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by henry quirk
Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:22 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Are Guns the Problem?
Replies: 236
Views: 39503

Re: Are Guns the Problem?

"...it can be a real problem." Which is, again, the tool user, not the tool. And, again: eye of the beholder. Nation X has atomics and thinks that's a fine thing. Nation P thinks nation X's possession of atomics is deplorable (but believes its own possession of atomics is just dandy). *shrug* Change...
by henry quirk
Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:51 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Are Guns the Problem?
Replies: 236
Views: 39503

"misuse"

HA! Who said shit about 'misuse'? Atomics, chemical weapons, guns: if your side uses 'em, you say YAY! If the other side uses 'em, you say BOO! Friggin' eye of the beholder. If you stop someone with a bullet: it's good. If someone stops you with a bullet: it's bad. *shrug* ## "How much of a problem ...
by henry quirk
Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:39 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Are Guns the Problem?
Replies: 236
Views: 39503

"Are Nuclear bombs the problem with Iran ,,??? yes are chemical weapons the problem in Syria,??? yes"

No.

The problem is the folks willing to use the atomics and chemicals.

Tools make a job easier...tools never do the work without a tool user.
by henry quirk
Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Are Guns the Problem?
Replies: 236
Views: 39503

"So you LIKE THE IDEA THAT IDIOTS FIND IT GENERALLY EASIER TO KILL" I don't like or dislike the fact. It simply 'is' what it 'is'. Another fact: removing every gun (and the capacity to construct guns) from the entirety of the world will not stop folks from offing one another. They'll use fists and t...
by henry quirk
Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Are Guns the Problem?
Replies: 236
Views: 39503

"the current federal government shutdown"

At best, only 20 percent of the gov is down...the other 80 percent is chuggin' away as usual.

*shrug*
by henry quirk
Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Are Guns the Problem?
Replies: 236
Views: 39503

"You got a better argument for why guns are'nt the problem?"

Guns only allow for (generally) easier killing.

Guns are not the source of the antipathy or insanity that leads to killing.

Try again, x-wonder.
by henry quirk
Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Are Guns the Problem?
Replies: 236
Views: 39503

"what do you think, Henry(?)"

That you, Doc, are right on the money.
by henry quirk
Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Are Guns the Problem?
Replies: 236
Views: 39503

"I assume you have no kids" Got a rambunctious seven year old: he's knows damned well what guns are for, how dangerous they can be, and he keeps his hands 'off' ('cept when I’m with him). Almost always: when you read about some gun tragedy, said tragedy is born of ignorance...ignorance on the part o...
by henry quirk
Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Are Guns the Problem?
Replies: 236
Views: 39503

"if they were armed it'd probably be to late for you" Specious reasoning based on next to no information. My doors are locked; my windows are locked; my coach gun (which I'm well-trained in the use of) is next to my bed; I sleep lightly. Do the math. I expect I have a better than average chance of g...
by henry quirk
Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Are Guns the Problem?
Replies: 236
Views: 39503

"where do you draw the line with regard to controlling the access would be users of such tools have?" Too late for that to have any meaningful effect, I think. There's sumthin' like 300 million folks livin' in the U.S. Interspersed among that 300 million is sumthin' like 200 million firearms (and th...
by henry quirk
Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:55 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Are Guns the Problem?
Replies: 236
Views: 39503

Re: Are Guns the Problem?

"leftist"

And certain folks on the 'right' as well.
by henry quirk
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:58 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Are Guns the Problem?
Replies: 236
Views: 39503

Are Guns the Problem? Of course not. A gun is a tool. Blame the tool user. # "the belief that private gun ownership is some safety check on government is not supported by the evidence" Irrelevant (to me). I *own my coach gun for huntin' and for self-defense (against the unwise schmuck who comes into...
by henry quirk
Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Equality
Replies: 425
Views: 69967

Re: Equality

"My residual interest would be in gleaning from anyone who actually is *afraid* to make your quite courageous and frank conclusion (and hence who continues to believe in equality) on what basis they continue to hold that belief." Yeah, that's my interest as well. Understand: I have no problem with f...
by henry quirk
Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Equality
Replies: 425
Views: 69967

Re: Equality

But, Manny, I thought I was clear up-thread: I'm not a believer. I get Locke's arguments; his foundation, however, is sand. My little request to meet Jesus was a joke, from apathetic agnostic to theist. So -- as it stands -- there's no foundation to any of this 'equality' crap beyond personal prefer...
by henry quirk
Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Equality
Replies: 425
Views: 69967

Locke is great, but I'd prefer to interview the source, not His proxy.

So: when's Jesus gonna ring me up?

I imagine He has my cell number... ;)