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In truth though, this guy is definitely worthy of some praise. In situations like that, it's much more common for everyone to expect that someone else will do something, which typically ends up with nobody doing anything.
Get well soon, Rep. Gifford. Condolences to the families.
He is almost as big an American Hero as Pfc Bradley Manning!!
wonder how he'd look in a uniform.......
he's a hero.
And thank you too Patricia Maisch for stopping Loughner from loading a new clip into his gun.
Rest In Peace Christina, Dorwan, Phyllis, Gabe, Dorothy and Judge Roll. My condolences to all families involved.
I'm sure the Right will erupt momentarily over the evils of such a law.
part of building a society that thinks homosexuality is no big deal is occasionally acknowledging that a specific person's homosexuality is no big deal.
Why couldn't he be a handsome lean gay intern...
...and a Pit Bull.
@ 25 Let's take turns. And I hope I can "save" his "life" too.
However, my feelings on it are that
a) the anonymity the internet affords leads people to say offensive things, often for the sole purpose of offending others, and
b) censorship is a slippery slope.
Give everyone equal credit.
"How long until some asshole on the right makes a "joke" that it was god's plan for the fag to get shot?"
Looks like you just beat 'em to it, and then that would make you the asshole. Asshole.
That fact that this man is ugly, fat, short, and nigger-nosed all goes away I guess.
There is a reason why people don't like Mexicans, it's because they are frigging ugly, slobby and greasy.
I would like to point out that none of the people who eventually stopped and apprehended the gunman appear to have used or needed a gun to do so.
"none of the people who eventually stopped and apprehended the gunman appear to have used or needed a gun to do so."
So you don't think a gun would have come in handy to take this guy down? He shot 19 people before being subdued without use of weapons!
Not that there aren't very good arguments for gun control. Yours just isn't one of them.
"I'm sure the Right will erupt momentarily over the evils of such a law."
As will the ACLU, as soon as the law (assuming it passes) is enforced in an overly broad manner; which it likely will be.
"@47: I believe that the self-defense argument in favour of liberal gun laws is specious."
As a general principle, I agree. Your guns are far more likely to kill your loved ones or you than an armed attacker. My problem with your post @46 was that you applied a solid general principle (we'd probably a safer nation if we had strict gun control laws) to one of the rare specific situations in which things probably would have been safer if everyone had been armed. I don't think tragic anomalies like this are a good argument to have an armed populace because in the big picture, more people would end up getting shot if everyone were armed all the time. I think we agree on this.
"No one on the scene used a gun to stop him - even though there were, apparently, guns present."
Guns plural? Or one person with a gun? Do we know whether the armed good guy(s) ever had a clean shot at the bad guy? If not, his/their decision not to shoot shows his/their good judgment, but is not an argument against the benefits of being armed when under attack by a person who is firing a gun. I would want to have a gun in that situation, BB. Wouldn't you (not that this alone is a valid reason to actually allow us to walk around with guns)?
On a side note: do we know for sure if the shooter was "armed" at the point of takedown? Was he out of bullets and pausing to reload?
Oliver Sipple, gay former Marine, saves the life of Gerald Ford, and no one mentioned he was gay till much later
Alan Turing, a gay man, pioneered the computer. His work on the COLOSSUS allowed the Allies to break the German ENIGMA encryption, largely thought to be unbreakable. Without Turing, there's a respectably higher chance that we'd all be speaking Kraut.
Chris Hughes, a gay man, was one of the founders of Facebook.
Alfred Kinsey, the famous biologist and sexologist, was gay as well.
There's substantial evidence that Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most celebrated inventors in history, may have been gay or bi.
Ric Weiland, a gay man, was a programmer who helped pioneer and revolutionize computer software.
Luis Miramontes, a Mexican, invented the hormonal birth control pill.
Guillermo González Camarena, another Mexican, developed an early form of color television.
Juan Lozano invented a working H2O2-fueled jetpack. Enough said.
That's like me saying "how long until someone tells a knock-knock joke?" and your reply being "you just did." Are you really so lacking in intelligence that you are incapable of grasping the distinction between referencing a joke and telling one? Based on your response, I suspect the answer is "yes."