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View Poll Results: Do you own a gun?
No and I never have 178 45.41%
No, but I have in the past (or family did growing up) 30 7.65%
Yes, one 15 3.83%
Yes, several 85 21.68%
Yes and my family growing up did too 64 16.33%
Other (there's always an other) 20 5.10%
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:42 PM   #121
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South Carolina also has the Castle Doctrine. I think having the criminal's estate pay for expenses related to his crime is more than reasonable - it's just another debt/money owed.

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Old 01-27-2013, 03:16 PM   #122
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I voted "other" because it's illegal to own non-hunting guns here without a permit (and I don't hunt!) I have no reason to want or own a gun.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:30 PM   #123
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We are a law enforcement family, so my answer is yes. My dad also used to collect guns when I was growing up.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:32 PM   #124
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:16 PM   #125
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Why would so many people need to conceal a weapon all the time? Is where you live really filled with a lot of wild animals?
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:29 PM   #126
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God bless Texas. Don't even think about breaking into our homes.
Unless of course the burglar is also heavily armed, in which case you can have a good old fashioned shoot-out.

If your theory was correct, why is Texas is 3rd highest in property crimes per capita, as well as at the higher end in violent crimes per capita in general?
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:39 PM   #127
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:27 PM   #128
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Unless of course the burglar is also heavily armed, in which case you can have a good old fashioned shoot-out.

If your theory was correct, why is Texas is 3rd highest in property crimes per capita, as well as at the higher end in violent crimes per capita in general?
?? So higher crime rate isn't a reason to protect oneself??
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:39 PM   #129
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:16 PM   #130
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:46 PM   #131
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Unless of course the burglar is also heavily armed, in which case you can have a good old fashioned shoot-out.

If your theory was correct, why is Texas is 3rd highest in property crimes per capita, as well as at the higher end in violent crimes per capita in general?
I assume anyone breaking into my house is armed. I'd rather be armed than a sitting duck at their mercy. It's that simple. I'd rather have a chance to shoot them than take my chances they will pass up the opportunity to kill me.

There are complicated reasons that likely go into that statistic you mentioned. I can say the stats vary GREATLY by neighborhood/town. I rarely hear of any violent crimes in the town I have lived in for nearly 20 years and I read the police reports weekly. Not to mention having worked in the prosecutor's office. We get a fair amount of shoplifting, though.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:29 PM   #133
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Unless of course the burglar is also heavily armed, in which case you can have a good old fashioned shoot-out.

If your theory was correct, why is Texas is 3rd highest in property crimes per capita, as well as at the higher end in violent crimes per capita in general?
This won't be a popular response but maybe all of that has something to do with the high numbers of illegal immigrants that live in Texas or who pass through Texas to be bigger better things. Sometimes desperate people do desperate things.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:09 PM   #134
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This won't be a popular response but maybe all of that has something to do with the high numbers of illegal immigrants that live in Texas or who pass through Texas to be bigger better things. Sometimes desperate people do desperate things.
And after they do those desperate things, they run back to Mexico to escape prosecution. Really, it is a running joke here that when a Mexican (legal or not) commits a crime, you can COUNT on the news report to say, "Police are seaching for the suspect, but it believed he may have headed to Mexico." Seriously, you could make a drinking game of it. Sometimes the entire room breaks out in unison, "It is believed he may have headed to Mexico," because you KNOW it is coming. If you are not in a border state, you aren't familiar with it. It's an every day occurrence here.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:33 AM   #135
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I've lived in 5 states and never felt the need to own a firearm. Glad I don't live where you all do!
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