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Comment: Re: the solution: (Score 1) 483

by nbauman (#48044329) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

The earliest "gun control laws" were applied by Imperial governments to colonists, to control a growing civilian population with a remotely managed and badly outnumbered Imperial military in _every_ nation's colonies. Then there was a long gap, due to the War for Independence and the 2nd Amendment, then it started up as a US federal policy in the 1930's applied to machine guns and sawed off shotguns. It grew in the 1960's _due to the assassination of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King_, which illustrated the growing risk of assassination for respected leaders.

Not quite.
April 23, 2012 Issue
Battleground America
One nation, under the gun.
By Jill Lepore

As Adam Winkler, a constitutional-law scholar at U.C.L.A., demonstrates in a remarkably nuanced new book, “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” firearms have been regulated in the United States from the start. Laws banning the carrying of concealed weapons were passed in Kentucky and Louisiana in 1813, and other states soon followed: Indiana (1820), Tennessee and Virginia (1838), Alabama (1839), and Ohio (1859). Similar laws were passed in Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma. As the governor of Texas explained in 1893, the “mission of the concealed deadly weapon is murder. To check it is the duty of every self-respecting, law-abiding man.”

Although these laws were occasionally challenged, they were rarely struck down in state courts; the state’s interest in regulating the manufacture, ownership, and storage of firearms was plain enough. Even the West was hardly wild. “Frontier towns handled guns the way a Boston restaurant today handles overcoats in winter,” Winkler writes. “New arrivals were required to turn in their guns to authorities in exchange for something like a metal token.” In Wichita, Kansas, in 1873, a sign read, “Leave Your Revolvers at Police Headquarters, and Get a Check.” The first thing the government of Dodge did when founding the city, in 1873, was pass a resolution that “any person or persons found carrying concealed weapons in the city of Dodge or violating the laws of the State shall be dealt with according to law.” On the road through town, a wooden billboard read, “The Carrying of Firearms Strictly Prohibited.” The shoot-out at the O.K. Corral, in Tombstone, Arizona, Winkler explains, had to do with a gun-control law. In 1880, Tombstone’s city council passed an ordinance “to Provide against the Carrying of Deadly Weapons.” When Wyatt Earp confronted Tom McLaury on the streets of Tombstone, it was because McLaury had violated that ordinance by failing to leave his gun at the sheriff’s office.

The National Rifle Association was founded in 1871 by two men, a lawyer and a former reporter from the New York Times. For most of its history, the N.R.A. was chiefly a sporting and hunting association. To the extent that the N.R.A. had a political arm, it opposed some gun-control measures and supported many others, lobbying for new state laws in the nineteen-twenties and thirties, which introduced waiting periods for handgun buyers and required permits for anyone wishing to carry a concealed weapon. It also supported the 1934 National Firearms Act—the first major federal gun-control legislation—and the 1938 Federal Firearms Act, which together created a licensing system for dealers and prohibitively taxed the private ownership of automatic weapons (“machine guns”). The constitutionality of the 1934 act was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1939, in U.S. v. Miller, in which Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s solicitor general, Robert H. Jackson, argued that the Second Amendment is “restricted to the keeping and bearing of arms by the people collectively for their common defense and security.” Furthermore, Jackson said, the language of the amendment makes clear that the right “is not one which may be utilized for private purposes but only one which exists where the arms are borne in the militia or some other military organization provided for by law and intended for the protection of the state.” The Court agreed, unanimously. In 1957, when the N.R.A. moved into new headquarters, its motto, at the building’s entrance, read, “Firearms Safety Education, Marksmanship Training, Shooting for Recreation.” It didn’t say anything about freedom, or self-defense, or rights.

Comment: Re:Moire expensive car, richer driver, that's FINE (Score 1) 246

by drinkypoo (#48044091) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

I had a Audi TT convertible for a while back in the early 2000s. For some reason the pickup truck guys used to fuck with me too.

And this is why I debadged my A8. Except the grill, I haven't got to that yet. Or the teeny little Audi ovals on the sides. Gonna black out the grill logo shortly. I don't want it to look like I have bags of money. I don't. I bought the car cheap and I'm restoring it, which was stupid but there you have it.

Comment: Re:Vipers can turn just fine (Score 1) 246

by drinkypoo (#48044077) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

A 1986 sporty looking commuter car

No way. The Fiero is a sports car. Sure, it was made out of a bunch of amerishit; I've never driven one but I've sat in one and the lack of build quality is typically shocking for American cars of the era.

The Viper is a muscle car. You can get muscle cars around a track, if you're good enough. You can't simultaneously use the power. They make Viper-based race cars, but they're not really Vipers any more. Or you can replace half the suspension, but then why not buy something that handles to begin with? Like, say, a modern corvette.

Comment: Re:Prius (Score 1) 246

by drinkypoo (#48044067) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Most people don't get pulled over for doing the speed limit though, even if it is slower than the flow of traffic and causing a dangerous situation. Technically it's not against the law.

Yes, yes it is. It's against the law to drive in a manner which creates a hazardous situation. Also, in some states (e.g. California) it's illegal to clog the passing lane. You are correct, however, that most people don't get pulled over for it. I see cops go around people clogging the passing lane all the fucking time.

Comment: Re:Prius (Score 1) 246

by drinkypoo (#48044049) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

I can't believe the prius is #20. We've got those all over here... and if someone passes me doing 90 on the interstate it's usually a prius. Maybe the irony makes them stand out.

Well, we've got them all over here too (SF N.bay and beyond) and if I notice them at all it's because they're in the left lane because they think they're fast, but they're noticeable because I'm having to pass them on the right.

Comment: Re:Drug charges (Score 1) 246

by drinkypoo (#48044043) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

But I see no way to allow certain substances to be used for recreational purposes.

And because you don't see it (possibly because the responsible users have been driven underground alike with the irresponsible ones, but the irresponsible ones are the ones who act out, and thus are seen) it doesn't exist!

We can argue about exactly where that line should be drawn but there is and should be a line.

And it should be drawn before alcohol, by gum! It's the devil's spirit!

Comment: Re:Before you even start (Score 1) 246

by drinkypoo (#48044021) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

I wouldn't buy a WRX used anyway unless I knew the owner personally.

I bought my Impreza GC5 LS from a little old lady. If I were looking for a WRX, I'd be looking to buy one from a middle-aged woman. If she ever used it in anger, it would likely only have been while merging; but she might be likely enough to have actually done that occasionally to have kept massive carbon deposits from building up on the exhaust valves.

Comment: Re:Scion marketed to, trimmed for younger, less ca (Score 1) 246

by drinkypoo (#48044005) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Unfortunately, the flat 4 boxers that Subaru produce have always been lacklustre without a turbocharger.

The whole point of the car was to give affordable, usable power. You can drive the car at 9/10 on the street at legal speeds, on twisty roads anyway. Turbo kits are already around, couple them with a bit more damping (for anti-squat) and some more rubber and you're off! And the door is open to throw some more powerful engines in there later. Or, perhaps now. I'd very much like to see Subaru and Toyota each roll their own turbo kits, and each bring out their own hot version. They would differentiate the vehicles from one another, in addition to bringing in the people like yourself who feel the car requires more power.

Incidentally, those Subaru engines might be "lacklustre" but they have amazingly flat curves and they have a massive assload of headroom left in them. A lot of them can be wrung out another 1,000 RPM or more, so there's loads of room for tuning. But they're designed to take a lot of abuse. If you maintain a Subaru with a manual transmission well, you can expect it to really hold up. But they're not amazingly well-protected against corrosion, so part of that is underbody maintenance if you live someplace where that's a significant issue. That's fairly unfortunate for a brand known for all-terrain, all-weather performance.

Comment: Re:Study is quite incomplete (Score 1) 246

by drinkypoo (#48043993) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

always figured, going 75 in a 65 will maybe shave off 10 minutes... maybe

On a one-hour trip, there's no point. On a four-hour trip (or a three-hour tour) you'll save enough time to actually do something with.

also, for some reason i'm under the impression that the closer i can get to 50 the better my fuel mileage will be.

The more aerodynamic your car is, the less true that is. My '82 300SD gets its best mileage around 75, I think it has something to do with it being very aero (for its day, especially, but pretty good even by modern standards) and maybe something to do with the non-lockup torque converter. AFAICT those are most efficient at the highest RPMs, and that car cruises at pretty high RPM. My '89 240SX was the same, though it had a stick; it was an even more aerodynamic car. And though I don't have personal experience of getting it up over 26 mpg yet, the 1997 A8 Quattro is reputed to get better mileage at 90 than at 75. I don't personally dare go over about 80 in most scenarios, since I don't have all that fancy laser and radar bullshit. It too has a slush box, but it has a lockup TC. It is however more aero than either of the prior examples.

incidentally, when i drive i don't really look at my odometer anymore, i just tend to be extremely comfortable at posted to +5 of posted speeds.

The safest and most efficient thing is to drive with the flow of traffic, but without being worried about maintaining your place in the race, since you're not racing. Most people are most comfortable in such a situation, which is why you typically see long lines of relatively static traffic. I find myself most comfortable when I don't have stuff coming up behind me...

Comment: Re:Drink IPA (Score 1) 65

by drinkypoo (#48043935) Attached to: Study: Compound Found In Beer Boosts Brain Function

Name 10 pubs with Pliny on tap. List them. here. list them now.

Choke on me. Choke. Now. Choke on me now.

You just claim to like beer with 200 IBU or Dogfish overkill, and people want something a bit more subtle.

Hopfather has less IBUs than Pliny, ignoranus. You're only pretending to know anything about beer.

Comment: Re:Honestly, rifles are not the problem (Score 1) 483

by drinkypoo (#48043545) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

The best thing about dogs is their uncanny friend-or-foe instinct. [...] I've even noticed him reacting when our son is playing in the back yard and gets tackled or ends up being "it" in some game and yells out.

Oh, you mean that uncanny complete lack of friend-or-foe instinct? Yeah, I've seen that before.

Comment: Re:Honestly, rifles are not the problem (Score 1) 483

by drinkypoo (#48043531) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

But studies show that most people that commit suicide do not 'really want to commit suicide'.

Right. These are the people who commit suicide by exhaust, or by oven, or by other slow methods. They really want to be discovered. The people who commit suicide by gun will instead use a train, or a bridge.

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