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Hoopla Phil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 08:56 AM
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So, all the pro 2A rallies yesterday are over. Was there any acts of violence
perpetrated by these groups yesterday? I read lots of predictions of it, and some very disturbing people wished for it and joking about firecrackers, but I have not read of any. Have any of you?
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 09:00 AM
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1. I don't think the point was for acts of violence. The threat of intimidation was quite clear.
That was the point.

So, is today a furlough day from the gungeon?
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 09:03 AM
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I think some of them were hoping to be confronted so they would have an excuse to fight
They were hoping the mythical 'gun grabbers'* would show up and try to persecute them

* mods, I know the term is forbidden here, but I am not using it to describe any real people, just the delusions some of the wingers have about DEMS in general. I hope the difference in reason for use of the term will allow this post to remain.
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tburnsten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 09:55 AM
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6. Doubt it
The goal of the people who participate in these kinds of demonstrations is mainly to try to desensitize people to the idea that only cops and robbers have guns, in some small areas of the country that is generally the case by legislative fiat, but for the most part, the nation has tons of perfectly peaceful, honest gun owners.

I think it's an unfortunate coincidence that many of the people who decide this is a good way to achieve that goal happen to also be members of the limited government camp, though it isn't particularly surprising given the tendency towards independence that firearms owners display.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 11:57 AM
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13. I agree with you for most participants, but personally know some with chips on shoulders
just looking for some to try and knock if off so they can go off on them

Full Disclosure: I am most assuredly pro-2nd Amendment and own guns.
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tburnsten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 11:59 AM
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14. Sweet.
Wouldn't catch me dead at one of those silly rallies, I just also majorly disapprove of demonizing or patronizing fellow citizens, even if their approach to a protest isn't perfect.


I think it's funny as well that some people apparently have the power to measure someone's member via a clothed photo or a written post.
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gorfle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 12:14 PM
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15. Threats of intimidation.
How about hanging people in effigy. What is your stance on that?
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paulsby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 04:56 PM
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23. it wasn't clear at all
i am not intimidated by people lawfully carrying weapons

in fact, i work with a group of people who ALL lawfully carry weapons

if you are intimidated, that's YOUR problem

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tortoise1956 Donating Member (403 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-10 12:12 AM
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48. Good point, Paulsby
An historical note: I was stationed overseas in the early 1980's, and had the pleasure of spending 18 months on the island of La Maddalena, of the coast of Corsica. One thing I noticed very quickly was that it wasn't uncommon to see Italian men carrying luparas, a long-barreled shotgun, around in public. They weren't brandishing them, and no one seemed to pay any attention to them as it was considered part of the culture.

The irony is that it wasn't that long ago that carrying firearms, both here in America and even in Britain, was not out of the ordinary. In my opinion, the move away started in the last century when the country's population became more urban than rural, and guns were no longer a part of ordinary life. I learned about guns and gun safety from my father, who grew up in rural Ohio in the 20's and 30's. He taught me that guns are a tool, and that they were not to be used casually or improperly.

Frankly, I think that the idea of making gun safety classes available (as an OPTION) in schools would help to remove the mystique. Once you understand something, you don't fear it. Whether or not you like the NRA, they are still the best organization around when it comes to providing firearms education. It worked for me 45 years ago, and I bet it is still worthwhile today.

OK, I'm done. Standing by for the flames to begin...
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SteveM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 09:50 AM
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41. I was so intimidated, I slept through most of it. How many were there?
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Ron Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 09:01 AM
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2. It seems there weren't many people at this event, at least from reports I've seen.
They're very much a fringe group, with LOTS of eyes on them.
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X_Digger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 09:03 AM
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3. *gasp* you mean blood wasn't running down the mall?
The protesters were well-behaved, even to the counter-protesters.
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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 09:33 AM
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4. Haven't heard anything either.
Of course, violence with guns is a far more serious affair than violence with signs and placards. Even these dipshits appear to understand that.
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zipplewrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 09:43 AM
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5. Nope, didn't need them at all
No a single need for a weapon at any of those rallies.
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tburnsten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 10:00 AM
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7. There are many uses for firearms that don't include violence
or are legitimate applications of force, in this case I believe what they were trying to do was to try to convey that gun owners are absolutely ordinary people, not the bunch of fake Rambos many make them out to be.

Gotta remember, in a few select parts of the country only cops and robbers have guns, while in the rest of the country any non-felon without a history of domestic abuse is a little more likely than not to be a gun owner.
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zipplewrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 10:20 AM
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8. I think you give them too much credit
I suspect the vast majority that brought them, did so out of a sense of "because I can" and because they wanted to be provocative. A bit similar to various nude and topless protests. If their intent was to project any sense of "ordinary" they failed badly.
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tburnsten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 10:31 AM
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9. Oh provocative was certainly the goal
And they achieved it quite well I'd say.
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zipplewrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 10:35 AM
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10. In a nutty way
They achieved looking like a bunch of McVeigh wanna bees.
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spin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 12:29 PM
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16. The media portrayed them in that manner ...
not surprising.

I didn't see any interviews with any nutty people. I'm sure the media tried to entice some fool into saying something stupid. They must have failed.
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zipplewrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 01:25 PM
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18. I didnt' see any interviews
I just saw a photo of a guy walking with a rifle over his shoulder. I just rolled my eyes. He either wasn't expecting a crowd, or hand no real use for the weapon. A bolt action rifle with a long barrel isn't exactly my first choice for a crowded situation.
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spin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 02:45 PM
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19. If just one interview would have uncovered some fool ...
saying crazy things, it would have been plastered all over the media and would be the topic of discussion today.

Remember this picture?



I see photoshopped images of this character everywhere. He has almost become another tourist guy.



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SteveM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 09:53 AM
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43. Yes. Probably more posts about demonstrators on DU than demonstrators.
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PavePusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 05:42 PM
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28. Isn't that the point of any public demonstration...
no matter what the cause/politics?

I guess it's only O.K. to use your First Amendment Rights if you are one of the Chosen. Or something. Whatever.
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zipplewrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 08:35 PM
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29. Okay or effective?
Okay is one thing. Being ineffective is another.
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SteveM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 09:52 AM
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42. How many were there with guns? I lost count. nt
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 11:46 AM
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11. Who predicted that? These out of shape, middle-aged creampuffs can barely wheeze their way outside.
Edited on Tue Apr-20-10 11:51 AM by onehandle
The day they try to 'take the government,' I will laugh as they are squished by tanks like grapes.

It's the quiet guy in the back or the guy who didn't make it that we have to worry about.

He took 'McVeigh Day' seriously and is making plans.

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tburnsten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 11:49 AM
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12. What the fuck is this "McVeigh Day" you keep blathering about?
Is it a new national holiday or something?

Or is it just for people to gloat and gleefully imagine their fellow countrymen slaughtered by Soldiers with tanks and things?
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Caliman73 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 01:22 PM
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17. Agreed
Funny how some people who are vociferous in their opposition to gun ownership purport glee about violence. Projection is alive and well.
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spin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 02:50 PM
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20. In General Discussion a poster suggested ...
organizing a militia gathering and using artillery and air strikes to kill the members. I can only hope he was joking.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=389&topic_id=8178455&mesg_id=8183392
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Caliman73 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 03:39 PM
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22. Wow.
I have my own opinions about the militias and "patriot movement" as well as some of the open carry rallies, but advocating violence is ridiculous. I guess violence is okay, but lawfully and peacefully possessing a firearm is not.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 11:00 PM
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34. So why didn't you report them?
I followed your link, reported them and the post was deleted a few minutes later.

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spin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-21-10 12:18 PM
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36. I have never reported anyone ...
nor do I intend to start.

I have to admit that the closest I ever came was the post that you reported and was deleted.

I also don't put people on ignore and I have only used unrec a few times.
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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 05:24 PM
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24. He is depressed because his pet cause is being discarded by the parties
like jim crow and other dixiecrat ideals gun control is falling off the platform.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 09:43 PM
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31. Tell it like it is, Rosa Parks! nt
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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 10:23 PM
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33. "Wrap it up B" your done. You have a supreme court
decision to look forward to to overturn bullshit local laws and more bills from congress to make CCW a national standard. Enjoy.
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SteveM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 10:01 AM
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45. I'll raise you one Fanny Lou Hamer.
She was armed. You know, shotgun in every corner. Think she was "pudgy" enough to get out?
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Hoopla Phil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 05:32 PM
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26. Why would you "laugh as they are squished by tanks like grapes"? You seem to revel
in the imaginary horrific death's of Americans. Why do you glorify such violence?
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 09:41 PM
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30. What should the government do with an armed anti-American insurrection?
Edited on Tue Apr-20-10 09:41 PM by onehandle
Take them to Starbucks?

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Hoopla Phil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 10:08 PM
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32. That does not answer any of my questions. I'll repeat.
Why would you "laugh as they are squished by tanks like grapes"? You seem to revel
in the imaginary horrific death's of Americans. Why do you glorify such violence?
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dmallind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 08:22 AM
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39. 58% of DU poll respondents predicted that
And what is it with idiots who think you need to be "in (media-prescribed) shape" in order to be able to shoot straight?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=389&topic_id=8108810
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Hoopla Phil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 09:47 PM
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47. I wonder if that DU member participated in that poll? Hummmm. . .
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SteveM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 09:57 AM
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44. Why, were you stuck in between them? You know... enjoying the moment.
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one-eyed fat man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-10 02:44 AM
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49. These must just have you tickled shitless..........


Hungary, 1956?



Czechoslovakia, 1968?

http://www.popartuk.com/g/l/lgpp0893+the-unknown-rebel-tiananmen-square-june-5th-1989-poster.jpg

Tienanmen Square, 1989?



Mount Carmel Center, Waco, Texas, 1993?

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cowman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-10 09:14 AM
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50. I suspect that
you yourself have never seen combat, I further suspect that you are one of those "out of shape middleaged creampuffs" who has no clue what a bunch of rag tag militia can do to a modern army, just ask the Iraqis, and the Afghanis. Wanting to see fellow americans being squished by tanks is very offensive to most people.
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jeepnstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 03:19 PM
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21. Of course not.
Did anyone really expect any? I'll say that most of the people at those rallies have no intention of ever shooting someone if they can help it at all. They have a cause they feel passionately about and are starting to exercise their First Amendment right to protect their Second Amendment right. They don't look any dumber or weirder than some of the folks I see at rallies for traditional progressive causes.

Of course we all know that some whacko will do something criminally insane within the next few years. Opponents of the 2nd Amendment are hoping it happens sooner rather than later. A few more years like we've seen lately and the gun control agenda is going to be as popular as Prohibition.

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Permanut Donating Member (477 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 05:30 PM
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25. Because I can?
I've seen that reasoning over and over - I'm packin' heat "because I can". And that reasoning borders on bizarre. I can paint myself purple and whistle Dixie in the town square if I want, but how in the heck is that a reason to do it?
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oneshooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-10 09:54 AM
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51.  Why do you vote? Because you can? That is no sound reason. n/t
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Katya Mullethov Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-10 10:52 AM
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52. So are you gonna vote
Or are you just gonna stand there and whistle Dixie ?
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PavePusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-10 12:08 PM
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53. If you know how to read...
I sure hope you don't do it unless you have a really good reason that both I and the government approve of.
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PavePusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 05:40 PM
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27. There was considerably less violence and property damage than the average G-8 protests.
i.e., NONE.

Yet gun owners are portrayed as the violent, blood-thirsty ones.

Go figure.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-21-10 11:58 AM
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35. Aren't G-8 protests generally a tad larger too?
Just a ]i\tad:shrug:
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PavePusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-21-10 07:04 PM
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37. I would think the size of a protest does not have a direct link to...
capacity for, or likelyhood of, violence.

But there certainly seems to be a trend in correlation to political leanings of the crowd.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-21-10 07:07 PM
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38. Size matters
in group dynamics
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PavePusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 04:13 PM
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46. To an extent, yes.
But is it a contributing factor to violence? Or are other social factors the greater controllers? The only U.S. "right wing" demonstrations that I can recall becoming completely uncontrollable have all been held by actual racist groups, neo-nazis and the like. Even anti-abortion demonstrations rarely become violent.
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Katya Mullethov Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 09:27 AM
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40. The Garbage Gap
For yet more insight it is quite easy to simply observe the garbage on the ground , or the complete lack thereof .
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