“The moral of this and many other tragic stories in the news lately: Beware of knocking on a stranger's door when you are in need of help. You may just get murdered, due to overreaction and bad judgement.”
“Corporations run the US, and intend to run the rest of the world. The problem is they behave as sociopaths. It's been scientifically studied and they meet all the criteria for diagnosis. This is one of the reasons I try to avoid giving them money, and support people who own businesses that share my values.”
JosephHill on Dec 9, 2013 at 14:07:54
“A recent documentary film (entitled 'The Corporation') makes exactly that point, Tbonepickens. I highly recommend it if you haven't already seen it. It points out that, if we consider corporations to be legal 'persons', those 'persons' should be commited...or jailed.
The film can be bought at a number of progressive websites. Google it”
“I wouldn't necessary restrict access, but nobody goes hunting or sport shooting in Staples. I just don't think it's necessary or even a good idea for everybody to be armed all the time.”
Patrick McAleer on Dec 5, 2013 at 17:39:56
“I carried a firearm my entire adult life as part of my profession and spent thousands upon thousands of dollars becoming as proficient as I could with it. There are civilians I would trust to carry 24/7 and those in my profession I think shouldn't be allowed pointy scissors (both military and LE).
As for the whole Staples / Starbucks thing- in my opinion the whole "open carry" thing, especially of long guns, smacks of a child having a "LOOK AT ME!!!" moment. Suitability comes into the equation... Just because I CAN clear a room with an AT-4 does not mean I SHOULD clear a room with an AT-4 if ya catch my drift LOL”
“Thanks for the link, although I'm not paying to read the full article. Here is my point of contention already using them as a direct quote:
"Results. Gun ownership was a significant predictor of firearm homicide rates (incidence rate ratio = 1.009; 95% confidence interval = 1.004, 1.014). This model indicated that for each percentage point increase in gun ownership, the firearm homicide rate increased by 0.9%." I can using Chicago as a direct counter to this very premise. I can continue to quote large cities with much lower per capita gun ownership which have much higher gun homicide rates. This seems to cause a conflict and without a source that anyone can read (not just the elite few who pay) I cannot fully agree yet. Thanks for the chance to learn more, I would like another source that I can peruse without paying to learn the outcome, I believe knowledge and facts should be open source if they champion your cause.”
“I bet you can think of several people whom you would not feel comfortable with them carrying a gun around, it's common sense some people are just not responsible. But here is actual evidence. This is a research study in a peer reviewed journal. These journals publish actual scientific research in case you weren't aware.
“I have read the study as well as the data they used.
Unfortunately they included as "gun owners" prohibited persons such as narcotics traffickers, gang bangers and convicted felons who obtained firearms illegally.
When these groups are excluded the numbers are quite different and as a matter of fact those who LEGALLY own firearms are less likely to commit homicide than the general population.
Violence of ALL sorts in the US is not driven by access to a piece of metal but family disruption, lack of education, abject poverty and institutional racism that leads those who commit the vast majority of murders (inner city black youth) into a lifestyle and career where the utilization of tools to commit violence is prevalent.
If people were serious about reducing violence, addressing the core causes would be a good place to start rather than screeching about a piece of metal.”
“The problem is that many law abiding citizens who would or do carry firearms simply lack the intelligence and responsibility necessary to safely handle weapons. As more and more of these people get guns and carry them in crowded places, there will be more and more "accidents."”
BPPolitics on Dec 5, 2013 at 14:52:39
“The same could be said for people driving cars... many of them simply lack the intelligence and responsibility necessary to safety operate a motor vehicle.”
Edge of the Edge on Dec 5, 2013 at 14:50:56
“Folks keep saying that, but it has not happened yet, whats the deal?”
Patrick McAleer on Dec 5, 2013 at 14:07:52
“Except that hasn't happened in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming”
Robert DAgostino on Dec 5, 2013 at 14:07:25
“This is the old lie that more carry holders will create more violence. This line was used when certain states started allowing conceal carry and was proven false then as well. Stop just espousing the same damn lies that have no scientific backing. If you do have backing please put up or shut up.”
“As a bike owner, I have reconciled myself to the fact that if I ever get in an accident, more than likely I'll be killed. Knowing this, when I ride I am extra careful and alert. Unfortunately the other people on the road may or may not be...so that's why I also have loud pipes.”
RiverWalker on Dec 4, 2013 at 13:47:30
“You're the exception among bikers, which is why so many accidents happen. Another thing I didn't include above, is riding motorcycles on a ten mile ride to the local M/C bar every other weekend, does not a biker make. I put 20-30,000 miles per year on motorcycles. If you drove a hundred miles a month in a car you wouldn't be safe then either.”
copper2theWind on Dec 4, 2013 at 13:47:30
“yep... loud pipes save lives;”
ga7smi on Dec 4, 2013 at 13:20:57
“loud pipes are illegal - and one reason I have no sympathy for you”
“"The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower”
Yermammy on Dec 2, 2013 at 16:24:30
““A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”- W. Durant
The preface for the film 'Apocalypto'.”
Kyle10 on Dec 2, 2013 at 16:20:15
“Truman expressed deep, bitter regret in hindsight for his go-ahead of the CIA and the NSA.”
Ron Booth on Dec 2, 2013 at 16:16:31
“F&F Eisenhower was indeed the last "good" president that the GOP ever offer this nation. no truer words were spoken that those he offered warning our nation about the downsides of the Military Industrial Complex.”
“Do you think the fact that we have a military presence in 150 countries, have a history of supporting dictators, have been plundering the resources of other countries for decades, and most recently been blowing up Pakistani and Afghan civilians with drones might have something to do with it? When you project aggression outward, it should come as no surprise when others react with hostility. Our insecurity is the direct result of the policies enacted by our leaders, such as Ms. Fienstein.”
tired of lies on Dec 2, 2013 at 14:12:36
“Well said. Now WE are the enemy. That's what she's saying. Seriously. try removing your money from the bank and see.”
“I am not a religious person, but from what I'm seeing I like this Pope. I think his message is true and timely. Of course he has all the hypocritical Christians going bananas. I often think if Jesus were to return today, he would be crucified much quicker this time, and by his own followers...because they can't accept his liberal message.”
“Everyone who shops on holiday's is responsible for this. If there were no customers there would be no need for employees. Seriously, do your part and don't encourage this by shopping. People need to realize in general that publicly traded corporations don't have a conscience, they will do anything that is in the best interest of the bottom line. If it's profitable to be environmentally and socially responsible then corporations will do it, if it's more profitable to dump sludge in the river and pay slave wages, that's what will happen. It's up to consumers to vote with their dollars, boycott bad companies, and support those that share their values.”