Old 08-20-2006, 09:17 AM   #1
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In the Heart of America's Love Affair with Firepower

Boy, what angst I suffer. On one hand, I would love to see an end to all human-human violence. On the other hand, machine guns are fucking cool! Just witness the untainted look of joy on this girl's face:



Billed as "the nation's largest machine gun shoot and military gun show," the Knob Creek festival, which takes place every April and October, is a frenzied exhibition of firepower to rival a bad day in Mogadishu. On the upper range, which is reserved for heavy weaponry, the rental guns include a belt-fed M-60 ($40 for 50 rounds, $75 for 100), a 1917 British-made Vickers Mark 1, and a Civil War-era Gatling gun. The main attraction, though, is a six-barrel M134 Minigun, which is powered by a General Electric motor and sends 4,000 rounds of hot lead per minute downrange. Retail price: roughly $225,000.

Every half hour or so, the upper range master declares a cease-fire. Festival workers remove the smoldering wreckage of junker cars and household appliances and then freshen up the supply of targets. During these breaks, a flamethrower operator suits up rental customers in silver stunt man suits and lets 'em rip for $195 per tank. Nearby, the crew of a privately owned field artillery gun pumps huge shells into a denuded hillside, drawing cheers from the bleachers.

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Old 08-20-2006, 09:22 AM   #2
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Hmm... this article introduced me to a group I've never heard of: Jews For the Preservation of Firearm Ownership - http://www.jpfo.org


Here's one of their tracts:



Weird shit.

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Old 08-20-2006, 09:33 AM   #3
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Sweet Merciful Crap! I was about to post a thread with the exact same title (slightly different topic; stay tuned). Everything I know I learned from RoboCop:

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Sal: Mikey, blow this cocksucker's head off.
[Sal's goons pull out their guns, Clarence's goons pull out their guns. Seeing this, the rest of the guys in the room pull out their guns too]
Clarence: Ooh, guns, guns, guns!

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Old 08-20-2006, 11:04 AM   #4
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Barring some kind of government lobotomizing program, there will never be an end to violence. May as well be prepared.
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Old 08-20-2006, 11:13 AM   #5
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Sweet Merciful Crap! I was about to post a thread with the exact same title (slightly different topic; stay tuned). Everything I know I learned from RoboCop:

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Sal: Mikey, blow this cocksucker's head off.
[Sal's goons pull out their guns, Clarence's goons pull out their guns. Seeing this, the rest of the guys in the room pull out their guns too]
Clarence: Ooh, guns, guns, guns!
I'll buy that for a dollar!

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Old 08-20-2006, 11:15 AM   #6
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How many of you think it would be a blast to spend the day shooting old cars and washing machines with machine guns?

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Old 08-20-2006, 11:44 AM   #7
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Heh....I have a pistol and SEVERAL rifles, but all I kill is paper. These loons are just completely out of control. Just wait until somebody gets killed, or worse. The anti-gun crowd will be out hopping like insane fighting cocks, with all the usual rhetoric. If all their firepower was confiscated, they'd just switch to throwing knives or axes, or the like, and cause just as much trouble. Just not 1760 yards downrange.
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Old 08-20-2006, 11:48 AM   #8
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Nearby, the crew of a privately owned field artillery gun pumps huge shells into a denuded hillside, drawing cheers from the bleachers.
What a great place to hold a fundy foot race.

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Old 08-20-2006, 11:50 AM   #9
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Sweet Merciful Crap! I was about to post a thread with the exact same title (slightly different topic; stay tuned). Everything I know I learned from RoboCop:

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Sal: Mikey, blow this cocksucker's head off.
[Sal's goons pull out their guns, Clarence's goons pull out their guns. Seeing this, the rest of the guys in the room pull out their guns too]
Clarence: Ooh, guns, guns, guns!
I'll buy that for a dollar!
Scrooged, right?

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Old 08-20-2006, 11:54 AM   #10
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How many of you think it would be a blast to spend the day shooting old cars and washing machines with machine guns?
Throw in a few hand grenades and a KFC Bucket-o-thermite and you have a deal!!

(In case of a shortage, phosphorus can be substituted for the thermite)

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Old 08-20-2006, 11:58 AM   #11
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Heh....I have a pistol and SEVERAL rifles, but all I kill is paper. These loons are just completely out of control. Just wait until somebody gets killed, or worse. The anti-gun crowd will be out hopping like insane fighting cocks, with all the usual rhetoric. If all their firepower was confiscated, they'd just switch to throwing knives or axes, or the like, and cause just as much trouble. Just not 1760 yards downrange.
I have said for a long time that, if Pres. Kennedy had been killed with a butter knife, these jokers would be out trying to ban dull cutlery.

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Old 08-20-2006, 12:05 PM   #12
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How many of you think it would be a blast to spend the day shooting old cars and washing machines with machine guns?
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Old 08-20-2006, 12:15 PM   #13
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How many of you think it would be a blast to spend the day shooting old cars and washing machines with machine guns?
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Well, OK, in somebody else's country.
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Old 08-20-2006, 01:21 PM   #14
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I've shot machine guns and grenade launchers at range targets (your tax dollars at work) and I'm not gonna lie to you: it rocks. Expensive as hell I bet, but it pretty much kicks ass.
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Old 08-20-2006, 01:47 PM   #15
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"God made man, but Sam Colt made them equal."

Barring some kind of government lobotomizing program, there will never be an end to violence. May as well be prepared.
And you know why that is? Because violence is immense fun. Ruthless agrees. As does Jeremy Clarkson.
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