(Almost at the end of my time for the next day or so, but can't
quite drop out yet...)
I'm not sure how it would work either. There is a balance to find.
My thought wasn't so much that the gun seller nor the "government"
would be notified, but that the counselor (or the organization
through its counseling department or whatever) would be notified. No
one else even needs to know that the record was created. (I don't
> this is a straw man, because most college kids wouldn't carry guns.
> Only a few would.
It's a possible straw man _if_ the meaning was that the majority
_would_ carry guns. But that wasn't the intended meaning. I wanted
to express the thought that most of them weren't rational
gun-carriers. If out of a hundred kids I knew, two of them regularly
carried guns, I'm not at all sure whether I'd want it to be one
Niedemeyer and one Blutarsky. It doesn't mean a majority carrying;
it means that most of them weren't what I'd like to think of as
carrying at all.
> Let me ask a question, when you were in college, if you were aware of
> an idiot with a carry permit being irresponsible with a gun, would you
> just avoid him or notify someone in authority of his irresponsible
> tendencies? What would most people do?
Ummm... going back 35+ years... well, I did know a few who were
questionable. On the whole, I'd go with notifying authorities. I
would expect most people to do the same under similar circumstances.
I'm not sure how similar the circumstances are with 'today' though.
Everything's a bit more frantic. There seem to be a couple extra
nut-cases in every group nowadays.
What worries me most is that there doesn't seem to be _any_ path
that doesn't lead _towards_ citizen disarmament. With a significant
increase in guns being carried, there'd necessarily be a rise in
easy availability of guns.
If I'm a nut-case who can't legally get a gun but I find out that
THAT guy carries one at most times...? All I gotta do is poke a hole
in him when he's around the corner and I can turn the next corner
with a gun in my hand.
It feels as if 'society' is going to find some way to remove guns
from society. Probably not in my lifetime, but ya' never know. And
maybe it has to happen at some point.
But I'll make sure that I'll be buying as soon as it happens.
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