pissing off the lying liberal democRATS

I’d love to see the stats on how many lives are saved by guns every year vs. how many lives are saved by doctors.

I’m not sure about those stats, but I do know that armed citizens lawfully kill more criminals each year than the police do. Granted, there are more armed citizens than cops, but the figures are still interesting.

We could prevent 50,000 auto related deaths per year by banning cars. We could prevent a few thousand deaths caused by aircraft accidents by banning aircraft. And likewise we could eliminate shooting deaths if we could really elimate firearms. So why don’t we do all those things? Because all those devices have ligitimate uses (although only the last one is protected by the US Constitution).

America does have a “gun culture” that’s unusual in the world, but then the same could be said of other peculiarities of our system, such as The Miranda Act and representative democracy. The right to bear arms is a cornerstone of our national identity for myriad reasons. Once we’ve forgotten why we have that right, as well as the right to free speech, peaceable assembly and freedom of religion, that’s the day that right really will be meaningless.

From the very beginnings of our nations the founders were suspicious of government, distrustful of a standing army and fearful of tyranny. Like or not the 2nd Amendment was created and still exists as a 4th Check & Balance, if you will. And writings of the time amply demonstrate that those framers believed that self defense was the right of a citizen.

I rarely weigh on in this topic because it’s among the most pointless of all arguments- no one’s mind will be changed. Crime statistics and emotional histrionics are moot. I have a CCW permit myself. And I can honestly say I’d be far more comfortable knowing that everyone I met in the course of a day was armed than knowing no one had guns except The Government.

At the risk of sounding heartless, by banning cars and guns I think we would only add to the problem of overpopulation.

Not if we did forced sterilization for people who scored low on standardized tests. :smiley:

Agreed. Morons should not be allowed to reproduce.

and only I set the standard for the tests.

-Imp

But are standardized tests really a good measurement of intelligence? Do they only test our ability to recall things we are taught in school? By only allowing the high-scorers to reproduce, we could accidentally eliminate artists from our society completely, along with poets, dancers, musicians. We’d be left with nothing but a nation of college professors.

EXACTLY!!!

What I have in mind isn’t a IQ test per se. It’s more proving that you’re actually worthy and useful to human society.

I don’t think any of those professions are useful at all.

and as benevolent democratic socialist dictator for life, only I say what is worthy and useful to society? freedom? ha! that only leads to crime and that is not useful to society…

slavery 101…

from each according to their ability

to each? ha!

-Imp

Hey - I’m just saying a world free of morons would be a better place.

The problem with this is that once we’ve got rid of the bottom layer of morons, we all slide down a notch, so that the stupid become the new morons, the thick become the stupid, the below average become the thick, etc. etc. Then we kill off all the new morons. Eventually, we’re killing those who were originally of considerably above average intelligence but are now considered morons.

Seems faster to just start offing everyone, since that’s the logical end of this rather roundabout policy.

I wonder how long I would last in such a political climate…

How smart do you think you are?

A couple of notches below that.

That hurts.

The truth often does.

Well I’m rubber and you’re glue so whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.

Classic.

Here’s another one:

So so
suck your toe
all the way to mexico

while you’re there
comb your hair
and don’t forget your underware

…then you are supposed to stick your tongue out at the adversary.

Thanks man. I’m sure I’ll have a chance to use that soon enough.