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In military parlance, a gun is a muzzle or breech-loaded projectile-firing weapon. There are various definitions depending on the nation and branch of service. .A "gun" may be distinguished from other firearms in being a crew served weapon such as a howitzer or mortar, as opposed to a small arm like a rifle or pistol, but there are exceptions, such as the USAF's GUU5/P.^ It is only illegal if there is no actual fire, since such an action may lead to injury or death resulting from unnecessary panic.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If I wanted to kill a lot of people (for whatever reason), I would choose somewhere I believed there would not be others with guns to stop me.
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^ While there may be various reasons for this, I believe one reason is that they are not considered "soft" targets by those that may be motivated to kill lots of others.
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At one time, land-based artillery tubes were called cannon and sea-based naval cannon were called guns. .The term "gun" morphed into a generic term for any tube launched projectile firing weapon used by sailors including boarding parties and Marines.^ Forged using the design of Sonic's own blade, the FyreForce is a devastating weapon in a battle against any foe weak to fire.
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

^ A ranged fire weapon like no other, this bow fires two elemental arrows into your enemy at a time!
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

^ The undead demon Stragath's tongue had been forged into a weapon of darkness and fire!
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

.In modern parlance, a gun is a projectile weapon using a hollow, tubular barrel with a closed end—the breech—as the means of directing the projectile (as well as other purposes, for example stabilizing the projectile's trajectory, aiming, as an expansion chamber for propellant, etc), and firing in a generally flat trajectory.^ If that means the use of guns, so be it.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He could have used a bomb or other means but he chose hand guns.
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^ Outlaw guns, and pathological killers will use other means....
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The term "gun" has also taken on a more generic meaning, by which it has come to refer to any one of a number of trigger-initiated, hand-held, and hand-directed implements, especially with an extending bore, which thereby resemble the class of weapon in either form or concept. Examples of this usage include staple gun, nail gun, glue gun, grease gun. Occasionally, this tendency is ironically reversed, such as the case of the American M3 submachine gun which carries the nickname "Grease Gun".
.Most guns are described by the type of barrel used, the means of firing, the purpose of the weapon, the caliber, or the commonly accepted name for a particular variation.^ If that means the use of guns, so be it.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Forged using the design of Sonic's own blade, the FyreForce is a devastating weapon in a battle against any foe weak to fire.
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

^ This odd Drakel firearm can be used as a sword or a gun, and can power up if you use SP! Click the bayonet to switch between shooting and swinging this weapon, and click the barrel of the gun to spend SP to boost your accuracy, damage, or BOTH! .
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

Barrel types include rifled—a series of spiraled grooves or angles within the barrel—when the projectile requires an induced spin to stabilize it and smoothbore when the projectile is stabilized by other means or is undesired or unnecessary. Typically, interior barrel diameter and the associated projectile size is a means to identify gun variations. Barrel diameter is reported in several ways. The more conventional measure is reporting the interior diameter of the barrel in decimal fractions of the inch or in millimeters. .Some guns—such as shotguns—report the weapon's gauge or—as in some British ordnance—the weight of the weapon's usual projectile.^ They can be made to be lethal weapons, are are used as such in some circumstances.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If you have a gun, you might use it, but if you don't, is a desk really such a bad weapon?
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Certain weapons, such as RPGs and Tanks with working main guns are also illegal.
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.A gun projectile may be a simple, single-piece item like a bullet, a casing containing a payload like a shotshell or explosive shell, or complex projectile like a sub-caliber projectile and sabot.^ This gun might fire its projectile with the primitive power of gunpowder, but a bullet can be just as effective as a laser or plasma bolt (sometimes!
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

The propellant may be air, an explosive solid, or an explosive liquid. Some variations like the Gyrojet and certain other types combine the projectile and propellant into a single item.
USS Iowa (BB-61) fires a full broadside during a target exercise near Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, 1 July 1984.

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Terminology

The use of the term "cannon" is interchangeable with "gun" as words borrowed from the French language during the early 15th century, from Old French canon, itself a borrowing from the Italian cannone, a "large tube" augmentive of Latin canna "reed or cane".[1] Recent scholarship indicates that the term "gun" may also have its origins in the Norse woman's name "Gunnildr", which was often shortened to "Gunna".[2] The earliest recorded use of the term "gonne" was in a Latin document circa 1339. Other names for guns during this era were "schioppi" (Italian translation-"thunderers"), and "donrebusse" (Dutch translation-"thunder gun") which was incorporated into the English language as "blunderbuss".[3] Artillerymen were often referred to as "gonners" and "artillers".[4] Early guns and the men who used them were often associated with the devil and the gunner's craft was considered a black art, a point reinforced by the smell of sulfur on battlefields created from the firing of guns along with the muzzle blast and accompanying flash.[5]
.In military use, the term "gun" refers primarily to direct fire weapons that capitalize on their velocity for penetration or range.^ Forged using the design of Sonic's own blade, the FyreForce is a devastating weapon in a battle against any foe weak to fire.
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

^ A ranged fire weapon like no other, this bow fires two elemental arrows into your enemy at a time!
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

^ Are you suggesting that, to defend oneself or family against an armed (with a GUN) attacker, that it's perfectly reasonable to tell folks to use a chair or desk as a comparable weapon?
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.In modern parlance, these weapons are breech-loaded and built primarily for long range fire with a low or almost flat ballistic arc.^ A ranged fire weapon like no other, this bow fires two elemental arrows into your enemy at a time!
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

^ An awesome 2-hit ranged fire weapon designed by the techno-savvy Drakel.
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

^ If guns were the problem then you'd find these sorts of murders taking place at firing ranges, NRA conventions, and gun shows.
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A variation is the howitzer or gun-howitzer designed to offer the ability to fire both low or high-angle ballistic arcs. .In this use, example guns include naval guns.^ That in this one case guns might have been helpful is like using the example of a lottery winner to prove that investing in the lottery makes financial sense.
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.A less strict application of the word is to identify one artillery weapon system or non-machine gun projectile armament on aircraft.^ Countries with strict gun control laws have far less gun violence.
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^ Not one of those gunned down students, or a bystander, was carrying a weapon of their own!!??
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^ I am in favor of some type of control simular to the machine gun ban, and I think/believe it will have to be done on the makers of these weapons/clips.
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The word cannon is retained in some cases for the actual gun tube but not the weapon system. The title gunner is applied to the member of the team charged with operating, aiming, and firing a gun.
Autocannon are automatic guns designed primarily to fire shells and are mounted on a vehicle or other mount. Machine guns are similar, but usually designed to fire simple projectiles. In some calibers and some usages, these two definitions overlap.
.A related military use of the word is in describing gun-type fission weapon.^ Are you suggesting that, to defend oneself or family against an armed (with a GUN) attacker, that it's perfectly reasonable to tell folks to use a chair or desk as a comparable weapon?
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^ If you have a gun, you might use it, but if you don't, is a desk really such a bad weapon?
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^ I am in favor of some type of control simular to the machine gun ban, and I think/believe it will have to be done on the makers of these weapons/clips.
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In this instance, the "gun" is part of a nuclear weapon and contains an explosively propelled sub-critical slug of fissile material within a barrel to be fired into a second sub-critical mass in order to initiate the fission reaction. Potentially confused with this usage are small nuclear devices capable of being fired by artillery or recoilless rifle.
In civilian use, a related item used in agriculture is a captive bolt gun. .Such captive piston guns are often used to humanely stun farm animals for slaughter.^ If you have a gun, you might use it, but if you don't, is a desk really such a bad weapon?
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.Shotguns are normally civilian weapons used primarily for hunting.^ Most Americans have no problem with hunting rifles and shotguns, but seme-auto and automatic weapons should not be sold to the public.
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.These weapons are typically smooth bored and fire a shell containing small lead or steel balls.^ Semi-Automatic means that the spent shell is ejected from the weapon and a new round is chambered and the weapon can be fired with the next pull of the trigger.
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Variations use rifled barrels or fire other projectiles including solid lead slugs, a Taser XREP projectile capable of stunning a target, or other payloads. In military versions, these weapons are often used to burst door hinges or locks in addition to antipersonnel uses.1

Types of guns

Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver
Marlin Model 1894C — a carbine in .357 Magnum

Military firearms

Machine guns

Handguns

Autocannon

Artillery guns

Tank guns

Hunting guns

Guns for training and entertainment

See also

Citations and notes

  1. ^ Online Etymological Dictionary
  2. ^ Kelly, Jack. (2004). Gunpowder Alchemy, Bombards, & Pyrotechnics:The History of the Explosive that Changed the World. Basic Books. pg.31
  3. ^ Ibid:pg.31
  4. ^ Ibid:pg.30
  5. ^ Ibid:pg.32
  6. ^ Captive Bolt Stunning Equipment and the Law - How it applies to you (pdf)

References

  • Lee, R.G., Introduction to battlefield weapons, systems & technology, Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, UK, Brassey's Publishers, Oxford, 1981

Quotes

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  • "Every communist must grasp the truth, "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun." Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party.^ Let's get our guns out and fight like a man!
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    ^ Joe Truth, "Or do you think our country, with its horrible crime record involving guns, is a model for the rest of the world to follow?"
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    ^ Our government should raise taxes to pay for a program where every gun nut yahoo is forced to spend a summer in a sane country.
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    .Yet, having guns, we can create Party organizations, as witness the powerful Party organizations which the Eighth Route Army has created in northern China.^ Even so, the opening skirmish came not over law enforcement, but over the Gun Control Act's creation of a secretarial power to require submission of reports by licensees.
    • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

    We can also create cadres, create schools, create culture, create mass movements. Everything in Yenan has been created by having guns. .All things grow out of the barrel of a gun."^ The availability of a gun can make all of the difference in the world-- imagine if the latest mass murderer set out to kill 32 people with a only a knife.
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    ^ All we want are some logical sensical laws that will weed out the mentally unstable or dangerous from buying a hand gun.
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    ^ Answer one question - how will you eliminate all the guns currently out there?
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    • Mao Zedong, "Problems of War and Strategy", 1938 [1]. Mao was justifying war as a means to achieving political ends. .The quote has been altered or otherwise interpreted by American gun control opponents as a totalitarian endorsement of gun control, for instance with the phrasing, "The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party."
  • "If gun laws in fact worked, the sponsors of this type of legislation should have no difficulty drawing upon long lists of examples of crime rates reduced by such legislation.^ Violent gun crimes transend all ethnic types.
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    ^ Gun Control worked great for Hitler.
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    ^ What we have right now on the books for gun control laws is not working.
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    .That they cannot do so after a century and a half of trying -- that they must sweep under the rug the southern attempts at gun control in the 1870-1910 period, the northeastern attempts in the 1920-1939 period, the attempts at both Federal and State levels in 1965-1976 -- establishes the repeated, complete and inevitable failure of gun laws to control serious crime."^ The manufacturer might also invoke the Gun Control Act's general exemption for arms "sold or shipped to" the United States.
    • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ While FOPA's main thrust was directed at the Gun Control Act, it also affects other firearms laws as well.
    • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ United States, 446 U.S. 398 (1980) both held that a defendant charged with an offense which embodied enhanced punishment for use of a weapon could not also be charged under the Gun Control Act with the offense of using a firearm in a federal felony.
    • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • "Remember when she had Tom Selleck on her program a while back?^ The right to bear arms is of a piece with the right of self-defense.
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    ^ Gun control laws clearly work better than the right to bear arms when it comes to stopping gun violence.
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    ^ I am always perfectly fine with any American excersising the Constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms.
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    She blind-sided Tom Selleck! He's a good fella, ain't never hurt nobody, but he's in the NRA, so she hates that. She was like, 'Well, you're in the NRA. Let me tell you something, Tom: guns kill people!' .Do you believe she said that?^ Jesus also said "if you have no sword then sell your cloak" I believe this was in referance to self-defense!
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    On the Rosie O'Fatass show! .She looks right at him and says, 'Guns kill people!'^ Guns don't kill people, people kill people!
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    ^ Guns don't kill people, gun nuts do.
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    ^ Guns kill people!
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    .Let me tell you something: husbands that come home early kill people!^ 'Who would you blame if Cho would have made homemade bombs instead of a firearm and killed even more people' .
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    ^ Every time I read an article about some poor teenager killing himself with a firearm from his home, I will think of you.
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    ^ Saint Pius X School, Ottawa Robert Poulin, an 18-year-old militia sharpshooter, kills a girl at a youth home, then shoots six people at Saint Pius X school in Ottawa.
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    Alright? .The gun was just sitting there!^ There is obviously no guarantee that any of this would have prevented what happened, just as it is obvious that different gun laws would not have guaranteed a different outcome.
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    ^ No, the liberal would legislate gun control and there would be no gun fight to begin with, just you running away from a liberal shaking a stick at you.
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    .If guns kill people, I can blame misspelled words on my pencil!^ If guns kill people, pencils cause misspelled words.
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    ^ Guns don't kill people, people kill people!
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    ^ Guns don't kill people, gun nuts do.
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    Git-r-done!" .
  • "Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.^ I take it that many of you are not really aware than a whole bunch of Circuit Courts of Appeal have ruled that way, while others have ruled in favor of the individual's right to bear arms.
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    If we want the Arms Act to be repealed, if we want to learn the use of arms, here is a golden opportunity. If the middle classes render voluntary help to Government in the hour of its trial, distrust will disappear, and the ban on possessing arms will be withdrawn."
    • Mahatma Gandhi, "An Autobiography OR The story of my experiments with truth", Chapter 27, Recruiting Campaign, from a leaflet urging Indians to serve with the British Army in World War II. [2]
  • "I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun."
  • "And in my mind, I'm going why can't I just shoot this guy in the spine right now; shoot him in the spine, explain the facts of life to him"
    • Ted Nugent, as guest DJ on WRIF-FM, Detroit, September 28, 1990; referring to an encounter with a Hare Krishna
  • "GUN CONTROL: An ongoing public debate that might easily be resolved if we allowed everyone to obtain firearms but suspended the production of bullets."
    • Rick Bayan, The Cynic's Dictionary, 1997
  • "My personal opinion is that guns kill people."
    • Sam Donaldson, ABC News Primetime Live, February 22, 1990
  • "Forty years ago, when the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advise by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual was to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia."
    • George Mason, June 14, 1788, quoted on page 380 of The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adooption of the Federal Constitution, 1861, Jonathan Elliot, ed. (The "artful man" in the quote is Sir William Keith.) .This quote has typically been rephrased by gun control opponents; for instance, "To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them."
  • "The laws of [false utility] are those which forbid to wear arms, disarming those only who are not disposed to commit the crime which the laws mean to prevent.^ When people see you walking around with this they know you mean trouble to any dragons who stand in your way!
    • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

    .Can it be supposed, that those who have the courage to violate the most sacred laws of humanity, and the most important of the code, will respect the less considerable and arbitrary injunctions, the violation of which is so easy, and of so little comparative importance?^ Volkmer) (FOPA will direct "enforcement toward those who illegally traffic in firearms, toward those who criminally use firearms, and away from regulation of the law-abiding citizen").
    • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ [I]f the failure was due to a mistake of law or fact or due to negligence on the part of the licensee, the violation of the law most likely would not be punishable.
    • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The dealer will be held accountable for any sales in violation of applicable state or local laws, and it is up to the Treasury Department to update those handbooks on a regular basis."
    • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

    Does not the execution of this law deprive the subject of that personal liberty, so dear to mankind and to the wise legislator?"
    • Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishments, 1764, Chapter 40 [3].
    • Has been falsely attributed to Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson transcribed this passage (in the original Italian) in his Legal Commonplace Book, item 828.
  • "A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies."
    • George Washington, January 8, 1790, First State of the Union Address [4]
    • This quote concerns national war preparations. .It has sometimes been altered by gun control opponents into an endorsement of private gun ownership; for example "A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."
  • "The [balance of power] would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not others dare not lay them aside.^ The only people who follow gun control laws are only the good guys!
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    ^ Who would benefit from gun control?
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    ^ The only people who follow gun control laws are the good guys!
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    .And while a single nation refuses to lay them down, it is proper that all should keep them up.^ Maybe we should take down all the red lights and stop signs too and just rely on all drivers being good drivers and having personal responsibility?
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    Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them; for while avarice and ambition have a place in the heart of man, the weak will become a prey to the strong."
    • Thomas Paine, Thoughts on Defensive War, July, 1775 [5]. (Written anonymously but attributed to Paine.)
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  • Every man, woman, and responsible child has an unalienable individual, civil, Constitutional, and human right to obtain, own, and carry, openly or concealed, any weapon — rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything — any time, any place, without asking anyone's permission.^ Thin Man I have a concealed weapons license.
    • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We should ALL carry concealed weapons?
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    ^ What sad is that Virgina is a state that allows law abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons, however not on school grounds or university grounds.
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  • "...Let me make a short, opening, blanket comment. .There are no good guns.^ Joe Truth - the reaon you're appalled is that there is no factual basis for you gun control stance.
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    ^ The simple minded are quick to say:"Well if there were no guns then those kids wouldn't have died".
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    ^ There is obviously no guarantee that any of this would have prevented what happened, just as it is obvious that different gun laws would not have guaranteed a different outcome.
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    There are no bad guns. .Any gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing.^ Bad people will get guns, (they do in the UK, where they're BANNED) and when they do, the only thing that can stop them is a good person with a gun.
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    .Any gun in the hands of a decent person is no threat to anybody -- except bad people..."^ Knowing that a school is gun-free, such a person can go on a shooting rampage secure that no one at the school is likely to fire back at him or her.
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    ^ I think this incident proves that "requiring" everyone to have personal responsibility is a bad argument for no gun control.
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    ^ Personally I want to have my gun in my hand when one nut goes off and tries to kill everyone in sight.
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    • former NRA president Charlton Heston, at NBC's "Meet the Press", May 18, 1997
  • "If people don't want to defend themselves, they deserve to die."^ Haha, it is ironic to have these NRA ideologues saying that guns don't kill people -- people kill people.
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    ^ These are things the forefathers could not have foreseen and I don't believe they would want every citizen to own a tank for the cause of securing a free state.
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    ^ Anyone not convicted of a felony, or violent crime should be encouraged to arm themselves to defend GOOD people from the EVIL that a culture of death can produce.
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    • Ted Nugent, quoted by Wisconsin State Senator David Zien, November 3, 2005 [7].
  • "There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That's one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?"
    • Arms dealer Yuri Orlov (played by Nicolas Cage), Lord of War, 2005 [8]
  • The right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible. .
    • Hubert Humphrey, Everything You Know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies, p.^ Profiling is wrong, don't you know nuthin?
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  • Any politico who's afraid of his constituents being armed, should be. Leaders of the anti-gun movement (for the most part, politicians who enthusiastically advocate confiscatory taxation and government control of everything) realize that a populace is much easier to herd, loot — and dispose of — if it has been stripped of its weapons. .The naked fraud and transparent fascism of victim disarmament must be eradicated through the repeal of all gun laws at every level of government.^ Place a gun in every classroom and all public places (malls, schools, public buildings etc.
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    ^ To stop murder, all we have to do is pass a law banning citizens from owning guns.
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    ^ All we want are some logical sensical laws that will weed out the mentally unstable or dangerous from buying a hand gun.
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  • Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA - ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State.^ The gun is responsible not the person who used it.
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    ^ I don't personaly own a gun, I don't plan to, however, don't tell me I can't have one, and that preventing me from having one is going to stop a psychotic from commiting crime.
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    ^ Having seen the damage this kind of weapon does while serving this Country in war, I am well aware of the damage these weapons will cause in the hands of people who should or should not possess them.
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  • Be not afraid of any man no matter what his size; when danger threatens, call on me, and I will equalize. .
    • Legend on a Colt revolver
  • "There's no question that weapons in the hands of the public have prevented acts of terror or stopped them."^ There is simply no need whatsoever for an AK-47 or any other weapon that can shoot hundreds of rounds in a matter of seconds.
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    ^ John Edwards (D-N.C.) said about the Patriot Act, "we simply cannot prevail in the battle against terrorism if the right hand of our government has no idea what the left hand is doing" (Press release, 10/26/01) .
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    ^ There are no lists of what hasn't happened, and the basis for my statement that the core of the patriot act as been upheld is that so little of it has been overruled.
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    .
    • Israeli Police Inspector General Shlomo Aharonisk
  • "After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it."^ It's time to take the guns away, and throw them away...
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    ^ Hey, pants allow people to conceal these guns we want to ban, let's ban pants.
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    ^ The only people who follow gun control laws are the good guys!
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  • "You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with just a kind word."
    • Al Capone
  • "Everyone has a right to bear arms. .If you take guns away from legal gun owners, then the only people who have guns are the bad guys."^ When people see you walking around with this they know you mean trouble to any dragons who stand in your way!
    • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

    .Even a pacifist, he insists, would get violent if someone were trying to kill him.^ 'Who would you blame if Cho would have made homemade bombs instead of a firearm and killed even more people' .
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    ^ If someone had taken him out early, perhaps 30 people would still be alive.
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    ^ If they had legal carry (CCW) someone -be that a student or instructor- may very well have stop him from all the killing......
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    "You would fight for your life."
  • "And I swear that I don't have a gun...no I don't have a gun"
  • "The good people of this world are very far from being satisfied with each other and my arms are the best peacemakers."
    • Samuel Colt. (From ForbesLife Magazine)
  • "25 States allow anyone to buy a gun, strap it on, and walk down the street with no permit of any kind: some say it's crazy. .However, 4 out of 5 U.S. murders are committed in the other half of the country: so who is crazy?"^ I'm afraid he would have carried out his biding with some other form of destruction, but it is damn hard to mass murder or drive by with a muzzel loader.
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    ^ Leave the rest of the country to law abiding people who don't want to murder and want their kids safe .
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    ^ Making more things to do with guns illegal isn't going to deter people who intend to commit Murder, Rape , Robbery.
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    • Andrew Ford
  • "History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so."
  • "The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms."
  • "The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed."
  • "The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. .Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose."^ They permit murders as to which people would otherwise have time to rethink or lack sufficient will to overcome the higher barriers.
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    • James Earl Jones
  • "To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."
  • 'Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons."
    • General MacArthur
  • "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms." .
  • "To my mind it is wholly irresponsible to go into the world incapable of preventing violence, injury, crime, and death.^ You cannot honestly tell me that because my favorite radio host informs me of things that are going on in the world and with my government, that he is spewing hate!
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    ^ I don't personaly own a gun, I don't plan to, however, don't tell me I can't have one, and that preventing me from having one is going to stop a psychotic from commiting crime.
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    ^ If the local government, if even VT, had done their job, that inforamton would have gone into the National Crime Database and he wopuld have been prevented from purchasing or owning any gun, even any ammunition.
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    How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessness. How unnatural. How cheap. How cowardly. How pathetic."
  • "The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them."
    • Joseph Story
  • "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe."
  • "Gun Control: The notion that Matthew Shepard tied to a fence post in the middle of Wyoming is morally superior to Matthew Shepard explaining to the local sheriff how his attackers got all those fatal bullet holes."
    • Dan Weiner
  • "Hell, when the man said Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, I just thought he was making a delivery!"
    • James Wesley, Rawles
  • "I believe that guns don't kill people, husbands that come home early do."
    • Daniel Lawrence Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy)
  • "Give a guy a gun, he thinks he's Superman. Give him two and he thinks he's God."
  • "The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's goodbye to the Bill of Rights."
    • Unknown
  • "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." .
    • Unknown
  • "If we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns."^ When you outlaw guns, only the outlaws have guns.
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    • Unknown
  • "You want more gun control?^ This is one gun that you don't want to get wet!
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    Use both hands."
    • Unknown
  • "Smith & Wesson, the original point and click interface."
    • Unknown
  • "Guns, the American way to keep crime at bay. "Civilized" Europeans must settle for extra Vaseline. .
    • Unknown
  • "GUNS DONT KILL PEOPLE, I KILL PEOPLE WITH GUNS!!!."^ I am sick and tired of silly comments like "guns don't kill people, people do", etc., etc., ad nauseam.
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    ^ If guns kill people, pencils cause misspelled words.
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    ^ What I do care about is the senseless killing PEOPLE do with GUNS. Guns don't kill, people do.
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    • Chase Dowpalpatine
  • "God made man and God made woman, but Samuel Colt made them equal."
    • Unknown
  • "Study: 1.7 Million Children in Homes Where Loaded, Unlocked Gun Kept. .Most have been told not to take gun to school, fire on teachers, classmates."^ Knowing that a school is gun-free, such a person can go on a shooting rampage secure that no one at the school is likely to fire back at him or her.
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    ^ If guns were the problem then you'd find these sorts of murders taking place at firing ranges, NRA conventions, and gun shows.
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    ^ School Number One, Beslan, Russia Chechen militants take over School Number One in Beslan, Russia, where more than 1,100 students, teachers and parents become hostages.
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  • "...treatment of a gunshot wound to the chest costs on average $322,000, according to the Violence Prevention Institute..."
  • "Guns, in the hands of a countries citizenry, are what makes the difference between a free state and a totalitarian one."
    • Brian Lott
  • "Shooting is not about aggression. Honest!"
    • Unnamed British Armed Forces Officer

Misattributed

  • "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity." - Falsely attributed to Sigmund Freud.
    • This has been sourced to General Introduction to Psychoanalysis [10] [11] [12] [13] due to a misreading of a 1990 essay by Don B. Kates [14]. .The quote is Kates' own characterization of a passage in Freud and Oppenheim, Dreams in Folklore, and not Freud's words.
  • "The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."^ You have a right to bear arms for a reason.
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    ^ The argument that we need to retain the right to bear 'arms' in order to resist an oppressive government: .
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    ^ That will not be allowed to happen here, and the reason is that the "right of the people to keep and bear arms shall be infringed."
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    - Falsely attributed to Thomas Jefferson
    • This has been sourced to "The Papers of Thomas Jefferson", edited by C.J. Boyd. The quote does not appear in Jefferson's collected papers as searched in Google Print. The name of the editor is also problematic: some volumes of Jefferson's papers were edited by Julian P. Boyd, not C.J. Boyd.

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GUN, a general term for a weapon, tubular in form, from which a projectile is discharged by means of an explosive. .When applied to artillery the word is confined to those pieces of ordnance which have a direct as opposed to a high-angle fire, in which case the terms " howitzer " and " mortar " are used (see Ordnance and Machine-Gun).^ Obviously I'm comparing it to using guns, and not seeing anywhere near the same downside."
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^ Obviously I'm comparing it to using guns, and not seeing anywhere near the same downside.
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^ Those terms are used to identify persons who have a genetic defect, Downs Syndrome, and they are doing the best they can with what they have.
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." Gun " as applied to firearms which are carried in the hand and fired from the shoulder, the old " hand gun," is now chiefly used of the sporting shot-gun, with which this article mainly deals; in military usage this type of weapon, whether rifle, carbine, &c., is known collectively as " small arms " (see Rifle and Pistol).^ Web sites now advertise overnight UPS delivery of the clips, which carry up to 40 rounds for both semi-automatic rifles, including 9mm pistols, and handguns.
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^ This odd Drakel firearm can be used as a sword or a gun, and can power up if you use SP! Click the bayonet to switch between shooting and swinging this weapon, and click the barrel of the gun to spend SP to boost your accuracy, damage, or BOTH! .
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^ You will find gun crime to be lower than in Cities like NY where it is impossible for an average citizen to carry a weapon.
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The origin of the word, which in Mid. Eng. is gonne or gunne, is obscure, but it has been suggested by Professor W. W. Skeat that it conceals a female name, Gunnilde or Gunhilda. The names, e.g. Mons Meg at Edinburgh Castle and faule Grete (heavy Peg), known to readers of Carlyle's Frederick the Great, will be familiar parallelGunne " would be a shortened " pet name " of Gunnhilde. The New English Dictionary finds support for the suggestion in the fact that Old Norwegian gunne and hilde both mean " war," and quotes an inventory of war material at Windsor Castle in 1330 -1331, where is mentioned " una magna balista de cornu quae vocatur Domina Gunilda." Another suggestion for the origin of the word is that the word represents a shortened form, gonne, of a supposed French mangonne, a mangonel, but the French word is mangonneau. Firearms are said to have been first used in European warfare in the 14th century. The hand gun (see fig. 1) came into practical use in 1446 and was of very rude construction. .It consisted of a simple iron or brass tube with a touch-hole at the top fixed in a straight stock of wood, the end of which passed under the right armpit when the -`; _ r £C^l i' - 'ten ?^ The founders put the right to bear arms at number 2 on the top ten list for a reason.
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n gonne was about to -="4" .? _- ,?, v be fired. A similar weapon (see fig. 2) was FIG. 1. - Hand Gun.
also used by the horse-soldier, with a ring at the end of the stock, by which it was suspended by a cord round the neck; a forked rest, fitted by a ring to the saddlebow, served to steady the gun. This rest, when not in use, hung down in front of the right leg. A match was made of cotton or hemp spun slack, and boiled in a strong solution of saltpetre or in the lees of wine. The touch-hole was first placed on the top of the barrel, but afterwards at the side, with a small pan underneath to hold the priming, and guarded by a cover moving on a pivot.
An improvement in firearms took place in the first year of the reign of Henry VII., or at the close of Edward IV., by fixing a cock (Fr. serpentine) on the hand gun to hold the match, which was brought down to the priming by a trigger, whence the term matchlock. This weapon is still in use among the Chinese, Tatars, Sikhs, Persians and Turks. An improvement in the stock was also made during this period by forming it with a wide butt end to be placed against the right breast. Subsequently the stock was bent, a German invention, and the arm was called a hackbutt or hagbut, and the smaller variety a demihague. The arquebus and hackbutt were about a yard in length, including barrel and stock, and the demihague was about half the size and weight, the forerunner of the pistol. The arquebus was the standard infantry firearm in Europe from the battle of Pavia to the introduction of the heavier and more powerful musket. It did not as a rule require a rest, as did the musket. The wheel-lock, an 1mprOvement From General Hardy de Perini's Turenne et Conde r626-1675. on the matchFIG. 3. - Musketeer, 1626. lock, was in vented in Nuremberg in 1517; was first used at the siege of Parma in 1521; was brought to England in 1S30, and continued in partial use there until the time of Charles II. This wheel-lock consisted of a fluted or grooved steel wheel which protruded into the priming pan, and was connected with a strong spring. The cock, also regulated by a spring, was fitted with a piece of iron pyrites. In order to discharge the gun the FIG. 2. - MountedMan with Hand Gun.
lock was wound up by a key, the cock was let down on the priming pan, the pyrites resting on the wheel; on the trigger being pressed the wheel was released and rapidly revolved, emitting sparks, which ignited the powder in the pan. The complicated and expensive nature of this lock, with its liability to injury, no doubt prevented its general adoption.
About 1540 the Spaniards constructed a larger and heavier firearm (matchlock), carrying a ball of 10 to the pound, called a musket. .This weapon was introduced into England before the middle of the r 6th century, and soon came into general use throughout Europe.^ That are called into situations where they may need to use the weapons in the performance of their duties.
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^ If the you are attacked and are able to immediately overcome the shock of the surprise and somehow get your weapon into a firing position before the attackers uses whatever weapon they have, then you just might be saved.
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The snaphance was invented about this period in Germany, and from its comparative cheapness was much used in England, France and Holland. It held a flint instead of the pyrites of the wheel or firelock, which ignited the powder in the pan by striking on a piece of furrowed steel, when released by the trigger, and emitting sparks.
.As a sporting weapon the gun may be said to date from the invention of the wheel-lock in the beginning of the 16th century, though firearms were used for sporting purposes in Italy, Spain, Germany, and to some extent in France, in the 15th century.^ Then, they used the lists of registered gun owners to go around and confiscate the firearms.
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^ That are called into situations where they may need to use the weapons in the performance of their duties.
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^ That being said, most Gun collectors are not looking for high powered Automatic or Semi Automatic weapons.
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Before that period the longbow in England and the crossbow on the Continent were the usual weapons of the chase. In Great Britain little use appears to have been made of firearms for game shooting until the latter half of the 17th century, and the arms then used for the purpose were entirely of foreign make.
The French gunmakers of St-Etienne claim for their town that it is the oldest centre of the firearms industry. They do not appear to have made more than the barrels of the finest sporting arms, and these even were sometimes made in Paris. The production of firearms by the artists of Paris reached its zenith about the middle of the 17th century. The Italian, German, Spanish and Russian gunsmiths also showed great skill in the elegance and design of their firearms, the Spaniards in particular being makers of fine barrels. The pistol (q.v.) is understood to have been made for the first time about 1540 at Pistoia in Italy. About 1635 the modern firelock or flint-lock was invented, which only differed from the snaphance by the cover of the pan forming part of the furrowed steel struck by the flint. Originally the priming was put into the pan from a flask containing a fine-grained powder called serpentine powder. Later the top of the cartridge was bitten off and the pan filled therefrom before loading. The mechanism of the flint-lock musket rendered all this unnecessary, as, in loading, a portion of the charge passed through the vent into the pan, where it was held by the cover or hammer. .The matchlock, as a military weapon, gradually gave way to the firelock, which came into general use in the last half of the 17th century, and was the weapon of Marlborough's and Wellington's armies.^ By the way, your little fire arms won't be of much use against a government that sold Sadam Hussein the chemical weapons he used to kill the Kurds.
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^ That are called into situations where they may need to use the weapons in the performance of their duties.
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^ By the way, I will vote against any change -- like a previous writer, I carried a weapon for 28 years in the Army -- who are you to tell me I'm unfit to carry one now?
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This was the famous " Brown Bess " of the British army. The highest development of the flint-lock is found in the fowling-pieces of the end of the r8th and beginning of the 9th centuries, particularly those made by Joseph Manton, the celebrated English gunsmith and inventor. The Napoleonic wars afforded English gunmakers an opportunity, which they fully utilized, of gaining the supremacy over their foreign competitors in the gunmaking trade. .English gunmakers reduced the weight, improved the shooting powers, and perfected the lock mechanism of the sporting gun, and increased the range and efficiency of the rifle.^ The trigger lock makes it MORE LIKELY that the gun will accidentally discharge, because it disables the safety mechanism.
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^ You also, all too conveniently, forget the 25 percent or so of Democrats who enjoy shooting sports and oppose gun control laws.
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^ If you want to own a gun for target shooting, then it has to be kept at the shooting range.
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This transference of the gunmaking craft from the Continent to England was also assisted by the tyranny of the foreign gunmaking gilds. In 1637 the London gunmakers obtained their charter of incorporation. The important gunmaking industry of Birmingham dates from 1603, and soon rivalled that of London. Double shotguns do not appear to have been generally used until the r 9th century.
.The first successful double guns were built with the barrels over and under, and not side by side, and were invented about 1616 by one Guilliano Bossi of Rome.^ Aliens increasingly drive the American crime problem: about one third of California's prison population is first- or second-generation immigrant, as is 29% of the federal prison population.
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^ Would that be Carl ROwan, the liberal Washington Post columnist that railed about how evil guns were, but had one himself, despite the DC gun ban?
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^ There are more than two sides to this issue: Side one (Republican): I should be able to own and carry what I want without limitation Side two (Democrat): No guns ever .
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In
1784 double shot guns were described as a novelty. Joseph Manton patented the elevated rib which rested on the barrels. The general success of the double gun was eventually due to the light weight which the better material and workmanship of the best gunmakers made possible, and to the quickness and certainty of ignition of the modern cartridge.
The objections to the flint-lock were that it did not entirely preserve the priming from wet, and that the flint sparks sometimes failed to ignite the charge. In 1807 the Rev. Alexander John Forsyth obtained a patent for priming with a fulminating powder made of chlorate of potash, sulphur and charcoal, which exploded by concussion. .This important improvement in firearms was not recognized and adopted by the military authorities until more than thirty years later.^ The public also tends to blame cultural factors as much or more than the availability of firearms for tragedies like this one.
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^ Death by firearms is far more likely in this country than in, say, European nations.
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^ This gun store sold more than 7500 guns over a three year period.
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In the meantime it was gradually developed, and the copper percussion cap invented, by various gunmakers and private individuals. .Thomas Shaw of Philadelphia first used fulminate in a steel cap in 1814, which he changed to a copper cap in 1816. It was not until the introduction of the copper cap that the percussion gun could be considered in every way superior to the flint.^ If Cho didn't use a gun, he could have found an internet website that would have shown him how to use a bomb using regulare household items.
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^ If someone could explain to me why anyone needs a gun beyond target practice or hunting, I'll be glad to change my position.
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^ Also, for every home invasion or rape that concealed weapons prevent, how many times does the attacker take the gun from the victim and use it against them?
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In 1834,in the reign of William IV., Forsyth's invention was tested at Woolwich by firing 6000 rounds from six flint-lock muskets, and a similar number from six percussion muskets, in all weathers From General Hardy de Perini's Turenne et Conde, 1626-1675. FIGS. 4 and 5. - Musketeers, 1675.
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This trial established the percussion principle. .The shooting was found to be more accurate, the recoil less, the charge of powder having been reduced from 6 to 42 drs., the rapidity of firing greater and the number of miss-fires much reduced, being as 1 to 26 nearly in favour of the percussion system.^ I also know that if I am unarmed, there is a much greater chance that the would be murderer will continue to fire after the initial shot.
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In consequence of this successful trial the military flint-lock in 1839 was altered to suit the percussion principle. This was easily accomplished by replacing the hammer and pan by a nipple with a hole through its centre to the vent or touchhole, and by replacing the cock which held the flint by a smaller cock or hammer with a hollow to fit on the nipple when released by the trigger. .On the nipple was placed the copper cap containing the detonating composition, now made of three parts of chlorate of potash, two of fulminate of mercury and one of powdered glass.^ I am not, however, willing to take that as a sign that massacres such as this one are now simply a part of our shared American reality.
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In 1840 the Austrian army was supplied with the percussion musket, and in 1842 a new model percussion musket with a block or back-sight for 150 yds. was issued to the British army, 11 lb 6 oz. in weight, 4 ft. 64 in. in length without bayonet, 6 ft. with bayonet and with a barrel 3 ft. 3 in. in length, firing a bullet of 142 to the fb with 42 drs. of powder. This musket was larger in bore than that of France, Belgium, Russia and Austria, and thus had the advantage of being able to fire their balls, while the English balls could not be fired from their barrels. But the greater weight and momentum of the English ball was counteracted by the excess of windage. .This percussion musket of 1842, the latest development of the renowned Brown Bess, continued in use in the British army until partially superseded in 1851 by the Minie rifle, and altogether by the Enfield rifle in 1855. For further information as to the history and development of military, target and sporting rifles see Rifle.^ Our government has issued me a rifle to use as the government sees fit.
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^ You must also remember that the "Brown Bess" military arm of the time was the assalt rifle of the time.
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Illustrations are given herewith of a German carbine of the 16th century, with double wheel-lock (fig. 8); a snaphance (fig. 9); several forms of the Brown Bess or flint-lock military musket(English, William III., fig. 10; George II., fig. 11; George III., fig. 12; French, Napoleon, fig. 13); and of the percussion musket adopted in the British service in 1839 (fig. 14). Examples of non-European firearms are shown in figs. 6 and 7, representing a Moorish flint-lock and an Indian matchlock respectively. Figs. 15-18 represent various carbines, musketoons and blunderbusses, fig. 15 showing a small blunderbuss or musketoon of the early 18th century, fig. 16 a large blunderbuss of 1750, fig. 17 a flint-lock cavalry carbine of about 1825 and fig. 18 a percussion carbine of 1830. All these are drawn from arms in the museum of the Royal United Service Institution, London.

Modern Shot Guns

The modern sporting breech-loaders may be said to have originated with the invention of the cartridgecase containing its own means of ignition. .The breech-loading mechanism antedated the cartridge by many years, the earliest breech-loading hand guns dating back to 1537. Another distinct type of breech-loader was invented in France about the middle of the 17th century.^ The gun lobbyists and manufacturers cynically disregard the unnecessary deaths of innocent people every year, many of them children and teenagers.
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^ Even one ILLEGAL gun in the hands of a bystander could have saved many lives.
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^ The comments about "tying the hands of law enforcement" is very interesting, in light of the fact that law enforcement organizations are among the most supportive of gun control measures.
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During the 17th and 18th centuries breechloading arms were very numerous and of considerable variety. .The original cartridge, a charge of powder and bullet in a paper envelope, dates from 1586. These were used with muzzle-loaders, the base of the cartridge being ripped or bitten off by the soldier before placing in the barrel.^ I doubt they would approve of the NRA's justification of automatic weapons - in 1791 they used muzzle loaders, didn't they?"
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It was only when the detonating cap came into use that the paper cartridge answered well in breech-loaders. The modern breech-loader has resulted from a gradual series of improvements, and not from any one great invention. .Its essential feature is the prevention of all escape of gas at the breech when the gun is fired by means of an expansive cartridge-case containing its own means of ignition.^ I also happen to be a fire eating proponent of *all* of the Bill Of Rights and am an avid hunter and target shooter and gun owner.
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^ To all those wanting "tougher" gun laws: Write a detailed set of regulations that is consistent with the Second Amendment, and would have prevented the VT shootings....
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^ If gun is used in any crime ---- by use ~ it means fired, shown, indicates by any means that (he/she/them) have one weather it can be seen or not...........
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The earlier breech-loaders were not gas-tight, because the cartridgecases were either consumable or the load was placed in a strong non-expansive breech-plug. The earliest efficient modern cartridge-case was the pin-fire, patented by Houiller, a Paris gunsmith, in 1847, with a thin weak shell which expanded by the force of the explosion, fitted perfectly in the barrel, and thus formed an efficient gas check. Probably no invention connected with firearms has wrought such changes in the principle of gunconstruction as those effected by the expansive cartridge-case. .This invention has completely revolutionized the art of gunmaking, has been successfully applied to all descriptions of firearms, and has produced a new and important industry - that of cartridge manufacture.^ No one appears to be arguing for a complete ban on all firearms (including law enforcement and military).
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About 1836, C. Lefaucheux, a Paris gunsmith, improved the old Pauly system of breech-loading, but its breech action was a crude mechanism, with single grip worked by a bottom lever. The double grip for the barrels was the subsequent invention of a Birmingham gunmaker. The central-fire cartridge, practically as now in use, was introduced into England in 1861 by Daw. It is said to have been the invention of Pottet, of Paris, improved upon by Schneider, and gave rise to considerable litigation in respect of its patent: rights. .Daw, who controlled the English patents, was the only exhibitor of central-fire guns and cartridges at the International Exhibition of 1862. In his system the barrels work on a hinge joint, the bottom lever withdraws the holding-down bolt; the cartridge is of the modern type, the cap being detonated by a striker passing through the standing breech to the inner face.^ Who would benefit from gun control?
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^ Gun Control can work, but only if the black market for firearms is shut down first.
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^ Because of this, the only substantial effect of Gun Control is to remove legally purchased and owned firearms.
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The cartridge-case is withdrawn by a sliding extractor fitted to the breech ends of the barrels. Daw was subsequently defeated in his control of the patents by Eley Bros., owing to the patent not having been kept in force in France. The modern breech-loading gun has been gradually and steadily improved since 1860. Westley Richards adopted and improved Matthews' top-lever mechanism. .About 1866 the rebounding lock was introduced, and improved in 1869. The treble wedge-fast mechanism for holding down the barrels was originated by W. W. Greener in 1865, and perfected in 1873. A very important improvement was the introduction of the hammerless gun, in which the mechanism for firing is placed entirely within the gun.^ This mechanism is pushed down by a trigger lock.
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^ Having looked down the barrel of a handgun used in an armed robbery led me to think long and hard about that.
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^ A 9mm hand gun that holds 15 rounds in a clip and can be fired as fast as one can squeeze trigger is ridiculous.
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This was made possible by the introduc tion of the central-fire cartridge. In 1862 Daw, and in 1866 Green, introduced hammerless guns in which the cocking was effected by the under lever. .These guns did not attain popularity.^ The fact is, this shooter did break the law by carrying these guns on campus, proving that laws don't matter to the criminal.
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In 1871 T. Murcott patented a hammerless gun, the first to obtain distinct success. This also was a lever-cocking gun. About the same time Needham introduced the principle of utilizing the weight of the barrels to assist in cocking. In 1875 Anson and Deeley utilized the fore-end attached to the barrels to cock the locks. From this date hammerless guns became really popular. .Subsequently minor improvements were made by many other gun-makers, including alternative movements introduced by Purdey and Rogers.^ I am not sure how he was able to get around "The danger to himself and others" that would have been made in a background check, and I am pretty sure that would have stopped him from buying the guns legally.
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^ To Thin Man and other sheople out there: You should realize that many who have chosen to carry a gun are also protecting you with their lives.
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^ Our country is at one end of the scale while many others, where private gun ownership is practically unheard of, are at the other end.
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Improvements were also introduced by Westley Richards, Purdey and others, including cocking by means of the mainspring. .In 1874 J. Needham introduced the ejector mechanism, by which each empty cartridge-case is separately and automatically thrown out of the gun when the breech is opened, the necessary force being provided by the mainspring of the lock.^ When you advertise a place as being a "Gun-Free Zone" you are putting out a welcome sign to crazies like Cho.
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^ That being said, most Gun collectors are not looking for high powered Automatic or Semi Automatic weapons.
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^ Please please, I really want the democrats to come out in force to demand stronger gun control laws.
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W. W. Greener and some other gunmakers have since introduced minor modifications and improvements of this mechanism. Next in turn came Perks and other inventors, who separated the ejector mechanism from the lock work. This very decided improvement is universal to-day. .A later innovation in the modern breech-loader is the single trigger mechanism introduced by some of the leading English gun-makers, by which both barrels can be fired in succession by a single trigger.^ A 9mm hand gun that holds 15 rounds in a clip and can be fired as fast as one can squeeze trigger is ridiculous.
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^ The trigger lock makes it MORE LIKELY that the gun will accidentally discharge, because it disables the safety mechanism.
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^ I am in favor of some type of control simular to the machine gun ban, and I think/believe it will have to be done on the makers of these weapons/clips.
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This improvement enables both barrels to be rapidly fired without altering the grip of the right hand, but deprives the shooter of the power of selecting his barrel.
.Repeating or magazine shot-guns on the principle of the repeating rifle, with a magazine below the single firing barrel, are also made by some American and continental gun-makers, but as yet have not come into general use, being comparatively cumbersome and not well balanced.^ I don't remember a single shot being fired either.
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^ I am in favor of some type of control simular to the machine gun ban, and I think/believe it will have to be done on the makers of these weapons/clips.
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^ A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly.
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The difficulty of a shifting: balance as each cartridge is fired has also yet to be overcome. Several varieties of a combination rifle and shot-gun are also made, for a description of which see Rifle.
The chief purposes for which modern shot-guns are required. are game-shooting, trap-shooting at pigeons and wild-fowling. The game gun may be any bore from 32 to 10 gauge. The usual standard bore is 12 gauge unless it be for a boy, when it is 20 gauge. The usual weight of the 12-bore double-barrelled game gun is from 6 to 7 lb with barrels 30 in. long, there, however, being a present tendency to barrels of a shorter length. .These barrels are made of steel, as being a stronger and more homogeneous material than the barrels formerly produced, which were mostly of Damascus pattern, a mixture of iron and steel.^ Zombies fear this weapon more than they hate eating brains that aren't fresh.The Battlemage Khold forged these sceptres due to his undeathly fear of zombies.
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Steel barrels, drilled from the solid block, were originally produced by Whitworth. To-day the makers of steel for this purpose are many. The standard charge for the 12-bore is 42 grains of smokeless powder and 1 oz. to 18th oz. of shot. Powder of a lighter gravimetric density is occasionally employed, when the weight of the charge is reduced to 33 grains. This charge of powder corresponds to the 3 drams of black powder formerly used. The ordinary game gun should have a killing circle of 30 in. at 30 yds. with the first barrel and at 40 yds. with the second. .Improved materials and methods of manufacture, and what is known as " choke " boring of the barrels, have enabled modern gun-makers to regulate the shooting of guns to a nicety.^ To all those wanting "tougher" gun laws: Write a detailed set of regulations that is consistent with the Second Amendment, and would have prevented the VT shootings....
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^ They are carried by the scofflaws that won't obey existing or new and improved gun regulations.
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Choke-boring is the constriction of the diameter of the barrel. near the muzzle, and was known in America in the early part of the lgth century. .In 1875 Pape of Newcastle was awarded a prize for the invention of choke-boring, there being no other claimant.^ There is simply no need whatsoever for an AK-47 or any other weapon that can shoot hundreds of rounds in a matter of seconds.
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^ "There is simply no need whatsoever for an AK-47 or any other weapon that can shoot hundreds of rounds in a matter of seconds.
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^ There are no rules or laws that will stop people from killing others when they are willing to die themselves.
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.The methods of choke-boring have since been varied and improved by .the leading English gun-makers.^ I have been aware of the principles of gun safety since I learned to speak and understand English.
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.The pigeon gun is usually heavier than the game gun and more choked.^ There are more than 80 million gun owners in the US and NRA membership is about 4 million.
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^ The statistics clearly show that in a ratio of about 16 to 1 a gun in the home is more likely to kill a family member than anyone else.
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^ It requires more testing and background checking to DRIVE A CAR than own a gun.
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It generally weighs from 7 to 8 lb. Its weight, by club rules, is frequently restricted to 71 lb and its bore to 12 gauge. The standard wild-fowling gun is a double 8-bore with 30-in. barrels weighing 15 lb. and firing a charge of 7 drams of powder and 2! to 3 oz. of shot. .These guns are also made in both smaller and larger varieties, including a single barrel 4-bore, which is the largest gun that can be used from the shoulder, and single barrel punt guns of i i-in.^ This odd Drakel firearm can be used as a sword or a gun, and can power up if you use SP! Click the bayonet to switch between shooting and swinging this weapon, and click the barrel of the gun to spend SP to boost your accuracy, damage, or BOTH! .
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^ I believe that anyone who buys or own a gun should be REQUIRED to take classes on the proper physical and ethical use of these guns.
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^ It does come from the barrel of a gun if you are phyically smaller than your attackers.
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bore, weighing ioo lb. .While no conspicuous advance in improved gun-mechanism and invention has been made during the last few years, the materials and methods of manufacture, and the quality and exactitude of the gun-maker's work, have continued gradually and steadily to improve.^ "The gun lobbyists and manufacturers cynically disregard the unnecessary deaths of innocent people every year, many of them children and teenagers.
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^ The gun lobbyists and manufacturers cynically disregard the unnecessary deaths of innocent people every year, many of them children and teenagers.
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^ We have over 30,00 gun related laws on the books and are they working, NO! Why?
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.English, and particularly London-made, guns stand pre-eminent all over the world.^ The availability of a gun can make all of the difference in the world-- imagine if the latest mass murderer set out to kill 32 people with a only a knife.
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(H. S.-K.)

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See also gun, gün, gūn, gǔn, and gùn

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Old Norse Gunnr, short form of female compound names with the element gunnr ("battle").

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Gun
  1. A female given name.

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Gun
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Developer(s) Neversoft Entertainment
Publisher(s) Activision
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Genre(s) Action-adventure
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Gun is a third-person perspective shooter game by Neversoft Entertainment. .Gun is set in the west in the late 1800s and is a free-roaming adventure game that takes you to a world without laws—where greed, lust and murder run rampant.^ Having a gun is like owning a pet cobra that is left to roam freely around the house.
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^ Just take a nice night walk through downtown Washington DC (the strictest gun control in the country) and see how safe you feel.
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^ The availability of a gun can make all of the difference in the world-- imagine if the latest mass murderer set out to kill 32 people with a only a knife.
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.As Colton White, a vengeful gunslinger, you must straddle the line between good and evil in a showdown against corrupt lawmen, a murderous preacher, renegade army psychopaths, merciless outlaws and relentless warring tribes.^ The young victims - all girls between the ages of 6 and 13- are lined up against a blackboard and shot execution-style, police report.
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^ Weapons of that kind would not be needed to protect yourself against a murderous nut-job or hunt overpopulated deer (and good riddance there)."
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^ Weapons of that kind would not be needed to protect yourself against a murderous nut-job or hunt overpopulated deer (and good riddance there).
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Along the way, you'll wage war on horseback, collect bounties and protect prostitutes. Travel through an action-packed landscape of high mountain wilderness, deserts and bustling territorial towns in an epic story of betrayal, greed and revenge. It has many interesting objectives in story mode and plenty of side missions to spare.
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Gun

Developer(s) Neversoft
Publisher(s) Activision
Release date GCN, PS2, Xbox:
November 8, 2005 (NA)
PC: November 9, 2005 (NA)
XBox 360: November 16 (NA)
PSP: TBA 2006
Genre Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) ESRB: M
PEGI: 18+
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Gun is Neversoft's first non-Tony Hawk game in the last five years. Gun is a Western shooter. It features freeform sandbox style gameplay. Set in the ruthless wild west, it stars Colton White, as he seeks vengeance for the murder of his father.

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The main plot progression is initiated through story missions. .In-between every story missions, you are given free reign to move around the world (which is not very big and consists largely of some detailed uninhabited plains/mountains/canyons).^ Every time I read an article about some poor teenager killing himself with a firearm from his home, I will think of you.
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^ In a press conference after his Baghdad tour, McCain told a reporter that his visit to the market was proof that you could indeed "walk freely" in some areas of Baghdad.
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^ Every single contention you have made is merely emotional hysteria born of some misguided "belief" you have and your irrational fear of firearms.
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.During these free form sessions, you can spend money or take up side missions from various townsfolk, whether it's with the pony express or the local law enforcement.^ But if you take up arms for your cause then that would put you in the gun nut crowd.
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^ And...if keeping your right to speak freely, such as on this blog, meant you had to bear arms against a oppressive governtment, you would happily take them up.
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^ The only reason you wnt is becasue the Post gives left wing cretins and Naderites a free pass when they express their bigotry.
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.These also give you money and dramatically increase your stats.^ Is your life worth so little that you're willing to give up what may be the last chance you have to defend it ?
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^ Follow us, give us money, publicity, and votes, and we'll save you fom the bogeyman.
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^ Do you throw yourself on his mercy, beg, plead, offer him money, your wife, or what?
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.To unlock more side missions, you must defeat story missions.^ How many more must die before you get it?
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Like the Grand Theft Auto series, you can randomly kill any civilians you like. Although there are only two towns (Dodge City and Empire), there are always innocents to take out. Dogs, buffalo, whores, you name it. .Like the star rating in GTA, whenever you kill innocents, you "test the town's patience". Each kill will lower the patience bar, until it reaches zero, creating a "Showdown". The town bell rings, people run away, and a gang of guys come attack you.^ 'Who would you blame if Cho would have made homemade bombs instead of a firearm and killed even more people' .
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^ The point is, you don't know when you'll be in a situation where you need one (my exmaple, the 1 or 2 bad guys attack my family) until pretty much you're in it.
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^ You will find gun crime to be lower than in Cities like NY where it is impossible for an average citizen to carry a weapon.
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You must kill this entire posse to get out of the Showdown stage and return to a normal city stage. You can also hijack horses instead of cars, though horses are not as common as cars.
The shooting mechanics follow basic third-person shooter standards. .One unique feature is the "Quick Draw", a bar that fills up everytime you kill someone, or score headshots, or shoot weapons out of enemy hands.^ One of the most powerful weapons ever devised, the Defender Orb was made by the wizard Balzarus to avenge the death of his brother at Drakel hands.
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^ This odd Drakel firearm can be used as a sword or a gun, and can power up if you use SP! Click the bayonet to switch between shooting and swinging this weapon, and click the barrel of the gun to spend SP to boost your accuracy, damage, or BOTH! .
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^ It's sure a hell of a lot easier than waking up one day to find out someone killed my loved one and they couldn't do anything to protect themselves.
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When you initiate the Quick Draw, you enter Max Payne-esque "bullet time." Everything slow down, you enter first-person view and can easily auto target many enemies at once.

Weapons

There are 6 different classes of weaponry, and at least three different weapons in these categories. Weapons are gained from completing story missions.
  • Pistol - Your standard weapon. This is the only gun you can use in Quick Draw mode, and it has unlimited ammo. The final pistol is the dual peacemakers.
  • Rifle - A high powered, fast loading, long range gun. Useful for enemies on horseback.
  • Shotgun - A close-range shotgun with heavy damage. .Useful for groups, and does not require much aiming.
  • Sharpshooter - Long range and extremely accurate sniper rifles, though with low ammo and long reloading time.
  • Melee - Close range blades.^ When using this weapon, you will alternate between melee and ranged attacks.
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    ^ A bladed crossbow that attacks with melee 50 percent of the time, or with a triple hit ranged attack.
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    ^ Also, for every home invasion or rape that concealed weapons prevent, how many times does the attacker take the gun from the victim and use it against them?
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    Fast rate of fire, high damage.
  • Thrown - Whiskey bombs or dynamite sticks. .Careful not to get hurt yourself.
  • Bows - Silent, high damage weapons.^ The Destroyer is a heavy, high-damage weapon that can crush and rip through the best armors.
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    ^ This low damage weapon can hurt any creature, but it drains your life force in order to do so.
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    Useful for stealth or hunting animals.

Storyline

Colton White is hunting for furs & skins with his father, Ned White. They meet a steam ship to conduct business, only to have it suddenly ambushed by an unknown white army covered with paint. Everyone on the ship, except Colton & Ned are slaughtered. .Knowing that they won't make it, Ned tells his son that he's not really his father, and throws him off the ship in hopes of getting him away.^ Are they not children and mothers and fathers and sons?
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^ Hope they make it.
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^ I am pretty sure that our founding fathers could have substituted something other than the word PEOPLE. They really were not the bumkins some would have us believe you know.
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Ned is killed.
Colton recovers and heads to Dodge City, following the instructions his father gave him right before his death. There, he looks for information on what his father was looking to do on the steam boat, while seeking revenge on the railroad mogul Thomas Magruder, whom he later learns ordered the raid. Along the way, he learns the truth about his heritage.

Controversy

February 1, 2006 the Association for American Indian Development (the AAID) released a statement about the game Gun saying that its depiction of Native Americans was negative and stereotypical, also calling for a boycott. .That allowing the player to attack, kill, scalp, and even reward from the "slaughtering of the 'renegade' Apaches" promotes racist and genocidal elements toward Native Americans.^ But native-born Americans resident in the nation's capital are not allowed to vote, because they do not live in a "state" (free or otherwise).
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.While the game contains violence towards Native Americans what it also allows for is the same violence towards people of other races.^ Register all firearms, and ban small easily concealable handguns for the same public safety reasons that we don't allow people to own bazookas.
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^ But native-born Americans resident in the nation's capital are not allowed to vote, because they do not live in a "state" (free or otherwise).
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^ Salvadoran and other Central American gangs commit the worst violence in many American cities.
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In addition to this fact it is discovered that the main character is actually part Native American. Through this twist in plot it is then his, and the players, task to protect the Native Americans against the "truly evil" white men.

External links

  • Official Gun website
  • Gun on IGN

This article uses material from the "Gun" article on the Gaming wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Simple English

[[File:|thumb|A small hand-gun is called a pistol.]]

A gun is a tool, or machine used to shoot metal pieces called bullets. Guns are also called firearms. They are of many different sizes: small enough to hold in one hand, or large enough to fire metal pieces to sink a warship. Guns that are small enough to be carried and used by one person have the same basic parts: a trigger, a barrel, and a handle. The trigger is pulled by a finger to fire the bullet. The barrel guides the bullet. The handle is held by the human who will fire the gun.

In military terms, the word "firearm" is used for the type of weapons that soldiers carry: pistols (known as 'shorts') and rifles ('longs'). The word "gun" is used for larger guns that fire at higher speed. The weapons on warships and tanks are called "guns" or "turrets" (if placed on a rotating base), not "firearms".

Guns are very effective weapons. Guns fire bullets at a very high speed, which is much more deadly than an arrow or spear.

Bullets are basically non-explosive bits of metal, as opposed to shells, which explode upon impact. A modern bullet is the front part of a round or cartridge. A cartridge consists of a bullet, a casing, propellant and a primer. When the rear end is struct by the hammer, an explosion in the back of the cartridge shoots the bullet.

Cartridges have different ways of being loaded into different kinds of weapons. Cartridges can be loaded directly into a firearm or into a clip, a magazine or other bullet container which is loaded into the firearm. Some firearms have their rounds loaded into the stock (or butt) of the weapon. A clip is loaded with rounds and the clip is loaded into a weapon. The magazine is a container for the rounds which has a spring that moves the bullets into place for firing. Firearms known as revolvers have a cylinder with holes that the bullets are loaded into. Modern guns are usually loaded with a magazine and are called automatic loading.

Use of firearms

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A hunting rifle, such as this one, is designed to kill animals rather than people.

Firearms are designed to shoot (send out at high speed) bullets (small pieces of shaped metal) at people or animals, causing damage to them. Most firearms are designed to shoot at people. Some kinds of firearms, such as hunting rifles, are designed to shoot at other animals. A deer hunter usually shoots a deer with a rifle. Some people also use firearms for shooting sports, usually known as target shooting. Target Shooting is an Olympic sport.

Guns are the main weapons used by armies. In modern armies every soldier has a firearm as part of his or her equipment which they are taught to use and keep in good working order. Guns have been used by armies since about 900 AD when the Chinese began using cannons. Long barreled guns called muskets, that could be carried and used by one person, were used in China by the 1300s. Guns were not an important weapon in European armies until the 1600s.

Because guns make it very easy to kill, many countries only allow soldiers, policemen, (and in some countries, noblemen) to have them. In many countries a person must have a special permit (or license) if they want to own a gun. Depending on the gun, people need to be a certain age and may need to meet other criteria to get such a permit. An example of this is that in the United States you can get some types of guns when you are 18. In United States and other countries, people can buy some guns and use them for self-defense, sport such as hunting, target shooting and target practice. In some countries, such as Australia, people who live on farms are allowed to keep guns, but it is not easy for a person living in the city to get a gun without good reason.

Common gun types

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