Re: Gun Owner/Extropians census (was:Re: look out! long-haired gun loon!)

Hara Ra (
Mon, 15 Dec 1997 19:44:57 -0800

Michael Lorrey wrote:
> All subscribers to the list, please respond as to whether you own a gun.

I do not own a gun, and I support the right of others (and myself) to
own guns.

About a year ago, I began a relationship with a (then) married woman (we
are still going strong) whose husband was a mercenary in southeast asia
and a multiple personality. He did not take well to the situation and
there was some serious concern that during a 3 week period when the
woman was in Europe, that this man might cause trouble for me. There was
serious consideration of obtaining a firearm.

A friend bought a flare pistol which I borrowed and I obtained some
pepper spray. After some serious thought I came to:

If I was given a warning, I would ask him to leave. If he did not, I'd
use the pepper spray if he attempted entry. If he did enter and was
still mobile after the pepper spray, I'd use the flare pistol. At this
point, I'd have no compunction hog tying him on his belly which for a
middle aged courpulent man has in many cases resulted in death... And
then call the cops...

Well, it didn't happen, and is very unlikely to. I returned the flare
pistol and keep the pepper spray in an accessible but hidden place. And,
I'm VERY glad nothing happened, it would have done incredible (and
likely permanent) damage to my relationship.

And, IF there is ever a violent threat or entry into my life, I will
very likely get a gun, and the needed training.

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