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Mrs. Peel last won the day on October 1

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  1. Hey, please add the wording to your ad that is pinned at the top of this forum. Thanks!
  2. I won't let this day pass without acknowledging this important holiday... yes, we can celebrate the person whose intrepid journey brought Western civilization to this land...at the same time, giving a deserving nod to the many Italian-Americans who've contributed to this great nation. Let's not politicize this thread since it's outside of 1A... just leave it as a positive affirmation of ethnic & national pride... in line with the original intent of this Federal Holiday! Ciao!
  3. @ltcap (and others who may be reading) - word to the wise: in the future, you should post a topic like this in one of the appropriate public-facing forums! The 1A Lounge is for topics that are political or that otherwise don't fit in to the rest of the forum's areas. The main reason I'm saying this is that I happen to know that we have a LOT of posters - some who are VERY knowledgeable about firearms - who never (or rarely) go into the 1A Lounge... for a whole host of reasons... because they don't like politics, they don't like the general demeanor of the crowd, etc. Some posters don't even put in the 1A password - they just ignore this particular forum entirely. So, you'll actually get MORE eyes on gun-related topics it if you post them elsewhere.
  4. Actually, I think you're among the lucky few... I've noticed a lot of guys on here sometimes complain that their significant others show zero interest in going to the range with them once in awhile. So, on a happy note, at least you and your wife share the same interest!
  5. Thank you. I'll change the title to save people from wasting their time by going to the registration site.
  6. Broken windows was HIGHLY effective, no doubt about it! And so was an innovative program in Chicago a few years back that used a sophisticated program to map social connections in gangs, so that if there was a gang shooting - the police could proactively reach out to the victim's fellow gang members to try to prevent a retaliatory strike. What did these 2 programs have in common?... they were BOTH reducing crime... yet they came under fire from "activists" and thus politicians quickly backed away from them. Sadly, that's too often the case. As far as preaching to the choir, I hear you... I certainly know that most of the folks on here know stuff like this already! But, I still like to share this kind of article because I figure there are always some brand-new gun owners here who are coming in purely as hobbyists... and, they might not have too much grounding in topics like crime. And as we know, the media really sucks when it comes to sharing the realities of crime, DGUs, etc. Honestly, that described my own situation... I consider myself to be fairly well-read, but when I started to kick around the idea of gun ownership, I was actually very torn because I bought into a lot of the hype. It was post-Sandy Hook and gun owners were being framed as part of a bigger problem. I did a TON of research (geeky, I know!), and I was frankly STUNNED, for instance, to learn just how common DGUs are, or what a big percentage of crime is committed by ex-felons, etc. Hell, I even went to a range meeting long before I joined just to check out the crowd - I don't know WHAT the heck I was expecting, a bunch of guys wearing swastikas perhaps?! Imagine my surprise when the guy next to me was a mild-mannered PhD who worked in pharma research and the guy on the other side was very clean-cut LEO... and EVERYONE was so nice! I laugh now when I think about it... people I've met at ranges have been OVERWHELMINGLY kind, helpful, generous, etc. - not at all what I'd expected after a lifetime of exposure to the mainstream media's description of "gun nuts". Hey... you live, you learn.
  7. This article summarizes certain "truths" about crime that are seen across numerous studies - seen so consistently, in fact, that they reveal the underlying reality of criminal behavior. If you don't feel like clicking though (though I think you should - it's a good read!), here's a quick summary: Crime is "concentrated" in 3 ways: Place - 5 percent of the locations in a given city account for 50 percent of that city’s crime. People - 5 percent of the criminal offenders (not 5 percent of the "general population" mind you) in a given city commit about 50 percent of that city’s violent crime. Time - criminal activity in crime hot spots and among chronic offenders tends to occur at night, during the weekends (Thursday night through early Sunday morning), and in the summer. Why is this important?... take NJ, for instance... scan through the many gun bills that have been proposed over the past couple of years. Nine-nine percent focus on things that only affect legal gun owners - proposed changes to the firearm itself, or changes to permitting, increased fees, etc. Only rarely does a proposed bill address the actual realities of crime (and chronic criminality) as expressed by the 3 concentrations above. So, unless the bill is proposing a very targeted solution (either in a tough neighborhood or working with chronic offenders, etc., and again, those bills are rare), pretty much all the rest of these bills are politicized poppycock that are disconnected from reality and certain to have negligible impact (if any) on crime. (I know you already knew that! LOL. But it's always nice to see the science back up the gut instinct). Anyway, here's the link: https://www.city-journal.org/three-facts-about-crime
  8. Welcome back! And my sympathies on your loss of freedom.
  9. Well, this is certainly a very interesting stat that just came out... according to FBI stats covering last year (2020), responsible armed citizens actually killed more criminals (in justifiable self-defense) than the police did... 343 vs 298. Those numbers don't include, of course, all of the many DGUs where a shot wasn't even taken... they are justifiable homicides only... that's why these numbers are so comparatively low. [As many of you know, even low-ball, conservative Defensive Gun Use (DGU) estimates - including incidents where the gun owner just brandishes the weapon without shooting - usually number in the low hundreds of thousands. Some estimates insist the numbers are much higher - in the millions annually.] I just found it terribly interesting that even in the most violent encounters, armed citizens are certainly engaging with criminals as much or more than police. Which makes sense, I guess!... if you think about it, if someone's breaking into your home or business, YOU are the one that's there first. Of course, you will likely NOT see this reported on by the mainstream media. But, this would probably be a great article to share on Facebook pages, etc., for those of you who are on social media. Link: https://bearingarms.com/camedwards/2021/09/30/fbi-report-shows-armed-citizens-killed-more-criminals-than-police-n50436
  10. This is yet another offering through the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's "R3" program which provides experienced mentors to pass along hunting and fishing skills to the next generation. The workshop is designed for "beginner deer hunters who are interested in processing their own harvest. Participants will learn about processing venison for the table or freezer by experienced R3 Mentors. All equipment is provided." It's free, but there's only 20 spots, so if you're interested, you should probably register asap. Link: https://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/njop/gsa_butcherworkshop_infopage.pdf
  11. OK, plumbshotsam - I'm going to "lock" this thread as per your request. If you decide to sell at some point, we can either unlock this one, or you can post a new one - when you do so, please be mindful of the required wording for WTS items (that appears at the top of this forum). Thx!
  12. A good article by gun crime researcher John Lott on why DGUs are typically so hidden from public view. https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2021/09/22/there_are_far_more_defensive_gun_uses_than_murders_in_america_heres_why_you_rarely_hear_of_them_794461.html
  13. Yeah, the FBI is saying the remains are "consistent with" her description, though it's not forensically confirmed yet. An unsurprising ending if it turns out to be her, but still, how heartbreaking.
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