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Bk Ray

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Subj: It is something in the psyche
Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 at 10:30:07 am EST (Viewed 1573 times)
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Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 at 10:11:21 am EST (Viewed 1697 times)

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One of the reasons I think guns are part of the problem is because we can't even have a discussion about them. You'd be hard pressed to find someone not willing to talk about the state of mental health in the US. Switch the topic to guns and the "From my cold dead hands" crowd immediately shuts the discussion down. We've somehow allowed self defense and public safety to morph into toxically politicized gun rights/control.

and culturally it can be part of the self image.

In Bosnia, I had to be calm, as it was enshrined in their behaviour to fire rounds in the air. The power of a rifle was deeply connected with 'the size of the man'.

I went to a very rough school, where if there was a problem, we would sort things out with our fists and that would be the end of it. Even in the army, we treated our weapons with respect and ensured we could strip it, clean it and replace the working parts if necessary. It was a tool, nothing more.

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