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There's no worry about resisting government whatsoever! It's not like they would indefinitely detain citizens in military brigs or summarily execute citizens with remote controlled airplanes!

You're right. Guns are the answer. That one in your house is going to do you a lot of good when a dozen armed cops in armor show up for you.

Is getting on the train to the gulag the answer? Is voting for the democrats the answer?

Seems like the only thing that stops bad guys with guns are good guys with guns.

I own a hand gun. But, I'm a duck hunter.

Not so Pistolero, but none of us will ever convince you of the facts!
The good guy with the gun argument is laughable and just sad and useless rhetoric.
You are just one of the millions duped by the NRA....so just keep paying your dues to support that jerk, La Pierre, and help pay his salary of a million dollars a year to lobby congress at the behest of the gun manufacturers.
The NRA is nothing but a shill for the business of selling of more guns.

I actually must confess I'm not a member of the NRA; I've decided to spend my money where my mouth is by having fun on the range and taking new shooters for a fun and educational outdoor experience.

How many people have you convinced to give up their guns Portland Native?

I doubt most of the 100,000,000+ gun owners in this country manufacture guns.

Someone recently pointed out that we haven't banned booze or cars, but through better regulation and enforcement have managed to greatly reduce drunk driving and the harm it causes. The same sort of approach ought to be used to reduce harm from shooters. The false dichotomy between doing nothing (or increasing access to guns) and Obama showing up at your house with a bunch of Black Panthers to confiscate your guns is not a rational way of getting to solutions.

That is good foundation Cary, and just as the availability of booze and cars has greatly increased, rational adults have been able to find solutions to reducing their harm while enjoying the benefits.

Isn't it rather ironic the administration responsible for smuggling guns into a neighobring country to drug running terrorits is wanting to lecture us about the evils of private citizens owning those very same type of firearms.

They say bad cases make bad law, but I'm not going to argue for any gun policy that I would not be willing to argue for at Sandy Hook elementary school three weeks and two days ago. It's a game changer. Where I live there's been a surge of gun purchases and applications for concealed carry permits since then.

Funny how I don't feel any safer, or proud.

Is anyone surprised the leftists want to disarm the people ? Just asking.

Anyone surprised that Right Wingers are running to the gun store spending hard earned coin on a lot of hardware they will never use? All because of paranoid fantasies probably cooked up by gun manufacturers to prey on the dim witted.

You're right. Guns are the answer. That one in your house is going to do you a lot of good when a dozen armed cops in armor show up for you.

That's a false choice and you know it.

But, just for fun, what do you advocate in that situation, Jack - roll up your sleeve and bend over?

Pistolero, enjoy your sport shooting. I'm sure you can have a great time with a gun that takes at most six bullets at once. But there is absolutely no reason that a sport shooter needs to have a semi-automatic assault weapon.

You know, it's still possible to retain your right to defend yourself and engage in sport shooting without an unrestricted right to buy and sell guns without licenses, own armor piercing and explosive bullets, and have nearly automated weapons.

Great example: there is already technology that would not allow a gun to be fired except for a biometrically identified legal owner.

How would that restrict your right to sport shoot? How would that restrict your right to defend yourself? But guess what: fought tooth and nail by the NRA and gun manufacturers.

You're just being duped in this process.

With all this talk about registering everything with ballistic punch and every owner thereof, and the new trick of the progressive wingnuts in publishing the names and addresses of weapon owners, it looks like I'm going to have no choice but to join many of my neighbors in owning a rifle, a shotgun and/or a semi-automatic weapon, so my family won't be targeted. Thanks for nothing knee-jerkers.

I trust all you nice folks realize that down here in Nevada we have gun shows where you can buy almost any type of weapon except heavy military armaments with no questions asked.

The Second Amendment was NEVER and is NOT about hunting. It was and is about:
Citizens protecting their country
Citizens protecting themselves
(against other people AND their
own government)
Can citizens adequately defend themselves against their own government and their modern weapons? No, but it certainly makes the government think about the citizen's capabilities.

Kim,

I'm sorry, I didn't know I had to justify my constitutional rights so I don't have a response for the arbitrary amount of bullets my gun holds.

But maybe you can enlighten us on the efficacy of prohibition or facts related to additional firearms regulations and their impact on crime? I hear Mexico has a total ban on private ownership of firearms, how is that going for them?

None of you "need" a vehicle that can exceed 65 mph.
You don't "need" a computer to exercise your right to free speech.

Since my government mandated "opportunity" to train on some advanced weapons in the military, I've gone back in time to appreciate the skills required to master the black powder muzzle loader.

While I know I'll never change the mind of the anti gun crowd, I would like to try to explain the "assault rifle" of 1776.

The British were armed with the "Brown Bess" smooth bore musket. Usually .75 caliber, it was a powder sucking, hooking & slicing inaccurate hand cannon. Great for Napoleonic formation battles, but highly inaccurate.

Many of the Americans on the other hand, were armed with PRIVATELY OWNED .50 cal. + - "Kentucky Rifle" (most made in Pennsylvania) ... now THAT was an assault weapon. The experienced patriot could be accurate up to 250 yards with HIS PERSONAL WEAPON that won the war.

Outnumbered and outgunned, those American, privately owned assault weapons of the day prevailed against tyranny. That's probably why the founders placed that second amendment right up there near the top of those personal rights.

And there was a number of Korean Merchants in East LA that never needed their personal weapons either... except for that one week after the Rodney King verdict. Oh ya... a few million Jews could have used theirs too.

Oh, and Matt Wuerker: NO ONE in 1776 called their weapon a "flintlock". Matchlocks were obsolete and long guns would be called, "muskets" or "rifles".

But those of us familiar with firearms are used to the inaccurate descriptions from those that are not.

Gun nut - Im a gun nut
Lookin' for a thrill
Buyin' assualt weapons
an' lookin' to kill

Extended clips
Gotta have those
Its my 2A right!
An' its what I chose!

Semi-automatic
Yeah, that's cool
Take it to the mall
Take it to your school!

Armor piercing ammo
Gotta have that
For my 2A Right!
I'll take you to the mat!

I'll scream on the radio
I'll scream on TV
But, I'm well trained an' cool
You can trust me.

Put me in the classroom
I'll guard your kid
I'll volunteer!
I'll be the lowest bid.

An' when the giverment comes
Lookin' for my gun
I'll shoot back
I'll know I've won.

I'm a patriotic 'merican!
A true Believer!
I'm fightn' for
'merica with June Cleaver!

So lock and load
We know we're right
Guns for everyone!
(As long as they're white.)

Repeated cases of mentally ill people opening fire on groupings of innocents tells us we have a problem. Our political leaders want to show their relevance (to constituients and themselves) by coming up with a legislative "solution". If you think there is a legislative solution to this truly distressing problem, you're kidding yourself.

We have a society where there are some very sick people. We have a toxic culture that pours gasoline on the fires that already burn in their messed up brains. And we have tools of mass destruction that aren't too difficult to get.

There is no chance that any of our political leaders will do anything about the sick people or the toxic culture. They'll make some changes to what gun manufacturers can build and what people can buy and sell and leave everything else as is. They'll issue press releases and have fundraisers telling everyone how great they are for taking on the NRA and solving the problem of mass killings. They won't have accomplished a damned thing.

There are hundreds of millions of weapons in the US now. Unless the government successfully confiscates them (good luck with that), no legislation on guns will do a damned thing to solve this problem. (And the Second Amendment, written by people who actually did take up arms against their government in the Revolutionary War, not "hunters", will never permit confiscation.) And since our leaders certainly won't (and probably can't) do anything about the mental illness or the toxic culture, the cycle will continue.

The only winners will be the paid arguers (either pro-gun or anti-gun). The rest of us are just spectators, law-abiding citizens who will have to jump through more hoops to buy a gun, and potential victims.

The assault weapons "ban" of the '90s didn't stop Columbine. Nothing coming out of these incidents will accomplish anything either.

We have a model for risk abatement - tested over a century - which may be applicable. I suggest we consider guns and cars somewhat alike in their ability to create havoc and kill. With two differences of course:

• Gun ownership is protected by the Constitution and car ownership is not.

• Guns are primarily designed to kill something. Cars are primarily designed to transport people.

Nevertheless, we could look at the personal responsibility/liability insurance laws we have for cars as a possible model for gun toting:

• People choosing to tote guns would be required to have property and casualty insurance.

• Further, to cover those scofflaws that fail/refuse to buy such insurance, an uninsured pool would be created and the premiums of all insurance holders would be charged to fund the pool (this is the model used in most states for auto insurance).

• Premiums for such insurance would be set by the private sector insurance companies. I suspect they would quickly do the numbers and charge premiums based on such things as the owner's training, caliber, discharge rate, kill ratio, and experience in such matters. I suspect also this would do much to cull the emotionally disturbed from toting guns. Insurance companies would not bet on a bad risk profile. And, they would speedily find a way to assess the risk factors involved for insurance applicants. Nevertheless, even the schizophrenic could get insurance from a high risk (and high premium) pool.

• In order to qualify for a CCW permit the permit applicant would have to show proof of insurance coverage for the weapon to which the CCW permit would apply.

• Persons using a weapon for any reason for which there is no proof of insurance would be subject to heavy fines and/or possibly jail time.

• Operation of a weapon for any purpose while under the influence would subject the gun toter to heavy fines and/or jail time.

• Persons involved in an "accidental discharge" resulting in personal or property damage would be subject to a post-event drug/alcohol test.

• Persons holding a CCW or doing an "open carry" would be subject to on-the-spot drug/alcohol at any time there is reasonable suspicion of being under the influence. Failure to pass the test would be subject to heavy fines or jail time. Failure to take the test would be considered a failed test.

Admittedly, this is just an idea. But, it is amazing to me the common sense controls we accept on automobile operation while we simultaneously get flummoxed by the gun/community security conundrum.

Better off banning kitchen knives and baseball bats than banning any kind of rifle.

Total number of murders committed in the US with rifles (all types) in 2011 was 323.

The number killed with shotguns was 356.

The number killed with clubs and hammer was 496. The number with knives was 1694.

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-11

"Admittedly, this is just an idea. But, it is amazing to me the common sense controls we accept on automobile operation while we simultaneously get flummoxed by the gun/community security conundrum."

I don't have much of a problem with the laundry list of bullet points you made (and I have incorporated most of them for myself), but none of your suggestions would have stopped or even slowed down the ClackTownCenter or Newtown suicidal killers.

Your common sense controls are as worthless as all the automobile laws, old-age-license exams, and forced-insurance policies that failed to prevent killers who intentionally mow down with their cars numerous people walking down the sidewalk.

At least with the box-cutter-bans on airplanes, they at least tried to prevent a repeat of the 9-11 airplane-as-a-wmd. You don't even try.

Why is it that most people's gun suggestions are futile?

Funny comic but a more sinister one could be made about the 1st amendment. The internet and 24 hour propaganda machines were by no means contemplated by the framers.

Also, though assault rifles get a lot of press, it's the pistol that does nearly all of the killing in this country. But pistols are generally used by bad guys to kill other bad guys. Usually minorities. So we don't care as much. Not saying we should care as much, the totally innocent are much easier to sympathize with.

Pretty sick and twisted topic I think.

Harry - Your statement, "... none of your suggestions would have stopped or even slowed down the (fill in the blank)..." is correct. But, this approach :

• Does not violate 2A (and suggests no sequestration of weaponry as this is impossible/illegal).
• Could compensate survivors for wrongful death (a bunch of people are now trying to figure out how to pay for a bunch of funerals).
• Could compensate the wounded for injuries and the cost of recovery, including loss of income during recovery.
• Could compensate municipalities for the heavy costs associated with each gun-related SWAT Team call-out.
• Keeps the government out of trying to "control" gun toting.
• Supports a private sector market-based "oversight" into the risks associated with these particular potentially dangerous device(s).
• Would likely deter certain egregiously risky people from continuing to be a risk to the community (For example, my nonagenarian grandfather lost his insurance after a series of collisions. This got him off the streets where he did not belong.)

It's meant as a start - not a panacea. We're not going to get a one-time it's all good now solution. But, as a nation, we have excelled at tackling problems and always working on improvements. To suggest futility is a wimp-out.

Rocket launchers. The answer is rocket launchers. We need to equip our teachers with rocket launchers. Only then will our children be safe, and will we be able to defend ourselves from our government.

How does the pro-gun crowd justify any limits to an individual's right to own a weapon? Machine guns, RPGs, etc.

Here's what I want answered from those against assault weapons, what makes a gun an assault weapon? I have to ask because our previous assault weapon ban was rather odd on what made an assault weapon and what didn't. Is it:
-Looks?
-Semi auto?
-Collapsible stock?
-Muzzle break?
-Magazine capacity?
-Scope type?
-Rail for quick change of equipment?
-Rate of fire? If so what rate of fire is good and what is bad.
-Pistol grip on a rifle?
-Full auto?
-Caliber?
-External clip vs. internal clip?

Next question is how many features does it take to be considered an assault rifle. 1? 2? 3? 4? More?

I agree with most if not all of what "jus' sayin'" is saying.

But even if we implement all his ideas, I still don't get to his conclusion:
"Would likely deter certain egregiously risky people from continuing to be a risk to the community."

It's good that Gramps finally figured out when to stop driving (my mom did as well, and only after a wreck or two!), but again, we are discussing this topic because of the CTC and CT shootings by suicidal killers. The above will not likely deter them at all.

My dad just yelled this at the tv (MSNBC), "Ya'll can keep your abortions and I'll keep my guns. Thanks."

Gotta love that guy.

I was really hoping that the NRA was going come out in support of responsible gun ownership after the Newtown shooting. Instead they proposed some sort of new quazi-governmental, para-military organization composed of gun toting teachers and rent-a-cops.

Both the Mall shooting, and the Newtown shooting, may have been prevented if the gun owners had been responsible and secured their weapons. If the Newtown shooter's mother had owned a gun safe she, and all the other victims, may still be alive today.

Gun ownership may be a right according to the constitution. However, with rights come responsibilities and it's time that we consider expanding the legal responsibilities that go along with gun ownership. Not only will we all be safer from gun violence, your right to bear arms will be safer from reactionary legislation.

- The vast majority of the 100,000,000+ citizen gun owners are already responsible. - The 2nd Amendment protects the right to bear arms from reactionary legislation
- Maybe there was a law for the guns in Chicago and DC to be locked up in safes those cities wouldn't be the murder capitals of the country...oh wait..

Anymore unsubstantiated thoughts?

Gun ownership may be a right according to the constitution. However, with rights come responsibilities and it's time that we consider expanding the legal responsibilities that go along with gun ownership. Not only will we all be safer from gun violence, your right to bear arms will be safer from reactionary legislation.

Exactly. If increased safety comes from simply possessing a gun and knowing how to use it, Nancy Lanza should not have been the first victim. Responsibility is a critical element in the solution to this sick problem. Maybe a gun safe is the answer, or maybe it's simply not responsible to have several weapons in a home with a mentally unbalanced young adult?

The only way to prevent another massacre is to ban all firearms outright, and confiscate all guns. An assault weapons ban will make people feel safer, until somebody shots up a school using handguns - as in Dunblane Scotland.

"... It's ... not responsible to have several weapons in a home with a mentally unballanced ... (fill in the blank).

Exactly. Ask the Kinkels about their decision not only to have guns, but to give one to their loving son, Kip.

The problem for the NRA/GOP is that too many Americans are demonstrating in all too many hugh profile ways they are not responsible enough to maintain the NRA/GOP's purist of concept of 2A. Hense, the cartoon startung off this thread. 2A contains a condition. The fundamental right to have arms is only provided so that a "well regulated militia" can be maintained. Moms failing to put their guns in a gun safe, parents giving their challemged teenager a gun and Alex Jones screaming on TV are no where close to being "well regulated." Its time we look at 2A in its totality, including the clearly expressed conditional purpose for having arms. I fully realize this is not what the NRA/GOP wants to hear. But, that is becomming less meaningful every day. The NRA/GOP are so engrossed into listening to their own echo chamber, they haven't figured out the 21st century happened a dozen years ago. The "ammo-cammo" crowd and their aging toadies in the fracturing GOP are about to get run over by an army of angry soccer moms in hybrid minivans.

The way some people track the different kids of guns -- and then act smug toward and offended by those who don't -- reminds me of teenage boys tracking details about rock bands. I don't give a rats a@@ what you call it, I don't think anyone should be able to own a weapon that has the only purpose of mowing down as many people as possible in as short of time as possible.

It would behoove those confused about the original intent of the 2nd Amd to read the Heller decision that contains an extensive review of primary source documents, jus' sayin'.

Why no discussion of drugs used to "treat" mental illness?

A start would be tweak medical privacy laws so that mental illness drug usage may be released once someone is dead. Currently the dead mass shooters rx history is somehow privileged information.

The Heller decision in 2008 was a 5-4 split, Pistolero. I hazard a guess that you, too, could find a split Supreme Court decision or two that you did not agree with.

Criminals are not deterred by laws, old or new. What's one more felony? They can only hang you once. Gun control simply doesn't deter crime. See also: Chicago, City of.

Limiting magazine capacity won't stop anyone intent on murder. Anyone can swap magazines in two seconds, with only a little practice. Not a deterrent for a killer.

Last week. that mother hit a home invader five times in the face and neck, and he still walked away. What if there had been two intruders? Or she missed more than once?

I don't want her reloading a revolver when she's backed into a corner, with her kids behind her. We're not smart enough to anticipate every defense scenario.

Limiting sales won't stop anyone intent on murder. As mentioned, the Clackamas and Sandy Hook shooters stole a weapon. The dude in Upstate NY used a straw purchaser.

Heck, you can print an AR-15 receiver (the licensed part) on a 3-D printer, and bolt on the unrestricted parts. Murderers will find a way. That's why they're felons.

As mentioned, killers using bats, knives, fists, automobiles, &c. kill more than those with rifles. Yet those things are not regulated. Ask yourself, would it help?

Saw another political cartoon recently that made me chuckle. It was a kid and a teacher.

Teacher: They are going make assault weapons illegal and make the schools safe.

Kid: That sounds great. They should make crack and heroin illegal too.

They should make crack and heroin illegal too.

Indeed. The Powers That Be should confiscate all of the illegal drugs, and make it unlawful to create, purchase, sell, transport, and use them. That'll show 'em!

Meanwhile on planet Earth, every maximum-security prisoner, junior-high student, and internet user has quick access to pretty much the entire U.S. Pharmacopeia.


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The Occasional Book

Kent Haruf - Eventide
David Halberstam - Summer of '49
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 254
At this date last year: 103
Total run in 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269


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