I wasn't trying to contradict you.
Just making a laboured point about how your totally reasonable assumption about where the limits of police power should be don't apply here.
Feud wrote:Don't know the agency involved
Who can't seem to tell the difference between drug dealers, students, violent anarchists and newspaper salesmen...
Oh, and who routinely hide their badge numbers so any possible complaints can't stick.
At least I assume it was a member of the TSG who hit me, unlike the other officers I met that day (who were occasionally quite pleasent individuals) he had is face covered in a cloth mask (a bit like the guys tearing places apart down the street) and had his number covered.
Also, this remark was quite interesting:
As you say though, such fear seems to be very prevalent amongst those with the least experience in them. I guess it's like many other things in life, tolerance (and acceptance) often reflects exposure. Having been to many shooting ranges where a person who's scared of guns upon arrival leaves with a grin on their face and a desire to return, I'm a firm believer in the power of hands on experience's power to convert.
I agree, pretty much enitrely. But that doesn't make the conclusion (guns are not scary) right.
You see, I spent 9 months in Ukraine last year, research the Chernobyl Zone of Alienation. I was there 3 /4 days a week.
Very quickly, surprisingly so, I became incredibly blase about my exposure to radiation, as were the people I was working with who were there very regularly.
The thing is, my experience of it made it less scary for me. It changed my perception
of the risk, but it didn't change the risk itself. I was, quite simply, pretty stupid.
But you are right - exposure affects perception. But it depends on whether 'conversion' is a good ends. I wouldn't want to 'convert' anyone to having a laugh in irradiated areas... Ok, guns are not radiation, and the similarities are a bit tenuous, but your point stands that, yes, exposure makes people feel safer and less cared of something. But that is not, necessarily, in anyway a good thing...
Here I concur with what Xocrates said on this - for some, like myself, the fact that guns are primarily designed to kill and maim people, is and should be, really scary. Turning such a thing into a recreational item is a bloody frightening idea.
I'm not saying that I wouldn't enjoy a firing range. I probably would, but I'm not convinced that it would 'convert' me away from that fundamental aversion to something designed, perfected and manufactured with the killing of people in mind...
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