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Old 19 May 2014, 02:54 PM
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As opposed to any other object which can be used to harm someone?
Do people steal baseball bats much?
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Old 19 May 2014, 03:01 PM
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Further, aren't their charges people can face if they have a gun improperly stored and it's taken and used by someone else? Probably not if it's stolen in the course of a robbery, but if a child finds and uses a gun it's not the child who usually is going to get charged with something (depending on the age). Casually keeping a gun around the house can get you in some serious trouble - baseball bat? Not so much.
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Old 19 May 2014, 04:28 PM
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I wouldn't expect you to be sad about it, but would you be concerned about what they might do with it?
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That was my thought too. What if your carelessness with a gun resulted in someone getting shot?
It's a not-very-fancy hunting rifle. I doubt anyone would steal it in the first place. Even if someone did, it's not going to be used to hold up a liquor store.

S.O. probably knows where it is. It was his brother who gave it to us. Before this thread, I hadn't even thought about it in ages.
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Old 19 May 2014, 04:47 PM
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Theft aside, knowing the location of a gun in your possession seems to be basic gun safety to me.
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Old 19 May 2014, 05:59 PM
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Which would be odd since that is actually law in many places and having a gun for protection is, according to a recent US survey, the main reason given for why a person would have a gun in the house.

How is it possible that there is no data out there then to back up my contention that people say they need a gun for protection yet claim they store their guns safely but in a way that lessens access in an emergency?

http://www.pewresearch.org/daily-num...ow-top-reason/
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Most gun owners (66%) reported storing all firearms unlocked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15629964
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Old 19 May 2014, 08:00 PM
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Sure. I just thought it would have been more precise to not refer to the UK if Northern Ireland wasn't included, particularly since it would change the picture significantly.
I agree that the article should more properly have referred to "Britain" than the "UK", but for my purposes, Northern Ireland is "weird" too, compared to my reference point ("where I live", which includes Southern England, and the Central Belt of Scotland, although not simultaneously. Until I can perfect my Duplicator).
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Old 19 May 2014, 09:14 PM
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Theft aside, knowing the location of a gun in your possession seems to be basic gun safety to me.
As opposed to other things that could be used to harm someone? For example, baseball bats. Every year, baseball bats kill hundreds of children and adults by accident, often when they accidentally kill themselves. Wait, no... maybe I'm thinking of something else.
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Old 21 May 2014, 03:53 PM
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(although, a woman did get attacked by a moose a few streets over last winter)
Not a sentence you hear very often, although it did give me a flashback to the opening credits for Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

A Mse once bit my sister...
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Old 21 May 2014, 04:07 PM
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Mind you, moose bites can be nasty.

(The funny thing for me with that gag was that they were using the American word for the animal, moose, when they're known as elk in Europe)
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Old 21 May 2014, 05:09 PM
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What do they call Elk in Europe?
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Old 21 May 2014, 05:32 PM
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What do they call Elk in Europe?
We don't have any cervus canadensis in Europe, so we don't talk about them much. If we did, we'd call them North American Elk or Siberian Elk or something similar.
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Old 21 May 2014, 05:39 PM
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We don't have any cervus canadensis in Europe, so we don't talk about them much. If we did, we'd call them North American Elk or Siberian Elk or something similar.
But North america also has an Elk, and they aren't Moose...
so why call the Moose an Elk?

It would be like calling a wolverine, an "american badger".
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Old 21 May 2014, 05:46 PM
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Cervus canadensis, what we call Elk in North America, is also called wapiti.
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Old 21 May 2014, 06:00 PM
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... so why call the Moose an Elk?
Long ago (before Europeans went to the Americas), European people were pointing to European Alces alces and calling them elk, elg, lg, Elch and so on. Later, some Europeans went to North America and saw some Alces alces there as well. They asked the local Algonquian-speaking people, "what do you call that animal?", and they replied, "moose". So the people in America started calling those animals "moose", while the people back in Europe were still calling them "elk".

Meanwhile, some other Europeans went over to North America. When they arrived they saw some Cervus canadensis and decided that these animals were elk (having forgotten exactly what Eurasian elk looked like). And since then, Americans have been calling those animals "elk".
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Old 21 May 2014, 06:11 PM
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Once again, with a little more condescension this time.
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Old 21 May 2014, 06:15 PM
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I don't think that was condescending. I had the same thought in response to Alarm's post.
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Old 21 May 2014, 06:17 PM
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Apparently Columbus police are planning a jaywalking crackdown in the area of my office -- there was a warning posted in my building. I'd rather they crack down on drivers failing to yield appropriately to pedestrians, but I guess they're harder to catch.
Ha! They have now clarified that they are also going to crack down on drivers who don't yield to pedestrians.
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Old 22 May 2014, 01:53 PM
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I also like boiled potatoes. My mother used to make those, too, and finish them off with a little white sauce (mainly milk & butter) that would boil off and leave a lovely delicious carmelized residue behind in the sauce pan.
My grandmother makes potatoes like that. They are absolutely wonderful. I often would put the sauce on my rice after I finished the potatoes. Wonderful starchiness!
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Old 23 May 2014, 01:13 AM
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Not a sentence you hear very often, although it did give me a flashback to the opening credits for Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

A Mse once bit my sister...
http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_...9bb30f31a.html

This was a few blocks from my house.

Those of you who were worried about our unattended rifle can rest easy. It turns out it's in the garage, unloaded, on a high shelf with the camping gear. Most of the time you would have to move or climb on top of a vehicle to get to it. We'll attempt to give it back to SO's brother next time we see him.

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