Steve Palmer wrote:Sorry to say it guys but it is or becoming that bad in parts of Missouri, Iowa, Illinois but there is hope, it is not too hard to find the good people. Most have little hope in those depressed areas of the world. They were sold a bill of goods years ago by our Dept. of Agriculture to stop growing anything and raise cattle plus plant kentucky 31 fescue all over the place. It was not known that that stuff is almost worthless as a cattle forage or as the locals say a cow can stand belly deep in it and starve to death. As an added bonus for them the mines have closed which was a good source of work, coal, lead, and iron ore either played out or were closed due to pollution problems. Unless you have attached yourself to the government teat in corrections or other stuff what do you have, not very much. You cannot blame someone for finding anything to make the pain of reality go away even if will kill you. Most of the agencies in these areas just look the other way because there is no treatment or there is no one to send to even try to fix it. The rural counties in Missouri where i live have a tax base that is so low that that are lucky to even have the funds for a sheriff and a couple of deputies. It really pays to do the research on the place you have chosen to start a new life with a homestead, some of the places out there are not "city folk" friendly.
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Tyler Ludens wrote:
Brad Davies wrote:If an attacker / robber / tresspasser
It is not legal to shoot someone for trespass in the US.
Depends on the circumstances and state. Every firearm owner should do her research before presuming to have a working weapon in the home.
R Scott wrote:A gun is a highly specialized TOOL. Like all specialized tools--sometimes the job can be done with more common tools, sometimes it can't.
I have had to put down injured animals without a gun. I am not doing that again.
Kari Gunnlaugsson wrote:I also wanted a rifle because we have had several situations with dogs going after our chickens and foxes as well. We haven't had to shoot a dog so far, and I hope we never do.
A gun is just a rapid, long range hole driller.
Theresa Whited wrote:There are a lot of dangers but everything I know about guns says its more dangerous to own one than not. I do realize that a lot of people are not responsible enough to own a gun and guns don't kill people (but that is thier only use to kill something).
You stated "their only use to kill something". I know people who do nothing but target shoot at the range or shoot skeet and trap just for the sport of it. They don't even hunt. So, the only time their gun or rifle has the cable or trigger lock off of AND ammunition is loaded is on the firing line. There are other uses for a firearm beside killing something.
Here in Canada, even for police, it is not legal to store your firearm loaded. The ammunition has to be stored separate from the firearm. The firearm has to be secure and locked. The only time they can be stored together is if they are stored in a secure cabinet or safe. Aside from that unless you have a special permit or it is part of your job, such as police, it is illegal to transport firearms loaded. However, while transporting it or storing it you can have loaded magazines. They just can't be in the gun. In addition to that in Canada owning a firearms is a privilege not a right. So we have to attain a license. Part of that is a day and a half training course on the safe handling, transportation, use and storage of a firearm. If you want to own a handgun or other restricted firearm it is an additional half day. I think that even with it being a right to own one, as it is in the US, people should still have to undergo a safety training course.
Here is a link to a quick news report with a little experiment on children with a fire.
As to your other comment "everything I know about guns says it's more dangerous to own one then not". That statement can apply to anything from a rubber band with a paper clip, kitchen knives, an ax, a chisel, a hammer, a bow and arrow and any number of other things. As with anything it comes down to training and knowledge.
Mitch Hebert wrote:Weapons are just like any other tool, you need to learn how to use them. Dogs work very well to keep unwanted people away. I have both we have big cats here and dogs alone are no match.