[lit-ideas] Re: Guns and the older woman, continued

  • From: "Lawrence Helm"<lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 19:55:19 +0000

Reminds me of Nigeria.  My friend the Nigerian Airways Rep said that guns 
aren't allowed there and the punishment is severe if one is caught with a gun; 
so small gangs of teenagers and young men can pretty much rob whomever they 
like.  They have a few spears, some knives, and every once in a while one will 
have a gun, but it may or may not work.  The thing is, no family or person can 
readily prevent these small gangs from robbing a person or a house.  Civilians 
are at their mercy.  My friend wanted to buy a gun while he was here.  He was 
willing to risk the penalty rather than give into one of these gangs -- of 
course this is the real world and not your mythical paradise where everyone 
loves everyone else . . . in fact, pardon the intrusion.  Go on with your 

. . . but, but, but, policemen will be our friends???  Did you really read 

And how are the police going to carry out a no-knock warrant if they don't get 
guns?  Don't forget, you are engaging in a fantasy.  People WILL have guns, 
especially behind doors the police want to break down with no-knock warrants . 
. . most of the time . .. except for the older women.


------------Original Message------------
From: "Mike Geary" <atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Fri, Apr-27-2007 12:19 PM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Guns and the older woman, continued
>>Another observation has to do with the police.  In Mike's mythical future, 
>>all civilians have had their guns taken away and melted down into pruning 
>>hooks.  Only the police have guns.<<

Wrong again.  Can't you gun nuts get anything right?  The police would not 
be allowed to carry guns (or even own them) in my world.  There would 
probably have to be a SWAT unit, but it would be very select and very, very 
well trained.  But they would doubtless be as lonely as the Maytag 
repairman.  There's no reason for anyone to have a gun if no one else has a 
gun.  So you can relax, Lawrence, policemen will be your friends.

Mike Geary

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