Obsession, paranoia, risks, was Re: GUNS/TOOLS: Needed? Paranoia!

From: Michael M. Butler (butler@comp-lib.org)
Date: Sat Jan 13 2001 - 11:17:52 MST

Steve Nichols wrote:
> I have never understood the American obsession with fire-arms .... the
> self-defence argument seems to be just a case of spiralling paranoia.

There are some Americans who are obsessed with collecting Barbie dolls.
I've never understood that.

I don't consider all interests obsessions. Since there are strong
feelings among some regarding what they see as an attempt to violate a
fundamental right, strong words result. After enough strong words from
all concerned, some sort of spiral can indeed be seen.

Dirigiste Europeans are free to think Americans are paranoid, childish,
etc., and so some do. The Code Napoleon strikes me as rather "paranoid",
as do many European successful governments of the last two centuries.

But there you have it.

> I suspect that statistically *non-gun owning* Americans are wounded or
> shot less than the average of the gun-owning population. What are the
> figures on this?

Good question. Who might collect such figures? How accurate would they
be? What would they prove? Whose figures, if anyone's, would you

Anyone? Bueller?

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