Ok, now I’m starting to get worried
The Celts lose to the Bucks – again.
Sure, they were arguably in worse shape at this point last year. And, yeah, Avery Bradley is set to come back soon. He'll help.
But it won't be enough. ... Hub Blog hopes Trader Danny has something up his sleeve. They need another big guy. Preferably a real Brute Squad
The gun-control debate has just hit rock bottom, Part II
The NRA calls for armed police in every school.
Since compulsory schooling was first adopted in America in 1647
, not once has there been any serious attempt or call, as far
as I know, to put armed guards at every school across the Republic. Until
today. I assume this is going to be the new mantra of the conservative
movement/Republican Party moving forward.
Reiterating HB’s simple gun control idea: Ban the possession and sale of
semiautomatic and automatic rifles and long guns.* … Everything else would remain
legal: single-shot long and hand guns; bolt-action rifles; one-barrel, two-barrel
and pump-action shotguns; semiautomatic pistols; and revolvers. All these would
serve as fine and more than adequate self-defense and hunting weapons. Isn’t
that the main argument of gun supporters? … You also don’t have to get bogged
down in endless debates about what constitutes “assault” weapons, etc.
* I’d put a provision in there too about banning automatic pistols.
Definitions of semiautomatics and automatics are provided in the below post by Rick. Definitions of rifles and long arms are somewhat easy to work out via measuring barrel length, etc
The gun-control debate has just hit rock bottom
In the context of last week's shootings, someone’s now bemoaning Ralphie's lust for a BB
gun in A Christmas Story. ... Viewing the accompanying video, I
couldn't help but smile as Ralphie wards off the evil burglars crawling over
the backyard fence. What a classic flick. It will be playing 24 hours straight at Chez Fitz on Christmas.
Fyi: Not that anyone cares, I'm in favor of sensible gun controls -- but not an outright gun ban. An outright ban would raise clear constitutional issues -- and I don't mind some guns anyway. Since the definition of what is or isn't a "semiautomatic" weapon usually gums up the debate for most liberals, I'd simply focus on a ban on all semiautomatic and automatic rifles as well as automatic pistols. Everything else remains legal. Keep It Simple Stupid. But that ain't going to happen, making me a similarly unenthusiastic about gun control.
Update -- Here it comes: The debate and lectures over what constitutes a semiautomatic, etc., etc. Except I kind of brought it upon myself for not being very articulate above. Here's a helpful note from Rich, a reader, followed by my email response to him:
Rich to HB: "Actually, automatic weapons have been pretty much banned since 1934 and certainly since 1968.I'm not sure what 'debate' about definitions there are. A automatic weapon is one that keeps firing as long as the trigger is depressed.
"A semi-automatic weapon is one that fires one shot and only one shot each time the trigger is pulled, reloading the chamber from the attached magazine (as opposed to a revolver, which "reloads" by rotating in the next chamber of the revolver each time the trigger is pulled). What you believe an "automatic pistol" and "semi-automatic rifle" and "automatic rifle" are?"
HB to Rich - "I know
the difference between semiautomatics and automatics, after spending many enjoyable
sessions at firing ranges etc. But the problem is most liberals don't know the
difference. They're generally ignorant when they debate guns, so they allow
themselves to get sucked into that definitional debate without knowing what
they're talking about. That's the point I was somewhat inarticulately trying to
make about all the confusion over definitions. ... RE definition of automatic
pistols: You just defined it, didn't you? A hand-held gun 'that keeps
firing as long as the trigger is depressed.'"