• catloaf@lemm.ee
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      Loaded gun in a car door pocket? I don’t think these people considered themselves responsible gun owners.

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      Here’s a story for you. I’ve only really held a gun once, at a camp riflery range (very small calibers). I still end up doing a fair amount of gun research for understanding gun debates / safety practices, research for fiction where characters have to talk about guns, etc.

      I have had to correct other Reddit users that are gun owners, about the workings of basic single-action revolvers, in a very deep/long thread. I briefly doubted myself and checked my own sources, and yes, I was correct and the gun owner was persisting off the idea I was wrong. I’m sure there’s some responsible owners out there, but the fact there are so many bull-headed idiots about their guns, who still say they’re responsible, should scare anyone.

      The specific topic, if you’re interested, was on the situation where an old-style revolver is loaded and cocked by an inexperienced user, who then wants to safely decock/unload the gun without firing it (at that point, the cylinder is locked so basic approaches won’t work). Feel free to look it up - the approach needed there is pretty damn stupid.

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        I don’t handle guns, I just like westerns and play too many video games:

        Don’t you have to hold the hammer while you pull the trigger to decock it? The trigger unlocks it, but because you’re holding the hammer it doesn’t strike the shell?

        So in order to safely disarm you have to pull the trigger, which sure sounds like an accident waiting to happen.

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          Exactly right. It’s possible there are some newer revolver models that have fixed that quirk of design, but that’s been true of all the ones I looked up YouTube videos on.

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            Yeah, modern ones have a decocker to fix that problem. I’ve never looked up how they work exactly. I do know that some revolvers also have a little piece that comes up to block the hammer from striking.

            The historic design is certainly unsafe, but in those days, guns were rare and expensive enough that if you had one, you were already going to be trained on it. (Also, compared to a semi-auto pistol slide spring, revolver hammer springs are surprisingly weak. The only time I’ve had to do it, in a safety class, I was using so much force to hold the hammer up, I didn’t realize I had to let off to let it down.)

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        I had a girlfriends father insist on taking the whole family to the gun range as a “fun day out thing”. Not my thing, but why say no to new experience? Besides her dad had always openly carried so it was clearly something HE was into, so being invited to family time with him felt like a kindness

        But oh joy, was I thankful that a gun instructor was there, literally everything her dad said was corrected. From hand placement, to how to load to how to stand. The guy nearly kicked dad off the range at one point for having a loaded gun facing his kid.

        Thankfully I never had to suffer his company since we broke up later, but it was a very eye opening experince. Being INTO guns definitely does not correlate with safe usage.

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      These people also left their 2 year old in the car by himself while they shopped.

      These people are fucking morons, gun or no gun.

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        Agreed. There are plenty of morons among the gun owners who consider themselves responsible gun owners.

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      Sure, sure, but not every gun owner leaves their gun loaded and unsecured in a car with their unsupervised young child.

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          I guarantee you they don’t think that way now.

          I actually know someone something similar happened to and even years later half the house was basically a shrine to the kid.

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            Yup. But until that toddler’s corpse was found, they considered themselves to be responsible gun owners.

            And gun nuts counted them as responsible by default until that instant as well.

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      The gun hatting equivalent of both sides 😂🤣🤣🤣

      82M owners. The numbers aren’t in your favor.

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        Assuming you mean the US:

        The highest number of gun violence deaths of any developed country 😂🤣🤣🤣

        The highest number of children killed as well 😂🤣🤣🤣

        The number one killer of children being guns 😂🤣🤣🤣

        Yeah, the numbers are definitely NOT in our favor 🤦

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          How does any of that relate to most gun owners being responsible people? Folks really suck with trying to ignore the absolute numbers and try to use relative comparisons to serve as justification.

          The VAST majority of gun owners are responsible and never experience anything like this. Using parents who left their toddler in the car buying fireworks at night is an absurd representation of your average gun owner. Gun owners like this are the exception and the numbers aren’t hard, you’re talking about less than a hundredth of the percent of the population.

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            Most people are responsible drivers. Doesn’t change that we enforce speed limits.

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              Most people are responsible drivers.

              While this may be true, it’s still safe to drive as though everyone is a dangerous stupid lunatic. Not everyone lets you know by owning an Altima.

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              I completely agree. Thank you for agreeing on the responsibility. Can you find a single statement in this thread where I state anything about the laws or enforcement? My point is simple and limited and you and this entire thread have thrown the entire gun debate team at me.

              Gun violence should be reduced, national consistent laws should be put in place, background checks should be consistent and thorough.

              Most gun owners are responsible.

              These are not mutually exclusive ideas.

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                Yeah sure I agree with all that. Frankly, and saying this as a former rural Appalachian Republican who owned firearms, I think we should go the UK route and effectively ban them altogether. I think I can make a compelling argument that they (a) do not make people safer, (b) do not defend against tyranny, and therefore (c) yield an overall net-negative to society. To me the crux of the issue isn’t the “responsible” gun-owners, but rather the ones who do fall through the cracks; for there are enough of them who have a serious impact of our nation’s bottom-line.

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            The fact that the number one killer of children in the US is guns?

            You are asking me how that fact relates to responsible gun ownership?

            Think really hard about how those children were killed by those guns, and maybe you can figure it out.

            The children who died by guns are either:

            1. Killing themselves, meaning that an irresponsible gun owner gave that child access to a gun, either deliberately or not deliberately. Irresponsible!

            2. Being killed by the owner of the gun. This one should be self explanatory. It’s irresponsible to use the gun you own to kill a child.

            3. Killed by someone with access to someone else’s gun. Again, whoever owned this gun was irresponsible enough to allow their weapon to be accessed by someone else to kill children.

            You can’t be this naive.

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              No it’s not relevant to the argument that most gun owners are responsible. Well it is, only in the sense that it proves it. Even the worst country in the world is overwhelmingly responsible even you consider population size.

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                I think you misunderstand.

                It’s not important that many gun owners don’t end up allowing their guns to be used to kill children. Your argument is miniscule, inconsequential, and not helpful to the sickness in the US society.

                It is important, tantamount, and very relevant that because the US has so many guns, that the leading cause of death to children are the guns.

                Idgaf about most gun owners, I care about reducing the number of children being killed.

                Why don’t you care about reducing the number of children killed by guns?

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                  No, I think you misunderstand and want to turn this into a debate about guns when I made a simple statement. Most gun owners are responsible. Most gun owners never experience gun violence because of irresponsible gun owners. To say our imply most gun owners are irresponsible is a lie.

                  If you didn’t give a fuck about him owners you shouldn’t have run your mouth with false information to my very simple and scooped statement which has nothing to do with the point you are trying to make.

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            And right up until yesterday you would have said the same thing about these idiots while fighting tooth and nail to let them keep their guns.

            All gun owners are presumed responsible right up until something like this happens.

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              And right up until yesterday you would have said the same thing about these idiots while fighting tooth and nail to let them keep their guns.

              What makes you think they still don’t?

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              No, I would have said I didn’t have a clue about these individuals. I would take as many bets as you’d offer on a randomized selection of gun owners. I take that bet all day.