a) I was only a few years older than those students.
b) English is my second language.
No, they only level the playing field. While having a gun will deter the criminal that doesn't want confrontation, it doesn't deter the criminal that is looking to steal guns. It is a simple concept that seems to be lost to the anti gun types.
That's nice. We need more guns to protect ourselves from the gun-toting bad guys who got theirs by stealing our previous stash. Sounds like the only people winning this game are the people selling guns.
The only excuses for guns are the hobbies of hunting and target shooting. It's not worth it.
The primary purpose of protecting the right to own firearms is to allow the civilian populace of the United States to maintain the necessary power to resist and possibly violently overthrow an oppressive, out-of-control government.
Hunting and target shooting are just side benefits.
Uh, yeah. About that. Did you notice the constant erosion of your rights since 9/11? Where's the revolt? Where's the outrage? Your representatives have sold you down the river to score cheap political points. Think about that while going through your complimentary TSA groping before your next flight.
And please get your act together before Stephen Harper borrows more ideas from down south.
Would you rather A) be unarmed, or B) have a concealed pistol.
In short, would I want to spend every waking moment surrounded by people who are armed to the teeth for the highly unlikely offchance that I happen to be in a situation like this one at some point, and then hope that amateurs take him down without hitting even more innocent people in the smoke, darkness, and chaos?
There was an incident in Montréal (Canada) last year where police officers firing upon a criminal hit and killed a random passerby about half a block away. If trained police officers in relatively controlled conditions can kill innocent people, I'd hate to see what would happen if a bunch of amateurs started firing in a crowded and smoky movie theater.
What happened to just being good to each other, self sacrifice.. about actually "giving" and caring for people
The American "Christian" Right abolished all that. Didn't you hear? It's all about judging others now.
> Seriously, though, it seems to me that infrastructure spending is one of those no-brainer things that shouldn't even be a question.
Of course it's a question; why should it be any different just because it's "infrastructure?" If there is demand for it, let the free-market provide it... nothing dictates that "infrastructure" be provided by some entity that maintains a monopoly on the use of force. Note too that "free market" includes voluntarily assembled co-operatives and communes. Communal activity for common good is one thing... forced participation in some initiative, at the point of a gun barrel, is something quite different.
Back in the early 2000s, Ontario (that's in Canada) de-regulated the power market. A few months later, the government had to step in again, because your much-vaunted free market had more than doubled electricity rates in the space of a few months.
It's not about education. What's happening is certain groups are training people to believe things are true based on "because I say so" instead of "I can prove it". Pretty scary, if you think about the implications.
They *are* saying they can prove it, and then point to the Bible. What's really scary is when people just reply "Okay".
Why don't you look at how much work the lawyers put in, over how many years.
I think it would be interesting to know how much of that work and time was actually necessary and much served to pad pockets.
That depends on the country. Many countries grant Americans an implicit visa to travel there for tourism for a specific period of time, but many others do not. India and Vietnam are two examples that immediately come to mind. Some countries will grant you a visa in the airport after you fill out some paperwork, while others require you to apply from outside the country in advance (and waiting periods vary).
You should travel more.
Indeed. I had to get a tourism visa to enter China, coming in from Canada.