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Well, that was fun.

Let's just go over what I posted yesterday: I voiced that I have no opinion on guns in America, because I don't live there and as such; don't care. I said that I, personally, am afraid of guns and think they're industrial killing machines. And I posed a vague, hypothetical question that could have been applied to any situation where an old law/doctrine is in effect.

That's it. Nothing more. Harshest word in there was "change" followed by a question mark. Not "ban", not "make guns illegal" and certainly not "outlaw free speech and trial by jury", which some people with a slightly looser grasp on reality seem to think go hand in hand with owning the firearms I said I don't care about.

Well, today, I am going to post an opinion: if you're the kind of insecure, paranoid little twit that flies off the handle when someone poses a simple question, and who holds weapons and the laws that permit them with such religious reverence that you perceive that question as nothing short of an inexcusable, blasphemous attack, you probably shouldn't be trusted with a pointed stick let alone a gun.

Get a grip.
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:iconraleigh33:
Raleigh33 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Speaking as a gun owner, I'm in full agreement with this. This type of idiocy scares me.
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Randimaxis Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I read your post, too...

I don't believe you said anything that warranted such an attack.

I DO believe, however, that life is full of idiocy, and that one person's opinion ALWAYS has the potential of getting an idiot's ire up.

I've always thought that guns are DANGEROUS TOOLS - and nothing more. I don't own one, and I respect them enough to leave them alone. Their presence has a tendency to escalate situations FAR too quickly, and except for shooting one, you can't really do much else with a gun. Firearms are HIGHLY overrated.

... but idiots, in an ironic twist, DO make great targets.

In conclusion, let 'em say what they want - if they don't like what YOU have to say, then tough.
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weird-coma Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
My argument on gun control comes down to this: The American founding fathers placed the right to bear arms in the constitution to allow the people to do two things. First, remove the standing government from power should they abuse their station, and second, protect one's home and self from criminal invasion. That's all fine and good, but it's not 1776 anymore folks, the government has cruise missiles and smart bombs. I don't care how many ak-47's you've got stashed away in that "bunker" made of Bison poop you and Jim-Bob build in the woods last summer, if Uncle Sam wants your ass, he's getting your ass.

And Uncle Sam's got a big dick. If you don't believe me, wait till tax season....and stock up on lube.

The second reason for the freedom to bear arms is a little more reasonable, even in today's age. I own a gun myself....let me restate that. I own A gun...not GUNS. Now, I have a lot of hunters in my family, and I've gone a few times myself (Sorry to all the PETA people and what not, but I can't shake the need for meat), but even they only own 2-3 guns, and their hunting rifles and such, not AR-15's or MP-5's. There isn't an animal alive that requires a .50 caliber sniper rifle firing a round that can punch through tank armor.

Look, I believe in the right to bear arms, but you have to be reasonable. We need to be more stringent on who can buy a gun, what kind of gun, and how many. There are more homicidal ass-holes out there now than ever before, thanks to Viagra, Barry White and the anti-depressant Paxill. The population of the earth exploded in the last century, and unfortunately most of the offspring are inbred mouth breathers so intellectually and socially crippled they should have an expiration date stamped on their forehead. Thanks Octo-mom.
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SirRinge Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Well, unless they start selling drones to the citizens. Then maybe there's a chance xD

We're the assholes, they're the dicks. It's always been that way.
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Seaview123 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well said.
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Lupenzo Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Well said sir.
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Majatek Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course people will react if you deliberately troll users with polls that have vague questions.

And then calling them paranoid twits? Sure there's free speech and all that, but you're beginning to come off as someone who has little self control who results to namecalling when people call you out on your crap. Yeah, you're real mature more so than a "paranoid little twit that flies off the handle when someone poses a simple question". :roll:
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
"paranoid little twit that flies off the handle when someone poses a simple question".

And a good chunk are.
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tw8687 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
You are probably one of few here who is making sense.
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Xiao-Fury Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You just described half of deviantart. :lol:
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Caradoc88 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I'm not sure if that is funny or sad.
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Xiao-Fury Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a mixture of both.
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Pherret Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Hey Phillip?

On behalf of those of us here in the 'colonies' who own fire arms in a sane, responsible manner (Seriously, my rifles have helped supplement my grocery bill many times and I dare you to find better bacon than from wild boar) and who have no problems with waiting periods or responsible legislation (Granted that's a rare substance over here anymore) and who do NOT fervently attack anyone whose opinion differs from our own but rather strive to always show the same level of tolerance and understanding that they themselves would like, I apologize for the inane, tyrannical, oft incomprehensible and hate filled ramblings you have had to suffer through from our more mentally and Maturity challenged fellows. We try to keep them from getting near the keyboard (or anything else that allows them to spread their hate filled ignorance) but they keep chewing through the restraints.

Honestly. We aren't all that bad. Their are a majority of us here who own one or more firearms and aren't complete fanatics. I for one grew up with them as a hunting equipment. It's how I still see them and use them. I do not ram my personal opinions up anyone's ass and make no plans to in the future.

I do grow tired of always apologizing for the fanatics that do though. Terribly embarrassing lot.
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DFX2K9 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do have to admit, I gave up trying to apologize for the hypersensitive nut cases out there, there aren't that many, but they sure are vocal. Sadly, didn't realize it was that bad when I joined the NRA. :\

Now I want boar bacon.... Damnit.... :(
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Pherret Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I would give up but I'm a nice guy like that. And if you are in the mood. Tennessee has incredibly lax hunting laws in regards to the wild Razorback hybrid that's been invading the Appalachian and basically making an ecological disaster out of itself. 250 to 350 average size, no limits and everyone you get rid of is helping the native environment against a invasive abomination species. What part of this is the downside?
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DFX2K9 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True, I can't remember who brought them over in the first place, but that was a bad move. Like Zebra Muscles, 'cept at least you can eat them. I live in Iowa, at the moment, but when I was in Georgia, they where a nightmare, had to watch your pets whenever you took them outside.
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I have to laugh at this post. Not because of the content but, how it was written.
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Pherret Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Thank you.
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:iconkitsumekat:
kitsumekat Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
You're welcome.
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dinshino Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
*chuckle*

Indeed!

Though in regards to the whole matter, I'm going to have to agree with Ben Franklin, "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." Yes, there are a number of paraphrasing. More in regards to some of the sh!7 that's being suggested. A national database of the mentally ill may sound good at first, but what constitutes mental illness? What about misdiagnoses? Fraud? Differentiation between mental illness and mental disability (schizophrenia vs autism for example)? What disorders will bar someone from owning a gun? Will the various levels of illness expression that present in most mental illnesses be taken into account? What are the repercussions of such a list?
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6-Qubed Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
...So I take it you've been trying for Silent Assassin rankings, then?
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:iconjollyjack:
jollyjack Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
It's what we all strive for :D
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6-Qubed Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
I have the worst luck with it. I tend to just silence any witnesses with suppressed handguns.

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xanaman Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   Digital Artist
The main reason for the second amendment has very little to do with hunting or home protection, regardless of what NPR and the BBC might tell you. It's there because it took an armed population to overthrow the British rule, so the founding fathers wanted to make sure the population remained armed so it could overthrow a tyrannical government again if needed. But you probably wouldn't know that. So when people ask why somebody needs an assault rifle with armor piercing bullets, it's because jackbooted thugs aren't armed with sling shots.
And let's not forget about tomorrow's Zombie Apocalypse. You Brits will be wishing you had guns, oh yes you will!
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6-Qubed Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Y'ever read World War Z? The Brits end up fairing pretty well with ancient castles and medieval weaponry. Turns out it doesn't have to fire bullets, it just has to cause massive head trauma.
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xanaman Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Digital Artist
I have not read that. Sounds interesting. The truth is that if a tyrannical government or alien overlords decide to come for our stuff, there's probably not much we can do about it :)
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CaspianSeaMonster Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, you know how it goes. ( <- Link to your own drawing.) A-fuckin'-men, though.
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CloudshadeZer0 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wait, answer me: you think guns are killing machines? only guns? let me tell you something that will immerse you in fear: anything may serve as a weapon. ANYTHING!
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dragonsamurai7 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As someone who owns, enjoys and sells firearms for a living even I have to say a lot of people are going WAY overboard with this stuff.

Again though this leads back to my favorite statement:
No matter what you say, think, feel or do... Someone out there will hate you for it.
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Caradoc88 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
+1
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JollySage Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If I could "like" posts on dA, I'd do so for yours.
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dragonsamurai7 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe thanks.

your free to use that line if you want ;3

But really its the truth anymore.
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RennisTora Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"you probably shouldn't be trusted with a pointed stick let alone a gun."
I couldn't agree more, love the title by the way.
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Vallie Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
I kind of miss when you told your opinions via comics rather than journals.
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DragonCount Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In my country cops do carry Glock 17s, but they tend to get sued or fired for firing them even when it's called for. I don't support American concervatives' ideals on everyone getting to carry a gun (considering getting a fully automatic seems to be as easy as going to Wal-Mart (oh wait!)) frankly I'm surprised I wasn't shot myself when I was living over there for a time. I do think that cops and other law enforcement groups should be allowed to carry small semi-automatics, as long as they're thoroughly tested and briefed on how to use them and that they're mentally sane.

Funny thing is, the latest death by guns here was caused when an officer's gun discharged accidentally when it fell on the floor INSIDE a police station. The victim was a cop.
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RennisTora Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's concerning as most modern firearms shouldn't be able to go off like that when dropped so long as they're being maintained properly, unless they were unlucky enough for it to pull and release hammer when it hit the floor?

That's always been one my largest points on them though, a knife can't kill let alone injure someone across the room when dropped by accident.
Not trying to start anything with that, just saying it's never happened.
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DragonCount Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, I was pretty surprised when I just up saw it in the national paper. I always figured discharging via dropping would've applied to single-action type revolvers like the Colt SAA (where the hammer has to be cocked mannually), but not a modern double-action handgun.

My country's gun control laws became the tightest they've ever been at around 2010 when there was a school shooting. Nowadays all registered small arms need to be kept under lock and key at shooting ranges. Large caliber hunting weapons can still be kept at homes, but the owner has to go through a long mental evaluation and background checks.

And what does America do when innocent grade-schoolers die? Why the principal should've had an assault rifle so she could've shot the killer. Yea, firing an assault rifle effectively is not as easy as it looks, and killing someone is not exactly easy for a sane person. I guess the Shining was right, living atop ancient native American grounds DOES drive people crazy.
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RennisTora Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh snap, don't even get me started the native topic xD
But yes, sadly they're afraid of having their guns taken away...
Even though that's not the case and people only want to make things safer.
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DragonCount Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here's another funny thing from personal experience. An old school mate of mine (to this day I still hate his guts *unf*) from school said that we need guns, because if we didn't have 'em the Russians would have beaten us in WWII with fisticuffs. I don't think he quite understood the problem in modern context. Plus I don't recall every friggin' Finn being at the front.
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ColacatintheHat Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I, who also live in the UK, honestly can't fathom why anyone even needs weapons. Protection for the mean time may be an excuse but if you start licensing them correctly eventually you wouldn't need them at all. I find them frightening and can't comprehend why anyone would even need a weapon, I don't need one, my friends don't need them, even our police hardly need them (granted there are exceptions but there are always exceptions). The only person I can think of off the top of my head who could possibly need a gun is my friends father who's a vet for livestock and occassionally it's far quicker and easier to shoot a cow than to kill it any other way. Now I don't live in American culture so I can't apply my views to it but I do think maybe they should take a long look at their gun-death statistics and make an educated decision from there.
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Arcthoudor Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Keep living in your dark hole of ignorance and fear.
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ArcheKruz Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you are afraid of guns, and don't understand them fully, then it would behoove you to refrain from talking about guns. Especially if you've never held one in your hands, or tried to fire accurately on a target. Do you know what is also capable of killing a lot of people very quickly? Vehicles. Do you know how many people die in vehicle related accidents this year? A hell of a lot more than from gun-related violence.

If I ever travel to America, I would definitely want to be accompanied by friends who conceal-carry.

Also, I must point out that the timing in which you decided to speak up on the issue is nothing short of morally reprehensible. Save your opinion for when it isn't on the back of a tragedy, then I will believe your sincerity.
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Chaoskor666 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well said.
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CaptainSpaceFucker Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well gee, now you're just bashing people that don't agree with your opinion. No matter how fanatic they get, they still have the right to express it, especially when you set up a poll AND enabled comments.

At first I thought it was pretty cool you were asking everyone's thoughts--

But if you're just going to be petulant that they disagreed with you, I see no point.
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Gyromorgian Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of all the many opinions I've heard/read on this gun debacle, this is one of the best.
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tw8687 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Please, this is one of the worst...
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Yewro Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What annoyed me the most was that you called the US Constitution an out dated Document
Don't get me wrong, I'm not pro gun but the Bill of Rights is still relavent today
Granted it misconstrued But unlawful search and seizure is useful
Also 5th amendment
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Ele-Bros Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
In a word......BOOM!
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ChaosMageTwin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you for your sobering words and cool wit.
Merry Christmas, jack!
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