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The Costa Hate.

Someone explain it to me. I don’t drink his kool-aid, but I don’t hate the guy’s stuff either. Is it jealousy of his success? Is this some sort of “sell-out” thing, like some folks point at musicians when they go commercial? Sure, this video is a tad loopy, but it’s Airsoft in Japan and they wanted him to do this for a photo-op.

I see a lot of OMG HE’S FLAGGING PEOPLE WITH A GUN!!! going around. But it really looks like he’s pointing over everyone’s head at the far wall. And correct me if I’m wrong, but people actually point and shoot Airsoft at each other all of the time don’t they?

What’s the story with the hate on this dude? He’s certainly bought the AR platform some attention.

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gun control..always the easy way out.

pistol packin' mama
pistol packin’ mama (Photo credit: Stolen w-heels)

I was considering what I would do If I were the “gun control guy in charge”. Thinking of things I have seen, I would add these ideas:

My PD’s domestic violence policy includes seizing firearms. Once taken the Judge and the Chief decide when to return them. Our state also routinely bars gun possession when DV orders of protection are placed. I’d upgrade that process with a form system that adds up factors (physical violence used 5pts, verbal threats 3 pts, weapon displayed 10 pts..etc) and once a level is reached weapon seizure would be required. Right now we have an officer discretion aspect that puts a burden on the officer. What about implementing a similar system nationwide?

I’d also look into expanding the ability to bar gun ownership. The “convicted felon” rule is a start, but MANY bad guys never get a felony CONVICTION. Plea deals…refusals to prosecute…etc mean lengthy records but no felony convictions. What about a person with 75 arrests for non felony crimes? I hate to deny a Constitutional right to someone because all they do is steal and use dope, but do they possess the mental ability to be able to buy a gun? What about someone who sets a puppy on fire? Someone with 10 DWI’s and 5 arrests for drunken assaults at night clubs?

And more difficult..what about doctors? Should they have the ability to call LE or a gvt office and deny someone with mental illness the right to a gun? What about the rights of the people living with that person?

All of this would have to have a system of due process…the person would have to be able to contest the removal of their rights. There would have to be determinations of how long these rights will be denied and what the requirements for getting it back would be.

It’s a difficult issue. I certainly DON’T want to deny someone their Constitutional rights without ABSOLUTE good cause. I don’t have any suggestions for how to implement any of these ideas or even know 100% that they would be good ideas…I’m just putting something out there.IMO however..the difficult course of action is probably going to be the most likely to be effective. Start dealing with the PEOPLE instead of the OBJECT.

But what we will most likely do is punish the majority of law abiders with bans on guns/magazines because its EASIER to do that than it is to deal with the difficult issues that would really address the problem without punishing those who don’t deserve it.

Where to start with school security.

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Old School_House_ (Photo credit: Total Mayhem)

Fact of the matter is. If you are serious about school safety 99% of them need to be torn down, re-designed and re-built. The days of “walk into your local school house/open and welcoming design” are gone….IMO a start would be:

-A buzzer opened door that leads directly into the school is BAD. People WILL need to come and go from a school for many legitimate reasons. What schools should have is what many PD’s have. A front desk area where you can do routine tasks through bullet-proof glass. If you need to come in to see admin you get buzzed into the admin area which is separate from the school area. If you need to get into the school proper you are let in from there.

-Exterior door and ground floor window glass cant be breached by some kid with a rifle.

-Interior classroom doors are always closed and locked during class…and the doors are “unkickable” and designed so that a person with a gun cant break out glass and reach in.

-Someone in the school, be it a full time SRO, a trained guard, or trained staff needs access to a weapon as an emergency tool.

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diversion from the usual…

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I typically avoid political issues here, but the recent turn of events in our Congress leaves me concerned. If passed, this new health care legislation would be a major shift towards the government assuming more power than I believe the Constitution allows. While I do believe that our health care system does indeed need an overhaul, the government believing that they have the authority to mandate that we ALL must purchase a product as part of our citizenship seems blatantly unconstitutional on it’s face. They like to point to auto insurance, but ignore the fact that if I don’t want to pay auto insurance I simply do not drive a car.

The “interstate commerce clause” and the “general welfare” statement will probably be their attempt to legitimize this power grab. I can but hope that the “checks and balances” of the Senate or the Supreme Court perform their duties as they were intended.

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