It's when a theory is implausible and the "critical thinkers" spend years obsessed with beating a dead horse they get labeled conspiracy nut tinfoil hat wearing wackos, like the 911 truthers, the we-didn't-go-to-the-moon people, or the nutbags who are still asking for Obama's birth certificate. Critical thinking is fine and welcome in this country. Obsessing about implausible made up scenarios driven by agendas or outrage isn't.
Reagan got it right? Remember Trickle Down Economics? Middle class wages have been stagnant ever since and we continue to struggle with deficits partly due to Reagan's "right" policies. Something has been trickling down, but it's not wealth and prosperity.
So basically criminals don't care about breaking the law, therefore we shouldn't have any laws and should just pack guns.
I agree. Unfortunately I posted without reading the OP. I support background check databases, not gun registries.
Actually, I should clarify. I don't agree with the OP's idea of a database to track gun owners. I'm all for databases supporting background checks, like NICS.
Outside of a database, how else do you effectively and in a reasonable amount of time identify someone who is unfit to buy a weapon at a point of sale? Give them an ad hoc mental examination? Ask them nicely if they have a history of criminal violence? Lie detector test? A database is more effective than anything else to do this.
You know and I know that it's impossible to prove that a database has stopped any instance of someone shooting up a school. But it logically follows that a database can identify someone who is a felon, mentally unstable, has a PFA against them, etc. It raises the barrier and makes it more difficult for any of these people to get a weapon. Could they get one elsewhere? If they tried hard enough, probably. It's likely it has stopped several mass violence events by at least stopping some of the less motivated potential mass killers, the low hanging fruit. But using the logic behind your often cited argument, we should just have gun and ammo stands outside schools, because, hey, these people are going to get a weapon somehow and shoot up a school, right?
This is the classic flawed "if it's not 100% effective at stopping gun violence, we shouldn't do it at all" argument. It's been beaten to death.
I'm sure a $2K flight ticket really influenced everyone involved this deal when there was $16B at stake.
I see I pissed off someone who likes shit pizza.
I was going to say they just re-invented Pizza Hut pizza, but then I saw the part about it being edible. At least they don't have to worry about Pizza Hut suing for patent infringement.
They're not. Libertarians don't like Conservative Christians' religious infringement on freedom to do anything, and Conservative Christians wished Libertarians shared their desires for a Christian theocracy. Both camps tolerate each other because they both hate liberals and think all the world's problems are due to liberals.
They're one of the extreme right wings. Don't forget Conservative Christians.
What rules don't they play by? It's well known the USPS financial situation is caused by the pension funding madness hoisted on them. Private companies are great for performing well-defined jobs like hauling payloads into space, figuring out the makeup of a galaxy a few gazillion light years away, not so much.
You're so right, well, except for issues like wages, the environment, foreign policy, social programs, separation of church and state, education, taxation, gun rights, and abortion in which they're polar opposites. So, actually, the only thing they're the same on is surveillance.