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Posts by M. Bardamu

A car has far more utility for a poor person than a firearm -- do we ensure every affordable rental housing unit has a parking pad?
Most of the gun safes I've seen are bolted to the concrete foundations of houses, and made of thick cast steel, so they must weigh a few hundred pounds empty. I think they're supposed to also be fire-rated and designed to defeat x amount of minutes' worth of break-in attempt.
We have gun safes in Canada -- it's not an insurance thing, it's a criminal responsibility thing (you can be charged for unsafe storage). Our storage rules are:ammo and gun locked separatelytrigger lock on gungun and ammo come out of safe to go hunting or to the range, then right back in againgun and ammo must be locked in your trunk during transportationno stopping off for groceries with gun and ammo in the trunk of your carIt's worked quite well for us, although...
Yeah, me too...I guess it's a two-pronged approach: do everything you can (which means paying for it) to reduce factors for violent crime, while simultaneously ensuring more police and other measures to instil trust in "the system".
I recognize that violent crime will always be a factor. It's really whether you can trust the police to protect you, or whether you need to be able to handle things yourself because 911 is 12 minutes away.
Gun companies had the idea in the 1970s that the cost of handguns was limiting the market to the middle class and upper class, so they had the "democratizing" idea of making cheaper guns (usually with substandard alloys, poor tooling, etc.) to market to teh poorz. "Everyone has a right to a gun," they said, ignoring the fact that these guns were almost as dangerous for the user as for anyone they were pointed at. Plus, it led to a proliferation of guns in those parts of...
Well, the idea was that with more LE resources and social programs, the environment that fosters violent crime would be less prevalent. Hence, fewer criminals, leading to less Americans feeling they needed guns at home for defense.
Sadly, we still have drunk drivers, even though they fuck up, kill kids, and lose their house and retirement (in civil procedings)...
HYPOTHESIS: Gun ownership proliferates because people see guns as an analog for police protection. Pay more in taxes for social programs and additional law enforcement resources, and you'll see these kinds of incidents decrease without having to pass stricter gun control measures.
To be honest I don't know all the facts of the case, save that the employees were caught on film apparently smoking up and drinking in a park, then returning to work. I also understand they've been out of work for two years awaiting the outcome of this process. I agree that having impaired auto workers operate heavy machinery and put together cars that will carry families around is unacceptable. The only thing I can think of is that somehow, Chrysler didn't follow the...
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