“Payment for manpower most appropriately is derived from a specific tax of, probably, 10% on all gun sales, new or used.
The issue is that I don't want those not in a position of authority to assume that they have a right to protect my life. That is the job of duly constituted authorities or security personnel, not some self-appointed gun slinger.”
Rich7553 on Dec 8, 2013 at 23:49:04
“Police have no duty to protect any individual. There's 30+ years of case law on that.”
“I have not been in a situation where guns are a problem to me. So stop pointing fingers. It's about innocent people who lose their lives in senseless and unnecessary gun violence.
It is my absolute right to see that I am safe and secure and that the duly constituted authorities have the ability and means to do so.
As for selfishness, that is your province. You are the one who is so afraid of having to give up his little toy that makes him feel like a big man, admit it!”
Rich7553 on Dec 8, 2013 at 23:51:06
“"It is my absolute right to see that I am safe and secure..."
"... and that the duly constituted authorities have the ability and means to do so."
Too bad they have no duty to do so, and cannot be held liable if they fail to do so, including failure to respond to a 911 call by you.”
“The "evident" is very clear: if guns are prohibited from being carried into areas such as malls, schools, hospitals, government buildings, airports and the like, there will be no shootings. That prohibition has to be accompanied by enforcement, which will require searches and confiscation of any weapons that people attempt to bring in.”
Rich7553 on Dec 7, 2013 at 00:53:00
“Can you not understand that there is simply no way to secure many of these places?”
“They wanted everything because prior to 1948, it was one country, intact: Palestine!”
h111aryc1inton on Dec 6, 2013 at 08:51:41
“NOPE just wrong - prior to 1948 it was at best a territory - there was NO Central Government...NO monetary system, and they were in fact controlled by others. Palestine had been controlled by others for centuries... ”
“I'm willing to pay my part to protect innocent citizens and to give them the security and peace of mind that they will have in areas where there would be no guns: schools, malls, airports, hospitals, government buildings, banks, and the like.”
Rich7553 on Dec 5, 2013 at 20:55:15
“I see. So you'd be willing to pay for, and endure TSA-like searches at all these places? It would be real fun at the mall just after the holidays with all the people carrying returns. You think you talk a good game, but what you suggest is completely impractical.”
“Stop trying to insult. It doesn't work here.
The problem for the "safe zones" to date and for the most part is that they aren't enforced. Add the enforcement and you'll clean up a lot of the gun incidents.”
Rich7553 on Dec 5, 2013 at 20:57:28
“If insult doesn't work here, then why did you start your post with "gun nuts"? Hypocrite.
Tell me how you're going to enforce a safe zone at an open college campus? The government doesn't have time to enforce NICS denials according to the VP, how in the heck can they do it everywhere you suggest? Sorry pal, you're blowing smoke.”
“It may be an ally but that does not alter the fact that if an American citizen serves in its army, citizenship should be revoked. Israel is no different from any other country that is on friendly terms with us.”
“The Arab countries have not and are not occupied Israeli lands (or any other lands!) therefore the resolution does not apply to them. That also means there is no double standard in Wisdo's statement.”
“No, repeating it irritates people and puts bad ideas in the minds of some. There comes a time when we have to let go.”
jamesrtaylor on Dec 4, 2013 at 04:20:35
“You are so right! It's way past time to forgive and forget. This victim consciousness only perpetuates in each following generation. If "The Chosen People of God" are never able to let the past be in the past, they will continue to recreate the same situation of war and misery that has followed them thru the centuries. Were they "Chosen" to suffer? Will they ever find peace? Or is forgiveness only for Christians?”
“Well, Israel is illegally occupying Syrian territory in Golan. So doubtless the Syrians are annoyed with the Israelis and should have our sympathies.”
Json on Dec 3, 2013 at 16:32:07
“You sympathy is with a brutal dictator, not our democratic ally?”
Cam Morris on Dec 3, 2013 at 15:52:32
“There are not many non-Jews in the Golan Heights that would ever want to be part of Syria, all they have to do is look over the border to realize that. Also most in the area were Druze, who are extremely vocal supporters of Israel, and many hold high positions in the military and government. The average resident of the Golan heights makes about 4 times as much money as those on the Syrian side. They have a much higher quality of life as well as better access to education, healthcare and social services. Prior to Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights, literacy rates were around 15-25%, they are now higher than 90%. That is why there has been so little resistance to Israeli occupation by native Golan inhabitants. Also they probably don't like getting shot.”
DanRyan1982 on Dec 3, 2013 at 11:11:22
“A better option would be for unify Israeli occupied Golan with a portion of southern Syria to create a separate mini-state, populated primarily by the Druse. The question of Golan's status would be resolved definitely, and there would be a neutral buffer state to prevent another Syrian/Israeli military conflict from ever happening again.”
Wisdo on Dec 3, 2013 at 09:17:00
“as per UN Security Council Resolution 497 Israel is obligated to remove its laws, jurisdiction and administration from the Golan, but since when do UN security council resolutions apply to America or Israel? It's only THOSE OTHER 300 + COUNTRIES that must abide by security council resolutions.”
Joffan on Dec 3, 2013 at 02:33:52
“There's no illegality in Israel's presence. The two countries agreed to the current boundary as the ceasefire line in 1973. Syria has never agreed to full peace talks to end hostilities, despite a number of Israeli offers to return the land as part of a peace deal.”
ArthroughpadNY on Dec 3, 2013 at 01:42:29
“Maybe Syria should have thought of that before they started a war with Israel and shot artillery shells at civilians in Israel. Post this moderator.”
“Really? Terrorists and traitors??? What about those guys who fought in the Royal Air Force prior to WWII? Did they come home and terrorize us? Or how about the Americans who join the French Foreign Legion?
And you neglect to recall that many of our ancestors were labelled as traitors simply because they rebelled against the British in the 1700's.”
“America's ambassador needs to be reminded that it, too, has such zones, called Air Defense Identification Zones.”
Jayare2020 on Dec 2, 2013 at 10:34:48
“You need to be reminded that none of the Air Defense Identification Zones established by the US extend over disputed land areas claimed by it's neighbors.”
ilford on Dec 2, 2013 at 09:32:41
“Check out where those zones are located. If you checked you would know that most States have ADIZ but all within internationally recognized boundaries. The Chinese are looking for a land grab but will get more than they bargained for.”
“Americans have fought in many foreign wars, including Israel's. They have never posed any special problem to America. Either we allow Americans to do as they wish with respect to joining in foreign wars, or we ban it altogether.”
realtruthawake on Dec 2, 2013 at 22:55:47
“Yes but when they return they are terrorists and traitors and should be prosecuted.”
Teacher 15 on Dec 2, 2013 at 17:06:02
“Israel is a U.S. ally.”
Teacher 15 on Dec 2, 2013 at 17:06:02
“Israel is a U.S. ally.”
EagleFliesInSky on Dec 2, 2013 at 15:55:49
“Are you including the shoe bomber in your statement? And the boys from Boston? Wasn't one of them a citizen?
My preference would be that if an American goes over to fight a foreign war against our principles, they should not be allowed back in the US. Ever.”
Nov 28, 2013 at 06:55:18
“The Constitution in this specific area requires the clarification of Congress and/or the Supreme Court. Much like the 2nd Amendment, we need to take care in how matters are interpreted and differences between the dates of authorship and today.”
Tsadik on Nov 28, 2013 at 07:52:22
“The words can't be clearer really. Any interpretation is just undermining what the Constiution says.
Which is fine with me, I think such things need to be updated in major ways from time to time. However, don't kid yourself. If you want I can interpret a circle into a square.”
“Not just this administration, for sure. Nixon did it and so did Dubya.”
Lasiter on Nov 28, 2013 at 12:35:07
“You left out Clinton, Carter, Roosevelt, et al - democrats invented deception. When you bring up our former President Nixon - you are only using headlines to imply Mr Nixon's crime. What Mr Nixon was found to be guilty of has been exceeded by Mr Clinton and Mr Obama many times over. What hurt Nixon and other Republicans is the media. Mr Nixon knew that the media had Liberal leanings and were undermining most of what he and his administration were attempting to accomplish. Like ending the war in Nam; better relations with China, etc. In truth what Watergate was about was that Pres. Nixon's personal attorney, John Dean was married to an ex-call Girl.
The DNC had offices in the Watergate complex of high dollar business offices and condo apartments. The break-in was to locate and retrieve all evidence of Mrs Dean and her activities that were accumulated by the democrats.
A stupid mistake of wedging a back door open not once by twice got the burglars caught. It all went downhill from there. Nixon's mistake was attempting to cover up the breakin that's it. G Gordon Liddy who was former FBI led the break-in. He has revealed the true reasons why he accepted the challenge to break into the DNC office.
He also said that what Woddward wrote in All the King's Men was pure fiction and meant to make them a lot of money which it did.”
“But if the NSA can use porn against our enemies, it can do so against us. Be very afraid!”
oldstuff on Nov 28, 2013 at 05:47:57
“if you are afraid of your porn habits being exposed, you are not doing it right.”
Gary Anders on Nov 28, 2013 at 01:21:31
“Yeah, Remember how giggly Obama got with the leader of Thailand...I forget her name off-hand.”
LisaLoo622 on Nov 28, 2013 at 00:13:16
“You are exactly right!! I just can't believe the apathy we have. When people start disappearing, without the habeas corpus that was taken from us, we will be just like Jose Padillia that wasted away in a jail cell for years. We have no one to blame but ourselves, because we elected people that don't have our best interest at heart. Yes I am afraid, very afraid!! Snowden is a hero, not a traitor!”
Lasiter on Nov 28, 2013 at 00:10:08
“If yyou don't think that this administration would use any or all of this information against their opponents in elections (2014, 2016, et al) then I have some real estate for you to buy cheap in downtown Damascus, Syria.”
nshay1 on Nov 28, 2013 at 00:02:44
“Their enemies are us, that is now a given, thanks to Ed and others.”
“There have been clear indications that the Saudis are warming to the deal. And why not? They, too, will appreciate and profit from a reduction of tensions in the region. The agreement is in their interests, too.”
Stephen Edward Gregory on Nov 28, 2013 at 06:24:07
“And the drop in the price of oil”
Paris215 on Nov 28, 2013 at 06:13:41
“Well.. it will also cause a reduction in oil prices... for the timebeing anyway, and this is not in their interests. US interests are not Saudi interests and vice versa.”