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  1. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, almost 4 years ago

    Do you know there were 550,000 books published last year?

    The number of books that were written and not published are not known, because nobody keeps stats on that.

  2. wolfhoundblues1

    wolfhoundblues1 said, almost 4 years ago

    I am alive today because of my accurate use of my pistol.

  3. Beenthere

    Beenthere said, almost 4 years ago

    My 76 year old Grandmother saved own her life and the life of her roommate with a S&W .38 special HANDGUN when a drifter broker into her home in Detroit with evil intent. She shot him dead in self defense. That is not a fairly tale, that is a fact. There was no way she could have held a heavy rifle or shotgun with her arthritis condition. But a handgun proved to be the proper TOOL to even the odds in her favor against a younger, stronger opponent.

  4. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 4 years ago

    Do you ever notice that today has more crime then in the so called wild west with all of our progressive gun laws. Truth be told the wild west never had the fire power we have to day but they did carry weapons far more freely.

    Last why do so many New Yorkers carry guns when when it is against the law to carry them.

  5. beenthere41

    beenthere41 said, almost 4 years ago

    Borrow a copy of the American Rifleman, and read the page that has synopses of instances where an armed civilian saved his/her life with a handgun. Happens all the time. Why the anti-gun lobby refuses to accept that and continues projecting horror stories of shootouts and carnage in the streets is beyond me. I’d rather be armed than defenseless any day. After all, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

  6. pavlov

    pavlov said, almost 4 years ago

    Hey Ben, police are civilians too. The only non-civilians are active military. And if perchance you are robbed you can point your pen at them because everybody knows the pen is mightier than the sword,knife,bat etc.

  7. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 4 years ago

    churchill, it’s not possible to keep stats on books written but not published - but increasingly people are self-publishing or web-publishing, which may allow a closer estimate. (I’m not recommending this - I think the person who publishes and edits himself has a fool for a client. I’m a conventionally published author and so is my wife.) I do know this: over 80% of Americans say they would like to write a book. If even 1 percent of them did it, we’re talking - what? about 2.4 million manuscripts?

  8. Chrisnp

    Chrisnp said, almost 4 years ago

    Fantasy?

    1997, Pearl, Mississippi: A 16-year old boy stabs his mother to death, then goes to the local high school to continue his rampage with a rifle. An assistant principal hears the gunshots, retrieves a pistol from his truck, and confronts the assailant. The boy surrenders.

    1998, Edinboro, Pennsylvania: A 14-year old boy opens fire at a high school graduation dance being held at a local restaurant. The restaurant owner confronts the boy with his shotgun, who surrenders.

    2002, Appalachian Law School: Two law students with law enforcement and military backgrounds run to their cars, grab handguns, and stop an expelled law student on a rampage.

    2007, New Life Church, Colorado: Volunteer security guard Jeanne Assam shoots a spree shooter as he enters the foyer of a church. The spree shooter’s blaze of glory is over, so he shoots and kills himself.

    2008, Israel: A Palestinian man goes on a killing spree in the library of a seminary. Police officers stop at the door and do not go in after him. Student Yitzhak Dadon draws his gun and engages the shooter, wounding him.

    2009, Houston, Texas: Distraught woman enters her father’s workplace and shoots one man with a bow and arrow. She points a pellet gun at two employees, both concealed handgun permit holders, who shoot her. Police show up and she points the pellet gun at them. They shoot her again and take her into custody.

  9. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Is this the line of attack that will be taken when the UN Treaty on small arms is brought before our congress for ratification? Hillery has said that the US will support the treaty. Better let your rep know if you disagree.

  10. Jade

    Jade GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    “Truth be told the wild west never had the fire power we have to day but they did carry weapons far more freely.”

    • You couldn’t do as much damage with the guns of the Old West. Their range was limited and the speed of the average shooter was less, and the bullets didn’t penetrate as many materials.

    Here’s the other side of gun proliferation. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23847511/

  11. SuperGriz

    SuperGriz said, almost 4 years ago

    “churchillwasright said, about 5 hours ago

    Do you know there were 550,000 books published last year? ”

    95% of those books were technical manuals. Look it up!

    yours,

    The Ancient Bookseller

  12. Chrisnp

    Chrisnp said, almost 4 years ago

    This is a good example of why I’ve become a centrist on this issue. Both camps tend to put out bad information that many of their supporters unquestioningly perpetuate. Many gun rights supporters have taken issue with the UN Treaty on Small Arms that Bruce mentions because they believe it will circumvent the 2nd amendment and lead to a gun ban in the US. Actually, the Supreme Court has already ruled that the constitution supersedes any international treaty. Besides, the treaty is about halting international trafficking of small arms, not domestic sales.

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  13. freeholder1

    freeholder1 said, almost 4 years ago

    Yo, Jack. The wild west is a myth. the first thing they diod when the law arrived was seize your guns when you got to town and not give ‘em back until you left.

    Interesting how all these foilks you never heard of in the other comics show up the minute an anti-gun message gets published.

    Gunnies like to lie to get their way and they have a lot of money to hire folks to do it for them.

    Like the semi-automatic ban would have covered .22s.

    Like a semi version gets banned in CA and they merely add a longer barrel and sell it as another type of gun.

    Like Varminter is a gun category. Even in shooting competitions there are light and heavy versions.

    On and on.

    And if you repeat a lie often enough, it gets perceived as the truth.

    Incidentally, Heston’s hands ARE now cold and dead so the prying will be easy.

  14. PlainBill

    PlainBill said, almost 4 years ago

    Here’s the other side of keeping a gun for self defense.

  15. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 4 years ago

    Jade

    First I can say you did take my statement out of context the line in front of your quote said “so called” and that yes there was less crime.

    freeholder1

    You are partly right first not all towns. Virgil Earp did just that in Tomb Stone and his brother did the same thing in Dodge Kansas. Others did not but we never hear of them. Second only a few cow towns and mining towns got out of hand. It happens just like Chicago today and Southern California. So again back to my original point and I hope a little clearer why is it that places with the most anti gun laws are the most violent?

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