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Which Should I Be More Afraid Of?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by AlphaCoyote, May 16, 2013.

  1. AlphaCoyote

    AlphaCoyote Oh, I get around. New Member

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    As I go through my normal day, which should I be more afraid of, an armed thug or an idiot civilian?

    I'm prepared for an armed thug. But I'm defenseless against a fat senior at the bowling alley who accidentally fires off a round by banging a bowling ball into his pocket.

    Man accidentally shoots himself in the leg while bowling* - NY Daily News

    I also have no defense against a stupid woman who drops her purse and cracks off a round in Starbucks.

    Woman drops purse in Starbucks, accidentally shoots friend with handgun* - NY Daily News

    The fat boy in the first story had a CCW permit. The idiot woman in the second story didn't.

    Are these people more dangerous to my day to day existence than an armed bad guy?
     
  2. Toxic6

    Toxic6 Higher then a PDX hipster (~10,000 ft higher) Active Member

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    It doesn't matter what the scenario is-there really isn't a defense against stupidity. It runs rampant in our modern society, and at times..........I fear it is even being encouraged.


    What are you going to do about it though? Increasing laws and regs doesn't do anything but increase revenue for the state. Requiring training? Hell, there are many options for free or affordable training out there and it doesn't change anything either. Think about it......how many people do you know that even read the manuals that come with their products? (and then complain how their vehicle/electronic/firearm/etc is a piece of junk and/or too complicated lmao).
     
  3. samuelm16

    samuelm16 se pdx Well-Known Member

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    Probably shouldnt drive a car you have a better chance of getting in a head on wreck with a transvestite midget than getting shot
     
  4. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    It's clear no firearms in bowling alleys and no firearms for coffee drinkers. Her friends problem was there is better coffee in Seattle's Best.....that would solve the problem. Yes, stupidity is being encouraged. Look at uncle joe and his stupid 12 gauge comment.

    Brutus Out
     
  5. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    Moral of the stories.......don't carry junk guns.
     
  6. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    "Beck was given the gun by her dad a year ago and had forgotten it was in her bag, police say."
    No law can fix stupid. The fat bowler? my revolver don't go bang if you hit it, internal safety. Maybe he had it cocked or it's like an old webley I think, hammer hits the primer directly.
     
  7. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    Shot by accident is an act of God (just means his aim is getting better), shot on purpose is murder!
     
  8. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    What does that have to do with you carrying? Are you going to return fire if another CHL holder has a ND in your direction?
     
  9. Netspirit

    Netspirit Bellevue, WA Active Member

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    It depends on the neighborhood.
     
  10. michaels

    michaels oregon Active Member

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    Why choose? Just worry about both.

    And then pick up a few extra things to worry about in your spare time.

    You know, just general dread, instead of one consuming, obsessive dread

    Much easier on the nerves.

    ;)
     
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  11. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Snohomish County, WA Active Member

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    Sounds like normal attrition to me. Idiots will be idiots, whether they're carrying a handgun in their pocket/purse, driving and texting, walking and texting, or really anything else. Living in constant fear of armed people is what the libtards do.
     
  12. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    Double post. Sorry.
     
  13. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    People drive badly. Carry inappropriately. And do all kinds of things without putting much thought to it. Only when the punishment matches the great freedom we have, will people stop to think.
    The reaction must match the action. Until then people will continue to loose respect for things that will get others killed. And them a slap on the hand.
    The sad thing is all gun owners get put in the basket with these morons. Punish the person! Not the freedom!
    idiotwithagunlookingdow.jpg
     
  14. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    Stupidity can kill you at any time. It doesn't require a gun, just an idiot or an average Joe not paying attention. If you worry about it it will drive you crazy. Minimize your risk by doing common sense things like not taking jobs where someone else's inattention to detail can kill or maim you.
     
  15. sdlsaginaw

    sdlsaginaw Oregon Active Member

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    I'm pretty sure stupid is increasing at an exponential rate.

    I went to do some work in a small electrical room last week. It's more like a closet, no ventilation. On a summer day it can get pretty warm in there. It has several breakers, humming transformers, and a number of high power relays clacking on and off regularly.

    So, I open the door and what do I find? A can of gasoline, gas leaf blower, and a gas weed eater with a stain on the concrete under it. In a tiny enclosed room. With sparking relays.

    Yeah....
     
  16. osterr1999

    osterr1999 Silverton, OR Active Member

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    Reminds me of the movie Idiocracy.
     
  17. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    I'll drink to that...
     
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  18. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    One cannot protect themselves 100% against everything.

    (Unfortunately, too many people give up their freedom thinking that the DHS will do that task for them.)
     
  19. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    I thought the OP was talking about the other kind of thugs. The street thugs don't pose as much of a threat to my livelihood.
     
  20. Skier

    Skier Beaverton/Washington County Active Member

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    In the same way that entropy is a measurement of randomness in the universe (which, BTW is always increasing), maybe we need a word like idiotropy as a term to use for a measurement of stupidity/idiocy in the universe (which, if studied, would also likely be found to always be increasing). ;-)