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#751 UncleBob

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:55 PM

Edit: By some estimations, 18 wheelers do 99% of the road damage. We can pay less taxes, and pay more for everything we buy (including food). Would that somehow make you happy?


Actually, if they raised gas taxes to cover road repairs and maintenance and stopped taking money from other funds, I'd be thrilled...

Would it raise the cost of goods? Yup. But if people knew what those cheap goods *really* cost them, they'd be less likely to buy so much crap (partially because they could no longer afford quite as much).

Allowing corporations to hide the true cost of goods (in this came, transportation of the goods) additionally allows them increase their profits - thanks to taxpayer money.
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:22 AM

Which has always been a hilarious thing because railroads had to pay for their maintenance of way themselves while truckers and trucking companies use publicly maintained roads and pay the same low gas tax as some dude in his Civic.


The cost will get passed to consumers, so railroads paying the maintenance themselves is BS. Just like when the price of a barrel of oil shot up, Exxon somehow had record profits. The corporations don't share the cost at all.

But even those in small cars should pay a higher gas tax. There is one tax I am in favor of raising *today* and that is the federal gas tax. It should have been raised a long time ago and again in increments over the years. In the long run I'd like to see us move to a vehicle mileage tax if we can come to a consensus on the privacy concerns.


If people could get by everywhere without having to own cars, like in NYC, I'd support this. If I worked within walking distance of my work, it'd cost hundreds more a month in rent. To take public transit would take me over 2 hours per way, assuming I don't get to work after 8, and don't leave work past 6. Else it's 2-3 hours per way. Without traffic, driving is 17 minutes.

Would it raise the cost of goods? Yup. But if people knew what those cheap goods *really* cost them, they'd be less likely to buy so much crap (partially because they could no longer afford quite as much).

Allowing corporations to hide the true cost of goods (in this came, transportation of the goods) additionally allows them increase their profits - thanks to taxpayer money.


I mostly agree, except if it causes a lot less spending, then the economy will also hit a recession. If Americans in general were smarter, maybe it'd be better.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:38 AM

So this seems like a good place to ask, just how much responsibility should a gun owner have when it comes to their firearms? I ask because I was reading up earlier on a few cases where kids accidentally shot themselves/others with a family member's gun. To me the owner should be charged with negligent homicide (and in many cases they were), but in a few cases they actually weren't, which pretty much leaves them free of any responsibility in the death of whomever was killed.

So, since the "liberals" are all about skirting responsibility, what would the conservative, responsibility loving answer be? ;)
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:31 PM

They apparently don't even care if they lose they guns, I'm not exactly that confident in a nice answer for conservatives.

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#755 UncleBob

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:23 PM

It should be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Just like if someone steals your car or your kitchen knifes, then goes out and kills people. A judge and a jury of your peers should be able to review the facts of the case and make a judgement based on those.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:20 PM

I'd be more comfortable with guns if:
  • I was fully confident any/all owner had specific training
  • We lost the GUNS R FUKKIN AWSUM YEEHAW mentality
So basically, education and maturity. It seems like the attitude of Americans is very much like your typical Call of Duty pre-game lobby. There's just so little respect paid toward this device that is designed to kill, kill quickly, and kill repeatedly. Instead, it's treated like a toy, complete with lack of understanding and near total lack of responsibility.

Note: I am not saying this is everyone, or all gun owner, or whatever bullshit words you want to say I said when I clearly didn't. Our culture is obsessed with violence, and there's little attempt to ever ask anyone if they have honest understanding of what a gun can do. We want the AMERICA Fuck YEAH attitude colliding with potential deadly force, and that just seems unsettling.

Hell, I'd be up for mandatory military service for all 18 year olds if I thought everyone came out of that at least knowing how to operate a gun, how to aim properly, how to assess situations, etc. I think that would be a better deterrent than anything - this idea that everyone you're around is trained and mentality capable of utilizing a firearm. And again - I'm well aware there are individuals like this already.

In the same way that other societal constructs are treated with a complete lack of respect and empathy, it bothers me to think that people can pick up a gun relatively easily and start empowering themselves to ending life should that situation arise. I'd feel a lot better about it if the culture seemed less proud of that kind of thing, showcasing instead reverence instead of FUCKYEAHness.

But I'm conservative in this manner, in the sense that I think empathy has practically disappeared from society at large. I'm the guy walking around wanting to help, assist, protect, donate, be charitable, let others go before me, etc. And this earns me - by society's standards - the wonderful label of being a pussy. Haha, ok.


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#757 Clak

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:12 PM

I think that needs to be stated, that it isn't guns that worry me, it's dumbasses with guns. You take your average dumbass (they aren't hard to find...) and arm him, now that dumbass is dangerous.

Now before I hear one more damn comparison between guns and cars, yeah I worry about the dumbass drivers out there too, but cars are necessary for a lot of people, guns aren't.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:15 PM

I'd be more comfortable with guns if:

  • I was fully confident any/all owner had specific training
  • We lost the GUNS R FUKKIN AWSUM YEEHAW mentality
So basically, education and maturity. It seems like the attitude of Americans is very much like your typical Call of Duty pre-game lobby. There's just so little respect paid toward this device that is designed to kill, kill quickly, and kill repeatedly. Instead, it's treated like a toy, complete with lack of understanding and near total lack of responsibility.

Note: I am not saying this is everyone, or all gun owner, or whatever bullshit words you want to say I said when I clearly didn't. Our culture is obsessed with violence, and there's little attempt to ever ask anyone if they have honest understanding of what a gun can do. We want the AMERICA Fuck YEAH attitude colliding with potential deadly force, and that just seems unsettling.

Hell, I'd be up for mandatory military service for all 18 year olds if I thought everyone came out of that at least knowing how to operate a gun, how to aim properly, how to assess situations, etc. I think that would be a better deterrent than anything - this idea that everyone you're around is trained and mentality capable of utilizing a firearm. And again - I'm well aware there are individuals like this already.

In the same way that other societal constructs are treated with a complete lack of respect and empathy, it bothers me to think that people can pick up a gun relatively easily and start empowering themselves to ending life should that situation arise. I'd feel a lot better about it if the culture seemed less proud of that kind of thing, showcasing instead reverence instead of FUCKYEAHness.

But I'm conservative in this manner, in the sense that I think empathy has practically disappeared from society at large. I'm the guy walking around wanting to help, assist, protect, donate, be charitable, let others go before me, etc. And this earns me - by society's standards - the wonderful label of being a pussy. Haha, ok.


Your problem is that your tone makes people assume that you think most people do not treat firearms with respect.

"It seems like the attitude of Americans is very much like your typical Call of Duty pre-game lobby."

What kind of out of touch BS is that?

Just as people driving get into accidents because they do not drive with the maturity they should, stupid people will do stupid things with guns. And for the most part they ARE held responsible. You can pick out the individual cases in which they aren't but for the most part they are.

Kind of like the video the guy posted a few posts ago of people doing stupid things with guns. Then I posted a video of people walking into walls/random objects. You can't get rid of stupid no matter how hard you try. You can't try to legislate it away either.

And you are overstating the whole "fuckyeah" mentality. Having and shooting a gun and being excited over it, is very similar to having that sports car, or 70 inch tv. Maybe we should get over that 160mph sportscar fuckyeah mentality, those things are dangerous.

I think that needs to be stated, that it isn't guns that worry me, it's dumbasses with guns. You take your average dumbass (they aren't hard to find...) and arm him, now that dumbass is dangerous.

Now before I hear one more damn comparison between guns and cars, yeah I worry about the dumbass drivers out there too, but cars are necessary for a lot of people, guns aren't.


Oops, there is your one more comparison.

So you are pretty much derailing a constitutional right, because you are paranoid that someone is going to shoot you accidentally or otherwise. Excellent reason.

Also it doesn't matter in the least that you see guns as unneccessary. Not one bit.

edit: I also enjoy how all of this anti gun talk is increasing gun sales. Tell us how you really feel America. Great effect you guys are having, you may get rid of those damn scary black rifles, but there are a million more pistols around than before.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:09 AM

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:01 AM

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A tragedy, not just for Mr. Diaz's family and friends but the community Lillburn & Gwinett County as well.

Mr. Sailors is currently in jail, held without bond and charged with malice-murder (for those unaware, GA doesn't use murder 1/2 designations but instead Murder and two types of manslaughter); That fact, coupled with an incident that seems to have transpired with no considerable provocation means he is likely looking at facing the death-penalty GA and if not, life in prison w/o parole and a 30 year life sentence at a minimum.

Would Diaz still be alive had Sailors not been weilding a .22 rimfire pistol? Possibly.

So what does one make of your post?

Do you want use this as a springboard to justify a ban .22 rim-fire pistols too, in addition to an AWB, or is this yet another anecdotal assault on ERRREZPAHWNSEEBLE GUHN-NUHTZ ARMED TO THE TEETH?! (Annoying isn't it, talk about pablum.) Certainly don't let it go to waste.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:07 AM

another anecdotal assault on ERRREZPAHWNSEEBLE GUHN-NUHTZ ARMED TO THE TEETH?!


Please, indulge me. How else might you categorize Sailors?

[satire]My point was that more people should carry firearms, of course. Clearly Diaz could have saved his own life if he has pulled up on the driveway and started firing at Sailors first.[/satire]
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#762 IRHari

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:12 AM

Please, indulge me. How else might you categorize Sailors?

[satire]My point was that more people should carry firearms, of course. Clearly Diaz could have saved his own life if he has pulled up on the driveway and started firing at Sailors first.[/satire]


It's clearly what the founders intended.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:16 AM

Please, indulge me. How else might you categorize Sailors?

You tell me, other than calling 911 because a strange car was in his driveway, firing a warning shot before waiting and discharging it at a stranger (who was not inside his home, but according to Sailors' attorney, lurched his car towards him and his home) and owning a .22 pistol is all I know of the man. You apparently know something I don't?

I'm not so quick to jump to conclusions.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:27 AM

Naturally one is inclined to wonder who the heck is in your driveway but the act of leaving your house with a gun to confront that person is reckless and any violence that ensues should be considered criminal. Growing up I lived on a dead end street. I cannot even count the number of people pulling into my house's driveway at all hours. Sometimes they would pause there while maybe figuring out directions. Never once did my parent says let go out there and see who it is much less say lets take the rifle out with us. This is not a gun issue really (except that a gun made it easy for this elderly man to kill a kid) but rather an issue of the fear mongering in today's United States. My county sheriff (Milwaukee) is in a big what to do because he is going out and telling people to get a gun because "911 is not a great option". When law enforcement is saying YOU can do a better job at protecting yourself than the police can you are going have things like this happen.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:35 AM

I always brandish a firearm when I open my front door. don't you? sure, it freaks out the mail carrier *daily*, but that's the price of freedom.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:03 AM

I always brandish a firearm when I open my front door. don't you? sure, it freaks out the mail carrier *daily*, but that's the price of freedom.


Do you think, or are you implying that Mr. Sailors made a daily habit of this?

Would the fact that your neighbor's home had been recently robbed make you more skittish?

Do you think that might have induced a degree of hypervigilence on Sailors part?

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:05 AM

Do you think, or are you implying that Mr. Sailors made a daily habit of this?

Would the fact that your neighbor's home had been recently robbed make you more skittish?

Do you think that might have induced a degree of hypervigilence on Sailors part on his behalf?


vigilance. with an a.

And yes, I wholly agree with you. Which is *precisely* what makes bring trigger-happy a problem. Hypervigilant and armed *is* a problem; you see it as sensible. That freaks me the Fuck out.

Don't pull the "I'm not so quick to jump to conclusions" card at the same time that you have already shown that you are more than willing to do nothing but consider one side of the matter. You, depending on your age, had already decided your opinion on this before Diaz was born. Your whole approach is to see only the perspective that implies that Sailors was totally justified in killing someone with his firearm. If I had the energy and interest, I'd love to delve into the Trayvon Martin shooting thread to see if you had anything to say there, too.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:14 AM

I think that was before he decided to grace us with his presence. I would however like to point out that Sailors is one of the dumbasses I was speaking of above.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:17 AM

vigilance. with an a.

Indeed, i should speel chek.


Your whole approach is to see only the perspective that implies that Sailors was totally justified in killing someone with his firearm. If I had the energy and interest, I'd love to delve into the Trayvon Martin shooting thread to see if you had anything to say there, too.


On the contrary, my initial reaction is that Sailors is justifiably charged, I thought my first post after yours made that clear.

I was enjoying asking you questions to further ferret out your obvious bias and motives as you, depending on your youth, had already decided your opinion on this even before Sailors is tried. :roll:

I think that was before he decided to grace us with his presence. I would however like to point out that Sailors is one of the dumbasses I was speaking of above.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:22 AM

Why does no one ever mention that shit hole chicago when someone is murdered

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:29 AM

I was enjoying asking you questions to further ferret out your obvious bias and motives as you, depending on your youth, had already decided your opinion on this even before Sailors is tried. :roll:


I'm not a court, I'm not deciding whether or not he's guilty of murdering Diaz.

I'm simply stating that the presence of a firearm, in the hands of someone clearly overreacting to a situation from the moment they stepped outside, facilitated the taking of a life in way that was made far easier - far too easy.

The "too easy" part is my opinion; the rest is indisputable fact.

This is the precise kind of situation that shows that while ideologues may parade out "people kill people, not guns" rhetoric, the guns make it really fucking easy to kill people. And that's not noble, that's a problem.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:46 AM

That's the thing that people don't seem to understand when they talk about the increase in violence committed with knives in places like the UK where they ban most guns. Even if people did start using knives, it's a fair bit harder (and more personal) to kill someone with a knife. Shooting someone from feet away, vs running up to them and stabbing them is quite different.

Guns offer people the ability to distance themselves a bit from what they're doing, it's just point and click, so to speak.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:55 AM

Why does no one ever mention that shit hole chicago when someone is murdered

Maybe because murders in the ghetto tend to be clear cut personal cases, whereas when it happens in some lily white suburb, it tends to be some white dude that freaks the Fuck out and kills random people for whatever reason. The fact that these types of events are happening with increased frequency is something that needs to be looked at.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:51 PM

That's the thing that people don't seem to understand when they talk about the increase in violence committed with knives in places like the UK where they ban most guns. Even if people did start using knives, it's a fair bit harder (and more personal) to kill someone with a knife. Shooting someone from feet away, vs running up to them and stabbing them is quite different.

Guns offer people the ability to distance themselves a bit from what they're doing, it's just point and click, so to speak.


So your solution is to make it more difficult for people to get guns, so that the scared people who are able to get guns accidentally shoot innocent people out of fear with their now law abiding gun?

Because Mr. Sailor wouldn't be able to get a gun with your "strict" gun laws? Or do you just want to ban them altogether?

And do your damn homework on the UK if you want to bring it up, the firearm ban there has done nothing. Absolutely nothing.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:15 PM

Maybe because murders in the ghetto tend to be clear cut personal cases, whereas when it happens in some lily white suburb, it tends to be some white dude that freaks the Fuck out and kills random people for whatever reason. The fact that these types of events are happening with increased frequency is something that needs to be looked at.


Prove it.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:29 PM

Prove it.


People don't like facts; like the fact that gun violence has increased in Chicago just about every year since they made Chicago a no carry zone (you can't say gun ban because the silly's on this thread will argue semantics)

Here are some interesting gun facts though:

Crime and Self-Defense

* Roughly 16,272 murders were committed in the United States during 2008. Of these, about 10,886 or 67% were committed with firearms.[11]

* A 1993 nationwide survey of 4,977 households found that over the previous five years, at least 0.5% of households had members who had used a gun for defense during a situation in which they thought someone "almost certainly would have been killed" if they "had not used a gun for protection." Applied to the U.S. population, this amounts to 162,000 such incidents per year. This figure excludes all "military service, police work, or work as a security guard."[12]

* Based on survey data from the U.S. Department of Justice, roughly 5,340,000 violent crimes were committed in the United States during 2008. These include simple/aggravated assaults, robberies, sexual assaults, rapes, and murders.[13] [14] [15] Of these, about 436,000 or 8% were committed by offenders visibly armed with a gun.[16]

* Based on survey data from a 2000 study published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology,[17] U.S. civilians use guns to defend themselves and others from crime at least 989,883 times per year.[18]

* A 1993 nationwide survey of 4,977 households found that over the previous five years, at least 3.5% of households had members who had used a gun "for self-protection or for the protection of property at home, work, or elsewhere." Applied to the U.S. population, this amounts to 1,029,615 such incidents per year. This figure excludes all "military service, police work, or work as a security guard."[19]

* A 1994 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Americans use guns to frighten away intruders who are breaking into their homes about 498,000 times per year.[20]

* A 1982 survey of male felons in 11 state prisons dispersed across the U.S. found:[21]

• 34% had been "scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim"
• 40% had decided not to commit a crime because they "knew or believed that the victim was carrying a gun"
• 69% personally knew other criminals who had been "scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim"[22]

* Click here to see why the following commonly cited statistic does not meet Just Facts' Standards of Credibility: "In homes with guns, the homicide of a household member is almost 3 times more likely to occur than in homes without guns."



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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:52 PM

Wow, only 10,000 gun deaths in 08? I didn't realize that was so low. And then you have to factor in how many of those are drug or gang related...
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:07 PM

The site's called Just Facts, so you know it contains...just facts.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:11 PM

The site's called Just Facts, so you know it contains...just facts.

derrrrrp. What's a "whois" search?


I guess I should have taken the under.....

So you are going to dispute the information in that webpage? Typical....

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:46 PM

Prove it.

Yeah, I totally meant that it happens every day now.

I guess I should have taken the under.....

So you are going to dispute the information in that webpage? Typical....

The only determining factor as to why people commit crimes with guns is because their victims don't have guns, you say? And then you wonder why that source isn't taken seriously?