Saturday, December 22, 2012

NRA is Both Impractical, Expensive and has Already Been Proven a Failure!

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Among full-time and part-time public school teachers in 2007–08, some 76 percent of public school teachers were female, 44 percent were under age 40, and 52 percent had a master’s or higher degree. Compared with public school teachers, a lower percentage of private school teachers were female (74 percent), were under age 40 (39 percent), and had a master’s or higher degree (38 percent).
In addition, among both males and females, 83 percent of public school teachers were White, 7 percent each were Black or Hispanic, 1 percent each were Asian or of two or more races, and less than one percent each were Pacific Islander or American Indian/Alaska Native in 2007–08.

In addition you have c. 98,000 public schools, c. 33,000 private schools, and 6700 institutions of higher ed.

So, one cop per school would be roughly 137,000 additional cops, if one cop per school was enough. Assuming worst case scenario, how long does it take a very healthy cop to run from the main office to the library at NU? Do you suppose the med student who did the Aurora cinemas, wouldn't have had the brains to set up a diversion at the oppposite end of a campus, if that was his target?
If I'm not mistaken, that number 137,000 would be about one quarter the total number of folks in all our armed forces, no? How much is that going to cost? Will you pay those taxes?

Columbine had an armed guard.

Viginia Tech had a police department.

And Fort Hood was an army base!

Far cheaper to fence the schools and have tightly controlled access, with video cams with motion detectors to check for fence climbers.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Refined Version, Keeping Guns Away from Dangerous Types, Continued

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I keep on refining this: 

You say it can't be done??? HA!

How to do it? Simple, you, or a company you pay a premium to, posts a $1000 bond for each gun you buy, at the time of purchase. If you can present the weapon to your local sheriff one year later, the bond required drops by 20% for each year you can present it. If you "lose" it, if you can't show you've sold it to a legitimate dealer, you now owe the bonding company $1000 + whatever fees you agreed to, in the event you screw up. The $1,000 winds up in the victims fund.

You WILL keep your gun LOCKED UP. You WILL NOT SELL it to some creep on some dark street. If you have to pay, you bet your sweet bippy you will not add to the problem. And if you "lost" it, you are prohibited from buying another one for one full year. 

Oh, you want to by another gun? Cool, bring in and show your last five purchases to the local sheriff, first, and get a certificate of "Responsible Gun Owner and Retainer." Now you can buy another.

Stolen guns should make no difference, you should still be responsible for any criminal acts. That way you'll go to the expense of making very secure safes in your vehicles as well as your residences and businesses. Oh, they got the drop on you, and your CCW weapon became part of their spoils? T.S. You still lose the cash because of your incompetence. Next time hire professional body guards. Maybe you just aren't cut out to be the 007 of CCW-dom.

"But I'm a good person and have never screwed up!  Why should I have to pay ?"  Well, why should you have to buy liability insurance and uninsured motorist insurance to drive a car legally in California? The same principle is in play here, After five years with responsible ownership, you pay nothing. Try that with car insurance. 80% second year, 60% third year, 40% fourth year, 20% fifth year, 0% sixth year.  In the meantime, the state has a resource for helping victims and their families, when bullets cause collateral damage to totally innocent bystanders who were minding their own business.

You should view it as a small sacrifice to make sure that those scamming the system and causing carnage go out of business, because they can no longer play games at gun shows and on street corners.  Responsible gun owners need to take responsibility for the current terrorism our NRA supported gun law system has created.  Who do you love more?  The NRA, or the kids in your neighborhood school yard?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

No Way to Keep Guns Away from Mentally Unstable?

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This is a myth, perpetrated by the NRA.

Most guns wind up in the wrong hands via the process of straw-man purchases.  In these cases, two people each visit a gun store, probably at separate times, one person selects his choice of weapon, the second pays for it.  The one paying for it can pass gun ownership laws.  He later picks it up, and then the first person, ineligible for gun ownership, or wanting a non traceable gun, pays the legitimate buyer for the gun and all necessary extras, plus a nice fee for doing the buying for him.

This is a common practice, and Walmart may be serving up the very guns used to rob Walmart.

So, what to do?

When you buy a gun you have to post a bond, which could be done on a sliding scale, from say $100 per gun to $10,000 per gun, depending one your previous year's tax return.

Once a year, you drop by the sheriff's office with your last five guns, simply to prove that you still have them.  If you are missing one, and can't show paperwork from the dealer you sold them to, you forfeit your bond to the victims' fund.  And you are not allowed to buy any additional guns for one full year.  And the amount you have to post as a bond doubles for the next gun.

This would result in a very dramatic decrease in straw-man sales.

This would also result you making darn sure your guns are safe from stranger theft or household "borrowing."  This appears to be what happened in the Sandy Hook case.

The argument for repelling foreign invaders is comical.  If the USA armed forces can't stop them with their fire power, what chance will you have?

Fighting against a home grown tyrant are you?  If he controls the armed forces and they are doing his bidding, you are screwed.  If he doesn't, the armed forces will take him out and you just really are not needed in that scenario.

Self protection while in your home?  Dogs and pop-on lights give you plenty of advanced warning during which you can get your gun.  If you were really worried, you'd buy those first, as well as an alarm system.  All three have serious deterrent effects, and give you the time to get your gun out of the safe.  Finger-impression reading safes are near instantaneous for access.

Self protection away from home?  If someone gets the drop on you, then your gun becomes part of the booty they collect from you, and you may have unwittingly helped kill an innocent person in the future.  Did you think muggers announced their intentions before striking?   Pay attention and don't go places where this is likely to happen.

A side note here: If musicians could only do one pluck, drumbeat, voice note, trumpet blast, etc per second, music would be pretty boring. Still, using just one pull of the trigger per second, you can kill sixty people in just one minute. End the myth that semi auto is safe and auto is dangerous.

Another side note:  You can teach, or you can watch for ambush. You sure as hell can't do both at the same time! If teachers are known to be armed, who will the killer take out first? When a plane crashes and we can't explain it. we ground the rest of that type, until the situation is at least ameliorated. Ban the sale of all Glocks and SIG's until new restrictions are in place to at least reduce the l;ikelihood of the event recurring.

Ban the ammo too to get all of the NRA's attention focused properly. Buy a gun, leave the government with a $1000 bond. If, a year later you cannot produce the gun for your local sheriff, you forfeit the $1000 into the victims' fund. Make you think twice about locking it up. Laws can be constructed to make such tragic events less likely. Use your imagination. You can think of any? Use your imagination to imagine YOUR kid or grand-kid killed this way, maybe it will kick in after all. Those who feel as I do outnumber the NRA.

Another side note, my first FB post after learning of the situation:  "Time to take action: A total moratorium on all gun sales until new rules are in place. Let the NRA know they are outnumbered. I had to learn of this from a student in a class I was teaching. Her mom had texted and called her in total panic. FTS!"

And yet another side note from a friend: 
River Wolf ~ I am an American living in another country, Vietnam. I would also tell you that I am a US Marine veteran and have been tested with just about every assault weapon, hand gun and more. I will report to you the way it is here and you can draw your own conclusions. There are no guns allowed here in Vietnam, not even for the police. This is a country of 85 million people and there are never any bank robberies, armed robberies and virtually no murders here other than a husband or a wife taking a knife to their spouse. There has never been anything at the these schools, absolutely none, like what frequently happens in America of what seems like every time we turn on the television. The police never kill anyone either.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Ethical Photography...NOT!

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Several things very disturbing here. The camera was obviously a professional's. That means that the lens and all of the exposure data, including the distance to the point of sharp focus, are embedded in the file that contains the image. To prove he "couldn't do anything fast enough, he could produce that info. Two, if he really wanted the drivers attention, he would have moved towards the roadbed and shot silhouetting the guy to the driver. This would have resulted in camera flash reflections in the cab windows, washing out the image somewhat. But no, instead he shoots from the best camera angle for a good picture, carefully framing out people he claims were closer. Three, he should have documented everyone at the scene after the guy was run over immediately. To have a full rig out and visible in a place where normally you hide it as best you can tells me he was well aware of the tension at the scene, well before the push. Four, the authorities with the surveillance tape know damn well how much time elapsed between when Han was pushed and when the train ran over him. Five, my sense of the image is that he was within 50 feet of the victim, based on the flash and the lack of telephoto effects in the image, and maybe even closer. Strobes do not reach too far, especially if you are going for low ASA numbers (higher quality of image). I would say he went for the gold, and I hope the family sues him for every penny of it and all his gear too.

New York Post's Subway Death Photo: Was It Ethical Photojournalism? - Forbes
When a news photographer witnesses a tragedy in the making, is his obligation to intervene or to document it?

Monday, December 03, 2012

The GrannyPod

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"The MedCottage, designed by a Blacksburg, Va., company with help from Virginia Tech, is essentially a portable hospital room. Virginia state law, which recognized the dwellings a few years ago, classifies them as "temporary family health-care structures." But many simply know them as "granny pods," and they have arrived on the market as the nation prepares for a wave of graying baby boomers to retire."