Friday, May 23, 2008

"double standard"

From a politician. who would have thought?
Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue today decried the "double standard" that prompted Mayor Daley to endorse the idea of temporarily re-opening gun registration in Chicago after a request from Ald. Richard Mell (33rd).

"We have retired police officers who have a right to carry concealed weapons across the country, and they're being barred from registering their weapons in Chicago. We've taken one of these cases to Circuit Court. Dick Mell has taken his case to the City Council," the union president said.

"Whether he knows it or not, the mayor, by this agreement [to endorse a temporary gun amnesty] is establishing a double standard. One for members of the City Council, the other for everybody else."

A former hunter, Mell is proposing a one-month amnesty after he forgot to re-register his arsenal of shotguns, rifles and pistols as required every year by the ordinance he helped to pass.
Nothing to see here people. just move along. No special privileges. Just ignore the man behind the curtain.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Misguided

I have no problem being called misguided.
"Carrying a knife or offensive weapon without reasonable excuse is a crime which is being committed far too often by far too many people," he said.

"That is because, even if carried only for bravado or carried for some misguided sense that it would be used in possible self defence, it takes only a moment of irritation, drunkenness, anger, perceived insult, or something utterly trivial like a 'look', for the weapon to be produced.
Of course this is from the prime example of a paternalistic nation. I have always said that England's today, is our tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

They took my brother away...



Monday I took my brother to the Army recruiting station in Murfreesboro. The plan was for him to spend the night in Nashville courtesy of the army, and then travel with others to Fort Bragg North Carolina for basic training and then advanced training.

Saturday all of my siblings got together at legends to eat, laugh, and say goodbye to him for the next 5-6 months.


From left to right
Danielle, Army boy Jim, Gunner, David and Annie.

Our Sunday combination going away/birthday/mothers day party of course always has someone being dropped on their head...this time it was Annie.


Monday we dropped my brother off and I said my final goodbyes to him.


left to right.
Elizabeth, Jim, Mitchel, Jeanne(A.K.A. Mom)

This came on our family suddenly as my brother decided to go for it just a few weeks ago. I already miss him...

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Politicians face reality

Face it, but will not do anything about it.
Massive investment in CCTV cameras to prevent crime in the UK has failed to have a significant impact, despite billions of pounds spent on the new technology, a senior police officer piloting a new database has warned. Only 3% of street robberies in London were solved using CCTV images, despite the fact that Britain has more security cameras than any other country in Europe.
well if they only doubled the budget they could solve more crimes......is the normal reply to facts like this.

Politicians face reality

Of course politicians and reality are never in the same room at the same time.
But these changes have done nothing to reduce gun-related deaths, according to Samara McPhedran, a University of Sydney academic and coauthor of a soon-to-be-published paper that reviews a selection of previous studies on the effects of the 1996 legislation. The conclusions of these studies were "all over the place," says McPhedran. But by pulling back and looking purely at the statistics, the answer "is there in black and white," she says. "The hypothesis that the removal of a large number of firearms owned by civilians [would lead to fewer gun-related deaths] is not borne out by the evidence."

To damn lazy

I'm a solid firearms enthusiast. I can't afford to be a proper gun nut, but I can hope. The news is filled with a solid effort to ...