Re: Guns

Joe E. Dees (
Wed, 2 Jun 1999 17:36:16 -0500

Date sent:      	Wed, 02 Jun 1999 00:11:18 -0700
From:           	"Mark D. Fulwiler" <>
To:             	extropians-digest <>
Subject:        	Guns
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> The issue of guns is something I think ought to concern extropians
> because of the possibility that gun ownership may help us increase our
> life spans. The question of whether or not gun control does or does not
> reduce homicides is a question of fact , not ideology.
Gun discharge can certainly cut them short - also a fact.
> Your personal
> feelings towards guns are irrelevant to the factual question. I think an
> analysis of the facts shows the anti-gun people to have, by far, the
> weaker case.
It is not a stark and bipolar choice between an absolute ban and the absence of all restrictions. This is an illicit and absolutistic straw-man argument which possesses not even a passing acquaintance with the rational, reasonable, targeted and limited proposals under discussion.
>Professor John Lott's book is a good starting point for
> those unfamiliar with the issue. Mr. Lott does not engage in name
> calling, responds calmly to criticism , and presents an excellent
> overall case for private handgun ownership. Why is it that so many other
> people can't discuss this issue without going off the handle?
Not only am I responsible for the insults I issued, but they were in response to the epithets slung by the progun-for-all-including-kids- violent-criminals-and-the-clinically-insane fanatic zealots.