User Profile: Selfreliance

Selfreliance

Member Since: September 04, 2010

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  • [4] March 17, 2015 at 7:15pm

    Here’s my take. How about we stop letting liberals do such a crappy job of educating our children?

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  • March 9, 2015 at 7:45pm

    Yet Gallup continues to show gun ownership in the high 40%’s… and so does the ABC/WaPo poll.

    What’s really telling in ALL of these polls is that they track data at the household level, but analysis of said results never seem to mention the increase in number of households in the US (due to divorce, single parenthood, population growth, and so forth). This article, for example, compares current GSS data to data from around 1980 when the survey apparently said “about half” had a gun in the home.

    In 1980 there were 80.8 MM households according the the Census. In 2015, there were 115.2 MM. So GSS says in 1980 there were about 40 MM households (50% of 80 MM) with guns, and in 2014 there were 37 MM (32% of 115). Using the ONLY long-running survey that shows a percentage decline.

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  • [2] March 2, 2015 at 6:48pm

    The LEOPA defines armor piercing for its own context. In military terms, the M855 round is not an AP round… the 5.56 AP round is the M995.

  • [3] February 19, 2015 at 9:37am

    First, spend less energy on what anonymous people say to you over the Internet. More importantly, get your facts straight.

    “Women make up 15% of murder victims, in 90% of these cases, the murderer was a man she knew well, a husband, father, or boyfriend.” Completely false. The category in the FBI statistics you’re drawing from is “family, friend, or acquaintance.” While it does include husbands and boyfriends, the bulk of people thus classified are folks like the neighbor you see at their mailbox twice a year, a cab driver, and your drug dealer.

    “Having a gun in the house increases the likelihood of being killed by the gun by about 8 times.” This claim has been thoroughly debunked, and wasn’t based on scientific method anyway. The study authors _assumed_ that if someone had a gun in the home and were shot to death, that the gun kept in the home was the one with which they were shot… obviously bogus. What’s more, there was no control attempted for the level of danger individuals faced. Quite simply, those who lawfully keep a firearm int heir house are also those at greater risk of violence, thus more likely to be subject to murder.

    You cannot read propaganda from MAIG (now Everytown for Gun Safety) and assume it to be accurate. Everyone should know that after the debacle over their claim that there had been “100 Newtowns since Newtown,” since even CNN noted that at least 85 of the incidents they claimed were nothing like Newtown.

    Carry or don’t.

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  • [2] February 17, 2015 at 10:06am

    “95 percent of your murders and murderers, and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all of the cops. They are male, minorities, 15 to 25.”

    As Dr. John Lott points out, this claim is completely false. While blacks specifically are disproportionately represented among murder victims and murderers, and the same is true of gang-aged youth, the numbers are nothing like 95%. All blacks taken together commit around 50% of murders. Add in all other minorities and you barely crack 60%.

    As with everything else coming from Bloomberg about guns, this claim is a lie.

  • February 16, 2015 at 10:59am

    Sound research indicates that the costs of locking up guns far outweighs the benefits at a state level. No sound research indicates a net benefit. Incidents like this one — a minor in a household accesses family guns (which may or may not have been locked up) — are exceptionally rare, but John Lott’s analysis of state-wide laws for “safe storage” of firearms show approximately “300 more total murders and 4,000 more rapes occurred each year in 18 states with [safe storage] laws.”

    It may make sense on an individual level to elect to lock up one’s guns, depending on situational factors. It certainly does not make sense to mandate same. You can’t ignore the benefits to focus solely on the costs.

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  • [8] February 16, 2015 at 10:52am

    Do your research, Pastor. The costs of “lock up your weapons” are vast while the benefits are not, as well established in peer reviewed research. Lott, for example, concludes that “300 more total murders and 4,000 more rapes occurred each year in 18 states with [Safe Storage] laws.”

    You cannot simply look at one side of the equation, especially when you’re simply going to assume significant benefits on that side… there are in fact numerous examples of both A) unauthorized users — youth and otherwise — who accessed weapons that were locked up and did wrong with them and B) potential defenders of self or others who could have mounted an effective defense to wrong if they could have accessed weapons that were locked up. On top of that, _laws_ requiring safe storage generate documented increases in hot burglaries, murders, and rapes. Your conclusions are likely based on nothing more than a biased media… but you can do better than that.

  • [28] February 13, 2015 at 9:25am

    Haven’t read the book, won’t see the movie, but people have a right to their own choices. If the parties consent legitimately, don’t be stupid enough to call something two free people freely elect to do together “abuse.” Worry about you.

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  • [2] February 2, 2015 at 5:11pm

    Jinxe, are you claiming the burglar would call around to all of these neighbors, pretending to be Joseph, and alert than that he was about to use his range before he “starts shooting”? Either you didn’t notice that part of the story, or you didn’t have much of think before coming up with your scenario.

  • [1] January 29, 2015 at 11:57pm

    Apparently, MAIG — I mean Everytown — does not know the difference between advertising something for sale and selling it.

  • [15] January 28, 2015 at 7:45pm

    There’s no reason but to be a pain in the arse not to answer the question about “where you came from.” No doubt the police had to send someone to respond to the call, lacking confirmation that these were the subjects involved… and these guys should fund that waste of time.

    Exercise one’s rights does not require disrespecting others… in this case, the others whose legitimate need might go unserved while resources are wasted with absolutely no gain or purpose. Aside from this issue, I have no problem with what these guys did.

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  • [5] January 28, 2015 at 12:19pm

    If deflating them in the bathroom is your plan, surely you A) practice doing it and B) use an appropriate tool. It is simple enough to hook a pressure regulator set to blow off down to 11 PSI to an inflator needle, such that you just stick it in until the rushing air sound completes (perhaps a couple of seconds) then move on. The result is to quickly and accurately deflate 11 balls, with time to wash your hands afterwards.

  • [12] January 21, 2015 at 2:14pm

    Bryant Gumbel is the pig, and perhaps “intolerant pig” is a more apt description, not the 5 million men and women of the NRA.

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  • [4] January 5, 2015 at 1:38pm

    No. Shall issue concealed carry with national reciprocity is the best carry. Carrying openly makes one a target. Requiring a (shall issue) permit allows analysis that shows — and has repeatedly shown — that individuals licensed to carry concealed are basically the most law-abiding subset of the population that can be identified. Where open carry becomes the law, inevitably a pile of business ban the practice, as is their right. This inevitably leads to lots of guns in cars, accidental illegal policy breaking, and so forth.

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  • January 2, 2015 at 10:19am

    Did someone not learn about slavery in the US, just as an example that usually accompanies such drivel? If so, I missed that (since it’s taught currently, unlike the basics about our system of governance). How about:

    If we’re going to teach the bad, we should teach the good too.

    In its relatively short history, America has been responsible for greater prosperity, wealth creation, and advancement of the global human condition than every other country in the history of the world combined. These amazing accomplishments — referred to by those who understand the term as American Exceptionalism — came about because of a unique combination of free market economics, private property, and rule of law.

  • January 2, 2015 at 10:13am

    Is there some limit, such that posting this is keeping something that better fits your personal definition of newsworthy out? You elected to read it. Not like the topic of the article was hidden from you.

  • January 2, 2015 at 10:12am

    MR, have you actually read through the test? It would take perhaps 20 minutes to teach someone completely unfamiliar with the United States enough to pass with at least a 60 of 100. You seem to imply that a requirement such as this one in onerous somehow, and that’s simply false. Skip one episode of the Family Guy and you’re good to go.

  • [1] January 2, 2015 at 10:09am

    Sure. Since you can quote the Constitution, surely you are aware that none if the rights guaranteed therein are absolute? You can’t shout “fire” in a crowded theater despite your right to free speech, you can’t own an automatic weapon without special permission from the government despite your rights to keep and bear arms, and you can’t vote if you’ve been convicted of a felony despite your right to vote. You might say, of course, that a crime is an explicit exception. Show me the explicit exception in the Second Amendment. In any event, such a requirement should be universal… and thus federal, not the action of any individual state.

  • [15] December 19, 2014 at 4:40pm

    That’s just silly. Video games are as valid a form of entertainment as any other, and your blanket condemnation is the height of immaturity.

  • [37] December 19, 2014 at 4:36pm

    Right. Laziness, porn, and immaturity are actually great strategies for a successful relationship.

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