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Comment Re:Simple thought experiment: (Score 1) 22

One of the jurors said yesterday that SYG was the reason for the verdict and said she'd like to see SYG repealed.

That juror was retarded, sir.

It's also not an answer to my overarching question, rather a fig leaf used to avoid it.

Comment Re:It's not about the money (Score 2) 467

The panic is that they clearly have no viable plan for participating in the mobile revolution. They have lost control of the platform.

Windows Phone is growing faster in sales than Android and iOS. I don't think you know what you're talking about.

How are you measuring that? Growing from 1 unit sold to 10 units sold yields a more impressive percent gain than moving from 900,000 units sold to 1,000,000 units sold, but who could argue, straight faced, that it's relevant?

Comment Re:Also (Score 1) 814

It could lead to LESS safety with guns. So with a smart gun people could say "I don't have to worry, it is a smart gun!" and not handle it as safely.

The huge increase in negligent discharges amongst law enforcement following the introduction of Glocks and other handguns lacking a manually operated safety tends to support your supposition. Clearly they had relied in the position of the safety rather than proper handling. (Which explains those going from 1911 to Glock. Did departments going from S&W and other revolvers experience this same increase in NDs?)

Comment Re:Smart guns... (Score 1) 814

Maryland is very close to the situation you describe as your ideal. On paper. The rules are in place for most of what you cite. However, due to prosecutorial discretion, Baltimore City (and some of the urban environs of PGC and MoCo) has one of the worst gun homicide rates in the nation. These crimes are almost invariably committed by recidivist criminals who should have been off the streets years prior for years longer.

The weird thing is during our legislative session this year, we heard from the mayor and the head of the state police and some activists about how we need more gun laws. The only people mentioning the need to enforce laws on the books were the pro gun types. And I guarantee that during elections next year, we will not hear the mayor, the governor, or the head of the state police argue against the re-election of state's attorneys based on them pleaing out gun charges in the past.

TL;dr: Great idea, political assholes will screw it up.

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