doubt that would go over very well since that would put GC spending at the very bottom of the list.

Hammers VS rifles. The point wasn't and isn't that hammers are deadlier than rifles but that banning high cap mags and "assault" rifles will statistically have zero effect on overall gun deaths.

Get with the program.

The deaths don't matter.

That much is clear even through the fog of emoting.

Newtown's murders may have been the match but the current flames are feeding off other fuels a long, long ways away from there now. Skepticism need not apply, just show up with your pompoms and join in the cheer leading.

The numbers of deaths from each is the point.

But 20 kids all at once in one location makes far more of an emotional impact than the same number one at a time each day of the year and in scattered locations. But even when something similar does happen (re: my post about the drunk hitting the bus killing 27), the outrage still isn't nearly as bad as when a gun is used.


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That's the point. No one is blowing them off. Money is being spent to combat drunk driving and texting while driving. Laws are being passed, police enforce them where possible.

Nothing much is being done to combat DUI, DWI OR TWD or the penalties would be much more severe.

1 year revocation of DL with a mandatory driver's course and re-examination to regain a DL for a first offense would do a lot to reduce them.


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Woody,
You make good points.

I have no problems with disagreement.  I realize that forum members are going have different positions on issues - sometimes extremely different, and I'm okay with that.  But these half-brained analogies to gun control that have been brought up again and again are just absurd in my mind.  And no matter how hard some have tried to explain why they're absurd, the explanations have been wasted on those who have no desire to listen.

It sort of reminds me of explaining something to one of my teenagers over and over again, but they just don't get it.  At some point, I just have accept the fact that they're just not going to get it.
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'But you did it first!'

Really? That's your foundation?

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Really - that's what you took from that was it HSF?

The point that a slaughter in an elementary school finally provoked enough of an emotional response for America to maybe, just maybe set its apathy aside long enough to try to do something to tackle the extremism of the pro-gun lobby.

And you took "they did it first" from that??

Set that alongside the kiddies' swimming pool remark and your seeming inability to grasp the fact that people can react emotionally to an event and still manage to think rationally when it comes to finding solutions and you're hardly covering yourself in glory here are you?
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Woody,
You make good points.

I have no problems with disagreement.  I realize that forum members are going have different positions on issues - sometimes extremely different, and I'm okay with that.  But these half-brained analogies to gun control that have been brought up again and again are just absurd in my mind.  And no matter how hard some have tried to explain why they're absurd, the explanations have been wasted on those who have no desire to listen.

It sort of reminds me of explaining something to one of my teenagers over and over again, but they just don't get it.  At some point, I just have accept the fact that they're just not going to get it.

It's a big distraction isn't it. The NRA and its supporters would rather do anything than get into a rational discussion about sensible gun regs and so the Internet gets flooded with this BS set of distractions to try to avoid any conversation.
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Still waiting for something resembling a "rational" gun control law :laugh:

Any law that will really keep the guns ONLY out of the hands of those who should not have them.

Then we can do the same with alcohol, drugs and much more as well.

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The NRA and its supporters would rather do anything than get into a rational discussion about sensible gun regs


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The NRA knows, as most of us do, that the ONLY "sensible" solution is to ban ALL guns as London has done. The bans can start with "assault rifles" or whatever - then move on to other types of guns. But the objective is a gun-free America.

Starting small, with "reasonable", "common sense", and "reasonable" laws and regulations and bureaucratic requirements is the only way to change America's gun culture. Each seemingly small law, regulation, or bureaucratic requirement is a step toward that goal. Americans are unlikely to vote for a ban on all guns, but will over time, vote for or accept enough "reasonable" requirements and regulations that guns are effectively banned. Just look at how cities like Chicago have effectively banned legal ownership of all guns.

As they have in the past, the NRA will eventually have to back down. The calls for support from many of their own members for each "sensible" seemingly small law, regulation, or bureaucratic requirement will divide them.

Rome wasn't built in a day - and it may take an entire generation to completely bans guns in America too.
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Woody, I stopped participating for a simple reason.  My honest belief is that there are two sides to this debate and they each have a different goal.  I own weapons that will be covered under any form of an assault weapons ban.  I'm perfectly willing to discuss ways to keep guns out of the hands of people that should not have them.  I'm not willing to discuss ways to keep guns out of the hands of people that are absolutly no danger to their communities.  

My belief is that the other side is ideologically led by groups like Bloomberg's MAIG and the Brady Campaign.  Dianne Feinstein had her AWB ready before the CT shootings ever happened, she was just waiting for an opportunity to present it.  Preventing violence is only an aside for them.  Banning guns is their goal.  Given that, I don't think there's much of a conversation to be had.

Jim,

I posted this thread for one reason:
To point out the fallacy of arguing against gun control on the basis of deaths involving hammers, driving automobiles, [fill in the blank here].

I'm hoping this doesn't turn into another generic thread about all the relevant issues concerning gun control, including the content of your post.

I'm just looking for agreement that deaths from hammers, trains planes & automobiles are irrelevant to the issue of gun control, so we can move on to more rational discussions in other threads.

Clearly, while you have some agreement, by no means is there a consensus for this idea. Some of us see NO difference in the very criminal act of the drunk driver slamming his weapon, vehicle, into a buss and taking out 27 people. For those dead there remains no difference. For us the difference is one was under the influence of alcohol, and the other was under the influence of psychotropic drugs.

It IS very legitimate to point out that nobody ever argues for banning the automobile. What is argued is for tougher restrictions on offenders. We all want to see less/no deaths to DUI. That's why people should be registered not guns.

And deal with the elephant in the room. Mental health problems.


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