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  1. Eh, why criticize this? It is a double standard when he's clearly encouraging OTHERS to do it too? Rather than a political flip-flop, the incident might have been a "wake-up call" for the guy. Lots of people are anti-gun... until something violent happens to them... they witness the lightning-fast speed during which it unfolds (seconds, not minutes)… and they realize, "wow, the cops could never have gotten here on time". That's a sobering thought. If getting his car shot up is what it took to get Rep. Ford to pick up the clue phone and realize that legal gun owners and concealed carriers are NOT the problem... so be it! Let's just take the win.
  2. Well, you just missed Pride Month... so I guess rainbow-hued is out.
  3. That's an interesting point. I've always thought it was "6 of one, half-dozen of the other" - meaning sometimes isolation is a good thing, but at other times - I guess no one nearby to hear your screams isn't such a good thing! I'm also a big fan of dogs as ONE part of a security plan. Even a tiny, alert dog (though posing no physical threat to an intruder) is capable of giving an "early warning" that can be helpful to a homeowner.
  4. Although 39 shots/no hits sounds almost unbelievable to me... I remind myself that not everyone who owns guns is actually into guns. I'm sure there's people who buy a gun for "self-defense" not realizing that the gun is only one small part of the self-defense formula. You have to know how to use it! And I'm sure a lot of people don't get instruction, don't practice, don't belong to a range, etc. - and the gun sits there years at a time, unused, while what little knowledge/skill they do have fades into nothing. So, in that scenario... add in a full-blown state of panic... and a moving target...sure, I could see someone wasting 39 shots... moreover, I'll bet those 39 shots were blasted away in mere seconds.
  5. No, I actually think he "gets" that most of the gun laws passed in NJ are nonsensical. And if you couple that with the light sentencing given to criminals like this guy, it becomes VERY apparent: the people who propose and pass gun laws have zero interest in reducing crime, but great interest in giving the "appearance" of doing something to leverage political influence. The whole thing is a sham.
  6. I can only hope and pray that you are also frequenting other forums and websites where non-gun owners (and even gun-haters) gather... and that you point out things like this to THEM. Here?... you're preaching to the choir.
  7. Some DO work together; I know that CNJFO has worked very cooperatively with several other groups. I think you may have misunderstood his encouragement to get more people to join as a "slight" to other 2A groups. I feel certain he didn't mean it that way! Personally? Looking at the big picture, I think the dues for all of these groups is cheap enough that EVERYONE who is pro-2A should belong to a few!! I happen to belong to the NRA, ANJRPC, CNJFO, and TWAW. Pick the ones YOU like - and join them.
  8. Goodness! That idea - above - sounds brilliant. I can't see any flaws, but then again I'm not a lawyer. Does anyone else here see a problem with that scenario?
  9. I agree. But, that's why it'd be best to get a half-dozen LGBTQ folks applying for permits... as they seem to hold the most favored status in the Progressive victimhood hierarchy. Not trying to be cynical or snarky... just sharing an observation!
  10. That's an interesting point! I hadn't considered the invasion of privacy aspect. Terribly frustrating situation though... obviously, EVERYONE wants to prevent these terrible events if at all possible. How do you stop these rare situations without trampling on the rights of the innocent? It's awfully difficult... no easy answers it seems.
  11. That program I was generally aware of already. But, unless I'm wrong (and I might be... correct me if I am!), isn't NJ's program more of an integrated team approach with sometimes only one actual school psychologist per district? (Not that I'm minimizing the value of a good, eagle-eyed counselor or even an observant teacher, for instance). But that same "team" is also dealing with ALL kinds of other issues - kids who need individual education plans, etc. - so they're spread pretty thin. And the psychologist isn't in the building everyday, so there's some built-in delays before assessments can even happen, etc. If I remember correctly, the Swiss program sounded much more intense... ON TOP of their normal referral program services, they ensured there would be ONE actual psychologist in EVERY school (not just per district) whose job was primarily to look for signs of "trouble ahead" and deal with those issues through on-site daily observation & intervention. It's more costly, too, no doubt -- but that's the kind of cost I personally wouldn't mind paying as a taxpayer. Because I think our mental health system is terribly broken anyway, so if they can at least make it more robust in schools, that's as good a start as any. Consider this: look how badly that Parkland shooter was clearly spinning out of control in the months leading up to his horrible act. If someone had been on-site to effectively intervene with him, observe him daily, for instance, and maybe turn things around... wouldn't even a chance of avoiding such a horrific crime have been well worth the cost of an extra shrink or 2 in the district? I would say: "YES". And people can trash this FBI study... but you have to keep in mind, this kind of crime is still statistically rare, so it's hard to compile a detailed study (thank god). But, even anecdotally, we know that too often "people knew" - they knew the kid was troubled, they knew he was lashing out at people, they knew he was making threats, people were complaining about him, etc. - and intervention was either lax or non-existent. No good!
  12. It's worth reading the full study IMO. Interesting to see how many of these people telegraph their intentions in one way or another before the event. Though that provides potential opportunities to thwart them... in combination with all these new "red flag" laws, there's also the risk of over-reacting and over-punishing. That's a difficult needle to thread. In terms of schools, I also can't help but wonder if the Swiss were onto something... I read an article once that said after a particular bad shooting there, they started to embed psychologists right into the schools... where they would be on the lookout for kids showing signs of stress, and then pull them in for extra help and support. That makes a lot of sense to me. Yes, what these shooters do is HORRIFIC and I'm not trying to be an apologist for them by any means... that said, I don't think labeling them "monsters" and washing our hands of it is necessarily all that productive either. It seems like most of these folks have been under the duress of multiple stressors in the previous year leading up to the event. Especially in the case of adolescents, it does make you wonder... if someone had seen the signs of trouble, and stepped in with supportive, robust treatment... is it possible some of these young teens would have stabilized and gone on to live perfectly normal, well-adjusted lives?
  13. Summer is upon us... and already (oh, so heartbreakingly!) I just read about a young NJ boy who drowned in a lake. This is just far too common. And frequently, people in the vicinity of a drowning don't even realize a swimmer is in any distress. So, I'm refreshing this annual safety reminder from a couple years back on how to recognize the signs of drowning. Other people added lots of great info to this thread, but if you just don't want to scroll back through the whole thread, I urge you to at least re-read the original article, which I'm re-posting here: https://slate.com/technology/2013/06/rescuing-drowning-children-how-to-know-when-someone-is-in-trouble-in-the-water.html Learn the signs of drowning and keep your eyes wide open this summer... at the shore, lakes and pools.
  14. Well, sorry... but I think he sounds like a jackass in general. I mean, you go through a break-up... sure it hurts, but you just MOVE ON... like a damn adult. That kind of angry, fixated behavior where you go to great lengths to try to "damage" your ex professionally... what in the HELL is that? Normal people don't behave like that. That's FAR more alarming than any of the gun stuff IMO. Here's where I'm confused though... are these articles saying just the account was fake.... or were the pictures fake also? Because if she was willingly putting on an SS uniform, well... my sympathy for her would plummet, too, quite frankly. But, either way, he still sounds like an obsessive jerk, and I, for one, don't feel compelled to defend EVERY gun owner - certainly not the ones who run their lives like a train wreck.
  15. I don't think that's QUITE fair, Sniper! AVB may on occasion feel "perplexed" when people from other backgrounds do things differently than he would... but I do NOT think he hates this country by any means. I believe he means it when he says this: You really have to take his post in its entirety.
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