Can you possibly be anymore judgmental and smug?
I wish I was hopeful regarding gun violence in this country.
I saw a guy walking near the library in downtown Tucson on Stone Ave, middle of the day. White shirt, tie, slacks, and a holstered gun on his hip. I figured a detective, but I saw no badge or ID. I walked behind him till he unlocked his car and got in. His car was a genuine piece of junk. Dented, trashed interior, and a lot of his belongings stored in the car. What struck me as funny was that he had a Club on his steering wheel to prevent auto theft! This car was a beater, and I deduced he lives in constant paranoia. No one would think twice about stealing his car. It would have been an improvement in his life if someone stole his car.
People are living in fear, and guns enable them to feel empowered.
I also think some gun enthusiasts are selfish. They are simply not willing to sacrifice owning an assault weapon, or live with some regulations or smart gun technology in order to potentially save even one innocent fatality.
I wish the anti-NRA writers would consider that the NRA is not the force they claim it is! The NRA would be powerless if they were not representing a huge part of the population. All lobbyists' power stems from the officials' (lobby-ees???) fundamental agreement to the principles or causes that are being lobbied for. (Straighten out that sentence, Tom, if you can...) It might come as a surprise to discover that there are actually principled differences among serious and well-intentioned people. There are real issues. As to voting for McGovern, Tom, do you realize he commented that he would never have been able to get on the ballot without an anonymous ten million dollar contribution from a single individual? Check his comments against any limits on campaign donations and you'll be shocked!
Arguing against gun violence by routinely citing our sensational, highly publicized mass shootings like Sandy Hook (or Tucson) misses the point. Combined, all the mass shootings contribute less than one percent to the total of those murdered every year by armed criminals using weapons bought and sold on the black market. Arguing for gun control citing these same massacres plays into the hands of those who want no gun control at all because the perpetrators are nearly always mentally ill and often known to authorities and mental health professionals.
Ending gun violence, the violence that mows down tens of thousands each year, not tens or hundreds, begins with disarming violent criminals and confiscating and destroying their weapons. It involves hard, often politically incorrect choices including Draconian laws and mandatory sentences for even carrying a weapon in the commission of any crime against a person.
The US electorate and political class has earned the sobriquet of "The Limited Attention Span Theater" waking from the doldrums of daily carnage only when another mass shooting takes place somewhere in America. The lives of scores of unknown and under-reported innocent adults and children murdered every day are equally as important as those highly publicized lost in these terrible shooting rampages. In formulating policy it would be a novel approach to focus on the forest and not the individual trees.
If you could guarantee that there would be NO guns in the US them law abiding citizens might be willing to give theirs up, but as we all know the criminals would not turn theirs in, and you could not go confiscate them because they are not registered to them. So if the law required law abide rs to give them up, we would be reduced to hoping the police get there to save you before the criminal finds you under the bed. Never going to happen. Here is a link to stats on gun violence in Australia after the crackdown in 1996. Remember the US is a much different place than Australia. One thing the gun confiscating fanatics don't argue, to my surprise, is that "no guns in the US" might lower suicide rates.
Tom, we are starting to. There is a reason for the increase in persons applying for and getting concealed carry permits. We will not take it anymore.
People are starting to realize that gun-free zones are killing zones, and that the only way to stop evil is to kill it quickly.
My only concern is that these new carriers will not take the time to learn not only how to shoot, but when to shoot, what to shoot, and have the wisdom to apply it properly in the face of evil.
JCC. You have NO, I repeat NO idea what my relationship with No Testicles Tommy was until he decided to blow me off without the decency to at least explain why. Do yourself a favor and keep your opinions to yourself unless you know what your talking about. Worthless ? You wish you had my lifestyle. I have more fun in a day than you have in a week.
@CW13 - Tell us how you really feel... of course, you do. Every day, without respite... you must have some sort of worthless life indeed...
There are no free lunches. The high school kids in Chicago seem to be working for the longer view that will affect their future eating habits as well as the eating habits of future students. This is called good vision. Good health isn't free either, one must work on it for a lifetime. Our culture makes it too easy to eat crap that will affect our bodies for a lifetime of health issues like diabetes and obesity. Those "free" lunches come from tax dollars that their parents are paying, and that the good politicians of the city are no doubt pinching for their own free lunches.
I came to Arizona to play ball...uh, go to college and, I'm embarrassed to say, I lost touch with almost all of my friends from the old neighborhood. A few years ago, back when they still had Spring Training in Tucson, I got together with another old friend and former teammate. Gary Matthews, who spent 15 years in the major leagues, was part of the Chicago Cubs coaching staff under Dusty Baker. Gary and I had a nice talk and he mentioned that he had seen Fred and that Fred was doing well. Sadly, that's all I know.
So what happened to Nippy?
I hate to waste my breath, but I suppose I should say something to stoke the fire.
N.T. Tommy's Holiday.....Day of the dead from the neck up.
Tucson doesn't have Pop Warner football. It has always been Tucson Youth Football (TYF).
Tightwad taxpayers? We will no longer support lies and fraud. Send in your money and we won't need bonds.
No, what makes me happy among many other things is annoying stooges like you. It's obvious I get under your skin or you would just ignore me. Same old, same old from the mighty Catwoman. What you need is a new writer. Maybe Santa will bring you one. It's 12:44 on a Sunday afternoon, why aren't you watching football? Too rough for you I guess. One more thing.....what the Hell is a turley?
CW...I guess some think they can enjoy life by being angry and foul mouthed all of the time.
That seems to be your thing so I guess it makes you happy.
Ain't seen much of you lately. Thought a big dog got a hold of you. You should enjoy life half as much as I do.
The bonds failed because the county doesn't get the work done in a timely manner or at all.
cw...so you were just a county lemming. No wonder you are so miserable and frustrated.
Tom...I make turley enchiladas the day after Thanksgiving. A family tradition.
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