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  • Darren

    In the same vein, should all of the beer commercials been dropped from the Cowboys game this past weekend?

  • Wait…

    I dunno…I sorta like Jim’s question. In fact, we probably don’t ask it near enough. Does anyone really “need” something they have or do which makes someone else uncomfortable?

    I mean, after Sandy Hook, does the Dallas Observer really “need” to have that picture? I mean, surely some other picture would do from now on.

    Do they really “need” to employ Jim Schutze? I mean, there are a whole bunch of other people who could write a column.

    Wouldn’t we all be better off if we took a closer look at everything we only thought we really needed but which we could probably do without if someone else insisted loud enough?

  • Eric

    Why do we need 300 horse-power cars?
    Why do I have oh, a dozen RAZOR SHARP knives in the kitchen drawer?
    Why do we have swimming pools that are more than 3 inches deep?
    Do we really *need* these things? And who gets to decide need?
    The hicap magazine is a distraction to the needed dialogue about our abandonment of the seriously mentally ill and the inability to confine them when necessary as well as the fact that “gun-free zones” do nothing, absolutely nothing, to protect the innocents and in fact *invite* attack by the mentally ill.

  • RAB

    The answer that I hear, from the no-limits-on-guns advocates that I know (Trey, feel free to jump in here), is that people need to be adequately armed in case they ever have to rebel against the government (federal or state), and pistols and hunting rifles just don’t cut it.

    Okay, it’s an argument. And to their credit, the brave citizens of colonial America did rebel against the greatest power then on the planet (give or take France) — so it’s in our heritage (although, arguable it went off the rails a bit when the South took the rebel stance and had to be put down with extreme prejudice). So, the War Between the States aside, we need unfettered gun ownership to protect our liberty and freedoms against a potentially oppressive government (insolvent though it may be).

    But if that’s the case, why stop at high-capacity clips? Why can’t we own bazookas (or RPGs or whatever they’re called these days)? Of tanks? Or anti-aircraft guns? Those seem to me to be more effective at brushing an over-reaching government back from the plate.

  • Mike

    Schutze lost his brain years ago.

  • craig t 42

    There are a number of sound answers to your questions.
    The first and most obvious is that people should be able to own military grade weaponry.
    But even if they could they most likely wouldn’t. Most Americans can come up with or save a couple of hundred dollars for a decent quality rifle or handgun. the 10s of thousands for a rocket launcher or the 10s of millions for an armored fighting vehicle are out of the realm of possibility.
    But what it really comes down to is that the gun is the basic armament in any struggle during the past 400 or so years. Yes if all my side has are hunting rifles and pistols and pistols and your side has tanks you have an advantage in power. But if you have tanks and guns and all I have are rocks and harsh words then there is no comparing the power of each side. You have all of it. The Afghans have mired down, and in the end defeated, every superpower on the planet this century. They fought soviet attack helicopters with 60 year old rifles and defeated M1-Abrams tanks with improvised explosives and gasoline. But without firearms in the hands of their freedom fighters (our own designation for the Afghan mujahideen until we started fighting them ourselves) they would have fallen to the to the first colonial power to face them.

  • RAB

    So we agree: pistols and rifles will suffice (i.e., worked for our forefathers and worked for the Afghanis).

  • Nick

    I don’t buy that story line, Mike, and I don’t think most sensible readers do either. Save it for an advertisers party. The guy has been spot-on about government corruption and commercial real estate lies and mis-truths.