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  1. Well.. those guns ARE your babies! SO, I guess it's only appropriate to wheel them around in a stroller.
  2. I'm very familiar with the Gun STAT reports... and even the regular crime stats (also published on NJSP website) show that per capita crime rates (for a variety of crimes) are through the roof in only a handful of NJ's worst cities. You know, the usual offenders, Newark, Camden, Trenton, Paterson, Irvington, etc. And yet, all of those reports have been sitting there for the entire time Murphy has been in office and NONE of that has ever kept him from wrongly presenting this as a "state-wide epidemic" even when it's simply not true. It's a localized problem requiring localized solutions. I was just surprised... because this is the first time, to my knowledge, that he's ever dropped a truth nugget about gun crime in one of his speeches. I just found it out of pattern for him.
  3. Yeah, honestly... I was really surprised he uttered that little truth out loud. It flies in the face of his often repeated claim that there's a gun violence epidemic all across the state... which of course, there isn't. There's a violence epidemic in the worst neighborhoods of our inner cities. In all the other communities, gun crime is pretty rare.
  4. I find some of this incredible - like the school-based stuff - "prohibit rewarding children for fighting off potential gunman during a drill" - whaat? "Fight" is always ONE of the options recommended by experts when all else has failed. What's the deal here? Teachers should train kids to welcome the bullets... in all circumstances? That is INSANITY!!
  5. For those that can't listen.... $10M more funding for community-based crime prevention... $2M for Rutgers gun violence center research... Looking for new bills to sign: required firearms safety course, mandated locked storage for firearms, increase purchase age to 21, make all handguns sold have microstamping technology, automate record ammo purchases, ban 50 cal firearms...
  6. So, why do YOU think the gun control movement doesn't focus on actual criminals then? That's what the gun rights crowd has been promoting for years! How impressed should we be that someone in the gun control movement finally came to the same view, a decade or 2 later? And also, FWIW: we're certainly NOT the highest level of gun crime in the world, despite our high gun ownership rate. Though murder (by gun or otherwise) is, as you say, "awful" - let's not forget that our rate of gun homicide has been played like a fiddle and wildly exaggerated by the press and the gun control movement. There's no need to buy into that spin. This is a country of 330+Million people - even rare events rack up a high body count pretty quickly, simply because of our massive population size. if we're talking about saving lives - and want to focus on sheer numbers - we'd be far better off starting a national diet & exercise campaign than focusing on guns! Gun homicides are simply dwarfed by obesity-related deaths. Gun homicides - last I checked - don't even hit the "top 20" causes of death in the U.S. I'm not adding these last 2 points to minimize the issue - but merely to offer a rational, fact-based perspective and sense of proportionality.
  7. Eh, though I disagree with him on a few salient points... it does sound like this guy is FINALLY figuring out what many of us figured out a long time ago >>> though there are undoubtedly some well-intentioned people among the rank and file of gun control groups, the leadership of those groups absolutely don't give a DAMN about saving lives! They're all about power and control and adhering to political orthodoxy. The violence interruption programs that he cites in his op-ed DO, in fact, have proven effectiveness... because they focus on the PERSON, not the TOOL. For example, I've long promoted the programs developed by the criminologist David Kennedy which rely on community-led efforts to pull kids out of gang life. They have an excellent track record. However, by their very nature, those programs can't help but shine a bright light on the politically uncomfortable aspects of gun crime - like the wildly disparate crime rates (by demographics), the family dysfunction/absentee dads that helps spawn criminals, the abundance of "repeat offenders" and the broken justice system that puts them right back on the street to re-offend. The gun control movement (which tends to be overwhelmingly progressive in its political affiliation) doesn't want to touch those issues with a 10-foot pole. But, if they were actually concerned about saving lives, they'd be all over those issues! And ironically, they'd find themselves on common ground, I think, with many independents and conservatives.
  8. Thank you for sharing. I just saw the newly renovated Clinton WMA (the rifle range) for the first time just yesterday. I can say that it had VERY similar upgrades - the same style concrete benches, similar double-roof system to keep anything from flying over the berm, etc. - must be a "template" they're using. The concrete bench was rather less than comfortable, but I'm sure it should be long-lasting so I can see why they opted for that. And as you noted, you can always throw something on it for comfort. Overall, nice upgrades!
  9. Yep! This is a HUGE misunderstanding today. Think of it as, "A well-regulated clock keeps the most accurate time". That definition of the word, in fact, is the reason that the most accurate type of pendulum clocks at the time came to be called "Regulators"... because they were, in fact, in good working order and thus "well-regulated". I laugh/cringe when I see people think it means "regulations" in a legal/paper-sense. I mean think about it - it doesn't even make common sense! Look at the length of the founding documents - they were incredibly short. At that time, this current level of regulatory madness wasn't even a thing. If the Founders were reincarnated today, their mouths would be agape to learn that a single bill is often hundreds of pages long, if not over 1,000 pages. That is entirely a development of modern times.
  10. Hmmm... well, you're all giving fairly perky/positive answers, so thank you for that! Though I really don't agree with THIS statement: Ha! You probably think that because you're one of those folks who is naturally good at it! Honestly, of the 3 shooting platforms, I think shotgun is the MOST different from the other 2... and you either have a knack for it, or you don't. And I'm convinced that I don't! At one point, I had a personal goal to be proficient across ALL 3 shooting platforms... but then I picked up a shotgun for the first time, lol, and that dream evaporated pretty quickly! I've been at least 6(?) times now. And I saw ZERO improvement from one time to the next. For whatever reason, it just continued to feel like a humiliating struggle. One in a rare while I hit one, but I'm not even sure WHY I hit that one, and missed the others. Ridiculous! NOT my platform! Nonetheless, yeah, I'm going to have to definitely practice beforehand, just in case they expect me to hit one. Besides, each time I shot a shotgun, I used different guns, so I have to refamiliarize myself with their basic operation. I don't know if their "loaner" guns are over-unders, pump, semi-auto, etc? I'm guessing over-unders? Isn't that more of a "hunting" shotgun? I dunno! @Krdshrk! You've seen me shoot a shotgun before - it ain't pretty! I don't need an audience. Thanks for the kind offer though. Since my uncle (all-around gun guy) is retired, I will ask him to meet me over at that range on a weekday (when hopefully it's really empty). We might have to go a few times. A quiet environment would make it MUCH easier for me to focus. Quite honestly, I find the Shotgun Shoots to be nerve-wracking. That's just ME mind-screwing myself, nothing more! I find it really hard to focus with a crowd, with a lot of noise... particularly when I'm struggling to learn a skill). EVERYONE was VERY nice! Again, it's just me getting in my own way. I don't have a class date yet btw... I still have to go through the online portion sometime this week. Ugh, I still think it's RIDICULOUS that people who have NO INTENTION of shooting shotgun are required to TEST with a shotgun! What a stupid, stupid plan.
  11. I recently decided to drop my outdoor range in favor of getting a NJ Hunting License (because one of the recently upgraded WMA 100-yard rifle ranges is only MINUTES from my house). I figured that scenario would suit me just fine this year while providing a nice cost savings over the private range I had joined the prior year. So, I was perfectly content with my decision UNTIL I got on the state website just 20 minutes ago, and realized with horror that they just changed the whole format... to my great disadvantage! THIS YEAR they are no longer having the rifle shooters do the live-fire portion with a RIFLE... you must use a shotgun!! What in the blankity-blank?!! Now, I'm freaked out!! This is a problem. Even though I'm not terribly experienced with a rifle either, at least I was confident that I could hit whatever they put in front of me. Not so with a shotgun! I'm just terrible with a shotgun! I'm not even sure WHY I'm so bad: my cross-dominance? my less-than-quick-as-a-bunny-reflexes? the sheer uncomfortable "physicality" of shooting a shotgun? the fact that I don't enjoy it so I've only gone a handful of times? Whatever the reason, I'm now very worried about the live-fire test! (And worse yet, since I don't even own a shotgun, I'll probably have to use one of theirs - which means the gun might be too long, too heavy - and I'll shoot even WORSE!) Not only would it be humiliating to FAIL ... but it would throw a wrench into my whole plan! So, does anyone here have insights on the live-fire test this year? The website really doesn't describe it. Will I have to shoot moving clays? How many am I expected to hit? Is this something I'll have to practice for? Ugh... I can see the wheels coming right off my 2021 range plans!
  12. This won't come as a surprise to anyone who's been paying attention... as some of this has been out there already. Nonetheless, I was sorry to see this Reuters article indicating that gun control activists are huddling with White House staff to try to pass some more or less ironclad executive orders re: gun control. I guess the fact that Dems like Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema seem unwilling to do away with the filibuster means that POTUS is unlikely to get any gun control through via the legislative path... hence, he wants to do a workaround. https://news.trust.org/item/20210402095518-5iyhi I'm posting this in a public-facing thread for maximum visibility, so please be mindful of your comments.
  13. Let's please be mindful of our comments on this thread, everyone. It was posted in General Discussion, which is a public-facing forum... and I could see this one going haywire fast.
  14. 2 things to add to this: 1) I'm not nearly advanced or confident enough to teach anyone... I just want to make that clear! I know my limitations, lol. But what I am good at is directing women to resources where they can get help from people who ARE good enough to teach! And if someone doesn't live too far from me, I'll even meet them at an event so they have a friendly face there (in case they're hesitant to go it alone). I hate to make assumptions based on gender, but I do find that women tend to be social creatures more so than guys - and that extends into the shooting sports. They will shoot MORE if they if they first hook up with a shooting group... so I tend to encourage that they at least check them out. There's multiple groups and chapters around NJ. 2) as far as stiff slides, one of the things I learned from women instructors' is that technique is EVERYTHING! Most guys can just hold the grip with one hand, and pull back the slide with the other using the tips of their fingers - no problem. Their hands are strong so they don't even have to think about it, lucky bastards! For anyone with weaker hands though (which includes a lot of women), cupping your entire hand over the slide (the end part of your fingers flat on one side, your palm on the other side) makes a HUGE difference - it provides more gripping area. I personally like to grip from further up on the slide also - which is why I got a gun that has front as well as rear serrations. Also, the other thing I learned is not to PULL back the slide. If you have weaker hands, it's way, way easier to hold the slide firmly with the one hand, and with the hand that's wrapped around the grips, PUSH the gun forward. (You can even swing your arm/shoulder into the movement). I'm not sure I'm explaining it right... but I can attest it's just a ton easier for a weak-handed shooter to push rather than to pull. I know we've had other threads about this also... but there are also various gadgets that people can add to their guns that make it easier to manipulate the slide. Though true enough, as others alluded... there's nothing wrong with revolvers... and I see a fair number of them at ladies shooting events!
  15. The cynic in me says anything is possible... but I lean more towards other less nefarious ideas, like... are ship designers just pushing the envelope too much with these new mega-container ships? Of course, I realize that there hasn't been a full investigation yet as to underlying causes, but apparently strong wind is looking likely as one factor. The bigger the ship, the bigger the stack of containers - hey, to Mother Nature, isn't that just a nice big metal sail inviting her to send in a big wind...? I understand that these bigger ships have commercial advantages, of course. I just think that humans sometimes put a little too much faith in their own ability to design around natural risks. There's hubris involved (not to mention greed). I just find it interesting that this incident happened right after a big uptick in containers being lost at sea over the last several months during bad weather. Many of them were lost from these newer mega-ships that were loaded to the brim - so I'm just beginning to wonder, as these ships get larger, is the risk of related problems growing as well? I'm sure some of you sea-faring types will weigh in. But, certainly, wow!...this incident at the Suez Canal really shows the incredible importance/vulnerability of global transportation infrastructure. Damn, it's hard to imagine a more costly target than one of these canals (or a major port).
  16. First of all, welcome! Secondly, do you really like the 2 you tested out? Or, are you still in shopping mode? I'm not exactly sure from your post. You still sound pretty open. Because, FYI, everyone (and his uncle) will weigh in on this thread suggesting what you should buy. Gun people are very helpful that way... but it's sometimes enough to make one's head explode, lol. IMO, there's really no substitute for trying them out before you plunk money down. That said, if your goal is to continue shopping for a bit, you can certainly rent any additional models at a commercial range, but I wouldn't go in with a huge list... that will start blowing more money than you need to. FYI, there are various ladies' shooting groups that have chapters in NJ - most will sponsor an "open shoot" on occasion where (even without being a paying member), you can attend one event and move down a whole row of ports trying everyone else's guns. The advantage of doing that at a women's event is that MANY people there will have picked out their own guns using similar criteria as you - small hands and/or based on weaker hand and arm strength, etc. Send me a PM and let me know where you live. If there are any chapters near you, I'll certainly send you their info. However, if your goal is to just move swiftly towards purchase, selecting 1 of the guns you already mentioned, then that's something different. So, which is it? Again, PM me if I can be of help on the ladies' shooting events - it really is a nice way to try out a whole bunch of guns for little or no investment. It can bring a lot of clarity to your purchasing decision. (Oh, and fair warning, MOST of us thought we wouldn't become enthusiasts and that we were going to stop after buying 1 gun...ummm, yeah... good luck with that!)
  17. I'm going to VERY TEMPORARILY lock this thread. I spoke with the OP. We're not looking to have bidding wars happening in the background. He's working right now, but he's going to decide a firm price and come back later tonight to update the post reflecting that. Then, the first to post, "I'll take it" will get it as per the rules. Remember, we want to keep all of this transparent and on the up-and-up. Thank you! @ Downtownv - when you're ready, either PM the mods or use the report button and we'll unlock this thread. Update: Thread is unlocked! Buyers welcome!
  18. I disagree! I see one critical difference here... on this lawsuit, the main 2A orgs in the state are finally working together, without any notable exceptions! This is a great development. It's one that I figured might be coming, when some months ago Alex Roubian was featured on Anthony Colandro's radio show, but nonetheless, I'm glad to see it's come to fruition. I'm hoping this partnership holds together and becomes a permanent 2A strategy within the state. So, sure, I'm happy to see the lawsuit itself.. but I'm even happier at the collaborative union the announcement reveals. It's smart... very smart!
  19. I believe you misunderstood what I wrote. I did not say that "personality" is the same thing as "mental illness"...in fact, I made a clear distinction between extreme cases like anorexics (who are clearly mentally ill) and other healthy people (who may still exhibit a profound lack of self-awareness). That said, any personality trait in the population is going to fall along a continuum - with cases ranging from mild to severe - and studies show that although personality and mental illness are not the same thing, there is some causal connection between the two in certain circumstances. (Two quick examples: people who express introversion are more prone to developing depression, and people who express mild neurotic tendencies are more prone to developing anxiety disorders). That's a separate issue entirely from our rates of mental illness however, which I agree is a MASSIVE problem! I think that probably has multiple root causes --- like more broken households (so less family support for the troubled person, etc.). It's also just more visible today, I think, because we dismantled so much of our institutional framework in recent decades - we have fewer psych beds in the country today than in the 1950's!! As a nation, we've turned a blind eye to the ranks of the severely, chronically mentally ill (those suffering from the most challenging conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.) Chances are, the typical homeless guy you see in a U.S. city screaming at passersby would have been housed in an institution in decades past... today, he lives out his life under the local bridge (until he eventually dies on the street from disease or violence). Personally? I don't think that's an improvement - for us or him. It seems inhumane to me. But, hey... now we're really drifting the thread...and getting into dark, morbid topics! So, I'll stop now... so people can get back to perky personality insights!
  20. Read up, good man! https://www.16personalities.com/articles/assertive-virtuoso-istp-a-vs-turbulent-virtuoso-istp-t
  21. Mmmm... I don't agree with the statement above, not at all!. I think most people actually have very little self-awareness, even when they think they do! Denial is a common personality trait and it can be terribly blinding. (And I'm not even talking the most extreme cases - like the 50-pound anorexic who literally looks in a mirror and "sees" a fat person. I'm talking about ordinary people, many who are otherwise quite bright, who are simply clueless about how they come off to others. People are complicated!) As for MBTI, though I do agree it's not a "validated" test... I'm not sure how much that really means. Because, even some of the "validated tests" used by psychologists and institutions have their critics and naysayers! Most psychological tools should be taken with a grain of salt IMO, but that doesn't render them entirely useless. MBTI is pretty effective at providing a "mirror" that reflects back some general personality tendencies - and for an awful lot of people, that info comes as a surprise! Some are even able to leverage the info effectively (gaining insight on how to interact, for instance, with a boss who has a very different personality style). I've also seen it used as an effective ice-breaker and team-building exercise in training classes. So, though I certainly wouldn't bet my house on the results of any personality indicator, they are: fun for most, helpful for some, and they seem to harm no one!
  22. Yes, welcome! And glad you've already gleaned some information from here. Keep pumping out the questions - you'll find people are happy to chime in with suggestions. I'm a big fan of .22 in general - simply because it's still the cheapest way to practice your skills. Haven't had a gun with a conversion kit personally, but I'm sure others who do will respond to this thread.
  23. Yahoo and its obvious bias is a joke! Notice the title: "...CEO Bizarrely Says Trump is Still The 'Actual President"..." as though it's so incredibly shocking that people might deny a newly elected President... EVEN THOUGH WE SAW NOTHING BUT THAT for the prior 4 years!!! Here's just one of the many sympathetically written articles published by Yahoo about the "#notmypresident" movement that was birthed almost immediately after Trump's election: [Title]: "After Trump victory, ‘not my president’ becomes liberal rallying cry" - https://www.yahoo.com/news/after-trump-victory-not-my-president-becomes-liberal-rallying-cry-155948405.html - and here's a quote: "Many liberal and moderate Americans, who had joyfully anticipated Hillary Clinton shattering the glass ceiling as the first woman president, took to Twitter to lament that the nation elected a man they consider to be singularly unsuited for the role of commander in chief. So, Trump supporters not accepting a Biden presidency are labelled "bizarre" - but Clinton supporters not accepting Trump were... what?... just decent Americans 'lamenting" an election loss? Ummm... yeah, OK, Yahoo. Got it! Thanks for clearing that up for me.
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