Burgold

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  1. I'm just imagining it in a standard school setting. But yeah, maybe that's why I can't imagine it being a good idea either.
  2. I dunno. I am really wary of that. It's an idea loaded with such danger (pun intended). What if a student breaks into the teacher's desk and steals a gun? We've all been in high schools and see kids go into rages where they act in ways they regret later. What if a student or school invader grapples with and takes the gun away from the teacher. Most teachers, even gun owning ones, aren't exactly trained for combat or policing. I doubt many teachers are really mentally equipped or ready to shoot an individual and if they are not then the presence of the gun adds danger in addition to deterrence. Besides, I think there's got to be a better solution than making the school a police state. I'm not trying to be hyperbolic. I just don't know how to otherwise describe a school environment where teachers are roaming the halls and classrooms wearing holsters.
  3. No, but arming teachers is fairly often brought up as a possible solution.
  4. Frankly, I think the left didn't because they were cowards and intimidated by the NRA and gun vote. That's not a good reason. I think back in 2010, the mass shooting was already bad enough that we needed to do something, but it wasn't quite as bad as it is today. By the time Sandyhook (2012) the Republicans were firmly entrenched and in charge of Congress. They weren't going to pass a bill no matter how tragic events became. Still, the wimpiness of the Democrats means that there is blood on their hands too.
  5. I'm actually not for gun bans, although the more I hear that gun control won't work, the friendlier I start to get to that point of view. I mean, if background checks, mental health care, gun safety classes, training, background checks, etc. all don't do a damn thing... if the only option to preventing gun violence is sending out thoughts and prayers... then maybe we really need to get Wile E. Coyote's super electromagnet and hoover up every gun out of every hand. As to more serious efforts, I will say what I'd love to see mandatory age minimums. As I said, if we can't vote until we are old and mature enough to exercise that right I don't see how children are possibly old enough and mature enough to purchase and own firearms. I would also like to see better background checks, better interagency sharing of information, more research done on gun violence, mandatory gun safety and training courses for those who want to possess a firearm. I'd love to see us introduce smart guns that only fire for the owner or designated user. I might even want mandatory gun safes. So many firearms used in crimes are stolen from law abiding citizens. Let's make it really tough for the bad guys to break a window and snatch the gun of "responsible" gun owners. As for bans, I go back and forth on them. I see no reason why any citizen needs thousands of bullets for self defense, hunting, or target shooting. I see no reason why any citizen needs military level weapons to go duck hunting or to defend their homes or person. I don't know that we should ban these and rights oughtn't necessarily be defined on what a citizen needs or doesn't need, but many of these weapons seem to have no practical utility for a law abiding citizen. Likewise, I sometimes wonder why we develop cars that are designed to go 200 mph when the maximum speed limit is 75, but that's a different absurdity. Edit: And let's be honest. If this is a country dumb enough to elect Trump then it's probably not a country smart enough to be trusted with guns. More, if forty percent of America still support and think Donald Trump is doing a good job... then that forty percent really is too stupid to be entrusted with a deadly weapon.
  6. The problem with DC and guns has always been and will always be Virginia. It's too close and the gun laws there are too lax. There certainly is no border check. That's why national gun laws are necessary. How can a local gun ban be effective if a five minute drive nets you whatever firearm you want?
  7. If there can be an age minimum for voting (our most precious right), I can't for the life of me understand why there isn't an age minimum to possess or purchase any kind of hand gun.
  8. My friend Jkam

    Amen. Too many of us count curses instead of blessings. Sorry for your loss. He sounds like a great guy and a better friend.
  9. Mass Shooting on the Las Vegas Strip

    I hear ya, but I'm actually heartened by the fact that people actually want to talk about the real issues and not skirt around the events.
  10. Mass Shooting on the Las Vegas Strip

    There was a company about four years ago that began producing smart guns. They were pretty cool. They could only be fired by the owner and people the owner approved to handle the gun using thumbprint ID technology. I thought it was a pretty cool idea, but the NRA and the gun crowd went ballistic. A number of gun shops that tried to carry the item fielded pretty serious death threats and protests outside their doors. Eventually, they became to scared to carry the item. I haven't kept track of the story so I don't know if things had changed, but when a gun designer did try to make a gun that a child couldn't accidentally take and use... gun users said, "Hell no!" Edit: Bang is faster than I am.
  11. Mass Shooting on the Las Vegas Strip

    I don't think it's possible to be knee jerk or opportunist after the 18th incident this year or after letting hundreds of incidents go by last year. That idea that reacting to this event and not the cummulative trend is ridiculous. I mean sure, you don't quarantine a town after one guy gets the sniffles, but you might just after half a million drop dead of something that has clearly been proven infectious.
  12. I want to say you're wrong because that's not the America I believe in the America I grew up learning about, but it's tough given what the GOP keeps doing. What I'll try to argue is that it's a sizable and influential minority of the GOP that thinks that way. Unfortunately right now, that minority is holding the reins of power and the rest of them are holding their noses and going along with every act of evil their leaders push. I can never tell if I'm speaking in hyperbole or underselling when I'm talking about political parties anymore, but I don't think the word "evil" and GOP policy is out of place.
  13. Mass Shooting on the Las Vegas Strip

    Yeah, what's the point of the right to bare arms if it's not to protect our children?
  14. I wonder how many buy this tripe he's trying to sell? I can't imagine dreamers, their families, or relatives are being taken in.
  15. Mass Shooting on the Las Vegas Strip

    Eighteen school shootings in 2018 and it's not even March. Be nice if we could try something other than thoughts and prayers, but no, the only thing we do is decrease gun laws and decrease money for mental health care (Trump's budget, defunding of Obamacare, etc.) There are remedies that 80% of Americans favor, but none even come up for debate in Congress because votes don't matter, voters don't matter, all that matters is money. .I can understand why the example below might have been controversial, but don't eliminate it... improve it. Add a system of appeals. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. If you think mental health is the real issue stop neutering any efforts to treat, prevent, or deal with it. It's past time to attempt something. Trump Signs Bill Revoking Obama-Era Gun Checks for People With Mental Illnesses https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-signs-bill-revoking-obama-era-gun-checks-people-mental-n727221 President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun. The rule, which was finalized in December, added people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database.