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Apr 23, 2014 Amnt commented on On July 1st, Guns Will Be Legal Everywhere in Kansas.
Washington has both a state supremacy clause on firearms regulations (remember when the Nickels tried his stupid gun bans?) and open carry. It's anarchy!
Jul 10, 2013 Amnt commented on Guns Make Us Safer, Chelan County Edition.
Goldy gets a semi every time he posts one of these stories.
May 17, 2013 Amnt commented on New Gun Enthusiast....
Slog just loves when gun owners die!

Did they do something stupid? Possibly, who knows how accurate the story is. Should they have been more responsible in their handling? It certainly looks like it, guns don't just go off without somebody pulling the trigger.

That said, it's pretty pathetic to see Slog posting these mocking "haha, told you so!" articles every time somebody gets killed or hurt. We get it, you don't like guns. But try not to act so happy every time somebody dies.
Apr 23, 2013 Amnt commented on Thank Seattle's Corporate Overlords for This Year's Fireworks.
The back and forth is getting pretty old, but I'm glad Seattle will have fireworks this year.

I'm very curious what company will be doing the show. Pyro Spectaculars has handled it in the past and is probably the largest and most experienced company on the west coast. It'll be interesting to see if the show is noticeably scaled back or not.
Feb 5, 2013 Amnt commented on So If a Classroom Filled With First Graders Had All Pulled Out Their Guns and Pointed Them at Adam Lanza....
Correction: "Either way the principal likely would NOT have have been able to stop the armed student from leaving if he wasn't armed himself. "
Feb 5, 2013 Amnt commented on So If a Classroom Filled With First Graders Had All Pulled Out Their Guns and Pointed Them at Adam Lanza....
@9 - Thanks for the clarification on that incident. As I acknowledged in my original post, anecdotes don't have a lot of value. That said, maybe he was done shooting, maybe he wasn't, some versions of the story suggest the student may have intended to go to a different location and possible target others. Either way the principal likely would have have been able to stop the armed student from leaving if he wasn't armed himself.

I fully support gun owners having a substantially higher level of training. The ones that do are not the ones you generally hear about, but there are certainly a lot of people who have guns that make no effort at training and being responsible. Mass shootings are statistical outliers and it's difficult at best to find meaningful data. I have never argued that civilian concealed carry is a cure-all for mass shootings because they are so rare that the chances of somebody carrying will be in a position to help is very unlikely. Not to mention mass shootings usually happen where people are legally prohibited from carrying, keeping the law abiding gun owners out. That said, responsible concealed carry has other benefits and may help in some very limited situations.

Mandatory training is a difficult proposition because it is a barrier to a constitutional right. I certainly took a few classes when I purchased my first gun and would tell others to do the same. But if a training requirement is designed to be intentionally cumbersome and difficult, it becomes akin to a poll tax or other obstacle to exercising rights. If it could be done properly I might be able to support something like a drivers license requiring a test for guns, but in the past such programs have been intentionally overbearing. This is one reason I would support teaching gun safety in high school, but most anti-gun folks seem to take the just say no/abstinence only approach there.
Feb 5, 2013 Amnt commented on So If a Classroom Filled With First Graders Had All Pulled Out Their Guns and Pointed Them at Adam Lanza....
Fact: Beck and his idiot guests are representative of all gun owners in the US.

As long as we are throwing around anecdotes, here is a case of a principal stopping a school shooting with his own gun:…

The NRA generally does a terrible job speaking out for gun rights, and their handling of the tragedy in Newtown was extremely poorly handled. That said, they are right when they say that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. It's so obvious it sounds dumb, but it's true. Why would you call the cops in response to a shooting? They are the good guys and they have guns. Any talk by somebody like Beck or his guests about armed kids is purely idiotic, but it doesn't change the fact that force must be met with force.

Yes, Lanza killed himself, as most spree shooters do (there are a few notable exceptions however). They generally do so when confronted by the reality of law enforcement closing in, which is what happened in VA Tech. But the sooner you can meet the shooter with an opposing force, the sooner you can bring the situation to an end, likely saving lives. Saying that Lanza killed himself so there is no point in considering ways to stop him sooner is a stupid response to a stupid point from Beck.
Feb 4, 2013 Amnt commented on The Greatest American Sniper Saw Guns in Schools As a Business Opportunity.
@18 - Yep, it's pretty pathetic to see people cheering his murder because they disagree with him on gun issues. I mean the guy does sound like kind of an ass, but as @12 put so well, he did a job few could, ultimately at the orders of his civilian superiors under a representative democracy.

But yeah, he was murdered trying to help somebody. So let's all slap each other on the back and count it as a point for the anti-gun folks.
Jan 28, 2013 Amnt commented on How Did Someone in Seattle Come to Own a Stinger Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher?.
@1 Yeah, but isn't it more fun to be scared of an empty tube and lay down on our fainting couch?
Jan 21, 2013 Amnt commented on Gun Nuts: The Total Gun Appreciation Day Toll.
@1 It could also be called the Confirmation Bias thread.

Do bad things sometimes happen involving guns? Of course, any any gun owner would be stupid to deny that. It's a bit country with a lot of people, a lot of guns, and a pretty good number of people who shouldn't have guns for reasons of criminality or stupidity.

We can reduce the negative effects through focusing on the root causes of violence and emphasizing safety to reduce accidents. I would actually be in favor of a mandatory gun safety class/test if it were properly implemented.

Or would could use the Slog model of abstinence only/just say no.