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My usual comments like: here in Auckland, groups of young men go nuts in the small hours of Saturday morning, ending up with one or two of them in hospitals, injured from fist fights, if they'd all had guns...


Until the USA addresses the attitude that shooting people is OK, we're gonna see more of this kind of thing. As someone else put it, kids are growing up going to movies where the hero, the role model, shoots lots of people for any perceived slight or frustration, but that's OK because you can tell the victims are bad people just by looking at them, they're usually dark and shifty looking. Therefore, see bad people, shoot 'em.


And being in a gay dance venue doesn't mean they should die, I'm not keen on getting up close and personal with homosexuals, but they deserve the same rights as anyone else, and I'll always vote that way when opportunity presents itself.


Anyway, not long, until the next massacre.

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Hollywood shares the blame, though God forbid they would ever acknowledge it. When I was growing up, movies had very little glorification of violence, and what there was generally in war movies. Since then Hollywood has specialised in senseless violence, and the gorier the better. How can film stars speak out against gun violence, when they consistently take part in it in film after film?


As some here know, I'm a combat vet. Yet when I moved back to the States in the late 1980s, I was startled to see the war weapons that people were suddenly allowed to own. Basically, they were the same weapons I had carried - or been opposed by - in RVN. Yes, they are semi-automatic, not fully automatic. But give me a file and I can change that in a matter of minutes. Congress let the ban on war weapons run out, and the Republican Congressmen have consistently refused to renew it. So please tell me why, Mr Douchebag Drafting-dodging Congressman.


Meanwhile, back at the gay bar ...


FBI: Nightclub killer may have been secretly gay




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I don't recall any mass shooting with an AK-47 or AR-15 that has been converted, but that's presumably because none of the attacks have been by a veteran. The military versions have a selector switch, though the latest model of the M-16 only has single fire or a burst of three. I still fail to see any reason why the semi-auto versions should be available to civilians though. They are not hunting weapons, and there are better firearms for home defence ... e.g. a double barrel shotgun.


p.s. The figures on "mass shootings" are deceptive, since they include gang violence and gunfights among drug dealers. Even so, they are far too many and didn't happen in the past.

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America’s Safest and Most Dangerous States 2015



Alaska is the most dangerous state in the nation according to the latest violent crime data from the FBI. With an increase in violent crime rate from 603 per 100,000 people in 2012 to 640 in 2013 – the most recent year for which the FBI provides data – Alaska moved into the number one spot, followed by New Mexico (613) and Nevada (603).


Law Street’s second annual slideshow of the Safest and Most Dangerous States ranks all 50 states from most dangerous to safest and details the violent crime statistics for every city in the country with a reported population of 25,000 or more. Each state’s qualifying cities are listed from highest to lowest rate of violent crime per 100,000 people, which is comprised of murder, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery.





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Assault Rifle (AR-15) should be banned but the powerful NRA successful lobby to Republicans prevents any legislative from passing.

I hope the filibuster by the Democrats will have some positive effect on the upcoming vote in the Senate.


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Family of AR-15 Inventor Eugene Stoner: He Didn't Intend It for Civilians



"Our father, Eugene Stoner, designed the AR-15 and subsequent M-16 as a military weapon to give our soldiers an advantage over the AK-47," the Stoner family told NBC News late Wednesday. "He died long before any mass shootings occurred. But, we do think he would have been horrified and sickened as anyone, if not more by these events."



The ex-Marine and "avid sportsman, hunter and skeet shooter" never used his invention for sport. He also never kept it around the house for personal defense. In fact, he never even owned one.


And though he made millions from the design, his family said it was all from military sales.


"After many conversations with him, we feel his intent was that he designed it as a military rifle," his family said, explaining that Stoner was focused on making the most efficient and superior rifle possible for the military."


He designed the original AR-15 in the late 1950s, working on it in his own garage and later as the chief designer for ArmaLite, a then small company in southern California. He made it light and powerful and he fashioned a new bullet for it — a .223 caliber round capable of piercing a metal helmet at 500 yards.


The Army loved it and famously renamed it the M16.


But after Stoner's death in 1997, at the age of 74, a semi-automatic version of the AR-15 became a civilian bestseller, too, spawning dozens of copy-cat weapons. The National Rifle Association has taken to calling it "America's rifle."


But the AR-15's creator died before the weapon became a popular hit and his family has never spoken out.


Until now.



In all, an AR-15 style rifle has been used in at least 10 recent mass shootings — including at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and a work party in San Bernardino, California.









p.s. I'd really love to have an M-79 grenade launcher, lots of fun to fire. If people can buy an AR-15 and AK-47, why can't I have a grenade launcher? :p

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  • 3 weeks later...

Linguistics appears to be paramount for this ex-presidential candidate.

He is counting on the counting of these words to somehow solve the world's problems.


“Cruz began by comparing the number of references to “Jihad,†“Muslim,†and “Islam†found in the 9/11 commission report to the number found in several of the Obama administration’s intelligence and counterterrorism materials.


“The word ‘jihad’ appears in that report 126 times, the world ‘Muslim’ appears in that report 145 times, the world ‘Islam’ appears in that report 322 times,†he said sternly. “And yet since that 9/11 commission report, different policies have come into effect. And as a matter of systematic policy, those terms are no longer allowed to be used in this administration.â€â€



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