Piedmont Park is the largest and busiest public park in the city and people hit 50+mph regularly heading west ... i.e. the lane next to the park. Is this really that confusing to anyone? We don't need a 4-laner right between a public high school and a massive park.
I'm not sure that it's anymore complicated than that.
Anyone else out there think that there might be a movie studio angle to this thing?
In defense of me "calling out" Sparkle666 - there are loads of folks that believe that more guns are the answer - I've been hearing it from my gun nut friends all weekend long. I don't get into comment threads often (ever) so I'm not familiar with any of you outside of Wyatt and Nad so I likely missed the sarcasm - apologies. I think i also made a mistake posting a link to the blog post I dedicated to this issue so I'll put a short link here instead. And no - it's not some long diatribe of a manifesto. It's designed to be quickly digested.
And by "overly-sensational" I meant that focusing too much on lax gun laws really obfuscates the point at hand. The law is only 1/2 of the issue here. I hate to say it but I am pretty sure this would have happened if gun laws were even stricter than they already are in CT and CT is one of the strictest states in the union where these things are concerned. People tend to keep leaving that fact out.
I could give a shit about promoting my blog - but I do think I make some valid points in the latest post that not only address the controlling of guns BUT ALSO the education of gun owners and non-gun owners alike.
Have you ever been in a firefight, Sparkle? If so, you'd know how unrealistic that is. I carry regularly but I can tell you that if I saw kid in body armor in that situation and I was carrying one of the three guns I have in my CCW rotation - I'm not sure I'd take the shot, if it would do any good and whether or not I would even get the chance. An AR is no joke and when your adrenaline is running (esp for the uninitiated) the human head gets really, really small. I can hit 3" groups at 25 yards with a pocket .380. Yes, I'm bragging but I have a point - I'm far above average in my shooting ability and anyone who pops off a comment like that so quickly and without backup obviously is not. More guns is not the answer but more education and training those with them is. The colorado theater? I at least would have run for cover before returning fire. I've used a gun to fend off a predator before and it's just not as easy as what that kind of argument requires of the common person. To be honest - I can't believe that some folks I know have CCW privileges.
Glad that such a short and overly-sensational piece got filed in with a discussion in the comments. Love ya, Wyatt but this is old news. Suggestions towards improvement always temper sensationalism. BUT That is your job right? At least sometimes? To bring attention to some WTF things? Guns are the tools and as such 1/2 the problem. Here is my solution but there's one catch - you have to pick three for any one to work: http://jimcshere.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-…
They are here to stay and both sides of the issue need to make some concessions in order to stop the carnage.
Note: Totally with David Milton (similar experiences) KLriess needs to raise up off the "losing our rights" thing about 6". Ben Frank was was more reasonable than that and I'm pretty sure he'd have made some exceptions if he saw his beloved city of Philadelphia in the shape that modern firearms have put it in from time to time.
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