An excellent, excellent article. Totally agree with Jeff, funny as hell. "The fare was $32.60. Without all the detours, it would have been about $14. Isn't this fascinating?"
Thank you for a well written article. I do believe that we seriously need to examine and alter the current legal purchase system. I uphold the right of the sportsman, the target shooter, and the collector to possess their weapons. Assault weapons, some clips, etc. should really be looked at - who really needs some of this stuff except for law enforcement? Making some changes here would be an improvement, and those changes can be made without threatening anyone's rights and still have a positive impact.
One of the real problems within crime is ILLEGAL weapons. As long as you've got a few Franklins, you can show up at Rerun's house on Saturday night and get you a .38 with a 3" barrel. Until the consequences for crime involving guns is taken to a totally different level that is going to deter that type of activity, it's not going to stop, regardless of how many police are on the streets. Legislators need to do their jobs so that police can do their jobs and judges are forced to do theirs.
A final thought about possession: I do not like the thought that Bubba can sit next to me in a bar with a piece stuffed in his camoflauge jacket. I really don't want to be minding my own business enjoying a cocktail when he gets agitated at the guy looking at his girlfriend, and he comes unglued. Legislators need to use some common sense about where weapons can't be, and not be worried that their pockets won't be lined by the NRA because they attempt to exercise that common sense.
Unfortunately, both sides of the aisle are guilty of fear-mongering, which is disappointing to say the least. Partisanship, sound bites, and the "us versus them" mentality have replaced compromise and decorum in our government and in our society, which is troubling as one would expect our still relatively young country to evolve in a much more positive manner. I agree that there are a lot of "know nothings" in this country. Many tend to simply regurgitate what they hear on radio talk shows as truth without doing any research or thinking on their own. We, as Americans, need to find a way of becoming more methodical and truly dig into issues, and not depend upon a select few to do it on our behalf.
"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead." -Thomas Paine, 'The Crisis'
I've come to expect nothing different coming from The Today Show. Over the years, quasi-journalism, respectable reporting, and informative segments have been reduced to news-lite, comedy weather, mingling with the masses outside, cooking lessons, and segments about how to detect if your pet is depressed.
One question that struck me, Bruce...are you saying that Lugar was requesting this information from the State Department? Geezus, the guy has been in the Senate since 1976 and was Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations from 1985-1987 and from 2003-2007! Shouldn't he have already known this???
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