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Comment Re:Immature and Gun Happy (Score 1) 1141

And I call those people idiots who should be disqualified from even being around guns in the first place. Frankly, this is one of the reasons I generally prefer to train women* to shoot guns who are interested, because they tend to start off scared of the gun. It's much easier to instill respect for what a gun can do, which makes it much easier to train them to safely handle one.

I swear, the next time some Rambo-wannabe toys around with his gun at the range and points his muzzle towards me or anyone else (whether the gun is loaded or not), I'm going to break his arm and staple the four rules of gun safety to his forehead. This is also one of the reasons I rarely go to the local range these days.

* Note that not all guys act like Rambo and some gals don't treat the gun like the dangerous weapon it actually is. This is why I have an airsoft replica of my Beretta 92FS (complete with slide and safety action; even disassembles in mostly the same way) that I use to train people in my backyard before I let them try to use the real thing at the range or an open field away from any civilization. If they can't apply the gun safety rules during practice on the airsoft, there's no way I'd let them handle my real Beretta, or any of my other firearms.

Comment Re:Immature and Gun Happy (Score 1) 1141

I'm not so sure about this. If you're the expert you say you are, I'd realistically give you, at extreme best, a 50% chance of not getting immediately shot against anybody who is decently trained on how to draw and fire the gun from the hip, especially if they have the gun on their hip opposite of you (which all it would take is a step back with that leg). You can continue to play Internet tough guy if you want, but unless you already put yourself on the upper hand to start, like you already got their shooting arm locked or you are right behind them, facing off unarmed against someone with a handgun is not something you'd realistically want to ever do.

Also, two things:

1) The average mugger isn't an Internet ninja.

2) I agree that simply having a gun won't protect you against muggers. What would be more effective against would-be muggers (whether you have a gun or not) is to be aware of what's going on around you and not place yourself in a position where you'd be vulnerable.

Comment Re:Immature and Gun Happy (Score 1) 1141

Actually, close combat is pretty easy with a gun. At those extremely close ranges, you have to fire from the hip (like in old westerns). If they are close enough, block them with your non-shooting arm high on their chest. Just keep firing as fast as you can upwards into their chest cavity until they go down. There's no need to have to try to point the gun at chest or eye level at their face or upper chest. Though the martial artsy "gun-fu" stuff in the movies are pretty cool to watch, I'm pretty sure getting a bullet into the stomach or chest would be pretty distracting...

Sure, with ported handgun designs and some revolvers, you'll get burns on your forearm, and possibly chest and face, but that's better than multiple bullet wounds to the abdomen and chest.

And yeah, ideally you would want to use the gun where it has the absolute advantage: at a distance. Actually, scratch that. Ideally, you would be avoiding the situation where you have to draw and use a gun on someone. Running away should be the first priority if it's at all possible.

And if they have a knife or blade, well, I guess you're resorting to have to protect your torso, neck, or head from being stabbed, taking the blade into your arm and hand if you have to; better than taking multiple gunshots to the torso.

If they have a gun, well, your own gun does a poor job of stopping bullets...


Submission + - Linking Video Games to Violence

ahoehn writes: "Amanda Schaffer has written a refreshingly balanced piece about the connection between video games and violence. Instead of regurgitating the typical reactionary voices in this debate, she looks at what scientific studies suggest about the issue.

From the article: "Pathological acts of course have multiple, complex causes and are terribly hard to predict. And clearly, millions of people play Counter-Strike, Halo, and Doom and never commit crimes. But the subtler question is whether exposure to video-game violence is one risk factor for increased aggression: Is it associated with shifts in attitudes or responses that may predispose kids to act out? A large body of evidence suggests that this may be so.""

Submission + - Sexual Threats Stifle Some Female Bloggers

An anonymous reader writes: Excerpt from a Washington Post Article — As women gain visibility in the blogosphere, they are targets of sexual harassment and threats. Men are harassed too, and lack of civility is an abiding problem on the Web. But women, who make up about half the online community, are singled out in more starkly sexually threatening terms — a trend that was first evident in chat rooms in the early 1990s and is now moving to the blogosphere, experts and bloggers said. ... A 2005 study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that the proportion of Internet users who took part in chats and discussion groups plunged from 28 percent in 2000 to 17 percent in 2005, entirely because of the exodus of women.

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