I just donated $100 to the NRA. Maybe you should, too.
I have been shopping for a new truck for the past several months. After talking to about a dozen dealers and test driving 8 different trucks, I finally bought one. The one I got is my new BOV. It is an F-150 SXT in four wheel drive. It has a 36 gallon fuel tank, which gives it a range of over 600 miles. Now I have to outfit it with radio equipment and a gun safe.
I test drove trucks from Toyota and Nissan. None of them were acceptable, as they were either too small, or simply rode like crap. I finally decided to go with a full sized truck and visited a Ford dealer. I test drove two different vehicles there and made an offer on one, but we could not reach a deal.
The second Ford dealer was a lot more accommodating. I joined the Experimental Aircraft Association ($40 online) so that I could get X plan financing. On top of that, they gave me $1000 more than my trade was worth, and another $7800 in rebates. In all, the sticker price on the truck was $51,400 and I wound up negotiating a price of $40,300- not including the $1000 extra on the trade. So total price was $39,300, or about $12,000 below MSRP.
They played a shell game by boosting the interest rates to 8 percent, even though I have a credit score of 790. What they don’t know is that I had the money to pay cash, and will be paying it off before the first payment is due.
Now I just have to get the dealers to stop calling and emailing me.
In China, knife wielding attackers killed 33 people. Tell me again how guns are the problem.
I comment on many boards and Internet forums. I have been making many comments in support of arming teachers and opposing gun control schemes these past few days. An anti gun teacher from a nearby school district just tried to find out where I work so that they could contact my employer in an attempt to have me fired. Those who opposed to the right to keep and bear arms are opposed to all rights that do not align with their own.
This is why I keep my personal details private. However, if my employer ever did fire me because I express my political views, being that my employer is the government, it would be a violation of my right to free speech.
Tip of the cap to Chris Byrne:
First, there will never be any meaningful gun control passed on the federal level in this country, ever again, no matter what lies the Democratic leadership tell you, because they know that gun control is their abortion… it’s electoral suicide, but it’s great to raise money by lying to the gullible about.
Next… anyone who knows a single damn thing about guns, law, and crime, knows that there is no law that will keep guns put of the hands of criminals, and there is no law that will stop criminals and crazy people, from killing others… in fact there’s no law that can even substantively reduce those things.
Laws don’t prevent crime… They just set the punishment if the criminal gets caught… and in case you missed it, criminals mostly don’t much care about the law while theyre actually doing the crimes… otherwise they wouldn’t be doing them… but criminals mostly don’t think that much about consequences… that’s pretty much why they’re criminals.
It’s been studied by the FBI, DOJ, and NIJ for about 100 years now, and there is absolutely zero correlation between lawful gun ownership, and crime with firearms, or violent crime of any kind… more lawfully owned guns actually means slightly less crime in most cases.
Lawful gun owners commit violent crimes at a rate appx 1/10th that of POLICE OFFICERS… never mind the general public… and because guns are expensive, most lawful gun owners take very good care of their guns, and store them quite securely.
It’s comparatively rare that lawfully owned guns are actually stolen… but it’s funny… no matter how strict the gun control, and no matter how severe the penalties for firearms possession are, criminals always get guns easily, whenever they want them. Because they’re criminals, who already don’t obey the law, and there are already literally billions of guns on this planet, with at least 50 million more made every single year…
…and contrary to what those ignorant about guns believe, well made guns don’t just wear out or break… they can easily last for over 100 years of frequent use.
… and it’s not like you can make murder, or felon in posession of a gun, double secret illegal…
Gun control is what you do, instead of actually doing something. It’s what you yell and scream about, and politicians raise money for, but never actual,y do, because it’s electorally harmful, and doesn’t work.
Even if you could somehow ban and confiscate all appx. 1 billion guns in this country…
Oh… yes thats right, it’s over 1 billion and has been for years and years… The 300-350 million number was already out of date when it was first published in 1994, and the U.S. has manufactured and imported between 12 million, and 24 million guns a year, every year since then… appx. 10-15% of which alone, are AR15s by the way… so it’s not 1 million, or 2 or 3 or even 8 million ARs out there… there have been more than 2 million ARs made every year since 2004 alone, and it would shock me if there weren’t at least 35, if not 50 million ARs in public hands.
… so really, its physcially, logistically, and legally impossible….
…but, even if you could…
Here’s the kicker… Anyone with basic mechanical skill, can build a working firearm, and working ammunition, in their garage or bedroom, with basic power and hand tools. If you actually want to spend a little money.. as in about $1500 in homebrew CNC milling gear, and another $1500 for a comparable lathe and homebrew rifling machine… anyone can make their own illegal, but fully functional and entirely untraceable machine guns, by the hundreds if they feel like doing so, in a small garage, with no way of ever being caught or tracked, without all that much more difficulty. You can make an AR15 with $1500 worth of CBC gear… and another one, and another one, and another one.. as many as you want, forever.
So… are you going to ban or tightly control all machine tools, CNC gear, casting supplies, welders, 3d printers, p drill presses, and all sales of aluminum and steel.
I will repeat for those of you who are exceptionally stupid, or exceptionally self deluding… IT IS NOT ACTUALLY POSSIBLE to “control guns”.
I can literally go into a home depot with a couple hundred bucks, and buy the tools and materials to build functioning repeating handguns in an hour or so, then go home and make a half dozen of them in a day. I can build a functioning shotgun, while I’m actually still in the store, using stuff lying around on the shelves.
Since guns can’t actually be banned and confiscated… and we wouldn’t let you do so even if they could be… then what’s your idea?
… and how exactly would it reduce or eliminate crime, without trampling on the rights of others?
Or… How would it ever possibly work in any way, at all?
You see, I have had this discussion, literally thousands of times, with thousands of people like you. I’ve had every idea you have had, and I know how bad they all are, and how they will all fail, because the fundamental concept of gun control, is impossible, and imbecillic. It’s a childish fantasy.
There are no new ideas, there are no good ideas, because the fundamental concept is itself impossible, and stupid.
If you don’t get that by now, it’s because you don’t care about reality, and insist on living in a fantasy world… you just don’t like guns, and you don’t like people who like guns, and you want big daddy government to make you feel better, and reality doesn’t matter because the feelz and because you said so, so there…
The approximately half of all households in this country who own guns say NO.
Reality says NO.
You don’t get more gun control… The 20,000 plus laws you’ve already tried didn’t work, and you’ve already trampled over enough rights, and ruined enough lives with your patently stupid and evil laws… and you don’t get any more.
We refuse to submit to your childish emotionalist stupidity.
So… now what?
If your answer is “We send men with guns to come take your guns” then you’ve just admitted your failure and your hypocrisy …
Because now you have admitted that it’s not that you want “reasonable gun control”… it’s that you want only people you personally approve of having guns, and you’re perfectly willing to kill your fellow americans…
….well, no, you’re too much of a moral and physical coward to get your own hands dirty doing so..
..but you’re willing to send out another armed man to do so on your behalf…. after all, you’re morally superior, and he’s just a paid thug with a badge right?
Because that is what you say you think all American cops are, down at your fashionable protest meeting of upper middle class overeducated but otherwise fundamentally useless white people, crusading for the rights of those poor… other people you dont actually have to mingle with in your social circles… right?
The thing is… we have the constitution AND the law on our side… and we own the guns… so…
…What exactly do you think you’re going to do?
Do you think that outside of a few major urban areas the police or military are on your side?
I’ve got news for you… those men and women you detest, who you think are the bottom of the barrel, and only serve because they don’t have any better options? Those cops you think are bigots and jackbooted thugs, and civil rights abusers?
Yeah… they’re US.. not you… in fact, they mostly hold you in contempt at best…. fitting since thats how you feel about and treat them… and no, they are not on your side.
… You couldn’t even beat Donald Trump, no matter how hard you cheated for God’s sake… I mean… how much does the country have to hate you and your candidates, that DONALD TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT?
And guess what… You mostly live in metropolitan enclaves, serviced by just in time inventories of the basic needs of life…. with supply lines that are ridiculously easily cut. We live on more than 90% of the land, and actually know what to do with it.
… Major metropolitan areas become deathzones if water and power get shut off for 3 or 4 days… or food deliveries cut off for a week.
So… that “reckoning”… The “final solution for my kind of people”… yeah, no…
What would actually happen if you actually came after us, or our guns , is that you’d be personally shitting yourself and begging for mercy in about oh… 72 hours? Maybe 96 on the outside? And we wouldn’t have to do a damn thing, because you would be murdering each other in the streets for canned food within days…
However, there’s a big difference between our side, and your side…
We aren’t OK with sending other people to kill you, just because you’re delusional proto NAZIs…
We actually believe in the constitution, and the fundamental radical experiment that is our country.. and that everyone has fundamental, inherent, and preexisting rights… even the people we don’t like…
And were not… you know… The actual evil protoNAZI fuckwits that you have shown yourself to be.
Unlike you, we wouldn’t be happy to destroy our country in exchange for a tyranny of the bien pensant…. modern day democidal Robespierres wrapped in the mantle of social justice, and mass murder of “deplorables” “for the good of the children, and of society as a whole”..
So, it would never get that far…
Because, you see, inside your bubble, you believe that you represent the majority of right thinking americans…after all, nobody you know voted for trump… or any Republican, right? And you’re sure that there’s going to be a huge left landslide in 2018… everyone you know says so… msnbc and Newsweek are positive…
You’re so damn sure that you’ve already won… that you’ve let the mask slip, and shown the world what you really are…
You are the embodiment of banal and petty tyrannical and totalitarian evil…
.. and… as it turns out…
…while only about 37% of the country actually likes Trump…
…about 80% of the country REALLY HATES EVIL PETTY TYRANTS LIKE YOU…
….and since you’re picking the Democratic nominees this time around, and making sure theyre all as close to exactly like you as possible… and youre going to self righteously sanctimoniously and oh so very smugly shove it in everyones face from now til November…
…Yeah… there’s going to be a landslide, and a “reckoning” alright…
.. it’s just not going to be in the direction you were so certain about…
… Just ask Pauline Kael about how Nixon got elected, and reelected, in a massive landslide… after all, she didn’t know a single person who voted for him.
We keep hearing from people about how we should have a discussion about guns, especially in light of the recent shooting in South Florida. Here are my thoughts:
Whenever we wish to address a hazardous situation, there are two categories of response: Prevention of an even that has not yet happened, and mitigation of an event that is occurring or has occurred.
1 The FBI had multiple warnings that this particular individual was about to carry out an attack. At least two people had contacted the FBI’s “If you see something, say something” tip line, and the FBI admits that they dropped the ball. The FBI made the same mistake with respect to the Boston Marathon bombers. Any time a shooting or other event like this occurs, there should be an independent investigation. If it is found that a government employee failed to follow procedures in chasing down or investigating a tip lead, or other evidence that would have prevented the event, and that failure results in a loss of life should be terminated and lose all retirement benefits. If it turns out that the procedures themselves were deficient, then the head of that government agency should be forced to resign.
2 Government agencies that fail to add prohibited persons to the NICS database should be terminated. Let’s enforce the laws as written. If we aren’t going to do that, we might as well repeal them.
3 Ever since we closed the mental hospitals, we have had problems dealing with the people who have problems: they are now filling our jails, our emergency rooms, and our homeless camps. We need to address the mentally ill people. Simply ignoring them is not solving the problem. This will likely cost gobs of money, so is not likely to happen.
4 Gun Control: There are between 400 and 600 million firearms in the US. Making guns illegal is not going to happen. Even if it did, you are never going to get even a sizable fraction of them. Additionally, in order to confiscate them, you will need to compensate the people you take them from for the fair value of the weapon, because of the takings clause of the 5th Amendment.
5 Banning so-called “assault weapons:” This is not going to happen, either. The AR15 is the most popular rifle in America, making up a quarter of all long gun sales in the US. Americans have been buying over one million of these rifles each year since 2007. It is estimated that more than 40 million of them are in American homes.
6 Access control: Every school needs to have a fence that would require would be entrants to pass through a control point. If you cannot control who enters the school, you are asking for trouble. Shooters, kidnappers, pedophiles, all of them want access to your kids. Why make it easy for them?
7 Magnetometers and xray machines: I have heard people ask for these, but I don’t think it is practical for a number of reasons. There are 1800 students and another 150 staff members at my school. In order to get everyone through the line in a reasonable amount of time, you would need 2 or 3 of them, with people to staff them. Those people would need to be armed. In Florida, that means they have to be cops, because no one but cops can be armed in Florida schools. The cost for three magnetometers plus the cops to staff them would be about $12,000 for the machines, plus about $600,000 in staffing costs. Per school. My county has 63 schools, meaning a cost of about $38.5 million for the first year. Will taxpayers want to pay an additional $1,000 a year in property taxes?
1 Shooters select schools because they know that all of the people inside are unarmed and schools have no access control.
For starters, put a fence around the school so that no one can enter or exit during the school day without going through the office.
My school has only one police officer on duty. We cannot afford to have more, we can barely afford to buy textbooks. Instead, a low cost solution is to change state law to allow teachers to be armed if they meet certain criteria:
1 They volunteer to take a class on the proper use of force to protect the school. We as teachers train on everything else, why not something useful?
2 pass the same marksmanship test as police officers.
3 They carry their weapon in a retention holster, to prevent a student from grabbing the weapon
Of the 18 staff members in my building, there are three teachers who are either former military or former public safety. One is a retired cop. In fact, more than 15% of our staff are either veterans or former emergency responders. Why not let us protect your children as we educate them?
The law as it stands does not allow anyone but police to carry guns at schools, not even security guards. This ensures that a killer will likely be facing defenseless victims. What we have been doing, trying to create gun free zones and telling kids to hide as a shooter enters campus without so much as a fence preventing him from entering the classroom isn’t working. Let’s try something different.
For the past two years, I have been testing the security theater of non-permissive environments. That is, the theme parks and other venues that prohibit firearms, even licensed weapons carriers. What I found is that most places don’t do a very good job at finding weapons, legal or illegal. I have entered Disney while armed, even though they have metal detectors and bag searches, dozens of times. Likewise, the Central Florida theme parks of Universal Studios, Sea World, Discovery Cove, Lego Land, and Busch Gardens.
I was going to begin a new round of testing theme parks, but today’s announcement of increased prices has placed this on the back, back burner. Now that it costs the same as buying a handgun for a family to enter a theme park for a single day, coupled with the high profile that these places have from a terrorism perspective, theme parks are no longer on the list of places I wish to be. Four people entering the park for a day, eating lunch, and leaving now costs over $600, including parking.
I will continue to enter non-permissive environments, but theme parks have simply become too expensive to continue testing them.
The entire auto industry follows a sales model that is as unpleasant as possible, and is exceeded in discomfort only by root canals and colonoscopy. You take what should be fun, buying a car, and make it into a high pressure pin in the ass.
The incident began in the gym where one of the students, the 15-year-old, was arguing with his girlfriend and it was during that argument that the girlfriend made threats toward him and the 16-year-old, the report stated. Staff tried to simmer down the 15-year-old, but he refused to listen and kept causing a disruption, deputies said.
Moments later, [the SRO] was called to the gym because the 16-year-old was acting aggressively, he wrote in the report. The student mouthed off to Assistant Principal Ryan Mahaney and threw down his backpack, according to the report…
[The SRO stated] that moments before he responded to the gym, the 16-year-old student had taken a “fighting stance” toward [the vice principal] several times and ignored [the vice principal’s] orders to go to the office… [The vice principal] also told [the SRO] that [the student] repeatedly told the vice principal, “I am going to (expletive deleted) you up!”
The title of this post seems a bit over the top. How could Obama and the Democrats possibly be blamed for the epidemic of drug overdoses that is sweeping the nation?
The roots of this problem lie with Obamacare- the Affordable Care Act and a company called Press Ganey. The little known company sends surveys out to patients of medical providers, and uses the patient’s satisfaction to rate doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers. Over the past decade, the government has fully embraced the “patient is always right” model–these surveys focus on areas like waiting times, pain management and communication skills–betting that increased customer satisfaction will improve the quality of care and reduce costs. I have seen patients lower a hospital’s scores because they didn’t have HBO on the televisions in the Emergency Room.
The government, due to Obamacare, has tied reimbursement of facilities to their Press Ganey scores. As a result, the focus in healthcare is in making the patient happy, but not necessarily on making the patient healthy. So doctors prescribe narcotics because patients want them, not because they need them. As they become addicted to these painkillers, the patients return again and again for their fix, all the while improving the doctor’s satisfaction scores.
But giving patients exactly what they want, versus what the doctor thinks is right, can be very bad medicine. Researchers using data from nearly 52,000 adults found that the most satisfied patients spent the most on health care and prescription drugs. They were 12% more likely to be admitted to the hospital and accounted for 9% more in total health care costs. They were also the ones more likely to die.
All of those facts mean nothing. All that matters is making the patient happy. Thanks Democrats, the plan you voted for is killing America.