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Phineas T. Bluster

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
— Abraham Lincoln

I am good at giving a damn.

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  • Phineas T. Bluster replied to a comment by Auntiegrav

    GOOD Magazine Feature | Get to Know the Americans You'd Least Expect to Fancy the Firearm via magazine.good.is

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    Auntiegrav8 months ago

    I agree (about looking for excuses to use them), but also would like to point out that many who attend a concealed carry class decide that it is too much of a responsibility and burden to carry a gun (myself included). I have the permit, and I learned a lot from the exercises and practice, but I really have no need to carry a weapon (off my property: someone's gotta do something about the rats and rodents) other than my own situational awareness. I'm so far right, I'm left.

    Phineas T. Bluster8 months ago

    This is a wholly laudable approach. As a motorcyclist, I will not teach anyone to ride - the Motorcycle Safety Foundation does it better than I can, without teaching any bad habits I have picked up in 55+years of riding - and some folks I have sent there have decided it was not really what they wanted.

    Firearm possession is a terrible responsibility - and folks who refuse to understand this might well do terrible things.

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  • Phineas T. Bluster replied to a comment by ray.ables

    GOOD Magazine Feature | Get to Know the Americans You'd Least Expect to Fancy the Firearm via magazine.good.is

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    ray.ables8 months ago

    NOT GOOD. People who carry guns tend to look for excuses to use them, and statistics show that having a gun in your house makes you LESS SAFE.

    Phineas T. Bluster8 months ago

    How about some sources and statistics? You are projecting your own fears about your own personality on millions of people whom you do not know. If you don't want a gun then don't buy one - it is that simple.

    Now, if you want to start talking about perceived needs, well, nobody needs 2 cars, 2 teevee sets, any motorcycles, more than 1 computer, swords, large knives, - the list is endless.

    I resent your attempt to demonize a whole group of people because they choose to possess an object that you fear or misunderstand.

    My handgun has saved me considerable damage and injury on several occasions - and it has never been necessary to fire it or even to threaten someone with it - the simple presence was enough to convince someone with malign intentions to ply his trade elsewhere. Whothehell are you to deny me this protection?

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  • Phineas T. Bluster replied to a comment by Janette Nash

    GOOD Magazine Feature | Get to Know the Americans You'd Least Expect to Fancy the Firearm via magazine.good.is

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    Janette Nash8 months ago

    In most of Europe, guns are not allowed, and therefore deaths from guns do not occur, except rarely. So it IS possible to get rid of them, and police strictly the people who possess them. I don't understand why Americans do not want to be spared the fear expressed so eloquently in the article...

    Phineas T. Bluster8 months ago

    Sources please. Having lived in Europe, I know this to be BS of the purest ray serene.

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  • Phineas T. Bluster replied to a comment by MEH1951

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    MEH19518 months ago

    Sarah seems to be missing the point. The US gun death rate far exceeds that of every other industrialized nation. The reason is we have too many guns and too few gun safety regulations. Guns are the last consumer product not regulated for consumer health and safety.

    Does Sarah not believe universal background checks are a good idea? Does she not believe that smart gun technology is a good idea? We will always have guns in America. But do we have to have so many gun deaths? Let's take a reasonable public health approach and reduce the gun death and injury that over 100k Americans experience each year. Final fact: a gun in the home makes you 22 times more likely to be killed or injured than if you didn't have a gun in the home. The idea that a gun protects you is a false idea sold by the NRA and gun industry to gullible Americans. Sadly, too many Americans, including you, have taken the bait.

    Phineas T. Bluster8 months ago

    Really? The FBI doesn't know this. Rumania doesn't know this. Switzerland doesn't know this.

    Check your sources, and look at the whole report - just cherrypicking is unworthy.

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