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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: Today at 05:08:52 PM
I'm glad we agree on civil forfiture.

Vermont has .3 murders per 100,000 people with 42% of citizens owning a firearm.
Arizona has 3.6 with 41.1% owning.

I'm not seeing your point mate except that Vermont is far safer than Arizona.
Probably that gun control, or its lack, does not always correlate.  A lack of gun control is not a guarantee of less violent crime.  That said, I think Massachusetts demonstrated that more gun control is not the solution to the problems of violent crime:  Following a comprehensive gun control act in 1998, violent crime rose.

PRIORITIES FOR RESEARCH TO REDUCE THE THREAT OF FIREARM-RELATED VIOLENCE:
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  TL;DR  American use firearms to successfully defend themselves against crime at least as often as firearms are used in crime, and up to 50 times as often.  (I consider the 2.5 million figure unlikely.)  And less gun control in Chicago lets law abiding citizens legally stop guys like this.  (Not that anecdotes are data, but this is a vast improvement over jerkasses shooting up crowds and escaping.)
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: April 19, 2015, 03:09:26 PM
A drum that can use the magazine well on a SAW would be hella sweet.  Every SAW I ever used chewed the bejeezus out of magazines.  Sure I carried half a dozen magazines, but if I ever needed to use them, I was A) in a world of shit, and B) probably better off with my pistol and axe.
3  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [Farthest Star] So, guns... on: April 19, 2015, 02:01:26 PM
If you're not using a pointy, center fire, round you could use a helical magazine, like in the Calico family of weapons.  The FN P90's top magazine is something I'd like to see more of as well.

The (somewhat previous) ubiquity of the AK-47 in soviet and third world militaries, militias, and rebellions.
There is that.  But IIRC most of the sci-fi about when the AK was cutting edge, the ranged weapons didn't even have anything that looked like a magazine.
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 17, 2015, 07:59:50 AM
Can't breathe. New Star Wars trailer. Too awesome.

Goddamn right. This is the good stuff right here.

"Chewie, we're home."
"Graaaawwr."

 Cheesy Grin
My reactions:  Part one and part two.
5  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Mysterious Freelancer Revealed! Plus Spellbound Status Report! on: April 16, 2015, 12:31:25 PM
we stay solvent and to ensure Crafty's here to keep making new stuff for everyone to enjoy Smiley
I do like this part.  Smiley
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 11, 2015, 07:43:03 PM
Hey look, it had an effect.  So we can mark one Air Force General's career as a confirmed A-10 kill.
Good.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 10, 2015, 09:33:47 AM
Today sucked, tired of life, will give a fuck later.
The End.
I've got Scotch to share.

Feel better.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 09, 2015, 09:20:28 PM
Lawful gun ownership is, in the US at least, somewhere between "not a problem" and a solution.  Estimates of folks using a gun to defend themselves range from "as common as used unlawfully" to "ten times more common than illicit use." 

Watch the actual traffic. The people racing recklessly along are in the drastic minority.
Frankly if someone gets busted for speeding and they start to bitch about cops wasting their time they should be reminded that troopers watch for speeders on their way to enforcing more important crimes or for indicators of smugglers -amazingly amateurs hauling weed by the bale and coke by the kilo have problems keeping cool and taking it low and slow. Roll Eyes
Weaving in and out of traffic while going 30+ MPH faster than anyone else is reckless.  Doing 85 in a sedan when there isn't another vehicle for a mile in either direction is not, and harassing the lone motorist improves nothing.  Especially if that cop was sitting there watching one car or truck go past every minute.

Combatting smuggling is another one of those "we have to do something to fix this problem we created" issues that makes me want to shake people and shout "end the ban and eight actual problems disappear!"  Drug gangs and junkies are problems caused and exacerbated by prohibition!  </froth>

Ferguson's problems have nothing to do with laws, and everything to do with enforcement.
They are related.  And using fines as a way to fund a government is to invite/deserve rebellion.
Gun control does curtail violent crime. That's a difficult to work out as looking overseas and noticing how the rest of the First World is doing for firearms homicides.
It sorta helps for gun crime, but not for violent crime.  It took the UK a decade to get their "gun crime" rate down to the pre-ban rate after banning handguns.  (In Massachusetts crime went up after a round of gun control in the early 00s.)

FWIW, I think Switzerland has a good model.  But within the US, the places with the most gun control tend to have the worst rates of violent crime.  Vermont can teach us a lot.  (As can Arizona.  Mostly that gun control and lack therof doesn't do much to curtail violent crime.)

Oh, and Syria and Nigeria and Mexico all have rather strict gun control, and some serious problems with "gun violence."   Tongue
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 07, 2015, 01:55:19 PM
I don't have confidence in traffic laws being expressions of how to safely navigate a motor vehicle, especially on Interstate highways.  (Which were designed for a 100 ton truck to do 70mph, so a limit of 55 isn't for safety.)  Sporadic enforcement simply makes the enforcement capricious and degrades respect for the enforcers of the law.  "Thanks State Police, I'm glad you've solved all the violent crime in the state and really have nothing better to do than make sure I'm not driving my car a speed that is safe for vehicles 50 times heavier."

That's great if we want our culture to reflect suspicion of, and contempt for, figures of authority.  (Then you get to places like Ferguson where the figures of authority deserve suspicion and contempt.)

(And what the hay is the actual point of gun control if it doesn't curtail violent crime?  And has needing to sign a logbook noting that I purchased a pack of real sudafed actually helped reduce the supply of meth?  Lets not get started on the "war on drugs."  It started based on racism and hasn't improved with age.)
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 06, 2015, 09:10:10 AM
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Problem is of course what constitutes "harm."
I think flamethrowers should have restricted ownership. Some people see that as a fundamental reduction of their personal liberty.
I say harm is a mass-shooter in a theater who now has a flamethrower as well; they say harm is the possibility of not having free and legal access to flamethrowers etc etc etc.
A ban on flame throwers would be a reduction in personal liberty.  You are banning a thing.  The real question:  Is the upside of a lack of legal flamethrowers worth the cost?  As I cannot recall any criminal activity facilitated by a flamethrower, I say no.  There probably are counties that regularly have moisture/vegetation combinations where a ban on flame throwers could be worth while, but even so, there is a great shortage of mischief caused with flame throwers.  What "problem" does the ban "solve"?

(And how does a ban solve the problem.  Banning drugs and prostitution has made neither go away, merely given control of the goods and services to criminals.)
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: March 29, 2015, 08:15:28 PM
The ionized air does shockwaves, not fragments.  A flash-bang would just flash, and a frag would still jack you up.
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Beyond Earth (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: March 29, 2015, 08:14:08 PM
(Why can't I give them lasers?)

You expect fighter craft to have capital ship level long-range artillery?  The Plasma stuff is probably just a stand-in for the type of weaponry fighters would have that were capable of hurting such larger ships.
No, I want a set of light lasers so they can lurk in asteroid belts and plink from the edges instead of going in to do damage and getting killed.  Fighters stop being useful around the cruiser stage, and just get themselves killed.
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: March 29, 2015, 08:10:15 PM
A friend has made a little shop writing little RPG addons, CandleLight Games.  He started with spell cards and has moved onwards and put together a Kickstarter: Infinite Firearms (OGL) for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

(It seems to be a portion of what they would like to release as a sci-fi campaign setting using Pathfinder crunch.  Backer rewards include various card sets as .pdfs.)
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: March 27, 2015, 09:57:23 AM
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: March 27, 2015, 08:19:29 AM
You guy are about to start killing juvenile female cathar...
Not quite.  I mean, it did turn out that the Emperor was right about needing the fleets and the Death Star for the Yuzan Vong.
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