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  1. Captroop added a post in a topic What's your solution to the gun issue?   

    Okay, so I see that overnight the thread went bonkers. So let me make a few wholesale rebuttals:
    This first one is an important point, so I'm bolding it:
    Second Amendment. "The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Okay, so let's think this through. Right now, everyone is saying, "The mentally ill shouldn't own guns. But taking guns away from the normals is infringing on constitutional rights." Um, I'm sorry, but I missed the caveat in the Constitution that the Bill of Rights doesn't apply to the mentally ill. Where does it say that the mentally ill don't get the same protections under the Bill of Rights; second amendment included? Where does it say that once you are diagnosed with bi-polar disorder or depression that you are not longer guaranteed the rights of an American citizen? So right now the Republicans are making a big fuss that taking away guns from people is a violation of the second amendment. BUT at the SAME TIME they are saying that the mentally ill should be SCREENED OUT in a background check! And NOT BE ABLE TO OWN GUNS. That is a patent violation of the Constitutional rights of anyone with a mental illness. So which is it, Republicans? Do you want to ban a potentially dangerous portion of the population from owning guns? Or do you want to say that the second amendment is SCRIPTURE, and should be interpreted in the STRICTEST, and MOST LITERAL interpretation conceivable. you cannot have it both ways. My point is, there's already a precedent for taking away someone's second amendment rights, like convicted criminals and the mentally ill. So stop acting like the constitution is so infallible that the very fabric of the universe would collapse if its altered or not obeyed to the letter. The Second Amendment is imperfect, broad, and BADLY in need of updating and clarification. 
    It seems that conservatives (since the desire not to get gunned down is apparently a partisan issue) are employing a delay tactic."Don't talk about this right now, it's too soon after the shooting," "we need more information," "aww shucks there's nothing we can do." It's all part of the same strategy; try to delay the conversation, try to postpone the changes, and hope eventually it blows over. I know delaying tactics so well because I do the same thing when my wife tells me to clean the bathroom floor. Just keep pushing it back, and hoping eventually she forgets. But I ask of you "it's too soon to talk about it after the shooting, wait until the blood dries" knuckleheads. WHEN THE HELL CAN WE HAVE THE CONVERSATION! We have had hundreds of mass shootings this year! The blood never dries!Mental screenings. How do you think people are diagnosed with a mental disorder? Peeing in a cup? Do you think they take your blood pressure? Whatever method they use to diagnose people with mental disorders, use that thing."I've learned that liberals are caring and compassionate people...until you do something or own something that they don't like and then they think they can run things like a dictator ship." Like abortions? Are liberals really inflexible when it comes to that and want to take people's rights away? Oh, no. Wait. That's that other one. The opposite of liberals. You know. What are they called? Conservationists or something like that? I can't remember. Anyway, it seems silly for someone from that group to accuse liberals of dictatorial restrictions on individual decisions. 
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  2. Captroop added a post in a topic What's your solution to the gun issue?   

    You didn't say your plan first!

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  3. Captroop added a post in a topic What's your solution to the gun issue?   

    Are you being intentionally thick? First of all, duh-yeah, bullets are faster. I'm really not sure what you were trying to do there except look foolish. Second, yeah people were absolutely killing each other 200 years ago. That's not new. What changed is people have easy access to firearms that can unload 30 aimed shots with greater killing power in the time to took to fire one round 200 years ago.
    Even for you, stirs, that was a lazy post.
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  4. Captroop added a post in a topic What's your solution to the gun issue?   

    For that analogy to be remotely apt, you would have to be talking about something that's literally been unchanged in the last hundred years.
    Was the speed limit always 55mph? Or did it start to go up when the cars got faster?
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  5. Captroop added a post in a topic What's your solution to the gun issue?   

    There's only one solution. And that's the full on banning of all firearms. But we've established that it's never going to happen in this country. So I'm just coming up with a plan that should be agreeable, common sense, (I need bi-partisan support once I send this plan wrapped in gossamer to my local delegate to send up the chain to Barack) and will at least marginally reduce our absurd gun violence death toll.
    BUT, I grant you this; you make a compelling point that my previous plan did leave some wiggle room for a kid to find dad's gun. Therefore, my plan in the OP will be amended.
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  6. Captroop added a post in a topic What's your solution to the gun issue?   

    Co-signed. Industry regulation is a nice add-on. And I forgot about the "learners permit." That's a nice addition as well.
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  7. Captroop added a post in a topic Kasich warns against 'secular society'   

    Seriously? Did you seriously just write that? You had a good ole think and committed that thought to writing. That a secular society is going to fail to live up to the standards of morality set by "religious societies."
    I mean after all, religious societies produced the crusades, a thousand years of zero scientific progress, the inquisition, slavery, witch trials, book burnings, cross burnings, about five hundred wars in the last 200 years, restraints on research for life-saving treatments, and terrorism both foreign and domestic.
    Honestly, I'm willing to give secular society a crack at it, because clearly it can't get much worse than all that!
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  8. Captroop added a post in a topic What's your solution to the gun issue?   

    Okay, so I think I can boil your plan down to two major points:
    Punish people who kill people with guns after they have already killed people with guns (I really admire your outside the box thinking on this one)Otherwise do nothing because 3D printers exist.Does that pretty much sum it up?
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  9. Captroop added a topic in The Tinderbox   

    What's your solution to the gun issue?
    Okay, the rules are simple; State in a clearly outlined fashion what exactly you would do to solve the gun violence crisis in the US. BUT, and I cannot state this more clearly: DO NOT criticize someone's plan without first laying out your own plan. I'm sick of these threads devolving into a back and forth argument over minutia. This is an effort to have this conversation without it turning into an automatic contradiction. We've all got opinions, we've all got solutions, so now's the time to put up or shut up. 
    I'll go first:
    License for firearms. In order to get licensed, you need to pass a comprehensive background check, pass an eye exam (or get an eye doctor's exemption), get gun safety certified, and pass a psychological evaluation. Background checks only pick up people who have PRIOR mental health diagnoses. That was only 23% of mass shooters in a year 2000 study. How else can we be sure someone doesn't have a mental issue, but hasn't been diagnosed YET?Register ALL firearms. You get caught with a gun that's not registered to you, big-time fine.Mental health screening every 6 months. Did you know airline pilots have to have regular health and mental acuity screenings to ensure they are still fit to fly? They do. It's absurd that people who handle deadly weapons aren't held to the same standard.Implement a program to promote less lethal options for home and self defense. Try to decrease society's reliance on firearms. Teach kids self defense skills, allow (and tacitly encourage) schoolyard fights, and promote the use of less-lethal ammunition for home safety and personal protection weapons (beanbag and rubber rounds). Start a fund for financing legal defense for home owners who are sued by injured home-invaders (to deal with the unfortunate reality that it's better to kill a home invader than injure them for fear of legal repercussion. Ultimately the goal should be to save lives, including the lives of the guilty)EDIT - First Amendment:
    Everyone in the household over the age of 13 must pass the psychological screening in order for firearms to be kept in the domicile. As Inimicus rightly pointed out, otherwise, only one family member needs to pass the psychological exam in order to supply the entire family with weapons. (I'll assume that with proper gun safety vis a vis a safe and gun locks should keep anyone 12 and under from harming themselves) 
    You may now criticize my plan, or any aspect therein, but only AFTER laying out your own plan.
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  10. Captroop added a post in a topic Another school shooting, this time in Oregon   

    There's a much stronger correlation between preoccupation with firearms (48%), and history of assault (i.e. violent misdemeanors including bar fights) and mass shootings than there is between mental illness (23%) and shootings. (Source: 2000 case study of 34 mass shooters.)
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  11. Captroop added a post in a topic Kasich warns against 'secular society'   

    As an atheist who doesn't rely on any religious dogma to set my moral compass, I think that's utter nonsense. I've gone my whole life without killing more than 2 people (that I know of). I don't steal more than I can carry. And I never have sex with underaged hookers while sober. I don't know where these bible thumping conservatives get the idea that atheists are devoid of morality.
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  12. Captroop added a post in a topic Another school shooting, this time in Oregon   

    People always bring up the black market in these types of scenarios. But he cold hard fact, and research bears this out, that fewer guns in the nation translates to fewer shootings. And if the nebulous "criminals" are already buying ghosts on the black market, then there's nothing we can do to stop that. But if there are fewer handguns in pawn shops, gun shows, gun stores, then it's still harder for criminals to get their hands on them.
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  13. Captroop added a post in a topic Another school shooting, this time in Oregon   

    You're unwittingly making a great case for outlawing guns. Keep it up :)
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  14. Captroop added a post in a topic NC woman blinds herself becuse she always felt disabled   

    I think y'all are being too hard on Jangler. This is a bit of a trap conversation because unless you are part of the "Corageous and Beautiful" camp that South Park parodied, it's easy to be labeled some kind of a bigot. And while perhaps he's being a tad insensitive, I don't think Jangler raises a bad point.
    You can't condemn a person for surgically altering their body because they feel it should be different in one case but not another. Both are reflective of a psychological disorder.
    And I think that's part of the reason for the anger in this thread; the negative connotation associated with the term "psychological disorder." It sounds like a harsh judgement, but it's just a fact. And more than a quarter of Americans (26.1%) have a diagnosable mental disorder, whether or not they are being treated for it or have even been diagnosed with it.
    And Cat raised the point that there is no harm in living as another gender. That's true, but harm to self of others is not the basis for a mental disorder. You could also say that there's no harm in being OCD. Is there? You wash your hands a lot and organize your M&Ms by color? That's not harming yourself or others. But if you knew someone with OCD you'd probably suggest they get treated for it.
    When someone has a compulsion to change their physiology, the easy fix is just to do the surgery. Whether it's willfully disabling yourself, changing your gender, or trying to get a nose that's shaped more like the lady folk in the magazines and the movie pictures. Sometimes the more difficult, but ultimately more beneficial treatment is resolving the underlying psychological conditions that lead people to believe they are in spectacularly the wrong shape.
    If, through treatment, it's determined that there is really no other way to get the person's internal idea of "self" to be reflected in their outward form than by changing themselves surgically, then by all means do it. But you can't condemn this woman's actions and saying it's plainly different from sex reassignment.
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  15. Captroop added a post in a topic Through 4 games, is Cameron Jerrell Newton league MVP?   

    When's the last time a cornerback won MVP?
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