23 Feb 2013
It pains me to say it theo but since you've retired you've beome a crashing bore
23 Feb 2013
Pistorius was admired for overcoming a physical handicap, not just athletic prowess. Guns are ubiquitous in white South Africa, as in many parts of the United States. They are ready accessories to crimes of passion by otherwise sane and law abiding people. If we can't achieve adequate government regulation of guns in the United States, maybe we should require gun owners to carry liability insurance and let the insurance companies sort out the risks. Which tyrrany do you prefer? Public or private?
23 Feb 2013
U.S. Citizens prefer neither public nor private tyranny. Thus, the Constitutional right to own fire arms. Kinda moderates the behavior of the thugs,whether they are from the streets or city hall, when they approach your house and family.
And were you a white South African, you could bet your sweet ass that you and your family would be armed to the teeth.
24 Feb 2013
liamjq: Why 'crashing'? I've always been puzzled by that clichÃ©.
27 Feb 2013
AJH, as a white South African I would like to point out that most white South African's don't have guns. And in fact many of those who do, have been shot by their own guns when criminals have broken into their homes and gotten hold of the guns therein.
Pistorius is one of those pathetic specimans suffering from American-style gun mania. After Pistorius' girlfriend was shot, the Cape Times newspaper (19 Feb, 2013) reported that Pistorius had, in the previous month, applied for licenses for the following weapons:
a maverick shotgun,
a winchester shotgun
a mossberg shotgun
a smith and wesson model 500 revolver
a .38 revolver
a vector .223 rifle.
According to the Cape Times, the smith and wesson model 500 is the most powerful production revolver in the world and the vector .223 is described as "a powerful weapon that was used for hunting or kept by collectors. [It] was not understood why Pistorius would need such a weapon... It's powerful enough that you wouldn't use it in the surbrb unless you were well trained."
Most white South African's find this kind of gun-mad mentality repellant.
This gun obsession of Americans and others around the world with a similar mentality shows how shortsighted the crtiques of ailing western culture are when they only point at leftist cultural marxism/postmodernism (these are only half the problem) and ignore the global capitalists' contribution to the destruction of western culture: the weapons industry, the media barons, the financial services industry, GM food industry, mining corporations, the fast-food industry, etc (i.e. the domain in which greed is considered the highest virtue, to be serviced at the expense of all others).
Gun-obsessed people are simply enriching the ruthless and amoral weapons industry and making their societies more dangerous at the same time.