Stop her before she kills again!
FBI: more people are murdered with hammers each year than with rifles.
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How about we picket Lowe’s! I have alot of Home Depot stock that I’d prefer NOT tank, thank you very much.
HD has been a good stock buy, especially if you were lucky enough to buy it in the 1990s.
BTW EOS, your blog has been quiet since the new year. Are you on hiatus?
Anon, yes we were away; took the kids and grandkids on a vacay. Normally I would blog about it, sandy beaches and all, but right after Christmas and what with the Journal News mapping, I did NOT want it known I was gone. We always have someone in the house to care for Dawg when we are gone, a neighbor who is a legal gun-owner ex-cop (!) but I was really uneasy about blogging, hence the hiatus. Thanks for noticing.
As an aside to this gun conversation, I read that residents of Westchester and Rockland have darn near stopped advertising for sale items on Craigslist, fearful that the buyer is going to first see if it is a gun-license home, and if not…well endless scenarios that I doubt the Journal News thought of as consequences of their dastardly deed.
I knew a young woman lawyer years ago who was angry as hell that after putting together an entire IPO for HD they’d “run out of money” and paid her in stock instead of cash. This was in, what, late 70s? Early 80s? In any event, she retired a few years later, still quite young and very, very rich. Should have married her.
HD made a lot of people wealthy. As my father told all his children, sons and daughters, “it’s just as easy to marry a rich person as a poor one. “
The numbers don’t lie and God knows I’d love to help you out on the picketing/civil disobedience/outraged citizen protestation side of things but I’m currently booked up with taking dance lessons……
as seen here:
Regards, Don “Magic Feet” Laird
Edson, Alberta, Canada
Civilians don’t need assault weapons. Period.
Does the RR stand for “RailRoad” as in compel by coercion, threats, or crude means; or “RamRod” as in a harshly demanding overseer; a disciplinarian. Either way, I agree with you. Who needs an assault weapon when a passive aggressive weapon or a defense weapon could work just as well.
You don’t have the right to decide what I “need”.
Richy Rich perhaps? Wow, just maybe you’ve got Mikey Bloomturd skulking your blog now.
One of the most difficult points regarding the firearms rights debate is encountered when we are asked to explain why men are compelled to own “assault weapons” and be proficient in their deployment in the first place. This is because as we progress and evolve both as human beings and as a society, we become more and more loathe to recognize and accept our own instincts. Indeed, the kinder folk among us dearly pray for the day when man can call himself a creature of reason rather than of instinct.
That day may come. But it hasn’t yet, we don’t know when it will, and we cannot make it happen before its time no matter how we might desire to do so.
As it stands now, I know of no greater, more honorable instinct in a man than his instinct to protect. It is a selfless and powerful urge, an ancient “switch” if you will, that is flipped on when those around us are in peril, whether they are loved ones or strangers. We have been honoring that urge for many millennia. Only in the last few hundred years, since the Industrial Revolution, have we been asked and expected to turn our backs on this instinct. It’s simply not enough time to undo thousands of years of hard wiring.
It follows in any school of logic, since we have this instinct, that we would seek to possess the most capable tools that enable us to honor it, and to be safe and proficient in their use. Our gentler, honorable brethren believe we can end violence by outlawing its implements, but it can’t happen in that order. The causes of the violence must be addressed first, and then the implements will pass on their own into history.
In the meantime, I’ll watch your back.
Please define what you call an assault weapon.
I’ll bet you can’t .
For instance, is my M-1 Garand Rifle which I obtained through a U.S. goverment Jr. Markesmanship program and used to hunt deer constitute an “assault weapon”? I’ve owned it since I was 10 years old. Hundreds of thousands were produced and carried during WWII and Korea.
BTW I can also state for the record even though it has been more than 40 years since I’ve shot at a human being with a 5.56mm(.223 cal)semi-automatic weapon. Since I shot at people with the same caliber weapon the Newtown shooter used should I be looked at as not being “balanced enough” to own a firearm?
In case you’re inerested,the last time I shot at a person was outside Dong Ha Viet Nam in 1971.
In the final shootout scene, the anti-gun, anti-violence missionary, who we see sticking his head up from behind a log at 2:11 into the clip, finally comes to grips with the situation, finds his true inner self, comes out from hiding and beats a guy to death with a rock at 2:43. Freaking hypocrite, epiphany, sweet revenge, or just a man who’s come to his senses? You decide.
Firstly, I am not taking sides here – my wife recent M.Sc. thesis was on gun control – so I have read a few facts and figures on both sides of the issue but am always amused at the parsing of data to suit each sides point of view. The FBI numbers include only MURDERS not accidental deaths, not suicides. Those numbers do not include maiming, injuries, etc etc.
I know the difference between gun nuts and nuts with guns.
I do believe that all guns bought and sold worldwide should be registered whether its a new or used gun – just like motor vehicles. Those records should ONLY be available to law enforcement. KISS principle here – apply to buy gun – do background check – wait 3-4 days – get gun and have it registered.
The sources of most of guns used in crimes continue to be those bought by straw purchasers, those sold “under the counter (out of the trunk) by shady gun dealers not guns owned lawfully by responsible citizens. There are some obvious exceptions but that’s what they are – exceptions. Gun owners and gun shop owners should be held responsible for the safe keeping of their stock. If a gun is used in a crime without the owner reporting it stolen, there should be a severe penalty. Last owner on record might think twice about who he sells it to.
Anyway, the ATF ( Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) have been so weakened budget-wise by Members of Congress who are lobbied by NRA that they haven’t got the manpower to enforce the existing laws so it’s all a waste of time and energy.
Again, I’m not worried about a legal gun owner, whether he has a bazooka or a Gattling, if that’s how he gets his rocks off. It’s the other creeps that I don’t know about that bother me.
I say the entire gun conversation is overblown and stupid. It’s RAGE that kills. Rage that takes over someone’s brain to allow for so many brutal killings we see. Not all by gun. Look how many serial killers rape then strangle their victims. Do we ban rope? Look at the rage filled husbands who smother the wife they want to get rid of. Do we ban pillows?
Until we address why our country is so angry, we will never see an end to violence. Banning guns is the latest feel-good political pose.
In 1950, in “Childhood and Society”, Erik Erikson put forward the idea of the “identity crisis”. In the 50s and 60s, any problem you might have all fell back to the identity crisis, meaning you didn’t know who you were, and you should think about that for a minute and then you’d be OK. You don’t hear much about the identity crisis anymore, and if you were to ask young people about it, I’ll bet most of them might think it a pretty silly idea — not knowing who you are.
In the statist era of group think we find ourselves living in, it’s not surprising that identifying yourself as an individual capable of stepping outside the group and forming your own ideas is so foreign. Everyone sees themselves as part of a group, part of some sort of consensus. No one sees themselves as outside the collective, and that’s what I think is driving an anger and frustration in so many — suppressed individualism. The idea that what people found abhorrent under Bush is completely acceptable under Obama is astonishing — the group think shifted and like a school of bait fish, everyone just sort of went along with it.
Our country was founded on the principle of the individual as sovereign, and anything less than that in its totality, and as spelled out as natural, God given rights in the Bill of Rights is a slippery slope — and we’ve slid a very long way.
Not only that, but we’re forced to hand over our money to “to big to fail” degenerates who live like gluttons at our expense, then ask us to pay for their losses. They steal from our future as they turn our life’s savings into pocket change through inflation. Until we return the power of the people to create money and enshrine the rights of the individual as spelled out in the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights as supreme, and the highest purpose towards which everything is geared, with everyone seeing himself as sovereign and respecting others as such, were in for a bad trip. Bummer.
From “Common Sense” –Thomas Paine:
SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.
Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamities is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer!
I love the way Senator Schumer is holding the hammer in the picture in your “FBI: more people are murdered…” link. Either he has a very weak wrist or he’s never used a hammer before. I remember the good old days before nail guns when just from the sound of a hammer you could tell whether the guy driving the nail was a pro or a shmoe.
CF if its not hammers its knives … this is only the beginning …..have a look http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/british-doctors-call-for-ban-on-long-kitchen-knives-to-end-stabbings/
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