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Old 13th November 2012, 08:31 PM   #1
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Gun forum discrimination

Why do so many internet gun forums have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to folks who have a balanced & common sense view of gun control?

Many of them seem to not tolerate anyone who dares to advocate for reasonable amounts of gun control and this is disturbing.
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Old 13th November 2012, 08:35 PM   #2
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Why do so many internet gun forums have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to folks who have a balanced & common sense view of gun control?

Many of them seem to not tolerate anyone who dares to advocate for reasonable amounts of gun control and this is disturbing.
Welcome to the internet, where people who don't agree with you might not want to let you voice your opinion.
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Old 13th November 2012, 08:38 PM   #3
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Welcome to the internet, where people who don't agree with you might not want to let you voice your opinion.
^This. I got kicked off of a motorcycle forum because I asked a question about a Harley.
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Old 13th November 2012, 08:41 PM   #4
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Why do so many internet gun forums have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to folks who have a balanced & common sense view of gun control?

Many of them seem to not tolerate anyone who dares to advocate for reasonable amounts of gun control and this is disturbing.
Build your own forum.

From my POV, most gun forums that are well moderated will allow reasonable discussions from both sides on most topics, gun control included, but don't suffer trolls.

On one of the boards I hang out on, one absolute dead certain thread nuke subject is motorcycle lane sharing - any such thread that gets posted gets nuked quick.

If you're not a gun owner and it shows in your posts in the forum you're referring to, and you're there to support gun control measures, that might be the problem.
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Old 13th November 2012, 08:42 PM   #5
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^This. I got kicked off of a motorcycle forum because I asked a question about a Harley.
Oh, so you're one of those, eh?
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Old 13th November 2012, 08:59 PM   #6
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Oh, so you're one of those, eh?
Nope. I ride a Victory.
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Old 13th November 2012, 09:01 PM   #7
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Why do so many internet gun forums have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to folks who have a balanced & common sense view of gun control?

Many of them seem to not tolerate anyone who dares to advocate for reasonable amounts of gun control and this is disturbing.
People often prefer to hear like-minded views (both online and in real life).

They may also feel trolled if all of your posts revolve around why they shouldn't be allowed to own their guns (you might be coming across like an atheist heckler at a church service).
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Old 13th November 2012, 09:04 PM   #9
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^This. I got kicked off of a motorcycle forum because I asked a question about a Harley.
Who's Harley? Was she one of the mods?
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Harley was the name of my aunt's pet weasel that died and talks to me in spirit about archaeology.

There was also a comet that had a similar name, but my weasel is too young to have seen it.
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Old 13th November 2012, 09:16 PM   #11
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Why do so many internet gun forums have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to folks who have a balanced & common sense view of gun control?

Many of them seem to not tolerate anyone who dares to advocate for reasonable amounts of gun control and this is disturbing.
Define common sense. I'm guessing that's where the problem is.
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Old 13th November 2012, 09:21 PM   #12
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Never ever ask what is the difference between a Harley and a Hoover vacuum cleaner.
That and never ask what Harley-Davidsons and hemorrhoids have in common.
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Old 13th November 2012, 10:15 PM   #13
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Why do so many internet gun forums have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to folks who have a balanced & common sense view of gun control?

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Because experience has shown that folks who start out claiming ownership of "a balanced & common sense view of gun control" will soon ask "What's the difference between a gun and a nuclear bomb?"

Not saying that's going to be you, but you can't blame the "gun-nuts" for playing the percentages.
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Old 13th November 2012, 10:50 PM   #14
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Why do so many internet gun forums have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to folks who have a balanced & common sense view of gun control?

Many of them seem to not tolerate anyone who dares to advocate for reasonable amounts of gun control and this is disturbing.
What gun forums are you speaking of? I was kicked off of The Firearms Forum for telling a person who called me a potential criminal for making firearms without a license he didn't know what he was talking about. I was banned for a week from The Firing Line for commenting on a closed thread where I disagreed with a moderator about silencer legalities. When I questioned the staff in PM's with another moderator, the ban was made permanent. Many forums are mini dictatorships and run the way the staff wants. You should not be expecting rational views about guns on a gun forum anymore than you could expect it here.

The JREF forum is at its core anti-gun in the way it is moderated. While most of us would not play along with anyone who supports ridiculous notions we see from the birthers, truthers and other whack jobs out there, it seems to be perfectly acceptable to some otherwise rational people on this forum to post irrational claims about guns, gun owners and gun law. Never mind that no rational person would believe that the federal government bans (insert any type of gun here) possession by civilians, they just make it up and think the people who read the forum are stupid enough to believe it. Then when someone objects, the inquiring person is sometimes subjected to insults and /or demands that they provide the evidence to prove the irrational claim wrong instead of the usual standard of the person making the original claim doing so.

While I used to hope that gun forums would be able to hold themselves to a higher standard when it comes to discussing guns, I have learned to be disappointed. I will be glad to see a higher standard here someday.

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Old 14th November 2012, 12:46 AM   #15
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The main kind of gun forum discrimination I've encountered is along the lines of M1911 vs Glock, .45 ACP vs 9 mm, et al. Me, I'm pretty easy going. If people want to shoot pencil erasers out of their combat Tupperware, I'm okay with that. But don't be hatin' on my stainless 1911...or the scary black rifle I bought today.
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Old 14th November 2012, 03:00 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by BStrong View Post
Build your own forum.

From my POV, most gun forums that are well moderated will allow reasonable discussions from both sides on most topics, gun control included, but don't suffer trolls.

On one of the boards I hang out on, one absolute dead certain thread nuke subject is motorcycle lane sharing - any such thread that gets posted gets nuked quick.

If you're not a gun owner and it shows in your posts in the forum you're referring to, and you're there to support gun control measures, that might be the problem.
Not that I'm a radical or anything but anyone that supports motorcycle lane sharing should be forced to watch their children burned in oil.



Seriously how is that even something people argue about?
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Old 14th November 2012, 03:12 AM   #17
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If you're not a gun owner and it shows in your posts in the forum you're referring to, and you're there to support gun control measures, that might be the problem.


So these people believe that only gun owners can discuss or have an opinion on gun control measures? I think that's fallacious on their part.
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What gun forums are you speaking of? I was kicked off of The Firearms Forum for telling a person who called me a potential criminal for making firearms without a license he didn't know what he was talking about. I was banned for a week from The Firing Line for commenting on a closed thread where I disagreed with a moderator about silencer legalities. When I questioned the staff in PM's with another moderator, the ban was made permanent. Many forums are mini dictatorships and run the way the staff wants. You should not be expecting rational views about guns on a gun forum anymore than you could expect it here.
Why expect it anywhere? Guns are like parenting. Everyone has their set views and you are not going to change anyones minds. Also there is a broad range of views that can produce acceptable results.
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^This. I got kicked off of a motorcycle forum because I asked a question about a Harley.
Was it, "why do you idiots spend $30,000 on an underpowered, overly loud patchwork of chrome and leather that leaks (on good days) oil and (on bad days) engine parts?"

'Cause I think that would do it.
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Old 14th November 2012, 05:13 AM   #20
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Why do so many internet gun forums have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to folks who have a balanced & common sense view of gun control?
Doesn't everyone have a balanced and common sense view of gun control? Has anyone ever claimed to have an unbalanced and idiotic view on gun control?
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Not that I'm a radical or anything but anyone that supports motorcycle lane sharing should be forced to watch their children burned in oil.



Seriously how is that even something people argue about?
There are individuals on the forum in question that will assert that it's illegal in California and they will attempt to "stop" a rider from breaking the law...
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So these people believe that only gun owners can discuss or have an opinion on gun control measures? I think that's fallacious on their part.
If that was the totality of the issue with the poster questioning gun control, you'd be correct.

The common experience is that a poster would come onto the forum and would immediately post a statement concerning gun control that was wholly inncorrect ("You can walk into a store and buy a machine gun without any restriction!" is common) and after being informed of what the law really is with links to the statute in question, the poster will either ignore the facts or go onto the next Brady campaign talking point and so on.

Over the years I've seen more absolute nonsense thrown around on the 'net about gun control than any other subject other than fringe CT ********.

If anybody comes onto firearms forums and asks questions about firearms with an apparent desire to learn something, they're welcome. Including questions about applicable law.
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I've always felt it was acceptable to share a lane if you're both riding Harleys and carrying illegal guns. On your way to a rally for Palestinian statehood. Did I cover everything? Oh yeah. A "snakes have eyelids" bumpersticker.
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Old 14th November 2012, 06:12 AM   #24
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Why do so many internet gun forums have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to folks who have a balanced & common sense view of gun control?

Many of them seem to not tolerate anyone who dares to advocate for reasonable amounts of gun control and this is disturbing.
Before I even read the rest of the form, what is YOUR definition of reasonable amounts of gun control? I'll further pepper that steak with the observation you're playing (or trying to) in THEIR playground, kinda like trying to be a liberal voice on freerepublic or conversely the rightwing voice on daily kos, good luck being either.
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Why do so many internet gun forums have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to folks who have a balanced & common sense view of gun control?

Many of them seem to not tolerate anyone who dares to advocate for reasonable amounts of gun control and this is disturbing.
I expect it is because gun nuts are really nuts.

Or to put the issue more fully, I have found that just about everyone who is enthused about guns and gun stuff is extremely defensive about them to the point of illogic.

For example, a while back a JREF poster started a thread about silencers so I pointed out to him that he should be careful about such things since silencers are illegal. And within just a few minutes he pointed out to me that silencers are legal provided that one has the proper license for them, that the one makes the silencer for just that one weapon, and that that the silencer is not transferred (in other words, if you sell the gun, then the silencer cannot be sold with it).

So I checked the law, and it turned out he was quite right; silencers for firearms are legal, but just within a very narrow framework. Therefore I apologized and retracted my comments (the correction took about one hour to make).

And then, things got really weird. This poster demanded that I show him web sites that said where silencers were illegal, and how did get such a silly idea about how silencers are illegal, and so on. He also sent me several private messages on these topics.

So again, in both public messages and private messages I explained that my orginal statement was incorrect and if wanted web research done on incorrect legal opinions on firearm silencer issues, then he would have to do that himself since I was satisfied that my original opinion was incorrect. However, that really was never enough for him.

Eventually, this person dropped the topic; I am still not entirely sure, maybe he finally figured out that when I said my original legal opinion on firearm silencers was wrong I really meant that my original legal opinion on firearm silencers was wrong.

Further, a couple of days after I posted my original opinion about firearm silencers another JREF poster made some very defensive comments about it as well. So I pointed out to him that I had quicly updated that opinion and if he would bother to check my very next postin in the subject, then he could find out for himself. Note: I never did hear from this poster again, so I think that at least it did not take too very much effort for him to expand his understanding.

Anyway, these boring exchanges show how extremely defensive (to the point of illogic) gun nuts can be about their guns.
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I expect it is because gun nuts are really nuts.
Oh I'm certain that must be it. You had some difficulty with two gun nuts, therefore every gun nut lacks critical thinking skills. This makes total sense and I'm glad you weighed in on this issue. Never mind that the OP went on a gun forum and was advocating further restrictions on gun ownership, he says he has a "balanced and common sense" outlook, so we may as well take his word on that. No chance that he was behaving like many of the trolls who've gone on those same gun forums and been banned for trollish behavior.
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Never ever ask what is the difference between a Harley and a Hoover vacuum cleaner.
There isn't one, they both suck????????(fuelairtiptoes out quickly and quietly..................)
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For example, a while back a JREF poster started a thread about silencers so I pointed out to him that he should be careful about such things since silencers are illegal.
This sounds like the time when you told me that silencers were illegal after I asked for advice on a video that contained silencer use and contained evidence that silencers were legal in the USA. You substituted underlining the word illegal for any research; a Birther style tactic.

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And within just a few minutes he pointed out to me that silencers are legal provided that one has the proper license for them, that the one makes the silencer for just that one weapon, and that that the silencer is not transferred (in other words, if you sell the gun, then the silencer cannot be sold with it).
This part however does not sound like me at all. I would never say anything so blatantly false or stupid.

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So I checked the law, and it turned out he was quite right; silencers for firearms are legal, but just within a very narrow framework.
You checking the law? Sounds like you didn't based on the above paragraph.

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Therefore I apologized and retracted my comments (the correction took about one hour to make).
As far as I remember the only comments retracted were that silencers were illegal and the ones the mods moved to AAH.

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Eventually, this person dropped the topic; I am still not entirely sure, maybe he finally figured out that when I said my original legal opinion on firearm silencers was wrong I really meant that my original legal opinion on firearm silencers was wrong.
As I recall you implied I was a pig on the forum, sent me a PM stating I was a pig, never posted a suitable apology and refused to discuss the topic anymore.

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Anyway, these boring exchanges show how extremely defensive (to the point of illogic) gun nuts can be about their guns.
Just because a person backpedals does not mean their original irrational claim was okay to make.

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Here I go again. I am a gun owner. My primary interest is in cowboy-type guns and I own several modern replicas of American handguns and long guns from 1865 to 1911. The only two present exceptions are a Swiss Luger made ca 1977 (because I've always liked the style) and a 9mm double-action S&W semi-auto pistol that I use for concealed carry (CCW). I don't carry often or without purpose, but I'm not shy about it, either.

I also hang out on a particular shooting forum and, yes, a lot of the participants get to be irrational. OTOH, I've learned how and when to disagree with them without things going nuclear. It's really very simple: keep it impersonal and speak their language, not yours. The central strategy is, it's much easier to have a civil disagreement if you treat your opponent as a friend.

BTW, go over to the religion forum, here, and see how many notional atheists go nuclear when you say something on the order of there are some good things about religion. My bet is that you'll be able to substitute all their religion-related terms with gun-related terms. The only question is whether the result would come out sounding pro- or antigun. The vehemence will be the same.

To directly answer the OP, the concensus among gun owners is that anti-gunners' idea of "reasonable restrictions" is neither trustworthy nor stable.
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There isn't one, they both suck????????(fuelairtiptoes out quickly and quietly..................)
I thought it had something to do with the position of the dirt bag.

I own an 883n, best bike I ever had. The fuel injection ensures it starts within 1 second of pushing the start button 100% of the time so far. The stock exhaust is not too loud and the tires stick to the road very well. The handle bars are a bit low for my taste, there is no tach, the foot pegs scrape the pavement too soon in a sharp turn and it took me a while to locate saddle bags small enough to fit without relocating the tail lights andlicense plate holder. I hate putting premium gas in it. I was told that I could buy Power Commander or another fuel/timing system to adjust for fuel/power/economy, but the $300 cost of the unit eats up any gas savings until I ride it as least 60,000 miles. I'll stick with premium gas.

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There isn't one, they both suck????????(fuelairtiptoes out quickly and quietly..................)
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No. Harleys can be cool.. when properly muffled. And without those absurd ape hanger bars.
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Old 14th November 2012, 09:56 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by Courier View Post
Why do so many internet gun forums have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to folks who have a balanced & common sense view of gun control?

Many of them seem to not tolerate anyone who dares to advocate for reasonable amounts of gun control and this is disturbing.
I used to go to stardestroyer.net and talk about how the power levels of Star Wars ships were no big deal compared to Star Trek, and how their huge power wattage was idiocy from some published board game, and not reflective of explosion size when ships shot each other.


Crude facts that challenge feel like attacks.
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Old 14th November 2012, 10:01 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by Beerina View Post
I used to go to stardestroyer.net and talk about how the power levels of Star Wars ships were no big deal compared to Star Trek, and how their huge power wattage was idiocy from some published board game, and not reflective of explosion size when ships shot each other.


Crude facts that challenge feel like attacks.


And you did this because..?
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Old 14th November 2012, 10:51 AM   #34
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You have to take into consideration that this might be the first time discussing a certain topic for you, but if you go to a website with a specific theme, chances are that the regular patrons of that website have already discussed that topic ad nauseam.

It’s not just pro-gun people that can react like this. Pick any topic and I could find a group of people that will get very emotional and passionate when discussing said topic. I was at a small-town bar once and I asked a guy with a Harley shirt what he thought about the brand after explaining that I was looking to get a motorcycle and I wasn’t sure what type to get. I was honestly considering getting a Harley. He wanted to fight me. Apparently a very sensitive subject for him.

I no longer visit websites that are specifically pro-gun, because of the over-moderation. For a site that speaks of liberty and freedom the mods are very overbearing. You’ll find that here at the JREF they allow a lot of open and honest discussion. Follow a few simple rules and use some common-sense and you’ll enjoy your stay here. Sure, you can find other websites that have little to no moderation, but those sites are full of egg-heads. Most of the people here are a pleasure to speak with.

Out of curiosity, what do you consider balanced and common-sense gun control policy?
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And you did this because..?
Stirring things up.
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Oh I'm certain that must be it. You had some difficulty with two gun nuts, therefore every gun nut lacks critical thinking skills.
Well, since nuts are, pretty much by definition, lacking in critical thinking skills, yes.
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Well, since nuts are, pretty much by definition, lacking in critical thinking skills, yes.
Well, since anyone who owns more than two guns is considered a "gun nut", I don't think the label holds much water.
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Old 14th November 2012, 01:50 PM   #38
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Well, since nuts are, pretty much by definition, lacking in critical thinking skills, yes.
Perhaps if one conflates two possible definitions of 'nut'. Although the term has been hijacked by those who use it pejoratively, 'gun nuts' (read: gun enthusiasts) are generally no more/less unhinged (IME) than sports nuts, car nuts, et al...with the possible but not absolute exception of critical thinking nuts.

My humble (and likely futile) attempt to take the term back from those who use it pejoratively:

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On one of the boards I hang out on, one absolute dead certain thread nuke subject is motorcycle lane sharing - any such thread that gets posted gets nuked quick.

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By motorcycle lane sharing, do you mean what we call filtering where you go down between stopped or slow moving cars?

On hifi forums questioning whether a cable can really improve sound quality is guaranteed to get a sharp response. I have been permanently banned from two such forums and had temporary bans from another two for asking just such a question.
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Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
The main kind of gun forum discrimination I've encountered is along the lines of M1911 vs Glock, .45 ACP vs 9 mm, et al. Me, I'm pretty easy going. If people want to shoot pencil erasers out of their combat Tupperware, I'm okay with that. But don't be hatin' on my stainless 1911...or the scary black rifle I bought today.
When I first read your post, I laughed at the line about 'combat tupperware' as I thought you added that in humour as an example of your open-mindedness. Because I have too much free time I googled it and learned something new. Thanks.
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