Originally Posted by BananasI know you have mentioned the NRA, JohnBoy, so I address this to you specifically, and to others who can share some enlightening information. I post not to start a controversial thread, but to learn more from your perspective.
I was once an avid hunter and once got a deer that was a real trophy. After that, knowing that I would probably never see another one like that, I go with friends occationally and "shoot" them with my digital camera. I did not enjoy seeing the deer suffer for the few minutes until he died and don't want to ever see that again.
I am not a fan of hunting. I probably should be a vegetarian loving animals, but I love my meat that I get from the store. Never had any interest in hunting or fishing, and could not bring myself to pull a trigger in the name of sport. Self-preservation would be another matter, probably. Our traditions in hunting are limited to hubby's car keys, wallet, cell phone, and checkbook. :lol:
Many claim that a gun is evil and only used to do bad things. Let's face it. A gun is a machine for throwing balls. 1000 times more people are killed every year by drunk drivers than guns, but ... well there's tax money in the former sooooo......
I have no qualms about others hunting. I know that they do a favor to us in decreasing an over sized population with disease as a health concern. There are checks in place in having hunting seasons, getting licenses or permits, and proper training for safety issues. I can see the excitement and interest sparked in some of my students as they share their adventures in outings with their dads, step-dads, or uncles. Several guys showed terrific writing skills in describing their detailed accounts!
Mayor Daley in Chicago has tried to place lawsuits on the gun firms for deaths to get money to cover costs of police, etc. He is adamantly opposed to firearms.
I'd like to ask him what reaction he would take if he woke up in the night with a punk standing in his room with a knife - sing "Coom bye ya"? There is a strange fact not talked about a lot in Texas. 150 years ago, 95 percent of the men on the streets of Houston had a gun on their sides. The crime rate was 0.7 percent of what it is today. The only real danger was getting caught in a crossfire. Robery of a store, purse snatching, robery of someone on the street was unheard of. But the rare case of a bad guy doing something occurred sooooooo, they outlawed it - mistake.
My questions lie around what guns are reasonable to be legally owned when going through the proper channels? Does the NRA espouse the right to bear arms as owning all guns that are out there? Are semi-automatics used at all when hunting? Does the NRA feel that any guns are out-of-bounds to the general public as they are of no need to law-abiding citizens?
The only place a citizen would use one would be in a riot. In today's paper in Memphis, (commercialappeal.com) the lead article is about how busy the ranges are doing the required training to carry one as the crime rate is rampant there.
Thanks for your thoughts!!