azalea2 wrote:My only objection was to heretofore total overlooking of suicide in this gun discussion.
EdSaari wrote:I am not trying to demean Japan's culture - or anyone elses. I only tried to bring atention to one instance where the connection between suicide and frearms ownership was non existant, or at least, very tenuous.
kinako mochi wrote:It wasn't my intention to personally attack you in the slightest, Ed.
Too often very important decisions are made and minds made up by people who judge based on anecdotal, easy-bake knowledge. To not speak up would be my failure in this regard.
I am intrigued with the direction of this thread. Even the bra thread had more flaming than this one. Right on, Pubbers.
EdSaari wrote:I was in a Combat Engineer Battalion, with a MOS of "Combat Demoliton Specialist" (before Squad Leader).
NR Pax wrote:Nice to meet another Marine on this board. Just finished my 6 years last April with a Combat Engineering Unit out in MD.
Speaking of Maryland, the laws here on posession are...odd. You have to supply three character references (And they have to be notarized), fork over $234 to various agencies (The State Police get $117 of that), and two seperate fingerprint cards. Add to that the joy that you have to renew the permit every two years. I am really hoping that we can eventually get to the point that we are a "shall issue" state.
*wondering if I should try and remember all the old jarhead jokes I learned in the Army*
kinako mochi wrote:Cool, Lunchog. I'm thinking of moving to Poulsbo early next year, if things pan out financially.
That discipine tends to make socialization outside other fellow Marines a bit strained typically, but of course it varies from person to person. The bravado, the bonding, the extrovertedness and taste for extreme stimulation is all due to having the confidence (and to some, extended to arrogance) that being in top shape, surmounting very difficult physical and mental challenges, and the prestige of acceptance by the Marine Corps gives a person. Those that are wise enough to stay true to the creed, bearing and honor of that title will succeed in life and transition easily into society. Those who cannot, will earn the stereotypes and rancor of those that judge them on action.
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