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(SFGate)   The coolest picture of a Tanzanian police officer lighting a bonfire made of confiscated rifles you'll see today   (sfgate.com) divider line 228
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2007-01-24 07:46:54 AM  
That's a lot of rifles!
 
2007-01-24 07:47:23 AM  
Meh..ive seen more.
 
2007-01-24 07:47:32 AM  
bang!

bangbang!

uh oh.
 
2007-01-24 07:49:00 AM  
Hope they're unloaded!
 
2007-01-24 07:49:57 AM  
They forgot the caption: "What do you mean it was my job to unload them? That was your job!"
 
2007-01-24 07:51:11 AM  
Thats the saddest thing Ive seen all year. :-(

Now how are they gona defend themselves? Spears and rocks?
 
2007-01-24 07:51:30 AM  
As a lover of fire and peace; I'm glad to see this. As someone who admires a well made rifle this makes me extraordinarily sad. There some real classic antiques in that pile, including my sentimental favorite, the M1 Garand. Maybe next time they should round them up and double thier GNP by selling them to US collectors.
 
2007-01-24 07:51:55 AM  
That isn't spiffy, it's sick.

What kind of a sicko country would grant the government a monopoly on force? Haven't we learned from the past 100 years that when you do that, you make it much easier for the government to murder people?
 
2007-01-24 07:54:18 AM  
dittybopper [TotalFark]

That isn't spiffy, it's sick.

What kind of a sicko country would grant the government a monopoly on force? Haven't we learned from the past 100 years that when you do that, you make it much easier for the government to murder people?


1. America.
2. No, not quite yet.
 
2007-01-24 07:54:36 AM  
Looks like a stock photo.
 
2007-01-24 07:55:09 AM  
That's aching for a photoshop contest
 
2007-01-24 07:56:51 AM  
Headline should read: The dumbest gottdamn picture you'll see all day.

Those that beat their swords into plowshares, will plow for those of us that don't.
 
2007-01-24 07:57:26 AM  
I wonder how they got all the rifles to stand up so perfectly in line.
 
2007-01-24 07:57:31 AM  
Hooray for dictatorships! Remember, we have a strict non-interference rule. It's like a directive. It's our prime rule. We're not allowed to talk to them until they develop equivalent technology, like warp capability nukes.
 
2007-01-24 07:58:22 AM  
What a grand display, the structures are probably hollow.
 
2007-01-24 07:59:15 AM  
would have been more profitable to have scrapped them. But you guys forget they are a Communist nation in name (or at least a socialist). Of course they hate guns :p
 
2007-01-24 08:00:11 AM  
It's a Michael Moore wet dream - sick and gross.
 
2007-01-24 08:03:02 AM  
dittybopper: Haven't we learned from the past 100 years that when you do that, you make it much easier for the government to murder people?

Yeah, if there is one thing to be learned from the last 100 years of African history its that small arms scattered around the place is good for stability, development and conservation.
 
2007-01-24 08:03:17 AM  
Will someone think of the Mosins? And the Mausers? *sniff*

I mean, really... I don't see AKs, ARs, SKSs... seems mostly like old rifles. Prolly more useful for beating someone than "real violence". After all, an SKS is dirt cheap and so much more useful in anything under 200 yards.

-MT
 
2007-01-24 08:04:18 AM  
Looks like a lot of classics in that pile. They could of made a mint exporting and selling them to the USA.

2k guns, even at $80/pop would be $160k. M1 Garands start at $400 for a sucky one, so it'd likely be more.

Still, I shed a tear at the loss.
 
2007-01-24 08:06:51 AM  
That's not how you fire a rifle.
 
2007-01-24 08:08:37 AM  
Good riddance. There are way too many guns in this world.
 
2007-01-24 08:10:34 AM  
The "previous" pic from that webpage shows the result.
 
2007-01-24 08:11:31 AM  
dittybopper: What kind of a sicko country would grant the government a monopoly on force?

Every country ever that has a government.

/it's called a police force.
 
2007-01-24 08:11:33 AM  
Is that Saddam, two pics on? Whats he doing in Argentina?

Very strange, very strange indeed
 
2007-01-24 08:13:02 AM  
MTechnik: I mean, really... I don't see AKs, ARs, SKSs... seems mostly like old rifles. Prolly more useful for beating someone than "real violence". After all, an SKS is dirt cheap and so much more useful in anything under 200 yards.

A dirty cheap SKS is likely still the annual income of those handing these on ($300 per capita income) and with the porious border with Rwanda and Burundi I would guess more then a few of those have seen "real violence" that we would have trouble wrapping our mind around.
 
2007-01-24 08:14:51 AM  
12inpianist: Hooray for dictatorships!

This is Tanzania. Tanzania is one of the relatively few stable African democracies, which is especially surprising given the region where they live. They elect a president, prime minister, and a roughly 300 person legislature.

dittybopper: Haven't we learned from the past 100 years that when you do that, you make it much easier for the government to murder people?

Africa has spent that time learning the opposite lesson. Rwanda, Darfur, Somalia, all have been prosecuted primarily by militia and gangs, not the respective governments. It's not always the case that the first thing tyrants do is take away guns, sometimes they give away guns, and then point the majority populace in the direction of someone they can vent their anger on.
 
2007-01-24 08:16:28 AM  
They should have just varnished the whole thing and sold it as art to some rich couple in New York. Then fed the whole country for a year.
 
2007-01-24 08:16:45 AM  
Think of all the small penises those rifles could compensate for.
 
2007-01-24 08:23:05 AM  
Yeah, if there is one thing to be learned from the last 100 years of African history its that small arms scattered around the place is good for stability, development and conservation.

That's too many small arms in the wrong hands and not enough in the right hands.

Besides, while you'll get fighting, you genererally don't get Cambodia style massacres until the victims have been disarmed. Once that's done, the actual slaughter can take place with machetes if they choose.
 
2007-01-24 08:24:42 AM  
Dear Sir,

I am Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On January 22, 2007, I have come into possessing large quantity of two thousand slightly singed rifles...
 
2007-01-24 08:28:22 AM  
Every government genocide was preceded by gun confiscation.

Innocents Betrayed
 
2007-01-24 08:31:14 AM  
miracledirt: Greetings in the name of God, and a golf clap for the 419 spoof.
 
2007-01-24 08:31:15 AM  
Pic of Burning Guns Sparks Flamewar. Film at 11.
 
2007-01-24 08:36:03 AM  
This is a good idea. We should burn cars to stop drunk driving.
 
2007-01-24 08:39:24 AM  
MTECK


Will someone think of the Mosins? And the Mausers? *sniff*


my sentiments exactly, tek
 
R
2007-01-24 08:39:26 AM  
What kind of a sicko country would grant the government a monopoly on force? Haven't we learned from the past 100 years that when you do that, you make it much easier for the government to murder people?

I know, right? With citizens not having the right to bear arms, countries today like Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan have become ravaged wastelands from this horrendous small arms monopoly by their respective governments. Check out the aftermath from such restrictions:

Japan
upload.wikimedia.org

South Korea
upload.wikimedia.org

Taiwan
upload.wikimedia.org

Oh the cruel horror of banning citizens from possessing weapons. Will we not learn from our mistakes?!?!?!
 
2007-01-24 08:42:33 AM  
Predalien FTW.
 
2007-01-24 08:42:42 AM  
bbphotova: Every government genocide was preceded by gun confiscation.

And private militia run genocide was proceeded by wide scale weapon distribution.
 
2007-01-24 08:43:23 AM  
R: Check out the aftermath from such restrictions:

Good point. I wouldn't trust any of those people with a gun, either.
 
2007-01-24 08:43:38 AM  
-WTF with these responses!? Yeah that's the problem with Africa, not enough people are armed. Use your brains instead of relying on ideology, guys...
 
2007-01-24 08:43:45 AM  
...shortly thereafter, the rounds began cooking off.


/comments too
 
2007-01-24 08:44:19 AM  
"1. America.
2. No, not quite yet."

(cough)waco(cough)
 
2007-01-24 08:44:34 AM  
Yeah R, because in the last century, AMERICANS WITH RIFLES beat the shiat out of them until they started respecting human rights and individual freedom.

Before that, not so much.
 
2007-01-24 08:48:19 AM  
R wins the thread.

Iefande Just admit that everyone having guns in poor countries is just a recipe for disaster.
 
2007-01-24 08:48:29 AM  
2007-01-24 07:56:51 AM UpTheIrons

Those that beat their swords into plowshares, will plow for those of us that don't.


See people think that because that whole verse is badly mistanslated. The original is:

"For they shall beat their swords into plowshares because, when you hit a mn with a plowshare, he motherfarking KNOWS he's been hit"
 
2007-01-24 08:49:06 AM  
www.travelchinaguide.com
 
2007-01-24 08:51:42 AM  
LavenderWolf: Just admit that everyone having guns in poor countries is just a recipe for disaster.

Poor people are immoral.
 
2007-01-24 08:51:58 AM  
All I want to know is: Where are the marshmallows?
 
2007-01-24 08:52:25 AM  
lefande: Yeah R, because in the last century, AMERICANS WITH RIFLES beat the shiat out of them until they started respecting human rights and individual freedom.

Americans with rifles beat the shiat out of Taiwan? Did I oversleep and miss that war?
 
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