Just a note: I agree, don't reply to the original ranter.
My reply was to my real life friend. She has her bias, but she at least is willing to discuss. For example, she let her son use rifles in the Boy Scouts, and asked me to give her a 3 hour introduction to firearms (I included some range time) so she had a better idea what was involved. She still doesn't like them, but at least she doesn't prohibit her son from them - I can't say that about many anti-gunners.
Currently I asked her to think about the whole "if it saves one child its worth doing", and in a couple weeks we will discuss it. She admits the concept is flawed, and it will be interesting to see where she personally draws the line.
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