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  1. I haven't had a chance to look at stats yet, but anecdotally I wonder if the that issue of availability also comes into play. I recall growing up in the 70s in Texas where the idea of guns in pickup trucks was a norm, but I also recall the preponderance of semi-auto or even large caliber carry wasn't as widespread. Most guys that had their "guns in their racks" that were carrying .22s. There were some guys that had hunting rifles, but they were in the trucks, not year round, but only during the season. That is, .30-06 and .30-30s didn't show up in trucks until after deer season opened and shotguns didn't show up until duck/turkey season opened. Similarly, as kids were introduced to firepower beyond pellet/BB guns, it seemed to me that single-shot was the preponderance of gun types. Most of my friends that had gotten their first "gunpowder" arms tended to end up with single shot or bolt-action .22 or single-shot or double-barrel shotguns. Even in the higher calibers, I'd say the mix of kids at my high school that had higher caliber rifles, the vast majority were bolt action or single-shot/single-load. I'm pretty sure that semi-auto was available in decent numbers, but it seemed that, even among enthusiasts that there was a much more measured progression/use. Single-shot was kind of an automatic default in terms of consideration for a first gun. Again, I haven't looked at stats, but I get the feeling that semi-auto is a default and calibers are considered the larger the better ... especially amongst the general public.
  2. There's a company here in town that on their radio ads tout the need that everyone should own at least four guns: Handgun for personal defense Shotgun for home defense A rifle to put food on the table One for defense of civil liberties ... I don't recall the exact wording, but it was kind of a dance around in case the government gets too invasive
  3. I don't know that I completely agree with this particular adage. I recall being without supervision A LOT as a kid, but I do recall realizing that even though my folks weren't there, I was "being watched." I knew that whatever I did had ramifications and accountability when they did get home. I often came home after school and let myself in, getting my own after-school-snack, starting my homework when I had it, getting ready for work when I had it and then getting on my bike or, when licensed, my car and getting to work. On weekends, I'd get up at the crack of dawn and my friends and I would be gone all day "roaming." The biggest thing that I remember/see as a difference between now and then is home accountability. Most of the guys that I hung out with had similar parents and we all knew that, if you got in trouble with the school, the neighbor, the cops, etc., that was going to be the least of your concerns because your parents were going to be 100 times worse. The one kid in our group whose household wasn't that way eventually ended up leaving our group and getting into all kinds of trouble with authority as early as 13 years old and then beyond. He was one of a group of about a dozen of us. Today, it seems to be like, in a group of a dozen kids, 6-9 of them are going to have parents that, when their kid gets into trouble are going to try to claim that their kid is blameless or that their kid shouldn't be held accountable or that it's no big deal. Kids who grow up in that environment tend to see life as having very few consequences and also end up not recognizing levels of response in how they do things. If they are blameless, defended, and exonerated by their parents even when they do wrong, there's nothing that pushes them to think about not doing wrong. Seen this in many cases where parents go above and beyond to try to make it seem like damage done by their kids is nothing and going after the person whose property is damaged and claiming that they are blowing it out of proportion rather than owning up to the damage and holding their own kids accountable. We also see, in the other forum, some of the simplest early forms of this with coaches talking about how parents are quick to attack a coach over holding his own players accountable ... the parents want to exonerate their kid's bad behavior or brush it away.
  4. I think you may be overlooking the fact that Barr had long been suspect ... from around the time he was maneuvering Weinberger's pardon and working to help shield the equivalent of two administrations from the Iran-Contra fallout as then-AG. He ended up getting there when he "auditioned" for his current AG role. I do find it rich though that there's talk of discrediting an investigator after the last two years of such against Mueller.
  5. A big reason that this one hasn't lingered ... morbid or not, is body count not political affiliations or immigrant status. North Carolina was similar. Coverage tends to be tied to body count and, again morbid or not, sometimes the age of the kids. Had it been one or two kids under the age of ten, the coverage would linger longer regardless of source. Two teenagers close to graduating, probably less. Ten teenagers closer to graduation, more coverage. It's become more commonplace that it takes more for it to register at any level of sustainability in news cycles unless people push it to stay in the forefront with things like protests, show appearances, etc.
  6. https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/05/13/felicity-huffman-plead-guilty-college-admissions-scandal-rick-singer-varsity-blues-sat-cheating/1151158001/ FTA: The former "Desperate Housewives" actress admitted to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for paying Rick Singer, the nationwide scheme's alleged mastermind, $15,000 to have someone correct SAT answers for her oldest daughter. As part of a plea deal, federal prosecutors recommended Huffman receive a four-month prison term, substantially lower than the maximum 20 years the charges carry. A sentencing hearing for the star was set for Sept. 13.
  7. I'm not seeing silence ... https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/suspected-colorado-stem-shooter-was-bully-made-jokes-about-school-n1004181 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/05/10/colorado-school-shooting-updates-unanswered-questions/1157356001/ http://time.com/5585312/school-shooting-colorado-stem/ https://nypost.com/2019/05/10/colorado-school-shooting-suspect-cracked-jokes-about-killing-classmates/ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/colorado-stem-school-highlands-ranch-shooting-suspects-devon-erickson-female-juvenile-law-enforcements-radar/ https://www.vox.com/2019/5/7/18536054/colorado-shooting-stem-school-highlands-ranch-denver https://kdvr.com/2019/05/10/investigation-into-school-shooting-is-intense-and-time-intensive/ https://www.npr.org/2019/05/07/721200551/multiple-people-injured-in-colorado-school-shooting https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a27404389/colorado-stem-school-shooting-8-year-old/
  8. Yes it is. So is the idea that somehow or another cursing's acceptance/use is somehow an indication of the slide of civilization.
  9. Already shown not to be attributable to Patton.
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