There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
My family is from the south; the foothills of the Smokies. I was firing guns at a very early age and learned what they were, how to use them and what they were for. I vividly remember my father walking into a gun store, buying a rifle off the rack, and out we walked: no waiting period. That was unheard of. The local drug stroed used to give away a shot gun shell with every purchase to be used against those damned black birds that woud ruin the corn! In high school I was on a rifel team, and I own three firearms myself.
You are quite right: a gun is a tool: that's all it is. (Of course it has its collectable qualities too, but that's another thread). A firearm is not a threat, but it can be used as one. It can be protection when needed, and like a fishing pole, used for food when necessary. But this notion that the US is some sort of gun culture is just ridiculous in my view. I think that there are plenty of politicos who live in a gun culture; a very dangerous culture in this country: one of the immature responses like an amoeba most of the time. A culture inhabited by ex-military or wanna be tough guys that continue to embarass this country, but to say that the US is a gun culture is so far off the mark in my view, that it truly short siights this entire country. The leftists say stuff like that. The right-wing of course wears pistols on their hips becasue they want to go outside with no underwear on hopin gthat the ladies will cream their jeans at how tough those guys are: it's just stupid.
Own your gun, know what it is, learn how to use it, keep it clean and stop braggin' about it. John Wayne would be ashamed.
You can dance without a lawyer
Neither side in an argument can find the truth when both make an absolute claim on it.
It's like you're dreaming of Gorgonzola when it's clearly Brie time, baby. Step into my office.
Okay, we went to see The Dark Knight Rises and made it back alive.
It was pretty good. About 3 hours long though.... could've cut 30 min without harming the story line a bit.
Saw trailers for The Hobbit, Expendables II, and some other things that looked pretty good.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Here are a few things I'd like to know, and I think they are important:
What weapon was used to kill which people, located where? Gruesome? God, yes, but important to know.
What loads were used?
How many rounds were fired from each gun?
These are just a few questions that are important and actually matter in the way the carnage is accessed. I can see where the media - often knowing little about guns - will whip the public into a frenzy regarding, say, the AR-15. In truth, the argument can be made and has been made, that with .223 defensive loads, they are perhaps better for home defense than a pistol, less likely to penetrate walls and outside walls. At the same time, it's damn difficult to conceal carry a AR-15. But I can just see the media frenzy regarding "assault weapons". Unfortunately broadcast media is NOT at all a thinking persons information source. It is, however, the "news" source for much of America.
The above is simply one example.
Well - threads like this are very self-serving aren't they?
I mean give people a chance to grieve, why don't you?
Mods - please stick this crap in a forum of its own ... and spare us the bad taste these threads display.
Scoring political points on this tragedy is such bad form, at a bad time, and shows bad judgement.