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Old October 7, 2005, 01:25 PM   #26
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"Is someone who is responsible for a child, but who does not equip herself (himself?) to fend off violent criminal attack, negligent as a caretaker?"

In a word, YES.

It seems to me that being a parent implies being a guardian, as in "parent or guardian", where guardian implies a non-parent acting as a parent. Just how are you supposed to be a guardian if you aren't prepared to respond to a violent attack? Some guardian a pacifist makes, right?

Agreed -- pitiful. No, it is worse that that. Derelict, as in dereliction of parental duty.
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Old October 7, 2005, 01:46 PM   #27
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Not negligent

Just stupid...

and you can't legislate for "stupid".
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Old October 7, 2005, 01:52 PM   #28
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and you can't legislate for "stupid"

No, but stupid people do TRY.


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Old October 8, 2005, 12:23 AM   #29
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Maybe the only way to get her to stand on her own is to TELL HER that you are not her paid professional bodyguard, and that you will REFUSE to shelter her if she comes over for that purpose because you OBJECT to her stubborn and ill-thought refusal to learn to PROTECT HERSELF.
So you make the statement that a mother who refuses to protect her child with a firearm is pitiful (and I do lean towards agreement with that statement), but then you go and advise someone to refuse to protect their sister?

Are you serious?

to bdc - I think a better approach would just be to continue to hammer her with as much logic as possible. Either she'll get it one day or she won't, but you can't say you didn't try to get her to understand the importance of ensuring one's own survival.
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