Thursday, October 08, 2015

Two Possible Solutions for Guns and Psychos.

These are long term, not overnight fixes.

Do not compare terrorist bombers to murders:

  • 9/11. Boston, McVeigh and at least one convicted accomplice.

    All of the situations listed involved at least two people or more. Unlikely to stop those. However, there have been over 100,000 murders in the USA since 9/11, most often done by single people, going it alone, and using a handgun.The amount of these can be greatly reduced by drying up the Black Market.

    This can be done two ways:

    Require that if you purchase a handgun, once a year, for five years, within a 3 month window, you go to a well protected drivethrough, put your guns in a sliding drawer, and have them compared to the information on file.

    You will do this, because when you purchase a gun, you also have to purchase a bond, at a sliding scale price from 10 to 50 percent of the cost of the gun. If you don't show up, you forfeit that bond.

    The reason for this is to reduce the number of gun flippers, who keep the Black Markets alive with cheap firepower. If you fail to do this, you will also be forbidden to buy additional guns for 5 years, and only one per year thereafter.

    Way Number Two:

    To purchase a new gun, you need three people to vouch for you, that you will not break any of the laws concerning guns. If they guess wrong, they lose one half of their next years tax refund. This may seem minor, but there is a second penalty: If they guess wrong they cannot recommend another person for 5 years.

    This requirement will show at least a minor modicum of sociability. This avoid everybody going to shrinks, and provides at least a minor check on mental stability.

    Notice that all this applies to guns new to you, and not the ones you've already got. You may be crazy as a bedbug, but you get to keep those.
  • Douglas Keachie
  • Douglas Keachie But only because apparently checking into those will reveal more psychos at once than we can possibly deal with.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Totally Psychotic, Disclaims Violence, and Moves Ahead with Plans, Anyways.

Check out his videos, he is scary.  Requires Facebook login.  Click on his name.

Posted by Allen Lardieri on Saturday, July 18, 2015

Saturday, October 03, 2015

What is an "Assault Rifle?"

Sure, it's a paranoia compensator for men with little issues. It's also a status symbol for them at gun ranges, and the amount of ammo it goes through very quickly not only proves how rich you to have bought the gun, it also proves your on-going wealth. This is not unlike the potlatches of the Pacific Northwest Indians, from which we get our word, "Potluck"

"Dorothy Johansen describes the dynamic: "In the potlatch, the host in effect challenged a guest chieftain to exceed him in his 'power' to give away or to destroy goods. If the guest did not return 100 percent on the gifts received and destroy even more wealth in a bigger and better bonfire, he and his people lost face and so his 'power' was diminished."[11] Hierarchical relations within and between clans, villages, and nations, were observed and reinforced through the distribution or sometimes destruction of wealth, dance performances, and other ceremonies. The status of any given family is raised not by who has the most resources, but by who distributes the most resources. The hosts demonstrate their wealth and prominence through giving away goods.

For some cultures, such as Kwakwaka'wakw, elaborate and theatrical dances are performed reflecting the hosts' genealogy and cultural wealth. Many of these dances are also sacred ceremonies of secret societies like the hamatsa, or display of family origin from supernatural creatures such as the dzunukwa.
Edward Curtis photo of a Kwakwaka'wakw potlatch with dancers and singers

Chief O'wax̱a̱laga̱lis of the Kwagu'ł describes the potlatch in his famous speech to anthropologist Franz Boas,

We will dance when our laws command us to dance, we will feast when our hearts desire to feast. Do we ask the white man, 'Do as the Indian does'? No, we do not. Why, then, will you ask us, 'Do as the white man does'? It is a strict law that bids us to dance. It is a strict law that bids us to distribute our property among our friends and neighbors. It is a good law. Let the white man observe his law; we shall observe ours. And now, if you are come to forbid us to dance, begone; if not, you will be welcome to us.[12]
". There, I hope this clears up what an assault rifle is, in the sense of its role in society. Now please, do tell, in great technical detail, how you define an "assault rifle." I'm sure many will be interested, Aaron Hedenland, and you, as a Marine, must know the answer the best, right?

Friday, October 02, 2015

Solutions for Mass Shootings

In regards mass shootings:  The answer always is, “nothing can be done.” This is madness. If you guaranteed anyone who came up with an answer, or part of an answer, $1,000,000, there would be answers all over the place. I would agree that nothing can be done overnight, but long term something can be done, and that something does not have to include “taking all our guns.”

For starters, buybacks from home owners in certain Chicago zipcodes, up to five guns each, at prices higher by say 50% than the current black market prices, would go a long ways to reduce, “Chicago syndrome.” 

We had a horrible example of this just the other night in Oakland, where a young muralist, working on a sanctioned project, was up on a scaffold, and somebody started messing with his supplies below. He called down to ask the intruder to stop. The intruder’s response was to shoot him dead.
I have written more about other solutions, sketches if you will, at the following location:

I learned of the Sandy hook shootings from an 8th grade student at Lyman Gilmore, where I was substituting. She showed it to me on her iPad, with tears in her eyes. It has caused me to think long and hard about the topic.

My wife and I own three guns. We live rural. When we are not here, they are locked up in a 600 lbs safe. When we are here, the .38 is in a concealed spot inside the house, where I can get to it as fast as I can get up for a glass of water.

But we do not ever expect to have to use them. We have fenced property, a locked gate, a couple of dogs, sensors, pop-on lights, and good video coverage, which is set to alert us on our phones. Almost 20 years now, and no intruders. Some suspicious behavior up on the road, observed via the cameras, motion activated, but no breaches of the perimeter. I guess we are just lucky, or too far off the beaten path. Or the pop-on lights outside the gate, and the high placed videocam just inside the gate looking outwards, gives rational thieves, good reasons to look elsewhere.

Set aside $100,000,000 for the 100 best ideas. So who decides which ideas are the best ideas? The parents of any child killed or wounded in a mass shooting would be paid to form a Congress and hash the ideas out, and money would also be spent on professional pre-screeners to categorize all the entries, so as to simplify the tasks of the parents.