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Re: [at-l] Questions, questions, questions....
- Subject: Re: [at-l] Questions, questions, questions....
- From: Pox Populi <mfuller%40somtel%2Ecom>
- Date: Wed, 24 Dec 1997 13:06:52 -0500
- Organization: League of Real Surveyors
Jim Owen wrote:
> I'd suggest that you go to Section 6b of the
> Thruhiker Papers at URL:
I second that recommendation. Anyone considering carrying
a firearm should think *long* and *hard* about Jim's seven
reasons for not carrying, and must be able to address each
in an intelligent and rational fashion.
> Now I'm gonna tell you something you don't want to hear - I'd rather
> by far face your big dog than a gun in the hands of a nervous amateur.
> The dog is easily handled - a nervous amateur with a gun is the
> deadliest combination you'll ever run into. But that doesn't mean that
> the nervous amateur is "safe". It just means that no one else
> is. Keep in mind that if you're talking about thruhiking, people fall
> into 2 general categories - they're either friendly or they just want
> to be left alone.
If you replace "amateur" with "tyro," I'd concur completely.
I've read too many horror stories of nervous "professionals"
with guns to grant them any respect by default.
> For the most part the dog will scare off people who are friendly
> and a few of those who might wish you harm. But I think the
> friends you lost might be the two women in the Shenandoah last
> year - am I right? And they had a dog with them. Neither a gun
> nor a dog would have done them any good. That's a flat statement
> that I'm gonna let stand as is. If you want details on why that's
> so, get back to me privately.
"Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than
owning a guitar makes you a musician." -- Jeff Cooper
firstname.lastname@example.org, Northern Franklin County, Maine
The Constitution is the white man's ghost shirt. }>:-/> --->
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