Mike: It is a euphemism for a gun. It could also be a bow and arrow or something you throw. Perhaps I was a bit too obtuse. I've been reading way too many of JD's posts...
Gary: Thank you for the reply. Keep in mind that I train under Bill (PhD./research scientist) Glasheen sensei and must alway be prepared to support any statement that I make with facts. In fact, I recently out-researched him on a piece of common Uechi dojo Japanese and he acknowledged it and conceded to me recently. As sound a researcher as he is, I am more of a detailer.
(BTW, this was as a result of trying to find out what our Uechi lingo really means. Some interesting 'jinglish' is being perpetuated. Are you going to put together that 'official' dojo Japanese book/tape that you mentioned to me at camp last year? Hint, hint.)
As for data, I have a significant ability to absorb and remember vast amounts of info. (Unfortunately, I lack the raw athleticism to put much of what I learn to work.) In the area of handgun stats I did a lot of homework before I went out and purchased a 'piece'. This is wise as the local/state/federal maze of regulations is very confusing. For instance, a Virginian wandering into NJ with a gun in his car is really going to be in trouble if stopped on the highway by a trooper for any reason. NJ is a 'control' state.
Anyway, with all of the rhetoric, political and otherwise I dealved into the stats to try to understand what the story really is. As it turns out, both sides of the gun issue are guilty of spinning stats in their favor. However, the anti-gun lobby is by far the major 'truth bender'.
Just this week, Bill Clinton made a speech and stated (paraphrased) that every day, thirteen school children lose their lives to handgun violence. Wow? Thirteen Columbine massacurs each and every day. I wonder why we do not hear about this on TV?
The truth is in the stats. School children for the sake of this study includes anyone of school age, up to 18, who may or may not be in school. As an example, last week in Richmond a seventeen year old male was found shot in the back of the head (execution style) in the wee hours of the morning in a known drug trading area. The article noted that he is a former student of 'xxxxxx' highschool.
What we have here is a highschool dropout killed in a drug deal gone bad. He counts as one of the murdered school children the way the stats are counted. School age? Yes. Student. No. Child, hardley. And yes, I believe that every day, on average, thirteen of these gang bangers are murdered across the US, but that is not the impression Clinton and company are giving.
Vice Perpetrator alGore made a major gaffe last month that even left leaning Tom Brokaw of NBC had to criticize. alGore stated that (paraphrased) any 18 year old can go into a gun shop and legally buy the kinds of handguns used in the Columbine incident, and that new laws need to be passed to prevent that from occuring. Brokaw pointed out that alGore needs to know the laws better himself, as that is already illeagal.
The NRA of course publishes their own stats and rebuttels. If you really want to get the straight story, refer to 'More Guns, Less Crime' by John Lott. He really cuts the crap. The anti gun crusaders shudder when his name is mentioned. They have tried to discredit him without supporting research. One well known anti gun zeolot criticized and critiqued the study before it was actually published, and was called onto the carpet for it.