commented on George Zimmerman Was Carrying an Arsenal When He Was Arrested
@16, It depends - is a knife a tool? Is a firearm a tool? Is a rifle (which come in various shapes and sizes and have differing strengths and weaknesses) the same as a shotgun (also come in various..etc.) and the same as a handgun (etc.)?
I compete is 'High Power' (Service Rifle) which is basically mid-long range (200-600 yards) shooting. That requires one rifle. I also compete in 22 benchrest. That requires a completely different rifle. If the rules allowed it could I use a service rifle for 22 benchrest or vice-versa? Yes. Could I be even remotely competitive? Not a chance.
Even if the rules allowed it, I couldn't use a shotgun or handgun for either of the above. Similarly you couldn't use a rifle or a handgun to shoot skeet...etc.
Next year I plan to compete in '3 gun', which is, just like it sounds - a discipline that requires 3 guns; a rifle, a shotgun and a handgun. Could I use my service rifle for that? Sure, except it weighs nearly twice as much as the rifles other competitors will be using and has iron sights which would be another handicap.
If you are going to allow someone to own a firearm, or even X type of firearm, I don't really see how it matters how many of X firearms he/she owns. Personally I think that if you hunt down and kill someone (like Zimmerman) that you should be banned from ever owning a firearm again, and should spend some quality time with Bubba in prison, but I wasn't on the jury that set him free.
commented on George Zimmerman Was Carrying an Arsenal When He Was Arrested
@7, It probably started with the title "was carrying" (Sorry, having something in your house is not 'carrying'). And then went on with snide comments about the "Founding Fathers" and ended with a paragraph on how crazy Zimmerman is. Not really a "straightforward listing".
The quoted section is a straightforward listing. Paul's post is not.
Regardless, how many kitchen knives do Slog readers own? Not including steak knives I probably own close to a dozen. Each with different purposes and uses. Now, really, I could probably live with just one. I mean, do I really need a bread knife and a paring knife and a cleaver and a boning knife and a carving knife when an 8" Chef's knife can, more or less, do all the things those other knives can do?
Hell, I have more than one book and more than one piece of artwork too. I guess I'm just hoarding them against the downfall of civilization.
And while Zimmerman may, in fact, be a crazy racist fuck, a shotgun, a rifle and three handguns is not a "arsenal". And 100 rounds of ammunition is probably a short day at the range for a lot of people.
commented on Great American Novelist
@1 - I think that if you had read the entire thing, you'd have discovered:
..Subhash, ever the dutiful one, marries Gauri, brings her to the United States, and becomes father to Bela, her daughter with Udayan.
What is more American than the story of America through the eyes of immigrants? (I haven't read the book, so perhaps I am defending Paul Constant without actual merit!
commented on The (Late) Sunday Morning News
From the Jim McDermott link:
"A HuffPost/YouGov poll released Saturday shows that both parties are facing blame for the government shutdown, which stretched into its fifth day. According to the survey, 25 percent of Americans see Republicans and Democrats as being equally at fault. On party lines, 36 percent point a finger squarely at Republicans and 33 percent place more blame on President Barack Obama and the Democrats."
Really??? 33 percent blame the President and Democrats???
commented on Judge Slaps Moms with $10,000 Fine After Grocery Industry Brings Anti-SLAPP Suit
@10, GMO crops are absolutely not necessary. The only people they are necessary for are Monsanto and the oil companies that profit from their use. There are many more labor intensive, but less resource intensive methods of growing the same amount of crops per acre. However, large corporations would rather invest money in machinery and chemicals than in labor.
That said, I suspect that pretty much every single processed thing we eat, including those labeled 'organic', has some amount of GMO product in it. GMO-free cereal? Forget it. GMO-free bread? Unlikely. Due to cross-contamination it is virtually impossible to get GMO-free corn or soy and there's corn or soy products in almost everything now. Any meat products you eat probably ate some amount of GMO feed in its lifetime.
commented on Barilla Pasta Is Apparently Intended for Homophobic Straight People
I'm just curious what makes you think that the chairmen of all the other brands of pasta (who haven't been asked the same question in a public forum) don't have the same opinion as Guido. Before you jump ship to brand pasta, don't you think it would be worthwhile to get their opinion as well?
Or is it okay to have anti-gay sentiments (and no gay families in your ads) as long as you keep your mouth shut? Other than JC Penney and Cheerios, how many food brands are really progressive in their advertising?
commented on British Journalist Wants to Sick [sic] the UN on Gun Happy 'Merica
@21 - 5) I was saying there should be a test, however long you want it to be, covering proper firearm handling and whatever else seems reasonable, as part of the background check. As in, not only am I not a criminal but I also know how to properly 'care' for the firearm I am purchasing.
1) I also pointed out that every new firearm appears to come with a locking device - apparently the gun manufactures have already been "forced" to provide such. And, seeing as how I almost never (except in Manhattan and areas of LA) lock my car, and usually leave my keys in it, apparently I missed those PSAs. Of course, since I've never owned a car that wasn't at least six years old, perhaps it is just that no one would ever want to steal my POS...
3) I agree.. However, there are plenty of laws already regarding such instances but people are rarely charged with the full penalty of law. If you accidentally shoot someone by dropping your purse with a loaded weapon in it, you're already liable for a civil lawsuit as well as potential for criminal liabilities. However, if you look into actual instances, the usual penalty is a virtual slap on the wrist.
2) I think there will be some constitutional issues to requiring all gun owners to also have a dog. :D
4) I don't think most gun owners/manufacturers think that the lack of a 'safety' (switch/lever/knob/whatever) on many modern firearms is something that needs to be 'fixed'. IF I were carrying (concealed, or open) a loaded handgun (in condition one 'cocked and locked'), I'd be much more comfortable with a modern safety-less handgun (Glock, S&W M&P, Springfield XD..etc.) than an older 1911 (or similar) with the safety on. The modern firearm is much less likely to discharge if dropped, the trigger is less likely to be pulled accidentally and is less likely to discharge if pulled accidentally.
Also, for the record, I think that, for the most part, anyone carrying condition one who is not active duty law enforcement, in a war zone, or similar situation, needs to have their heads examined to see if there are any brains left. Then again, I will admit that I don't really understand the fear that makes people want to carry a firearm around, with them as part of their every day life, in general. That said, I believe that the incidences of 'accidents' is much higher with improper storage of firearms than it is with carry issues.