Chemical and Biological can be paired up pretty easily because a lot of the protective equipment can be used for either.
Radioactive came to be separated from Nuclear because dirty bomb became such a buzzword. The actual fatalities from a dirty bomb would be relatively low, but the public's general fear of anything radioactive makes it a good choice for terrorists (using the strictest definition of terrorist).
Nuclear now specifically refers to a nuclear detonation and it shares some effects with Explosives except it has the added "benefits" of fallout.
Explosives is nothing new, but it gets lumped in with the rest because it's not an average threat for first responders.
And the parent specifically said
Given the same level of truck driving education
In this case, I would put my money on the guy with the PhD vs. the guy who got tricked into signing a $0.10/mile.
I have a Class A license, but I am not a professional trucker, nor am I a PhD.
its only the faux news crowd
You mean like the President? I don't think he watches a lot of Fox.
Thanks for bringing up that ridiculous bridge toll, though. Where the hell is all that money going?
If you do business in a state you have to abide by their rules including taxes.
Amazon is not coming to NY to do business. New Yorkers are going to Amazon to buy things, except they're doing it via the internet rather than a physical store. If Amazon had a store right over the border in NJ, then NY wouldn't dare try and collect taxes. But here, because we can through in the words, "on a computer," that somehow lets the govt. bend the laws in their favor.
If you live near the NY/NJ or NY/PA border you leave NY to do your shopping and get gas because the taxes are less. NY is so bad for business, it's sad.
My company was looking at moving to PA and NY didn't care. Some people accused us of just bluffing to try and get some handouts from the state or the county. That wasn't the case, but neither of them cared anyway. PA meanwhile has a team of people trying to get business to come into their state. Of course, the owner didn't want to spend the money now, in spite of the fact that a new building would have paid for itself in 10 years with all the money we would have saved on taxes, unemployment, etc.
I [heart] NY
I'm glad that you have the confidence to take on the world. Let's see if you still think that way after something bad happens to you.
The fact is, someone with a gun can kill you and there's not the damndest shit you can do to defend yourself.
You could shoot back.
If however someone tries to attack you with a knife you at least have the chance to try and punch them in the fact and stamp on their balls afterwards.
Please tell all these dead children how to defend against knives. Because you're thinking of the children, right?
That's why gun murders are a different problem to other murders - they're harder to defend against, and even if you have a gun yourself it doesn't help because a criminal will always ensure they get the jump.
Because the knife wielding criminals always announce themselves, right?
Even outside of that, if you do manage to fire back then there's a greater chance that stray bullets will kill innocent bystanders, something that doesn't happen when you're instead resorting to punching someone in the face.
Or you could be properly trained on how to use your gun to defend yourself. Are you trained in martial arts? You might accidentally punch a baby in the face with those unregistered deadly weapons you call hands.
But to turn your "I have never understood anti gun folk irrational fear of an inanimate object." comment around, I've never understood pro gun folks irrational fear of leaving their house without their gun or living without one in the first place. Are you really so lacking in confidence of your ability to defend yourself should someone try and physically attack you or what?
Didn't you just tell me how I can't defend myself from someone with a gun? I have such an irrational fear of being attacked with a gun that I've resorted to getting my own gun to try and even the odds. Yes, I have guns. No, I don't carry. Why? Because I live in a rural area and the crime rate diminishes the further away I get from the "gun-free zone" urban areas. The only thing I'm worried about is someone breaking in to rob the house. And even in that case, I hope that the sound of me racking the 12 gauge will be enough to scare them off because if I shoot them, NY will probably throw me in jail.
As to the handguns, that's another story. The only thing I could think of would be that they're easy to conceal, but it's entirely possible to fit an AK-47 with a fixed stock, original sling and 30-round mag under a large coat. (Don't worry, we didn't experiment with this in public)
I had some friends in the military who went over to spread our freedoms to Iraq. They said that tons of Iraqis walked around with AK's and no one cared, but they had a strong fear of pistols. Why be afraid of the pistols, when the AK's are much more dangerous? The Iraqis said that Saddam's secret police used to be the only ones that carried pistols and they learned to associate the pistols with the secret police. To me, that's a rational fear that developed out of experience. It's an experience that we never had in America, yet we have the same fear.
Also, none of them were in wheelchairs. This is DHS grasping at straws to create some boogeyman terrorists where they don't exist.
Have you thought about joining the NY State Troopers? You won't even need the SUV, they can just cut a hole in the roof of the car.