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  1. That falls under "care and caregiving" and/or "exercise."
  2. Wolfhunter; I agree with everything you've posted. Regarding the lawyers; yes, she had her trigger finger on the trigger and the husband had poor control of his rifle but even so, no accidental discharge. Yes, poor firearm discipline but still no adverse outcome. I stand by my assertion that, if I had to choose, I'd choose the option of armed (trained) civilians over violent, uncontrolled mob. Who do I want "controlling" the city? Police first, military second, armed civilians third, violent mob last. The police have been de-fanged, the military has not been called - what's left? If our choice is deputized civilians or mob, I know who I'd choose. Not the best choice but the best of what's available.
  3. Is it? What about the St. Louis situation with the lawyer and his wife? They maintained their cool and the protestors backed off/left. Deputize a bunch of good 'ol boys and let them loose on the streets, well, you're gonna have problems. Deputize responsible firearms owners known to the community with instructions about where/when/how to be of service, maybe, not so many problems.
  4. - Shopping for food and supplies - Care and caregiving - Exercise - Study or work – if you can’t do it from home. Those are the only reasons I ever leave home, even before the pandemic. Really, what other reasons are there.
  5. Florida sheriff: "I'll deputize gun owners if violent protests erupt." Well, might not be the best idea but certainly isn't the worst. If I had to choose between a violent mob of protestors or deputizing licenced gun-owners I'd choose the later. Reminds me of this question; where is a safer place to take your family - to a gun show or to the waterfront to watch the fireworks? To the gun show of course - virtually everyone there has had a criminal record check within the last 24 hours, has been trained in safe firearms handling and has something to lose by breaking any law. At the waterfront, OTOH, there's a high likelihood of unlicenced people on parole carrying illegal firearms and/or knives, tasers, knuckles - gangs and criminals like fireworks too. A friend who's spouse is a municipal police officer says there's always - always - stabbings, fights and violence at the fireworks and sometimes shootings.
  6. That's a fun game. Make sure you do both searches from within a "private" window so that previous cookies don't affect the search.
  7. Here's a link to the tweet/post; https://twitter.com/intothecrevasse/status/1277699281890222080 It was done intentionally. Best look quick before it gets deleted!
  8. Thanks, that fills in some of the banks. I got the "story" just from the twitter thread.
  9. Interesting twitter thread , if you can bear to read through it. About a white couple in an historic neighbourhood of St. Louis that gets invaded by marching protestors and feel the need to come out on their front lawn with an AR and a handgun to defend their property. They don't actually use the firearms - just show the mob they have them and suggest the mob moves along - surprisingly effective. 1. Protestors claim they were on public property, just passing through on their way to the Mayor's house. Wrong, they were on private property and had, in fact, broken down a gate to get access to the area. 2. Twitter morons insist "brandishing" a weapon-of-war is criminal. Wrong, Missouri has castle doctrine. 3. Twitter morons insist it was simply a peaceful, lawful demonstration opposed by a lunatic with a weapon-of-war. I guess just like the hundreds of other peaceful protests that oddly ended up with businesses and homes looted and destroyed, massive raging fires, murder and mayhem. 4. Twitter morons laughing, "why didn't they call the police? - guess they don't trust the police either." Actually the couple, who were trying to protect their property and street which is an historically designated site, did call both the police and private security neither of which arrived before the mob. If you watch the short video (30 seconds) you will see that neither the husband or wife look comfortable with the firearms and yet, there was no accidental shooting and the deterrent worked - no looting or property destruction. All this benefit for less than the cost of the insurance deductible on the property. "Buying that AR and handgun was good value Mitzy!" It's the last point which I find significant - expect more and more confrontations between protestors and property owners and citizens with their backs to the wall - some, no doubt, will be planned for maximum confrontation potential - after all, it's good for business. With just a little more anger, a little more fuel, maybe one of the protestors lunges for the woman's handgun and get shot by the white dude with an AR on livestream - can't even imagine the fallout and it's not at all unlikely.
  10. OK, so I saw this article in the National Post about systemic racism. Had to read it. I think I kinda/sorta know what "they" are talking about when they say, "systemic racism" but a little extra information doesn't hurt. What is systemic racism So it makes me think. Part 1 - I work with this Chinese fellow. I really enjoy working with him - he's smart, funny, witty, very capable, good hands and feet. Good association. Part 2 - Many of the Chinese FAs I work with seem really cool, good with the pax, helpful, friendly. Good association. Part 3 - Last year I saw this video about a restaurant in China where they serve, and the customers eat, live baby octopus (showed some woman eating a live octopus). That's absolutely disgusting. Bad association. Part 4 - I really find the behavior of crowds of Chinese people (waiting for a bus, waiting for service in a store, etc) to be quite rude, by western standards. They tend to push ahead, jump the queue. I've been told this is a cultural thing. Bad association. So, am I racist? If someone didn't know anything about me and asked for my opinion of/experience with Chinese people and I told 1 and 2 - I guess I get counted as "not-racist" but if I told 3 and 4 then I'm one of the bad ones. But I'm the same person. I've had positive and negative experiences everywhere and positive and negative associations everywhere too; treated poorly in a store in Paris (don't speak French) but French guy on the street went out of his way to help me, yelled at for walking too slowly on a New York sidewalk but another New Yorker was quite generous with his time in making the subway a little more comprehensible. Every article I read, or video I watch, about racism seems to be trying to take the "human" out of all our interactions and make racism the only cause/explanation for anything/everything. Any negative opinion, no matter how legitimate it might be is called racism, systemic racism, latent racism, unconscious racism. It is possible to hold a negative opinion about eating live octopus or queue jumping and at the same time look forward to working with my Chinese co-workers.
  11. The police of a state should never be stronger or better armed than the citizenry. An armed citizenry, willing to fight, is the foundation of civil freedom. That's a personal evaluation, of course. Robert A. Heinlein
  12. There seems to have been an actual decline in rational thinking. The United States had become a place where entertainers and professional athletes were mistaken for people of importance. They were idolized and treated as leaders; their opinions were sought on everything and they took themselves just as seriously-after all, if an athlete is paid a million or more a year, he knows he is important ... so his opinions of foreign affairs and domestic policies must be important, too, even though he proves himself to be ignorant and subliterate every time he opens his mouth. Robert A. Heinlein