Dot Scott: You are wrong. It is not a two hour drive to Wando from McClellanville. Many kids these days are spending 45 minutes one way, and 45 minutes home every day to ride the bus. If your Mommy has the van, then she'll come and wait on you. So isn't it worth a little more time commuting to be able to achieve a better education than the one your are getting in that tiny school with minimal chances for advanced classes, better athletic teams, and an overall better education? The money is just not there, and all your bitching and moaning and demanding will achieve nothing. The school is going to close, so get used to it. And now you won't have to build more bathrooms for the transgender kids, either.
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Yet we are worried about a chance encounter with .03% of the population in the shitter?
Yet .03% of the population should have rights that trump the rights of everyone else?
10% of all college women will be raped. 25% report persistent sexual advances. Google clergy sexual abuse and tell me you are not horrified by what you see. It is a shame that where I go to the bathroom seems to be more important than these issues.
I admire Ms. Rushton's hands on, thorough and optimistic approach to Palmetto Railways' proposal. We need more upstanding citizens, like her, looking out for the little people. Thanks for all you do, Rebecca.
I've only lived in three countries on three continents, and visited another 27 on the remaining three inhabited continents, so I don't think I am as qualified to judge how "free" the USA is versus someone who, say, has read the Huffington Post site a lot and watched some YouTube videos. However, the main variable is defining how one would quantify freedom. So, I don't get into stupid statements like that. You are welcome to, though.
I repeat myself that you are encouraged to advocate for the repeal in part or whole of the Bill of Rights. The Constitution has not one but two processes for that. Whether or not the result will be a dismal failure like that other time...well, who knows? Certainly we couldn't learn any lessons from the past, so we should just try it and see right? "The politics of failure have failed, we need to make them work again!" (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
What I can quantify is that there are over 200 nations on the planet and the US murder rate per capita doesn't make the top 100, whereas our citizen firearms ownership rate per capita is #1. I just don't see the correlation.
What I can also quantify is that our prosecution rate for those who lie (felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison) on the federal background check is pathetic. Why doesn't this bother you? It bothers me, it bothers the NRA. Enforce our laws, don't ignore them and talk about more laws.
America is, relatively, the "freest" country in the world.
Except in terms of economic well-being for all, in which we are solely lacking.
But, we are still #1 in "poor people who think they are/think they might be rich one day".
I'll bet you believe we are the most free country in the world, too?
If only there were some example of gun control working to reduce violent crime and mass murder in the world....besides Australia, UK, Germany, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseam.
And yes, that 'thing' that was tried in the early 21st century was an amendment to the constitution that was later repealed. Living document, and all that.
I'm totes cool to rewrite large chunks of the Constitution.
It's reasonable for rights to have restrictions. "Can't shout 'Fire!' in a crowded theater" and thousands of existing gun laws and search and seizure laws and all that. Everyone understands that. If you want to start repealing the Bill of Rights, in whole or in part, then you should advocate for that. It's your right...until someone repeals that right too because, you know, "the redcoats aren't coming" to confiscate your printing press.
If successful, imagine how things will be with a firearm-free America! Because, firearms would then have the same legal status as cocaine in the USA, which everyone knows is completely absent from our borders and has been for decades. Except guns can be made here, and cocaine has to be smuggled in from South America. And we might have tried something like this before in the early 20th century but history is for losers, there's nothing to learn there.
"If you're like the ACLU and you support almost the entire Bill of Rights (except for the 10% that you want repealed), that's fine. Otherwise, come join the NRA, we're BoR 100%'ers."
I do support some of the amendments within the bill of rights, just not the antiquated one that has proven itself to be a public safety menace.
Unlike you, I don't hold unquestioning reverence for a document because a powdered-wig slaveowner wrote it 200+ years ago.
"Mass murders with firearms are <1% of all American murders. Why do you not care about the rest? You know, the ones that enforcement of the hundreds of existing firearms and violent crime laws could massively reduce? Also, why do murders without firearms (1 out of 3 US murders) not matter to you? Enforcement of existing laws would reduce those too."
Actually, I do care about the rest but we are discussing gun violence here.
The fact is that private ownership of guns has proven itself to be a menace to public safety. Privately held guns in homes are more likely to be used against a family member in CDV cases, or in cases of mistaking them for an intruder.
While you John Wayne-daydreamers may fancy yourself gunslingers, unarmed citizens stop mass killings more than twice as often as armed citizens. Most often, the shooter will shoot until they stop on their own and/or kill themselves.
And while you may argue that there are indeed other deadly weapons available to private citizens, such as knives or cinder blocks, we can all agree that weapons are primarily designed to make killing as easy and efficient as possible--a literal point and shoot affair.
I know gun nuts are knock-kneed pussies, terrified of everything, and in need of deadly weaponry at all times--but seriously, when your hobby is a public safety menace, you can kiss my ass.
It isn't 1790 anymore guys. The redcoats aren't coming. Fuck your guns.
"Otherwise, come join the NRA, we're BoR 100%'ers."
So what have you guys done to stop the erosions of the 4th Amendment and the due process protections outlined in the 5th Amendment?
Damn five minute edit window.
...then every single American has a right to a gun. Are you going to tell me I can't arm my 3 year old daughter? Who gives you that right? Are you going to tell me I can't pound down a quart of questionable bathtub gin on top of my already very unsteady mental state and walk around town open carrying a goddamn Browning .50?
And if you are going to tell me that, how do you justify it if you have a view of the Second Amendment that is absolute?
And if you don't have that view, then where do you draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable restrictions that run counter to what's actually in the Constitution? Do you rely on activist judges? Or only the ones you agree with?
How does all this work?
The conversation on these stories never once gets past the usual surface bullshit of "guns are bad" versus "guns are good" and it's just tiresome.
"You totally got me on this important topic."
It's far better than going over all this gun shit again.
I mean, let's face it: there are gun restrictions in place, right now. That's a violation of the Second Amendment, but there they are. There are speech restrictions as well, in violation of the First Amendment.
But we largely tolerate those restrictions, right? Because most people understand that America in 2016 is not America in 1790. Or 1890. Or even 1990.
If the Second Amendment is literally interpreted, then every single American h
"There is no 'old mustache guy piece' in Monopoly. Now, or ever."
You totally got me on this important topic.
I revise my comment to the little dog humping the shoe. We good now?
Something like 37% of US adults is a gun OWNER.
Trump is going to ride the gun issue to the White House in the same way Republicans used gay marriage to get Bush reelected. Incidentally, Bush had the higher unfavorability in 2004.
I lived near the rail yard off Dorchestra and Montague a long time ago; to this day I sleep through earthquakes.
There is no "old mustache guy piece" in Monopoly. Now, or ever.
Mario - interesting worldview, dude. I mostly just go to work, hang out with friends and family, and enjoy life. Good luck with the ethno-power-transformation-sharing-insecurity. There's a probably a self-help group for that. You might need to wear a furry animal costume to join though. :)
Lee - Stop the imaginary arguments with "you guys" (we say y'all here, BTW) and the "fuck right off" argument, they just make you look like you don't know how to reason. Get serious, please, or else it's no fun. You're probably the guy playing monopoly who likes to have the old mustache guy piece pretend to hump the little dog piece every time it's your turn, but you're the only one laughing.
If you're like the ACLU and you support almost the entire Bill of Rights (except for the 10% that you want repealed), that's fine. Otherwise, come join the NRA, we're BoR 100%'ers.
Mass murders with firearms are <1% of all American murders. Why do you not care about the rest? You know, the ones that enforcement of the hundreds of existing firearms and violent crime laws could massively reduce? Also, why do murders without firearms (1 out of 3 US murders) not matter to you? Enforcement of existing laws would reduce those too.
Lastly, since incarceration for breaking laws is such a bad idea, what will the penalty be for illegal possession of a firearm in your new post-Bill of Rights America? Execution? Who will conduct the arrests? Oh, a bunch of guys with guns? You seem like a real trigger-happy hombre!
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