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Gun Control, Rio De Janeiro, Colorado, and the USA

Gun Control, Rio De Janeiro, Colorado, and the USA

Commented Jul 20, 2012 at 13:06:02 in Denver

“A LWers, if only you knew anything about history or warfare. There's a whole bunch of tough dudes in places like Iraq (think Fallujah, 2004), Afghanistan where we've been fighting for ten years, Chechnya against Russian Federation, and on. Against poorly armed, poorly trained, dedicated people.”
Shooting At Seal Beach: Eight Confirmed Dead, One Critically Wounded (VIDEO)

Shooting At Seal Beach: Eight Confirmed Dead, One Critically Wounded (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 12, 2011 at 22:39:48 in Los Angeles

“California DOESN'T allow most people to own/carry guns. they've got hugely onerous laws. that kinda says the opposite of what you're trying to say.”
Shooting At Seal Beach: Eight Confirmed Dead, One Critically Wounded (VIDEO)

Shooting At Seal Beach: Eight Confirmed Dead, One Critically Wounded (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 12, 2011 at 22:38:44 in Los Angeles

“That's funny, doesn't california have some of the most draconian gun laws on the books. Unpossible!”
Shooting At Seal Beach: Eight Confirmed Dead, One Critically Wounded (VIDEO)

Shooting At Seal Beach: Eight Confirmed Dead, One Critically Wounded (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 12, 2011 at 18:57:21 in Los Angeles

“In a state that with some of the tightest restrictions on firearms and carriage, how might that even be possible?”
Virginia Health Care Reform Lawsuit, First Before A Judge, Clears Legal Hurdle

Virginia Health Care Reform Lawsuit, First Before A Judge, Clears Legal Hurdle

Commented Aug 2, 2010 at 13:03:36 in Politics

“Car insurance is a state level mandate, and not prohibited by federal constitution, so is not at odds. The analogy would be legally apt if the Federal government required car insurance. But it doesn't. Some states DON'T mandate insurance by the way.

The problem with the law is that traditionally the Commerce clause has not been read in a way that allows the Federal government to force a transaction at the individual level.

Take another example: Under the compelling nature of national security and the preface clause of the Second Amendment, could the Federal Government say force every household to purchase and keep a gun in the home for national defense? I think not. While in the public policy sense, they are obviously different, in the Commerce Clause sense, they would be analogous. In fact, the gun thing might be more legally compelling because the constitution specifically provides a national defense mechanism.”
Kagan and Guns

Kagan and Guns

Commented Jul 2, 2010 at 23:17:29 in Politics

“That's funny. I had to register for the draft when I turned 18.

Snark aside, we still have provisions for draft. We just haven't used them in a while.”
Chicago Gun Ban Axed After Violent Weekend: At Least 29 Shot, 3 Dead In Weekend Shootings

Chicago Gun Ban Axed After Violent Weekend: At Least 29 Shot, 3 Dead In Weekend Shootings

Commented Jun 28, 2010 at 14:34:04 in Chicago

“Well, by definition, even think people shouldn't have guns, the Supreme Court has not "run roughsod over our rights" be preventing government from infringing a right that the populace currently has. Quite the opposite. You may think it's bad policy, but let's not pretend that eliminating a right that you disagree with is anything other than eliminating a right.”
huffingtonpost entry

How Many Non Sequiturs Does It Take to Arm Terrorists?

Commented May 20, 2010 at 13:37:17 in Politics

“You should join the debate team. That's brilliant. You should also look up "ipse dixit"”
Obama's Broken Promise: Federal Agencies Not More Transparent Under Obama Administration

Obama's Broken Promise: Federal Agencies Not More Transparent Under Obama Administration

Commented Apr 23, 2010 at 12:01:06 in Politics

“That is some of the most brilliant and at the same time, childish justification I've seen in a long time. It's for the children, or your own good, or something.”
Gun Control Advocates Push To Counteract Second Amendment Activists

Gun Control Advocates Push To Counteract Second Amendment Activists

AmandaBC on Apr 19, 2010 at 14:34:12

“What part of **FIRED** can't you understand?”
Gun Control Advocates Push To Counteract Second Amendment Activists

Gun Control Advocates Push To Counteract Second Amendment Activists

Commented Apr 19, 2010 at 14:16:14 in Politics

“"I have yet to figure out why when so many people are killed every year in this country we cannot get a consensus by rational people to do rational things. "

That's kind of a funny thing to say. Considering the lack of evidence that increased gun control impacts crime, and the fact that homicides and violent crimes keep going down, while gun ownership goes up, I might offer the same "ration people" a different point of view. While that is not causal (as opposed to correlated), it does put down the causal position that more guns equals more crime.”

ScreenName05 on Apr 19, 2010 at 14:38:34

“Yes, homicide is rampant in all those countries with rigid gun control - England (39 homicides in 2008/09), Japan, etc.
Following is a table of:

Gun deaths per 100,000 population (for the year indicated):
Homicide Suicide Other (inc Accident)

USA (2001) 3.98 5.92 0.36
Italy (1997) 0.81 1.1 0.07
Switzerland (1998) 0.50 5.8 0.10
Canada (2002) 0.4 2.0 0.04
Finland (2003) 0.35 4.45 0.10
Australia (2001) 0.24 1.34 0.10
France (2001) 0.21 3.4 0.49
England/Wales (2002) 0.15 0.2 0.03
Scotland (2002) 0.06 0.2 0.02
Japan (2002) 0.02 0.04 0
See (http://www.gun-control-network.org/GF01.htm) for direct comparison of gun ownership rates and homicides.

With 5 times the homicides and 10 times the guns per person of any other industrialized country I guess you are right there is no proof that gun control works.”

aproposofnothing on Apr 19, 2010 at 14:22:57

“there is evidence, you just deny it. Like everything else called "facts" and "data".”
Gun Control Advocates Push To Counteract Second Amendment Activists

Gun Control Advocates Push To Counteract Second Amendment Activists

Commented Apr 19, 2010 at 14:12:59 in Politics

“If it's a calculus thing, then how many times a year do people defend themselves (either firing the gun or not) using guns?”

tjconkster on Apr 19, 2010 at 14:20:54

“And how many of those who are as you say defending themselves in the middle of the night in their homes, accidently shoot & kill a family member?”

aproposofnothing on Apr 19, 2010 at 14:19:05

“that's what I want to know.”

rukiddingmerightnow on Apr 19, 2010 at 14:19:03

“far less”
Glenn Beck's Fellow

Glenn Beck's Fellow "Responsible" Handgun Carriers Have Killed Over 150 Since May 2007

Commented Mar 24, 2010 at 19:38:09 in Politics

“"We all dream of a world of sunshine happiness and peace. The problem is half of the people think it sounds like a wonderful place to live in. The other half think it sounds like a wonderful place to pillage."

Don't remember who said that, but it is apropos”

djcrsn on Mar 24, 2010 at 21:12:15

“ANd related is the concept that all it takes for evil to prosper is for good people to do NOTHING”
huffingtonpost entry

On Guns, Supreme Court Emphasizes "Reasonable Regulations"

Commented Mar 3, 2010 at 19:33:53 in Politics

“Good grief, who are you trying to convince here? You're shuffling the deck chairs here...

Gun control losing on the social science, the polls, the political stage locally, state-wide, and nationally, in legislatures, and in the courts. And somehow this spins a win.”
Chicago Handgun Ban: Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In McDonald v. Chicago Today

Chicago Handgun Ban: Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In McDonald v. Chicago Today

Commented Mar 2, 2010 at 18:14:47 in Chicago

“You forgot one important thing: Driving or owning a car (or vehicle) was NOT an enumerated right in the US Constitution.

And, uh...more random people ARE killed by cars.”
Sheriff Vows to Subvert CSU Gun Ban

Sheriff Vows to Subvert CSU Gun Ban

Commented Feb 26, 2010 at 11:51:21 in Denver

“I did take this from Haggard's article. Haggard is well known in the shooting business, and advocates armed response by individual police and civilians. Also forgot about the Apalachia Law School Shooting. So that's three that were civilians (Pearl, Church, Apalachia).

But you are clearly showing your ignorance. But the reason you're showing your ignorance is that you have this mythical idea of the trained police. The fact is, most police officers shoot less than 500 rounds per year and get about 30-40 hours of formal weapons training before they are qualified to carry and use a weapon (I'm an LE Armorer, so I know exactly how police guns get used). Most civilians shoot more than that, and a lot of them train more than that. I generally shoot about 12,000 rounds per year and do about 150 hours of formal handling, safety, and tactics training per year. Should I trust someone with far less training and experience than myself to protect me?”
Sheriff Vows to Subvert CSU Gun Ban

Sheriff Vows to Subvert CSU Gun Ban

Commented Feb 25, 2010 at 18:41:13 in Denver

“And finally,

Per your gun accidents comment, are you implying that it's a matter of calculus? If so, how many people use firearms to defend themselves on an annual basis with or without firing a shot? It's a lot more than homicides, suicides, and gun accidents combined.”

RevJimIII on Feb 27, 2010 at 16:00:18

“A conservative estimate is in the neighborhood of 1.5 million times per year a gun owner defends himself with a firearm. I believe this includes both active shoots and non shooting events.

Gary Kleck is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University.”
Sheriff Vows to Subvert CSU Gun Ban

Sheriff Vows to Subvert CSU Gun Ban

Commented Feb 25, 2010 at 18:27:07 in Denver

“Per your request, I can name nine incidents where tactical pressure was applied by off duty police or civilians to end a mass/active shooter:

Mall shooting in Kansas City Mo.
Church shooting in Colorado Springs
Trolley Square Mall shooting in Salt Lake City
School shooting at high school in Pearl Miss.
Santee California High School shooting
Fairchild Air Force Base shooting
El Cajon California high school shooting
Dimebag Darrell concert shooting, Columbus Ohio
Topeka KS domestic violence shooter incident”

Zenfro on Feb 25, 2010 at 22:52:41

“You seem to have taken this list verbatim from an interesting article by police Sgt. Chuck Haggard in The Tactical Wire. I looked up each of the incidents on this thing called the Internet. In each one, the shooter was taken down by actual policemen, MPs, security guards, off-duty police, and in one case by a school vice-principal. (I couldn't be sure about the last one listed because it's so vague.)

Your own list--or rather Sgt. Haggard's--makes a strong case for allowing guns in the hands of trained professionals but not much of one for more general arming of the populace. Believe me, I remember how goofy most of those kids are at CSU. I would trust few of them with a gun. And somehow I don't feel safe having this sheriff around....

(Note that I have spoken to a CSU policeman who doubts the ban will have much effect.)”
Sheriff Vows to Subvert CSU Gun Ban

Sheriff Vows to Subvert CSU Gun Ban

Commented Feb 25, 2010 at 18:23:49 in Denver

“And really, over the last decade guns are pretty much banned at all schools, and yet we keep having these shootings.

Why don't you propose something you might think works. Or show me how "gun free zones" keep stopping these shootings.”
Sheriff Vows to Subvert CSU Gun Ban

Sheriff Vows to Subvert CSU Gun Ban

Commented Feb 25, 2010 at 18:22:24 in Denver

“Um...guns were banned at Viginia Tech.”
Sheriff Vows to Subvert CSU Gun Ban

Sheriff Vows to Subvert CSU Gun Ban

Commented Feb 25, 2010 at 17:50:58 in Denver

“Have you ever trained with military or police? Do you know how they are trained in the judicious use of lethal force and the use of force continuum? Somehow I suspect not. I have done those things and more (also a certified law enforcement weapons armorer), and It isn't rocket surgery. If you have neutralized the threat, and are ordered to drop your weapon you should do so.”
Sheriff Vows to Subvert CSU Gun Ban

Sheriff Vows to Subvert CSU Gun Ban

Commented Feb 25, 2010 at 17:32:06 in Denver

“It seems that we're in Einstein's definition of insanity. We keep banning guns in schools and these shootings keep happening. So we ban guns in schools some more. Why don't we try something else now? Oh, and how many active shooter scenarios have been stopped by people with weapons?

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

gh0st on Feb 25, 2010 at 18:10:52

“Really? I mean, really?
Ok, go for it. Show us in which school did they "ban guns" and then the point in history following this where there was a mass shooting.

Insanity: just making stuff up to support what you believe and claiming it is reality.

(Oh, and how many active shooter scenarios have been stopped by people with weapons? - You tell us. That's another myth and when compared to the number of people who are hurt and killed from 'gun accidents'...)”
huffingtonpost entry

Gilbert Arenas and Gun Responsibility

Commented Jan 11, 2010 at 15:00:19 in Sports

“I wonder if you're maybe British?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/6957682/Myleene-Klass-warned-by-police-after-scaring-off-intruders-with-knife.html

Yeah, that's a better way to do it. Make it illegal to even defend yourself.

Good grief: At least we have some semblance of self determination left in the New World.”

mike102 on Jan 11, 2010 at 21:29:22

“I wish I could say that was hard to believe. but it isn't.

A year or so ago, I read about legislation, pending before Parliament, that would protect the right of 'home-invaders' to be physically unharmed when they broke into someone's home.”
St. Louis Shooting: Several Shot At Missouri Business ABB Power Plant

St. Louis Shooting: Several Shot At Missouri Business ABB Power Plant

Commented Jan 7, 2010 at 16:50:23 in Home

“That's interesting. I got to get mugged and watch a close friend almost die during the mugging. Strangely enough, it didn't happen in my home. I'll have to discuss that with our muggers.

And really: Jokes aside, what evidence do you have that concealed carry by law abiding persons is an epidemiological problem?”

Thirdpower on Jan 7, 2010 at 21:10:44

“A fervently held belief. That's all that's needed in the gun control camp.”
St. Louis Shooting: Several Shot At Missouri Business ABB Power Plant

St. Louis Shooting: Several Shot At Missouri Business ABB Power Plant

Commented Jan 7, 2010 at 16:48:25 in Home

“By your logic, mayne we should restrict freedom of speech to the types of printing presses that existed at the time, and have to get special permission to post on sites like this one.”

BlackJAC on Jan 7, 2010 at 19:11:51

“And naturally you gops would whine about not getting permission from your statist masters for such a scrap.”
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