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2012-12-20 07:27:46 AM  
Playgrounds were deemed too dangerous years ago.
 
2012-12-20 07:50:43 AM  

Fear_and_Loathing: Playgrounds were deemed too dangerous years ago.


Done in one.
 
2012-12-20 09:40:02 AM  
Just take the bullets out first.
 
2012-12-20 09:58:23 AM  

James!: Just take the bullets out first.


But that makes the melting process so much less exciting....
 
2012-12-20 10:00:29 AM  
That's not a very effective way to build playgrounds.  How many freaking guns would one need to melt down and make a jungle gym?
 
2012-12-20 10:01:49 AM  

nekom: That's not a very effective way to build playgrounds.  How many freaking guns would one need to melt down and make a jungle gym?


ALL OF THEM! ALL THE GUNS!
 
2012-12-20 10:02:24 AM  
Talk about a moonbat idea.
 
FTFA:
 
Outlaw the sale of these weapons to civilians, track down those who bought them at gun stores and shows and buy them back;


 And what if they don't want to sell them back?
 
2012-12-20 10:04:03 AM  
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Simpsons did it
 
2012-12-20 10:04:51 AM  
I don't understand this bullsh*t 'kids don't have playgrounds anymore'.  I'm not sure what's going on in most people's hometowns, but my kids have far more awesome (and potentially dangerous) playgrounds than I ever had.  Especially the ones the city has built.  No jungle gyms or merry-go-round though.
 
2012-12-20 10:05:26 AM  

The_Sponge: Talk about a moonbat idea.
 
FTFA:
 
Outlaw the sale of these weapons to civilians, track down those who bought them at gun stores and shows and buy them back;


 And what if they don't want to sell them back?


Well you have all the guns from the people who did sell, so...
 
2012-12-20 10:07:20 AM  

The_Sponge: Talk about a moonbat idea.
 
FTFA:
 
Outlaw the sale of these weapons to civilians, track down those who bought them at gun stores and shows and buy them back;


 And what if they don't want to sell them back?


You don't have to get them all.  All you have to do is make them expensive.
 
There's the Barrett .50 sniper rifle, right?  Very dangerous weapon, could be used in all kinds of nasty crimes.  But it hasn't ever, as far as I'm aware, been used in any crimes.  Because it's expensive.
 
2012-12-20 10:07:33 AM  

hillbillypharmacist: I don't understand this bullsh*t 'kids don't have playgrounds anymore'.  I'm not sure what's going on in most people's hometowns, but my kids have far more awesome (and potentially dangerous) playgrounds than I ever had.  Especially the ones the city has built.  No jungle gyms or merry-go-round though.

 
because you see the liberals and their quest to make children feel self esteem,
 
2012-12-20 10:07:57 AM  

hillbillypharmacist: I don't understand this bullsh*t 'kids don't have playgrounds anymore'.  I'm not sure what's going on in most people's hometowns, but my kids have far more awesome (and potentially dangerous) playgrounds than I ever had.  Especially the ones the city has built.  No jungle gyms or merry-go-round though.


I imagine there aren't a lot of basements with a view onto elementary schools or parks.  Most of these guys would have to crawl out past their piles of canned beans and hand guns and face the hated sun before they'd learn that children are enjoying dangerous play structures that we'd have killed for.
 
2012-12-20 10:44:18 AM  
Is it just me, or is there a new writing style that seems to be popping up everywhere?
 
This article, like many others, I've seen recently, has an inordinate amount of one-sentence paragraphs.
 
It is very choppy and distracting to me.
 
I don't think I like it very much.
 
Paragraphs used to consist of two or more sentences most of the time.
 
Some paragraphs even had five or more sentences.
 
2012-12-20 10:48:25 AM  
The park I grew up could have been a Hunger Games arena.
 
2012-12-20 10:57:50 AM  
We did not have playgrounds when I was a kid, we just sat in a padded room while the teachers told us how special we all were.
 
/This is what conservatives actually believe
 
2012-12-20 11:03:21 AM  

hillbillypharmacist: The_Sponge: Talk about a moonbat idea.
 
FTFA:
 
Outlaw the sale of these weapons to civilians, track down those who bought them at gun stores and shows and buy them back;


 And what if they don't want to sell them back?

You don't have to get them all.  All you have to do is make them expensive.
 
There's the Barrett .50 sniper rifle, right?  Very dangerous weapon, could be used in all kinds of nasty crimes.  But it hasn't ever, as far as I'm aware, been used in any crimes.  Because it's expensive.


Armed robbers prefer something they can use with one hand, and spree killers don't want something that weighs 30 pounds, is almost five feet long, and feels like getting hit with a baseball bat every time you pull the trigger.
 
2012-12-20 11:12:51 AM  
Swords into plows.
 
2012-12-20 11:22:13 AM  

give me doughnuts: spree killers don't want something that weighs 30 pounds, is almost five feet long, and feels like getting hit with a baseball bat every time you pull the trigger.


So discomfort is what would stop spree killers.  I see.
 
2012-12-20 11:24:22 AM  

hillbillypharmacist: give me doughnuts: spree killers don't want something that weighs 30 pounds, is almost five feet long, and feels like getting hit with a baseball bat every time you pull the trigger.

So discomfort is what would stop spree killers.  I see.


Make a law where all guns have to be pink and the grip is just slightly too big to be comfortable.
 
2012-12-20 11:25:53 AM  

hillbillypharmacist: So discomfort is what would stop spree killers.  I see.


Well, you're not going to seek out a weapon that makes your crime much more difficult to commit when there are much more appropriate options available. The expense is really a secondary factor in why large caliber sniper rifles aren't used much by criminals.
 
2012-12-20 11:28:59 AM  

incendi: Well, you're not going to seek out a weapon that makes your crime much more difficult to commit when there are much more appropriate options available. The expense is really a secondary factor in why large caliber sniper rifles aren't used much by criminals.


Simple criminals,  sure.  But an inventive and dedicated spree shooter could kill an awful lot of  people with a sniper's rifle.
 
2012-12-20 11:48:20 AM  

hillbillypharmacist: give me doughnuts: spree killers don't want something that weighs 30 pounds, is almost five feet long, and feels like getting hit with a baseball bat every time you pull the trigger.

So discomfort is what would stop spree killers.  I see.


Ease of use is probably a factor. With multiple fast-moving targets (like in an elementary school) I'd go with a semi-auto shotgun. If you chose #4 buckshot, you'd have 18 or so .24 caliber balls per shell. Pull the choke and you get a larger spread.
 
You could wreak far more havok faster and easier than using any kind of rifle or pistol.
 
2012-12-20 11:50:06 AM  

hillbillypharmacist: incendi: Well, you're not going to seek out a weapon that makes your crime much more difficult to commit when there are much more appropriate options available. The expense is really a secondary factor in why large caliber sniper rifles aren't used much by criminals.

Simple criminals,  sure.  But an inventive and dedicated spree shooter could kill an awful lot of  people with a sniper's rifle.


The original spree-shooter, Charles Whitman, did pretty well with one (sniper rifle = hunting rifle, or near enough).
 
2012-12-20 11:54:22 AM  
I suspect lots of cold dead hands will also be melted down.
 
2012-12-20 12:01:03 PM  

give me doughnuts: With multiple fast-moving targets (like in an elementary school) I'd go with a semi-auto shotgun.

 
Yikes.
 
2012-12-20 12:02:26 PM  
Not an "assault weapon" (whatever that defines today) but melting down a $130 handgun. Link
 
2012-12-20 12:03:04 PM  

James!: hillbillypharmacist: give me doughnuts: spree killers don't want something that weighs 30 pounds, is almost five feet long, and feels like getting hit with a baseball bat every time you pull the trigger.

So discomfort is what would stop spree killers.  I see.

Make a law where all guns have to be pink and the grip is just slightly too big to be comfortable.


If we are thinking out of the box.  Make muskets freely available without gun controls.  Remove liability protections to all gun retailers for the sale of any other type of firearms to people.  If a gun is used in a crime or shooting spree by a criminal or mentally  insane person, permit the victims to sue the gun retailer for taking inadequate/reckless/negligent measures in selling the firearm to that particular buyer.   Let the civil courts and liability insurance industry determine reasonable measures/controls in the sale of firearms.  
 
If the retailer and his insurance company think that selling an assault weapon to someone is worth an x% probability of a $100M liability lawsuit from a local mall/theatre/school, let them roll the dice and sell.
 
2012-12-20 12:03:36 PM  

From the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, the designation of what qualifies as an 'assault weapon' is:

`(A) any of the firearms, or copies or duplicates of the firearms in any caliber, known as--

`(i) Norinco, Mitchell, and Poly Technologies Avtomat Kalashnikovs (all models);

`(ii) Action Arms Israeli Military Industries UZI and Galil;

`(iii) Beretta Ar70 (SC-70);

`(iv) Colt AR-15;

`(v) Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR, and FNC;

`(vi) SWD M-10, M-11, M-11/9, and M-12;

`(vii) Steyr AUG;

`(viii) INTRATEC TEC-9, TEC-DC9 and TEC-22; and

`(ix) revolving cylinder shotguns, such as (or similar to) the Street Sweeper and Striker 12;
`(B) a semiautomatic rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least 2 of--
`(i) a folding or telescoping stock;

`(ii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon;

`(iii) a bayonet mount;

`(iv) a flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor; and

`(v) a grenade launcher;
(C) a semiautomatic pistol that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least 2 of--
`(i) an ammunition magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip;

`(ii) a threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer;

`(iii) a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the nontrigger hand without being burned;

`(iv) a manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded; and

`(v) a semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm; and
`(D) a semiautomatic shotgun that has at least 2 of--
`(i) a folding or telescoping stock;

`(ii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon;

`(iii) a fixed magazine capacity in excess of 5 rounds; and

`(iv) an ability to accept a detachable magazine.'.
 Note that the definition of an 'assault weapon' has nothing to do with its ability to project lead at high speeds.
 
2012-12-20 12:03:57 PM  
Recycling does not work that way!
 
2012-12-20 12:06:04 PM  

incendi: nekom: That's not a very effective way to build playgrounds.  How many freaking guns would one need to melt down and make a jungle gym?

ALL OF THEM! ALL THE GUNS!


Also one big jungle gym. Right in the middle of Nebraska. 300 feet tall, a thousand acres wide.
 
2012-12-20 12:06:20 PM  
FTA: Since everyone except a few zealots believes assault rifles should only be in the hands of the military or police SWAT teams,

 *citation needed*
 
2012-12-20 12:06:57 PM  
<b>I don't know about the playground part, but I've felt that folks shouldn't have access to military style weapons for years.</b>
 
I noticed a spike in the sales of such weapons shortly after the original movie 'Red Dawn' came out. It didn't take real long for gun dealers to start stocking assorted civilian versions of military weapons.
 
After WW2, the gun makers suddenly had a krapload of surplus weapons and their lucrative government contracts were ending. Since there were no laws about automatic weapons, they dumped the newest -- the Thompson Submachine Gun -- on the public. The original ads targeted farmers for easy vermin removal.
 
Clean the rats out of your barn by going in and ripping off a few hundred rounds. Great for Coyote removal. Just blast away until you hit the bugger -- and anything else within about a mile radius.
 
Naturally, gangsters saw the potential almost immediately and the rest is history.
 
Prior to that time, those folks who had guns had hunting rifles, shotguns, assorted pistols -- with the new semi-automatic becoming popular -- and low caliber weapons such as the .22.
 
Sometime during the 70's we went through another 'global disaster' fad. egged on by Hollywood and the then new cable TV with HBO. The latter brought something new into your living room: gore and lots of it.
 
Gun sales went up.
 
For the next 20+ years, Hollywood 'entertained' us by producing a host of movies involving the need for automatic weapons. The Y2K deal and the Biblical end of the world predictions in 2000 sent folks running to gun stores to buy anything from .50 calibers to tanks.
 
The media, ever so helpful, made sure we heard a seeming endless stream of dire predictions if the world did end and the Survivalist movement popped up. We started hearing about bunkers. The sales of dehydrated foods and military rations jumped.
 
When the world didn't end, assorted 'educational' channels on TV started doing programs about the massive power of military weapons, especially the 'machine guns'. We learned all about the AK-47 and the RPG. Various programs showed demonstrations with an assortment of military weapons, emphasizing their ease of use, accuracy, power and devastating impact.
 
The Internet promptly showed everyone how to turn a semiautomatic civilian version of a weapon into a full auto. Gun shows sold kits. The movie 'Dirty Harry' boosted the sales of the .44 caliber hand cannon.
 
9/11 didn't help matters at all. A huge portion of the population went out and geared up for war right afterwards by buying military style weapons and cases of ammo. Cop shows increased their bad guys having machine guns. Cops in real life were issued military style weapons. Bullet proof vests flew off the shelves. (Walmart sold a tasteful white version for a time.)
 
After Vietnam, military surplus stores were packed with cheap, excess military clothing and gear, so the New Mass of Homeless a little over a decade later had durable, cheap clothing to buy and then it became a fad. Survivalists bought so much, along with hunters, that it became it's own industry.
 
You own the gear, so you need the weapons.
 
Woolworths, in the 70's, sold off a bunch of WW1 military rifles, still packed with cosmoline, for about $30 each. Bolt action, they used a clip to load 5 shots of 9mm magnum shells into the breach. No registration required then. They made good hunting rifles.
 
Now, TV glorified the .12 gauge pump shotgun and folks soon ran out and bought them. At the same time, a non-manual pump semi-auto shotgun existed, but it wasn't romanticized enough to make it seem 'manly'.
 
In the 1960's, gun makers also sold pistols -- again to farmers -- that chambered shotgun shells. Naturally, for vermin control. They never really caught on for obvious reasons. (Limited load capacity and the higher the caliber, the more wrist breaking the recoil.)
 
Now, toss in the Zombie craze, where he with the biggest gun wins. Toss in the realistic and very bloody combat video games.<i> (Slaughter at will from the comfort of your home. Wipe out law enforcement and civilians for extra points.)</i>
 
Mix in the various middle eastern wars, the seemingly endless unrest in that part of the world and the former Soviet Union bleeding military weapons by the ton to every rebel and terrorist group who wants them.
 
The media makes sure we know of every horrific act 'THEY' pull on innocents and keep us paranoid and entertained with assorted TSA stories. The new villain on the silver screen is a terrorist lurking next door or crazed survivalist and street gangs seem better armed than the cops.
 
They introduce the drive by, along with the killing of a random person to earn your right to join. This prompts Maw and Paw to go out and buy some easily carried weapons with major stopping power. Gangs also introduced armed carjacking, which, with the soaring cost of new cars, thoroughly alarmed the public, which 'gunned up'.
The government banned defensive measures built into cars, developed in Africa, before it could catch on here. Like anti-personnel flame throwers designed to crisp anyone pounding on your car door. They knew it wouldn't take long for cops and average citizens to start getting charred by morons behind the wheel.
 
So the evolution of the US gun culture is both complex and simple to understand. Scare the shiat out of folks enough times and they'll 'gun up' with portable cannons.
 
Besides, having a gun makes killing so much cleaner, safer and easier than hand to hand combat. Having one which can shoot through most residential walls is even better.
 
Forest Rangers are forever catching hunters with fully automatic weapons and those which can basically shoot through trees. In their eagerness to bag a dear, some folks forget that those high powered weapons that can send a shell through an Oak tree, blow a fist sized hole in Bambi, can often continue on and knock Joe Slim off the ridge a mile away.
 
So, I think you can grasp why the US is so gun crazy. It's not just because of the people, but because of the media and, as usual, money involved, which push gun usage.
 
Combine all of that with the current massive population and the inevitable mental health effects which come from living basically in each others pockets and you're going to get mass shootings. Stress folks economically and undermine their security and the chances go up dramatically.
 
BTW. As a kid growing up in the 50's, I knew that the majority of adults in the area did not own a gun. Those who did owned a single shot 4/10 shotgun or a .22. This excludes hunters. Now, some WW2 vets had handguns from the war, but those were usually kept locked away with their uniforms in a trunk in the attic.
 
The general population can easily be influenced by the media, something others have known for ages and <b>crazy</b> spreads.
 
2012-12-20 12:07:26 PM  

sprawl15: Note that the definition of an 'assault weapon' has nothing to do with its ability to project lead at high speeds.


This is true, but it is tied to the ability to do large amounts of rounds in a short period of time, which is why it targets quick-swap magazines and grenade launchers
 
2012-12-20 12:10:25 PM  

hillbillypharmacist: I don't understand this bullsh*t 'kids don't have playgrounds anymore'.  I'm not sure what's going on in most people's hometowns, but my kids have far more awesome (and potentially dangerous) playgrounds than I ever had.  Especially the ones the city has built.  No jungle gyms or merry-go-round though.


God, they have a "reverse" slide at one of the ones here. By "reverse", I mean that instead of sitting IN a 'U', as slides are designed, you sit on top of an inverted 'U', so you go down this slide perched on top, hoping the hell you don't fall off. Not sure who the hell thought that was a good idea.

When people are talking about "no playgrounds", they're really talking about all of the fun stuff that has been removed so that children never learn how to fall and shake off an injury. For awhile there, many parks were empty because they took out all of the old stuff, and didn't put anything else in. It's only the last 7-8 years that they've really started putting equipment back in a lot of these parks and playgrounds.
 
2012-12-20 12:11:39 PM  

Mikey1969: God, they have a "reverse" slide at one of the ones here. By "reverse", I mean that instead of sitting IN a 'U', as slides are designed, you sit on top of an inverted 'U', so you go down this slide perched on top, hoping the hell you don't fall off. Not sure who the hell thought that was a good idea.


That sounds like a great way for some little boy to eventually get his junk torn off, too.
 
2012-12-20 12:13:13 PM  

Lost Thought 00: sprawl15: Note that the definition of an 'assault weapon' has nothing to do with its ability to project lead at high speeds.

This is true, but it is tied to the ability to do large amounts of rounds in a short period of time, which is why it targets quick-swap magazines and grenade launchers


Is that why the ban did not prohibit manufacture of all magazine-fed firearms? Additionally, what crime sprees were committed with us e of grenade launchers?
 
2012-12-20 12:13:15 PM  

Lost Thought 00: This is true, but it is tied to the ability to do large amounts of rounds in a short period of time, which is why it targets quick-swap magazines


"Quick-swap" magazines? Assuming you're talking about all magazines as 'quick-swap', it does no such thing. It just says these rules don't apply to rifles that aren't magazine fed.

Lost Thought 00: and grenade launchers


This is practically only covering rifle grenade fittings. Actual grenade launchers (like the M-203) are already covered by Federal bans as destructive devices. The grenades themselves (rifle grenade or otherwise) are also covered as destructive devices. Rifle grenade fittings allow special charges in the rifle to act as a propulsion device for the grenade, and are not generally regulated at all, as they're basically just hunks of non-moving metal.
 
2012-12-20 12:13:27 PM  

sprawl15: Note that the definition of an 'assault weapon' has nothing to do with its ability to project lead at high speeds.


Auto insurance companies will charge more for certain models of cars based on how frequently people race in them also.  My 4 door Grand Prix had lower insurance that the 2 door model for instance and that also has nothing to do with how fast the the vehicle can go or how it performs.
 
Not sure what my point is but perhaps even how a gun looks (regardless of what it does) tells you something about what the buyer secretly fantasizes about doing with it.
 
2012-12-20 12:15:27 PM  

mrshowrules: James!: hillbillypharmacist: give me doughnuts: spree killers don't want something that weighs 30 pounds, is almost five feet long, and feels like getting hit with a baseball bat every time you pull the trigger.

So discomfort is what would stop spree killers.  I see.

Make a law where all guns have to be pink and the grip is just slightly too big to be comfortable.

If we are thinking out of the box.  Make muskets freely available without gun controls.  Remove liability protections to all gun retailers for the sale of any other type of firearms to people.  If a gun is used in a crime or shooting spree by a criminal or mentally  insane person, permit the victims to sue the gun retailer for taking inadequate/reckless/negligent measures in selling the firearm to that particular buyer.   Let the civil courts and liability insurance industry determine reasonable measures/controls in the sale of firearms.  
 
If the retailer and his insurance company think that selling an assault weapon to someone is worth an x% probability of a $100M liability lawsuit from a local mall/theatre/school, let them roll the dice and sell.


Antique firearms  like muskets and muzzleloaders along with replicas are primitive weapons and not regulated by the ATF. Anyone can use them, even convicted felons. I think that goes for crossbows too.
 
Your other proposal is pretty absurd. Removing liability protection on potentially lethal items, even if you target just guns, opens the door for all sorts of other industries to be hit.
 
2012-12-20 12:15:50 PM  

The_Sponge: Talk about a moonbat idea.

FTFA:

Outlaw the sale of these weapons to civilians, track down those who bought them at gun stores and shows and buy them back;


 And what if they don't want to sell them back?


Even were I willing to sell my firearms back, how would their value be assessed? How would I report the value of the .22LR conversion kit and the magazines for my AR-15, which would no longer be usable after such an imposition?
 
2012-12-20 12:16:21 PM  

Lost Thought 00: sprawl15: Note that the definition of an 'assault weapon' has nothing to do with its ability to project lead at high speeds.

This is true, but it is tied to the ability to do large amounts of rounds in a short period of time, which is why it targets quick-swap magazines and grenade launchers


How does a folding stock or a a bayonet mount help you to "do large amounts of rounds in a short period of time"?
 
2012-12-20 12:18:39 PM  

hillbillypharmacist: I don't understand this bullsh*t 'kids don't have playgrounds anymore'.  I'm not sure what's going on in most people's hometowns, but my kids have far more awesome (and potentially dangerous) playgrounds than I ever had.  Especially the ones the city has built.  No jungle gyms or merry-go-round though.


There are three within a block of my house. Somebody forgot to tell the developers apparently.
 
2012-12-20 12:18:54 PM  

Dimensio: Even were I willing to sell my firearms back, how would their value be assessed? How would I report the value of the .22LR conversion kit and the magazines for my AR-15, which would no longer be usable after such an imposition?


Like the AWB, they would likely all be grandfathered in because the regulation wouldn't actually ban them - it simply restricts the sale of them.

mrshowrules: Not sure what my point is but perhaps even how a gun looks (regardless of what it does) tells you something about what the buyer secretly fantasizes about doing with it.


Yet if you wanted to, say, crack down on street racing, would you think a ban on a few specific common ricer cars coupled with a ban on large spoilers, type-R stickers, and underbody lighting is a practical solution?
 
2012-12-20 12:19:14 PM  
Why not provide free healthcare to the sick or free food to the poor while you're at it you un-patriotic socialist.
 
2012-12-20 12:20:02 PM  
The slim round, two inches long, made a half-dollar-sized hole in the side of the stone.

Yeah lady, so would just about any bullet. It's how cinderblock breaks. If your cop had shot a watermelon, it would have made a hole slightly larger than .223 inches.

THIS lady is part of the problem I have with everyone screaming "More gun laws!!".... The ones who scream it the loudest have no idea what they're talking about, much like the people on the liquor board here in Utah. This stupid biatch doen't understand that the .223 is actually a rather small round, diameter-wise. It is exactly 3 thousandths of an inch larger in diameter than a .22. Yes, it has a lot larger charge behind it, but that doesn't matter to her. She is a part of the crowd that can't define what she wants to ban in guns, and she would define it all by how the gun "looks".

For example, THIS would probably qualify as "ok" to her:

hammerbackguns.com

But THIS wouldn't be:

www.impactguns.com

The first one is a 7mm Magnum. Basically an elephant gun. The second one fires .22 cartridges.
 
2012-12-20 12:20:34 PM  

sprawl15: Like the AWB, they would likely all be grandfathered in because the regulation wouldn't actually ban them - it simply restricts the sale of them.


I was referencing the proposal of the linked article, which advocated confiscation by way of a "buy back".

I am aware that in the event that another "assault weapons ban" is enacted, "grandfathering" is a necessary legislative concession.
 
2012-12-20 12:22:07 PM  

Dimensio: I was referencing the proposal of the linked article, which advocated confiscation by way of a "buy back".


Touche, salesman.
 
2012-12-20 12:22:20 PM  

hillbillypharmacist: incendi: Well, you're not going to seek out a weapon that makes your crime much more difficult to commit when there are much more appropriate options available. The expense is really a secondary factor in why large caliber sniper rifles aren't used much by criminals.

Simple criminals,  sure.  But an inventive and dedicated spree shooter could kill an awful lot of  people with a sniper's rifle.


The DC Sniper had a damn good run without needing the .50 cal.
 
2012-12-20 12:23:24 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Is it just me, or is there a new writing style that seems to be popping up everywhere?

This article, like many others, I've seen recently, has an inordinate amount of one-sentence paragraphs.

It is very choppy and distracting to me.

I don't think I like it very much.

Paragraphs used to consist of two or more sentences most of the time.

Some paragraphs even had five or more sentences.


Sometimes it's clean and concise.

It can work when done right.

Other times, it's just lazy.

Either way, it's a great way to make your story appear longer without having to write as much.
 
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