A Nurse with a Gun

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Responsibility Drink

Hi Xavier,
It's Sutton from the Wal-Mart thread. Sorry to leave a random comment on this post, but I didn't see an email address. Anyway, I thought you might enjoy my latest column: Little Girl Dead: Going to the Ravalli County Gun Show with Dwayne Smail on My Mind

You might disagree with some of what I say; I hope you'll comment on the article and let me know.
It would be wonderful if gun manufacturers could develop a concentrated personal responsibility drink to place into the case of each firearm they sell. It could even be sold to auto manufacturers, and manufacturers of other items that have the ability to maim or kill.

Of course, if the concentrated personal responsibility drink were inserted into each new gun's case, it would still be up to the purchaser to drink it. Those who drank it would not need it. Those who needed it would never drink it.

In the end, it's all about personal responsibility.

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Blogger MauserMedic said...

It seems to me he was somewhat disappointed in what he found at the show, as if there should have been a collection of vaguely sinister or semi-intelligent knuckle draggers in attendance. As you've pointed out, its a matter of personal responsibility, and some people simply don't have it.

I have no issue with punishment of individuals for negligence, especially of this magnitude, but I find it deeply distressing so many people believe in reducing freedoms based on the lowest ability level of an individual in the group.

11:12 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

Here's the comment I left on that article:

Someone threw out a quote of 63 deaths of children by firearms in 2004. I completely agree that even one is too many, but if, as you say, a million new guns are purchased in the USA every year and they are coupled with countless millions of firearms already in private hands, then I think 63 out of that many is not that scary a statistic. I wish the odds of child deaths by motor vehicle and swimming pool were so slim.

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Kris Rich said...

Couldn't have said it better, Xavier.
Some people fail to understand that THEY control a signficant amount of what happens in their lives. CHOICES and PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY define us and our character.

The other critical item is that so many antis believe that an object will "make" them do something...and since they believe that a gun will cause them to become a homicidal maniac, they assume that everyone else will also. Psychologists call that projection...it is a coping mechanism for those with less than a complete grip on reality.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Tyler said...

I've got a 2 month old and would love to read about gun safety in regards to home defense weapons. I've thought long and hard and the only thing I can figure is to keep it up out of reach. I'd love to read more opinions on the matter. obviously locking a defense weapon up unloading seems pointless.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Sutton said...

Actually, I was disappointed I couldn't find any of the higher-capacity Beretta Cougar .40 magazines to use in my new Stoeger.

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This column was more even-handed than most of the genre. It had some typical comments about the big bellys of some of the participants making it difficult to get by. That could happen at the Ballet. It is only noticeable, apparently, at gun shows and the like. Really, if you wanted to save children's lives by banning things, banning swimming pools, bicycles, young single drug-using parents and anything ingestible besides properly cut up food would would save the most lives per law. He is trying to be reasonable and mostly succeeds. However, he doesn't see buying a child a bicycle as a possible prelude to tragedy, which it is more often than we would want, but falls prey, to lesser extent than many, to the magic machine theory of the gun. He doesn't go to a bicycle show with the name of a drunk driver on his mind, wouldn't that be just as valid?
But he is trying to overcome his biases, and I admire him for that.

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, sutton did his best to characterize the gun show and its attendees according to the preset expectations he has allowed himself be to be conditioned for....

he had to "wedge his corolla (what no prius?) between towering suv's" and could barely squeeze down the aisles between "plaid and fleece stretched over ponderous middle-aged bellies", poor thing!

he was sure he'd see a throng of dwayne smails grabbing up armfuls of guns to plant like easter eggs where every little kiddie could find one...

but instead, there's just a bunch of guys who, like him, just needed a new mag for their beretta or something...except that they, unlike him, don't think that they alone are uniquely endowed with the intelligence to properly handle serious responsibility...

so, sutton, i know it's not what you started out to do, but your little article has personified exactly what is wrong with what you call the "antis"; they're only anti my constitutional rights and those of the guys at that gun show...but they, now they need continued "robust access to guns to protect themselves"...

i can see that you are conflicted, and so would many others be who have been fed the preconceived notions of the elites of the world, if they would venture out as you did and be honest with themselves.

yes, sutton, there really is a black-and-white, good-and-evil picture here, and i think we can both agree which group the stupid piece of s--- subject of your article is...and what really is necessary for his ilk to triumph is for good men to do nothing...and sutton, i can tell, you really are a good man...do something! jtc

8:52 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Of course responsibility doesn't come from a magic potion, but what chance does society have of cultivating personal responsibilty in a "nanny state" environment that usurps that responsibility.
It takes a village? or maybe it takes a responsible father and mother.
I hate to be so politically incorrect all the time.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1 killer of small children....buckets. Ban buckets! It's for the children.

2:11 PM  

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