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Mrs. Peel

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  1. Frankly, the DELAY that all of these new roadblocks would cause if someone was smashing through your front door is the most egregious part of this. As @45Doll alluded, it's like they actually WANT to protect the criminals breaking into people's homes even if it means that the innocent home owners die as a result (as they're scrambling to try to protect themselves and their families). That's just sick. And I say that with no hyperbole. These folks aren't proposing this bill out of ignorance. They're not doing it because they don't understand, for instance, how home invasions happen in only seconds. I used to think it was ignorance - I afforded them the benefit of the doubt. But, after years of watching stupid bill after stupid bill - all targeting the law-abiding gun owner and never targeting the criminals - I've regrettably come to the conclusion that they propose these things because they hate gun owners and what they represent, plain and simple. So, in light of that, I hesitate to focus on this next admittedly more minor point... but I didn't see it mentioned in the ANJRPC write-ups, so I'll throw it out there. The bill is talking about "firearms" in general, so both handguns and long guns. Well, how many people can afford locked gun safes/containers that are sized for long guns? That's why many people avail themselves of various types of locking devices - like cable locks, trigger locks and similar (including those wall-mounted locks that clamp around the trigger). Well, I'm pretty sure those would not qualify as a "safe" or a "container" which is the wording specified in the bill. So, therefore, this bill also seems to eradicate entire classes of locking devices, doesn't it? The most affordable types, too! It seems like it's clearly discriminating against a gun owner of lesser economic means. Yet another aspect of this bill that seems ridiculously punitive towards the law-abiding gun owner. These people have lost their minds. There needs to be another lawsuit obviously.
  2. To my eyes, it didn't seem to apply to that... but then I read Nappen's more detailed explanation (linked in the orig post) - he argued that it would indeed interfere with carry at your home or business!
  3. Hmm... this sales pricing window is closing fast. You'd have to look, decide, and then order tonight, but there may be some Cyber Monday deals to be had on Amazon. Not firearms-related that I can see, but I do see some general prepping-related stuff: https://www.amazon.com/LifeStraw-Personal-Camping-Emergency-Preparedness/dp/B07C56LR6N/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=life+straw&psr=EY17&qid=1638226537&s=cyber-monday&sr=1-3 - for anyone who enjoys wilderness camping, hunting and other outdoorsy stuff - or - for anyone building or maintaining a "go bag" - there are several other LifeStraw water filtration products on sale, too - besides the one linked (above). The sale prices for today seem to bring their cost more in line with many of the cheaper, knock-off brands that are on the market. https://www.amazon.com/deal/6bf2c38b?showVariations=true&ref=dlx_cyber_gd_dcl_tlt_13_6bf2c38b_dt_sl7_d0 - some of the Jackery brand solar generator/battery back-up gear is also on sale. I see several types of home camera systems, including some of the Ring Doorbell brand, that are also marked down for today only. I know people on here ask about those camera systems quite frequently. Probably worth a look. There's a Cyber Monday tab at the top of the Amazon home page - you can just scroll through all the offerings and see if anything floats your boat. I can't guarantee that these are the best prices anywhere - so always, do your due diligence and price check against other stores.
  4. I've posted about this organization here before... but I just happened to see a very nice recent article about their ongoing efforts to help with the problem of hunger in NJ during these tough times: https://dnyuz.com/2021/11/24/meat-is-hard-for-hungry-families-to-come-by-enter-these-deer-hunters/ Here's HHH's website if you're interested in learning more: http://www.huntershelpingthehungry.org/
  5. Tex is a fan of the Samsungs as well! Thank you for your recommendation.
  6. Ummm.... never mind! I just got a very excellent TV Tutorial from a certain re-homed Texan! I'll now be investigating streaming services and OTA antennas (and I even have a good sense for what they are). Goodness... a Tech Frankenstein has been created! Thank you, @Displaced Texan for being my new tech support guy ... I just hope you don't live to regret your kind offer of being available for more questions!
  7. OK, let me preface this by saying I'm looking for clear, concise SIMPLE explanations (not a doctoral thesis... yes, I'm talking to you technies who can't help but geek out on any technical question!) First, here's the situation: I have a 16-yr-old TV (not smart, not even HDTV) and an older receiver through DIRECTV (dish). FYI, I refused their newer receiver about a year ago, because it also came with a newer dish that was HUGE. My current dish (which is on the front of the house) is at least small and unobtrusive, but there was no way I was going to put a massive dish on my pretty old Victorian house. Harrumph! My Internet (with WiFi) is through CenturyLink. They partner (and "bundle" the service) with DIRECTV, so I get 1 combined bill. I also have Amazon Prime, mainly for shopping purposes, but do occasionally watch movies through my Laptop (but not through my TV, since it's not a Smart TV). Yes, I'm in the Dark Ages... I've been limping along with old tech & probably grievously overpaying at the same time. Go ahead... guffaw. Get it out of your system. I knew there were "better things" out there, but I was dealing with other more pressing issues and figured I'd "look the other way" until the situation required my attention. Well, my TV just died today. Attention now required... So, I just got off the phone with a friend who knew more than me. He was helpful! But, here's where I still have questions/confusion: He said I should get a Smart TV - because that's modern & happenin', and it's what's out there on the shelves... it will also enable me to watch my Amazon prime movies through my TV. All true, right? BTW, the stations I absolutely need are the main networks (NBC, CBS, ABC) and PBS (Masterpiece!!!) and Paramount (because I CANNOT miss "Yellowstone", dammit!). Anything else is gravy. Sooo.... I will plug my smart TV into the power, attach to my WiFi signal - and then what? It will offer me various options from the main screen? Can I access those channels I want through the WiFi/Internet? Are they free? Or, is that what those services like Hulu are for? (I'm still confused about where the "data" itself would be coming from... I mean, there needs to be a data feed! And I don't want an overly complicated situation either where I've got different channels coming from different sources, if that makes sense?). We must "keep it simple, stupid" for me. Since CenturyLink only bundles it's services with dish companies, and doesn't have its own TV data per se... does this mean I'll have to switch my Internet provider as well if I can't get what I need via WiFi? (Remember, I don't want DIRECTV's big ugly (new) dish... so I guess I'll have to be dropping the DIRECTV service entirely). Also, these smart TVs seem to come in different "types" (regardless of the brand name) - I see Smart Android TV, Smart Tizen TV, Smart Google TV, Smart Fire TV, Smart webOS TV - is that at all relevant? If I need to get a new data service provider, are all these different types compatible with every service provider? A bit confused by that, too. OK, have at it. Like everyone else on the planet, I'm smart at some things, dumb at others. And I'm definitely dumb as a stump about technology... as you can probably tell from these questions. Frankly, I'm amazed (and a bit horrified) to see how truly complicated the television landscape has become. So, kindly keep your advice SIMPLE. Just basic answers to my questions above or my eyes will soon glaze over.... and then spittle may even drip down my chin. Thanks! Oh, and since Black Friday is zooming up at us, I want to take advantage of the sales on TVs - so fast answers would be helpful, too.
  8. I was coming on just to post that! Thank you for getting there a full 4 hours ahead.
  9. This was posted twice - everyone, pls use this newer thread below. Meanwhile, locking this older one down.
  10. Hey, please add the wording to your ad that is pinned at the top of this forum. Thanks!
  11. 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!
  12. @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.
  13. 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!
  14. Thank you. I'll change the title to save people from wasting their time by going to the registration site.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. Welcome back! And my sympathies on your loss of freedom.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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!
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. Yeah (I'm quite the fascist apparently )! No, seriously though... I'm totally up for people doing actual "peaceful protest". From what I saw & heard, the rally was held in front of the house (not on their lawn), people held up signs, they chanted "where's Gabby?"... but there was no violence, no one pounded on their door, no one threw projectiles or did anything the slightest bit destructive (as said, not that I heard anyway!) And, low and behold, the public pressure seemed to have helped the situation because the family finally spoke with the police! So, yeah, I have no problem with what was done. That said, if I hear details that differ from this and show that they were actually a pitchfork-carrying, torch-carrying, rock-throwing mob, I would certainly adjust my opinion of the event accordingly.
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