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As a general principle, this heathen distances himself from all Abrahamic faiths on the grounds that all of them – without exception – privilege faith over reason. But not all of them are equally malignant in the same way all the time. If I was ranting in the 1930's, I would propose the Roman Catholic Church as the most dangerous religion in the world, owing to its open allegiance to fascism and antisemitism. From which I don't believe the West has ever completely recovered, nor ever will.
In the here and now, the most toxic incarnation of Abrahamic religion is Islam. The very notion that the end game is Sharia Law – A FREAKING THEOCRACY – and the best way to get there is Jihad; and that Muslims have a singular prerogative to A) feel aggrieved enough to demand it, and B) slaughter those who disagree, is infanitely more obscene, hateful, destructive, and evil than Fred Phelps/Jerry Fallwell/Jim & Tammy Faye/Jimmy Swaggart squared.
There is no Christian analogue to Sharia law of the sort imposed by the House of Saud (whom Preezy & Hillary assure us is “moderate”). Nor a Western parallel to UN Resolution 62-154, which calls upon every nation to criminalize any and all criticism of Islam. Its signatories include all 56 members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. Not just a handful of lunatics in a cave, not just Iran or Sudan, but every Muslim nation on earth; including those whom our elites assure us are "moderate."
Those same elites and their minions condemn observations like these as bigotry. In moderate Saudi Arabia, distributing Bibles will land you in one of their moderate prisons. Questioning the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (Propeller Beanie Upon Him) will earn you a public beheading in Riyadh. But I'm the bigot. That's good to know.
I missed the "automatic" part of Martha's proposition the first time around. For all intents and purposes, there is no fully automatic small arm (machine gun) that Americans can legally possess. Restrictions of fully automatic weapons began when the National Firearms Act was passed in 1934. It imposed a very stiff tax, set up a labyrinth of legal hoops to jump through, and required the weapon to be registered. That registry was closed during the Reagan administration.
My AR could be easily converted to full auto if I wasn't law abiding. But why on earth would I want to? Ammo is expensive. And a fully-automatic rifle is significantly (and dangerously) less accurate.
You write: "I'm still at a loss as to how owning either an automatic or semi-automatic rifle is justifiable. Hunting, shooting sports and self-defense do not require such weapons."
As far as hunting is concerned, it's a debatable point. Competitive shooting, no so much. Unless you believe those kinds of contests should be restricted to single action revolvers & bolt action rifles. Then we can limit Daytona entrants to using the 1.8 liter hamster wheels like I have in my Suzuki. Because there is no justifiable need for all that horsepower.
Regarding self defense, we start with the following premise: every human being has an inherent, inviolable right to self defense. That means you'll want to be at least as well equipped as the bad guys. A “one shot stop” - especially with a pistol – is exceedingly rare.
The Tsarnaev boys, if you'll recall, waged a pitched gun battle against the police & exchanged hundreds of rounds. The younger of the two (the oh-so dreamy one who made the cover of Rolling Stone) manged to escape that encounter despite being hit more than a dozen times – including with a head shot.
If the world is dangerous enough to furnish SSPD and RCSO with 9-millimeters and AR-15s, law abiding citizens have every right to be identically equipped if we choose. Especially since we're the ones obliged to confront those dangers long before the police arrive.
Here's a former Navy SEAL making the case that you and I should acquire an AR-15 (I already have one. Perhaps another?)
The AR-15. It's a good thing. Wear orange while you're using it, and you'll have the best of both worlds.
I owe Eric Morris an apology. I've confused him with Eric Bowman. Consider me properly chastened, Eric.
I've not suggested that you flagged any of my remarks. I've long been irritated by those whom I've referred to as 'forum crybabies', and I would have to lump you in with them at this point. My preference has always been to live and let live, and allow everyone to reach their own conclusions. Now that you've manged to get Barry nuked from this forum that's no longer an option. While I can appreciate not wanting to be tarred with childish appellations (Ive been targeted on more than one occasion), your self-righteous indignation would be more compelling absent the blatant lie you've posted about another member. Your refusal to even acknowledge it says more about you than you know.
Actually, I have to back-peddle somewhat: I have flagged a post for removal. When the Arnone's dog was killed by their douchebag neighbor, they took to this forum to accuse him. I was concerned that slamming him publicly before trial might jeopardize the chances of the most severe penalties being imposed, so I did flag those remarks. Mea culpa.
I've been called a coward and worse and everything in between on this board. You called me a hypocrite only yesterday; and I've been threatened with bodily harm on more than one occasion. In the decade or so I've been posting here, I've never flagged a single contribution for removal. I'm not saying you're wrong and I'm right, but I find it an interesting observation. I also note that the lie you posted about Ken M (his "suggestion" that rude people should be gunned down) still stands, so apparently some have thicker skin than others.
Threatening a lawsuit over online bickering: the last refuge of the perpetually aggrieved.
He was US citizen born in NYC. Presumably, you're talking about Afghanistan from whence his parents hail. My maternal ancestry is Japanese. If I go off the rails and slaughter 50 people while screaming "remember Hiroshima!" will you offer a similar platitude on my behalf?
Thanks for the heads up on the wine. I'll be sure to keep my eyes peeled next time I'm at Costco.
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