Holy crap on a cracker.
Relax Felix, I'm not a threat. I'm a lovable fuzzball trying to win in the arena of ideas. I have a take-it or or leave-it odd sense of humor.
I am sad that you didn't like or understand my use of red-lettering to simulate red
crayons. I wasted time looking up the ASCII code I guess.
Obviously, as availability of Mercury convertibles decreased, there use in armed robbery followed that trend, no matter how loud Alan Jackson wants to sing about them. Same is true for Corvairs. The same could be true of assault weapons if we could find the huevos to ban them. Mass shootings would likely decrease. Abstinence works every time its tried. Every other country in the world that has abstained from assaults weapons or taken them out of circulation has experienced a decrease in mass shootings. The data is very clear on this point.
And anticipating the oncoming comments about the founding fathers, let's stop and think about their world for a minute. The guns they had are were the equivalent of shoving some gun powder in a metal tube and dropping a large steel marble on the load, and setting it off like a fire cracker. They had no repeating rifle, that was 85 years down the road. The founding fathers medicine was the four humours; blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm. They would have considered electricity and the lightbulb pure witchcraft. They had no understanding of how modern weaponry would develop. So the notion that the second amendment gives you some right needs to be placed in a reasonable historical context.
Part of the reason for the second amendment was so the insurrection by slaves could be put down quickly without the need to contact the governor, who was the commander of the state militia.
The genius of the founding fathers was they provided a framework that was meant to be changed as time and technology changed. Jefferson and Madison would absolutely kick Clarence Thomas's ass for his originalist view of the constitution. IMHO, We need to find the courage to change the constitution to match the times.
I am all for responsible gun ownership. I don't understand those that feel the need to stockpile ammo. In 1983, I bought a Ruger 22 and a box of bullets at Kmart. I still have half of the box. I used to own a 22-250 to hunt deer. I used three shells to sight it in and two to kill two deer. If it takes you more than two shots to kill a deer or elk, you should probably become a vegetarian. Investing in cases of ammo like you are going to fight world war three is just weird behavior. If you feel the need to shoot something, go buy a camera.
All that said, I don't believe anyone, other than the military, needs to own an assault weapon. I know others will disagree. Perhaps a compromise would be that your assault weapon should be stored at the local armory and when you wish to use it, you can go check it out, just like our founding fathers did. This kind of accountability might go a long ways to save the lives of people being shot up in school or a mall.
On another note, Amorette dear, I fear you are being a little harsh with your characterization of people as being "drunken". Clearly, Stormtrooper Felix here, has never been near a "spacebar".
See you in the funny papers...
[Edited by Richard Bonine (8/5/2022 2:10:35 PM)]