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  • #3078
    Bigmama
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      a very difficult question with no simple answer. As a responsible gun owner and sincere Constitutionalist, I am sympathetic to both sides. Unfortunately, however, we cannot eliminate senseless evil by eliminating firearms. I do agree, however, that I see very little reason for the ownership of certain types of weapons. When I ponder this though, I remember that the police in Paris carried machine guns! EEK!

      #4415
      crossfox21
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        No one with any sense is suggesting eliminating firearms. The Second Amendment and common sense are not mutually exclusive. That’s why Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America has so many gun-owning members. Many of us come from families where sport-shooting in the back field is a common holiday activity. In my semi-rural county, I think fully half of Moms own guns ourselves, or our immediate family members do. We have no intention of giving them up. We need them sometimes, for rabid animals if not for hunting (and we eat what we hunt).

        But not everyone needs to own every firearm. And some people don’t need to own any firearm. I have an extended family member – who did not grow up with guns as we did – who attempted suicide by gun. By the grace of God they survived and are healing emotionally and physically. They do not need to own another gun however, and at this stage should not be permitted to purchase one.

        Our whole family was very proud of my niece when she joined her college rifle team. I suspect part of the reason she later switched sports was the aggressive paranoia that some shooters choose to enjoy. Moderation is not always welcome at the range. That’s why we have to be louder. We can’t allow aggressive paranoia to become the norm.

        #3091
        Charlaine
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          Big Mama, those of us who work from home or have wide-flung family are ALL TOO FAMILIAR with Zoom. You can see and talk to people signed up for a Zoom meeting through your computer. Before you Zoom, you should get someone (maybe a grandkid!) to help you check out your Zoom capabilities. It’s like being in someone’s living room, but you’re at home.

          I’d love to have a Zoom meeting with you all. Sarah Simpson-Weiss is capable of organizing and setting up the event if there is enough interest.

          I think we can all agree that there need to be more restrictions on the way people buy guns and other firearms. And I don’t think anyone needs an assault rifle unless they plan on killing people. That’s what assault rifles are for.

          My granddaughter was in her first jujitsu tournament yesterday. It was a big learning experience for all of us. I’ve been to hundreds of other tournaments — baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball — but this was quite different. We didn’t know any of the rules, we didn’t understand the scoring for half the time, our granddaughter was listed in the wrong class at first, and second-by-second coaching is the norm. But we enjoyed seeing her put her skill to the test for the first time.

          Charlaine

          #4419
          Charlaine
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            Big Mama, those of us who work from home or have wide-flung family are ALL TOO FAMILIAR with Zoom. You can see and talk to people signed up for a Zoom meeting through your computer. Before you Zoom, you should get someone (maybe a grandkid!) to help you check out your Zoom capabilities. It’s like being in someone’s living room, but you’re at home.

            I’d love to have a Zoom meeting with you all. Sarah Simpson-Weiss is capable of organizing and setting up the event if there is enough interest.

            I think we can all agree that there need to be more restrictions on the way people buy guns and other firearms. And I don’t think anyone needs an assault rifle unless they plan on killing people. That’s what assault rifles are for.

            My granddaughter was in her first jujitsu tournament yesterday. It was a big learning experience for all of us. I’ve been to hundreds of other tournaments — baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball — but this was quite different. We didn’t know any of the rules, we didn’t understand the scoring for half the time, our granddaughter was listed in the wrong class at first, and second-by-second coaching is the norm. But we enjoyed seeing her put her skill to the test for the first time.

            Charlaine

            #4420
            crossfox21
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              Martial arts is great for kids. Along with gymnastics and yoga, it’s one of the most helpful kinds of exercise in developing body awareness and coordination, and the self-defense skills are a practical side benefit. It’s also great for kids who maybe aren’t as comfortable with the pressure of team sports.

              I learned how to zoom over the pandemic (had a zoom conference yesterday in fact) and would be comfortable meeting up that way, schedule permitting.

              #4428
              Rebecca19
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                Just my two cents, “for whatever it’s worth” as my dad would say:

                I would like to take a self defense course with my daughter before she goes to college. That’s a few years away, but sometimes I think sooner may be better than later. My son has enjoyed taking Karate at the Y and he may want to pursue it more this year, or swimming. I once read tumbling and toddler gymnastics is excellent for mind development, too. I think it’s an all around good choice for kids of any age. It also teaches self-control and how to create calm in your mind.

                I feel strongly that no one needs an assault rifle to kill a deer or shoot cans. I have a family similar to Crossfox, I grew up shooting cans. My dad reminds me of Atticus Finch, he has a cool head and a compassionate heart. My sister gave us all nicknames when we were young, so he is Doodles. With his way of being, my children have started calling him “Dumbledoodles.” He is gentle, humorous and respectful. If I ever did anything wrong, he would sit down with me and the first thing he would do was to gently ask, “How are you? Tell me what’s going on.” He would get to the root of it–which was very constructive and we love him for it.

                He hunts and we eat every bite.(Well, Dad eats the viscera, I don’t!) He has always taught me, “Never point a gun at anyone–ever–even if it isn’t loaded.” I think there is value in having respect for anything we do and what we do for each other. I know my dad is not like most men who hunt but because of who he is, I once told him, “Dad, you can’t be against gun control and not be pro choice” When I explained, he said, “Wow kid, you’re right.”

                I’m for the sanctity of life but I feel the government should not have the power to say to a woman she cannot make that decision herself. That really bothers me because it goes against everything I believe in about my relationship to the government. And I feel that applies to a lot of issues, like this one. But we are a long long way away–on both issues–from following basic common sense. If our representatives and senators would not pork-barrel the crap out of stuff, I think most Americans would agree on things. Even RBG had a problem with how Roe V Wade was written, but she would still want all women in America to have a choice.

                There definitely needs to be more restrictions when it comes to guns. I bet we all agree on more than we think, but our reps and senators often play Loki in how they write bills which later become complex laws that create more disagreement than necessary.

                The bottom line is, there needs to be more balance in the force

                #4429
                Charlaine
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                  I agree with you, Rebecca, and it’s good to ‘see’ you again here on this forum. My dad did not hunt, but many people around us did every fall. I have no issue with hunting or the weapons needed to carry it out. Assault rifles, yes, I have issues with those. And I emphatically agree women should have a choice as to what happens in their bodies. What if it were the law that men could not have vasectomies? Reproductive choices should not be legislated. I personally would have a hard time deciding to end a pregnancy — but that’s my personal choice, and I don’t believe a law should legislate that. Women should not feel driven to backstreet abortions.

                  Charlaine Harris

                  #4430
                  Rebecca19
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                    Agree 100 % Ms. C. And it’s nice to be back. Thank you. You all have not been far from my mind.

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