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3531Re: [existlist] Re: Rabelaise, Giants and Dwarves

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  • William Harris
    Sep 4, 2001
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      Bookdoc, I think your response is that of a reasoned individual in the face
      of barbaric and savage behavior. We just had a terrible mass murder in
      Sioux City Iowa, seven stabbed and bludgeoned. Just going through this
      exercise has made me rethink my ideas regarding firearms and their limited
      use in this type of situation. As far as your philosophy is concerned it
      would seem that we all strove to do the least harm . That is a humanistic
      response , a response worthy of an existentialist. Perhaps just walking into
      the open, sitting down and weeping might do the most good Bill

      nothing@... wrote:

      > << No2: ...Interestinglly bookdoc related to the victim while >>
      > I don't know as if I'd say 'related' as much as that the
      > responsibility seems to fall with the chance that I had entered
      > into the situation, and seem the only catalyst for change — and
      > deemed change positive. Violating the rights of one for the
      > pleasure of many is not right from my perspecitve (it would not,
      > potentially serve the best interests of all). She would seemingly
      > wish for a break, and the others needed to remove themselves
      > from activity to discover motive/interest in their actions.
      > <<I have taken courses in weapons self defense and have
      > friends who are practical shooters. They approach the situation
      > with very set rules. If you produce a weapon you must be willing
      > to kill with it. Shoot to kill, two rounds per target. >>
      > Understood, which is what I meant to suggest by 'knowing the
      > gun.' However, if all were naked, with no sign of clothes or other
      > place for hiding weapons, I might suggest that one killed may
      > demoralize, one killed and 3 wounded would perhaps sway the
      > upper hand (if not total numbers), and if there were even one
      > shot left after that (a practical possibility), it may be that pain and
      > fear in the wounded would not make for a rally. I would suspect
      > that if there are 4 men on one woman (which is hardly a fight, no
      > matter who the woman is) they would probably not be well
      > armed.
      > There are, of course, many other unmentioned factors:
      > landscape, distance, detection (they of me), etc.
      > Sorry to disappoint your wife. However, if her response was to
      > play the lone ranger, it is as good a response as any of ours --
      > and perhaps more so as it speaks of more interest and
      > involvement. There is no safer place to postulize, fantasize and
      > become a hero than in your own imagination, and I am sorry to
      > have floundered the opportunity in order to appear honest.
      > yuck.
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