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Gun laws throughout the world will be challenged as 3D printing technology improves. While the government can try to regulate sharing CAD drawings of guns online, it will be virtually impossible to prevent people from "printing" guns in their homes. We keep trying to address mental problems by blaming guns when in reality we need to take action against those who are mentally ill and a threat to others. Instead of the parents of the OR shooter being upset their son had access to guns why didn't they make sure he received proper care and if they felt he was a danger to others call the cops. I blame the parents more than I blame the gun. One can get in a big SUV, drive into Manhattan and cause a lot of carnage just running people down on Broadway or at a high school when school lets out, one doesn't need a gun to hurt a lot of people. Psycho's may think guns are cool and convenient but ultimately someone who is sick enough to want to hurt a lot of people will find a method to do so.
Detroit got screwed by the refs last night and it absolutely cost them a win. I thought it would be reviewable because it was a turnover but, by rule, whether the player batted the ball is considered a subjective decision and subjective decisions made by the refs are not reviewable.
Then, so far as I know from when I last read up on this stuff, you're likely unaware of the statistics (or must think they don't apply to you). Good example of the emotional argument, Drew. And one from a movie? C'mon. Do you want Bruce Willis to be the "nut" that saves you from an asteroid? Heck, that involved a nuclear weapon IIRC, too. It's a movie. The truth (as I last read it) is that armed citizens help in situations like that - they avoid serious injury and death at a higher rate - and it's not really even a close margin. There are reasons most states allow the use of lethal force on someone who is committing a felony.
I don't care enough about these to read them; some of them may be counter to my point, some of them may be from trash sites, I don't care. I just did a quick search, and these are some of the top hits: http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2013/02/02/10-stories-that-prove-guns-save-lives-n1503549/page/full http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/07/armed-citizens-save-lives/ http://gunssavelives.net/self-defense/armed-citizen-in-tx-stops-shooting-spree-and-saves-cop-by-making-150-yard-shot-with-a-pistol/ (that's apparently a whole site about it, so I'm sure it's heavily propagandized, but still…). http://dailycaller.com/2012/06/06/the-armed-citizen-proof-guns-save-lives/ http://bearingarms.com/armed-citizen-saves-officer-attack-oklahoma-city/
I think both could happen, if the guy is pointing a gun at close range at another persons head, when the second person tries to shoot him it is very possible they tense and pull the trigger and Don Cheadle dies, AND the guy runs away. I agree completely, I think a lot of our violence in America is social and structural, and there are a lot of factors including economic and part of that economics is pharmaceutical companies pushing drugs on us as the answers for everything (and this is different than other western economies as in many referenced have different healthcare plans in place than we do in America). When a person gets body armor, stockpiles guns and ammo and has clips and other tools they have planned in advance to kill many people. Columbine and other schools shootings were like that, they had pipe bombs and all sorts of guns and bullets. If they had no guns it would have been pipe bombs and whatever else. Did people forget what happened at the Boston Marathon a few years ago? It is still fun to talk about and debate sometimes, in general I like that this place has remained civil in this conversation. Shows we have some good members.
I am always aware of my score. I don't know that it is a good thing when I am playing well because, at some point, I begin to figure out if I have a shot to break 80 and that prevents me from taking it one shot at a time.