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  1. “Our proper focus “is not to look at how to keep certain guns from all people, but how to keep all guns from certain people.” As a gun owner and a proponent of maintaining the 2nd Amendment, much of what the author of this Op-Ed piece advocates is the most sensible take on gun control/safety that I have read in a very long time. The obsessive focus on the type of gun, i.e., the so-called "assault weapon" (which nobody is agreement on its definition), is totally misplaced and counter-productive, as this essay points out. Similarly, eliminating guns in general in this country, is a fantasy, given the approximate 300 million guns in circulation today. There are an awful lot of paranoid reactionaries on both sides of the 2nd Amendment debate. Both sides, from the fanatical 2A’ers to the fanatical gun-banners, will both likely disparage and deny the author's suggestions for policy, the ones that actually are supported by hard, empirical evidence. The 2A’ers will talk about the slippery slope, say that gun ownership is a God-given right and that the 2nd Amendment only means defending oneself against intruders and "government tyranny" and wrap up with "my cold, dead hands!" The other anti-gun extremists will talk about "weapons of war", evil "Assault weapons" and hit every heart-string about the horrific mass-shootings from Newtown and Parkland up to this past week. No sane person wants mass shootings. But how many actually CARE about urban and inner-city murders, and other wanton shootings and how many ignore it? Talk about the government going after and confiscating guns per se is a non-starter and will not happen, IMHO. Attempting to getting guns out of the hands of the wrong people not only would get a lot more traction, but would be truly effective in mitigating the awful rate of killings. AVB-AMG
  2. Yesterday, April 8, 2021, Dan Gross, the co-founder of the Center for Gun Rights and Responsibility, as well as formerly, from 2012 -2017, the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, authored an interesting Op-Ed piece in The New York Times, titled: I Helped Lead the Gun Control Movement. It’s Asking the Wrong Questions. A campaign galvanized by mass shootings and assault weapons will inevitably find itself in a dead end. But there’s a way out. Here is the link to the article with a cut&paste of it below: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/08/opinion/politics/i-helped-lead-the-gun-control-movement-its-asking-the-wrong-questions.html?smid=url-share My brother was critically injured in a mass shooting atop the Empire State Building almost 25 years ago. Every time another such shooting makes headlines it breaks my heart to know that other families are experiencing the same shock, horror and grief that ours has. It also breaks my heart to see gun control supporters, part of a movement I once helped to lead, repeat the mistakes that doom us all to the unacceptable status quo: tens of thousands of shooting deaths a year. The pattern is as familiar as it is tragic: In the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting, the main demand of political leaders and gun control groups is a federal assault weapons ban. The news media, which seems to pay attention to gun laws only in the wake of mass shootings, amplifies that call, mostly taking at face value the idea that an assault weapons ban is the best way to prevent “gun violence.” Then, as headlines about the latest calamity fade, so do the hopes of federal policy change. If this pattern plays out again after the shootings in Georgia and Colorado, no one should be surprised. One of the most common questions I have gotten from journalists has been, “If things didn’t change as a result of (insert previously unthinkable tragedy here), how can we ever expect them to change?” I believe that is the wrong question and illustrates the problem with the gun control debate in the United States. Though it does not grab national headlines, the daily toll of gun deaths and injuries is just as horrifying as our mass shootings, and more preventable as a matter of policy. The gun control movement should focus on the deaths and injuries that are most common, rather than be galvanized by mass shootings like the one that put my brother in a coma. Of the nearly 40,000 deaths involving guns in 2019, well under 1 percent were caused by what the F.B.I. defines as “active shooter” incidents. In an average year, around 60 percent of deaths involving guns are suicides and upward of 30 percent are homicides that don’t meet the “active shooter” definition, like episodes of domestic and gang violence. Even unintentional shootings (about 1 percent of the total) outnumber mass shootings. There are far more effective means to prevent these sadly routine tragedies than by focusing on assault weapons. And that means that it is both wrong and counterproductive for advocacy organizations and elected leaders to use the moments when the public is focused on gun control to push an assault weapons ban. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t disagree with the intent of an assault weapons ban. I led the organization that before my tenure as president helped to pass the 1994 federal ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004, and I believe there is no place in civilized society for guns that are made for the express purpose of killing people. But the fact is that if one were to objectively list solutions based purely on how much they would lower the number of gun deaths in our country, an assault weapons ban would not be high on the list. When an assault weapons ban is debated, the conversation inevitably becomes a technical and confusing one. While there is no standard definition of an “assault weapon,” much of the focus in the wake of mass shootings is on semiautomatic AR-15-style rifles. Yet most mass shootings, like most gun fatalities in this country, are committed with handguns. As important, though, the name of the policy includes the word “ban.” Gun control supporters like to mention the backing of “the overwhelming majority of gun owners” for “common-sense policies.” But calling for a ban of any sort just makes it easy for opposing politicians and organizations to cast anyone seeking policy change as a “gun grabber” seeking to take away the Second Amendment rights of responsible and law-abiding gun owners. To create real and lasting change, we must end the culture war over guns. Instead, gun control groups are helping to perpetuate it. No decent human being, whether gun owner or not, wants to live in a country with our level of shooting deaths. The most meaningful way to deal with the problem, though, is not to look at how to keep certain guns from all people, but how to keep all guns from certain people — the people almost all of us agree should not have guns. I have spent the past two years building relationships with leaders in the gun rights community, and have found that this framing leads us to common ground. And it points to five specific moves that together would have an enormous impact: Vigorously pursue and prosecute the small percentage of gun dealers who are knowingly contributing to the illegal gun trade (a trade that is disproportionately hurting communities of color). Identify opportunities to strengthen the background check system by adding prohibited purchasers that we all, including 90 percent of gun owners, agree should not have guns. For instance, federal rules governing privacy for health records could be modified to allow mental health clinicians to identify those who are a threat to themselves or others, so that they could be temporarily added to the National Instant Check System. This would have to include exemptions for private sales that may make some gun control supporters uncomfortable; but in the end, in combination with the other measures listed here, it would result in a significant improvement to public safety. Invest in a large-scale education and awareness campaign on the dangers of owning and carrying guns, and what can be done to mitigate those dangers. It is crucial that these efforts be led in partnership with gun rights groups and public health experts and that they remain free from any judgment about gun ownership or connection with political advocacy. There are many initiatives already, such as public education about the warning signs of mental illness and suicide, which have proved effective and could be models. Expand on the work of “violence interrupters” and similar programs proved to reduce gun violence in cities. Clearly define what it means to be a federally licensed firearm dealer, with standards that include sales volume. For years, gun control groups have talked about closing the “gun show loophole.” The real problem is not specifically gun shows but people who are regularly selling multiple guns to strangers, regardless of the venue, without being required to conduct the same background check that a federally licensed dealer must. Not only does this clearly contribute to straw-man purchasing and gun trafficking; it also puts honest dealers at a competitive disadvantage. When I was considered a leader in the gun control movement, a lot of attention was paid by other groups on how to “rebrand” the pursuit of preventing gun deaths: “Gun control?” “Gun violence prevention?” “Gun safety?” As a former advertising executive myself, I always found this conversation superficial and frustrating. It takes more than a name and talking points to shape perceptions of any brand, no less such an important social issue. It takes a fundamental truth, a deep empathy for the people you are trying to reach and a disciplined focus on reinforcing that truth with everything you do and say. The truth is, an assault weapons ban is not the most effective thing we can do to prevent gun violence, and the resulting debate undermines the extent to which the American public agrees on solutions that could bring us closer to what we all want, which is to make our homes, schools and communities safer.
  3. @45Doll, @67gtonut, @JohnnyB, @Pizza Bob, @NJRulz & @GRIZ and others: FYI - Now here is a truly amazing, intriguing and very touching car story about what arguably IMHO, could and should be considered one of “the last forgotten muscle cars”…. It is the story of a car referred to as “The Black Ghost” – a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE with a 426 Hemi Engine, ordered new in triple black colors by Godfrey Qualls, a decorated U.S. Army paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne, then Green Beret, who served in Vietnam, who later became a motorcycle cop, married, then a father, who street raced this car in Detroit in the 1970’s and beat everyone he raced. (Also, there is an interesting sidebar story regarding the Shaker Hood….) The car has survived and this YouTube video is the compelling story about the car, its owner and its ultimate fate…. Enjoy AVB-AMG
  4. @Downtownv: The cleaners suggested by others above for the most part work fine, so this really is a matter of personal preference. Some folks here just continue to use what they have always used, uninterested in trying anything new or different that may actually be an improvement. As I am sure you are aware, there are numerous products on the market that are made specifically to Clean, Lubricate and Protect (CLP) firearms, as well as lubricants intended for other applications, (i.e. Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil). Most of them work just fine for firearms and the important thing is to use them on a regular basis. My preference is to use separate products to clean, lubricate and protect my firearms, instead of using one product that claims to do all of the above (CLP), such as Ballistol multi-use spray or Break Free CLP. While these products may work fine for some folks, I do not believe that one size fits all. I find it hard to believe that one product will do as good a job of cleaning, lubricating and protecting all parts of a firearm, as compared to different products that are formulated to do one specific task and do it really well. For the past five years, I have been using the M-Pro 7 military grade gun cleaning system and lubricant product line, using their specific products for each task. Check out their web site for more information: http://www.mpro7.com/ FYI, the M-Pro 7 products are used by the U.S. military and perform above the minimum MILSPEC requirements. For example, the minimum cleaning efficiency for the MILSPEC is 70%. In an independent government funded test the M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner scored 98% cleaning efficiency for one cleaning pass and worked 4 times faster than most other cleaners, which scored between 50% - 74% cleaning efficiency. Also, I appreciate that all M-Pro7 gun cleaning products are odorless, non-hazardous, biodegradable and non-flammable, unlike some of the cleaners suggested by others. Also, they use a unique blend of modern chemical technologies containing corrosion inhibitors and surfactants with a non-toxic solvent base to provide superior cleaning without the intense smell of other cleaners, (i.e. Hoppe's in particular). The M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner thoroughly strips the surface of all oil and grease. It breaks up carbon particles from the bore steel, therefore allowing for a very good job of removing both the surface carbon particles along with the embedded metal fouling. In the cleaning process I use brass and soft bristle brushes, cotton patches as well as bore snakes in tandem, treated with the cleaning solution. I then use a can of compressed air to blow out any remaining cleaning solution from those hard to reach areas. Once it is dry, I will apply the appropriate gun oil or grease as the lubricant, where necessary. I hope this helps and gives you another option to consider.... AVB-AMG
  5. @Sniper: What you do is certainly another very good option to help address the growing hunger problem in NJ and nationally, so I applaud your efforts in that regard. In the mid-2000’s, I had conversations with the management of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) during their fund raiser events. From those discussions I decided to follow their suggestion that with a financial donation they receive, they can then best determine what their specific needs are to fill on a weekly basis. Specifically, what food items are in the most demand at that time, as well as what programs would benefit the most from an infusion of money. Thus, my reasoning for contributing money to them instead of actual food items, so they can decide where it should be best applied, on an ongoing basis. Also, they have a very high percentage, (93.9%) of donated dollars that go towards the actual expenses of the programs, services and food that it delivers. (see links below) https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3545 https://cfbnj.org/ FYI, for the last several years when I was working full-time, I signed up for a automatic monthly financial donation to the CFBNJ, charged directly to my credit card. It was the easiest way to contribute to a highly regarded charity that provides a much-needed important service to those suffering from food insecurities in our state. AVB-AMG
  6. @Mrs. Peel: I thought I would resurrect this thread that you started two years ago around Thanksgiving, since it is as relevant now, if not even more so, as we near the end of this very traumatic and devastating year of 2020. After seeing the long lines of cars of families around our country, lined up to receive supplies of food from Food Banks, it certainly made an impression on me. Therefore, I decided to make another financial donation to our local food bank, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. They have recently announced a 3 for 1 match of any dollar donations made to them, by the Dec. 31st 2020. I have already made a couple of donations to them earlier this year due to the many food hardships either directly or indirectly caused by the COVID-19 virus pandemic. I was waiting to see what the presumed final bill in Congress will include that is expected to be finalized and approved before Christmas and what it may include towards this very important charitable cause. But since they are taking so damn long to agree to a compromise, I made my contribution online today. As far as I am concerned, making sure that Americans have enough food to survive is far more of basic necessity than many other charities right now, especially since so many people are still out of work and cannot afford the basic necessities of life. FYI, I prefer to donate to charities whose causes I believe in and who have a proven historical track record of having a very high percentage of each dollar donated ACTUALLY going to that cause, and not to support an administrative bureaucracy. My preference is to give money to help people and not send messages.... AVB-AMG
  7. To give folks further perspective on what @GRIZ is referring to in his post above, here are links to videos on those first two vehicles.... AVB-AMG https://youtu.be/Ct-KlbvGXgo https://youtu.be/QYXSKto-nVY
  8. My initial impression of using a red-dot sight on a hand gun is that it is rather complicated and not as intuitive, let alone as fast to acquire the target as the more traditional iron sights, night sights or fiber optic sights. It is just one more thing that could go wrong and has to be dealt with as a maintenance issue. Considering the added weight to the gun, battery life and complexity, I am not sure that they are worth to money, effort or hassle to use them. To me, the red dot sights seem to make more sense on a rifle, which I have on mine. Our home defense handgun has a green laser/gun light combination which seems to work quite well when I have successfully practiced using it at the range in distances from 7-25 yards, achieving close groupings. I think in a actual real emergency, when one's adrenalin is flowing and one's heart is pumping rapidly, that combination would be more dependable than a handgun with a red dot. Of course, to each their own.... Just my thoughts..... AVB-AMG
  9. Maybe not really "that last forgotten muscle car", but certainly a sleeper in general appearance, is what is IMHO, one of the best all-around motor vehicles available today. If I was in the market today for a car that was practical, yet truly fun to drive, comfortably seats 4 people, (possibly even 5), that has all-wheel drive for all-season road conditions, all current state-of-the-art safety and hi-tech features, a generous amount of storage/cargo space and a wonderfully ridiculous powerful hand-assembled turbocharged engine that puts out 600+ hp, it would be a current or recent model year Mercedes-Benz E63s AMG Wagon. It has more usable storage space than most typical SUV's and has a supercar 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds! Pretty darn fast for a non-descript grocery/kid hauler....with amazing engine exhaust acoustics! While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I do think it is quite nice looking as well. The only real downside is the current MSRP of around $125,000. AVB-AMG
  10. @xXxplosive: You are making a number of strong assertions, having never been to RTSP yourself and just relying on what your son conveyed to you as his one time experience. Maybe you may want to consider giving them a break and then see for yourself, first hand and then decide. Yes, RTSP is expensive compared to many other ranges, but I find that you usually get what you pay for and I have been pleased with my experiences at their ranges in both Randolph and Union. IMHO, they are one of the best gun ranges/gun retailers/firearm retailers in NJ. I do agree with you that there is an added risk of shooting at any public gun range with others who are new to firearms, first-time shooters and folks who just walk in, (drive in), off the street to shoot. That is why when I was a member I would only go there to shoot during the members-only hours, since it was usually less crowded. Yet, more importantly, I was confident and perceived that almost all of the other members there with me were knowledgeable and experienced gun enthusiasts who knew the range rules and practiced safe operating procedures. If I wanted to practice drawing from my holster and double-tapping a target at various distances, I would tell the Range Safety Officer (RSO), that is what I would like to do and would ask their permission first. Showing respect and courtesy usually allows you to do what you want within reason.... Frankly, like @brucin, I decided not to renew my membership at RTSP once the COVID-19 virus pandemic shut down the gun ranges, as a purely economic choice. When the state of NJ finally allowed them to reopen, the imposed as well as the voluntary restrictions instituted just did not make it worth it for me to rejoin at that time. I do look forward to re-upping my membership sometime in the second half of 2021, once life begins to return to some semblance of normalcy. AVB-AMG
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