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word games / Re: How will the person above you die?
« Last post by Firelight on October 08, 2017, 06:22:07 pm »
Death by ink
news forum / Re: Gun Control, Part 2 (Post Las Vegas shooting, 10/1/2017)
« Last post by Varg the wanderer on October 08, 2017, 06:08:13 pm »

This country needs to address mental illness more. A lot of people have mental
problems that need medication to control. They should be monitored to make sure
they have regular checkups, and given the care they need.

Agree 100%. The worst part about this shooting is that we have no idea if this guy had mental struggles his whole life and went untreated. It is also frustrating to realize just how terrible some people can be, whether their actions were legal or not, rational or not.

He was on a medication with a history of making people behave aggressively as a side effect.

I also think the nation as a whole need to drop the stigma against mental health problems. There are people with struggles I would gladly be in a firefight alongside, but people are so fast to lump everything into "crazy" and "snap at the drop of a hat" that those with problems are very reluctant to get help, even if it's something that could be treated through a simply lifestyle change.

I think the US has some problems, and the encouragement for guns from the NRA is one of them. The chance of deaths is simply too big. If you're very nervous and want to protect yourself, you'd have a fight-, flee- or freeze-reaction. And if you have a fight-reaction and you're used to having a gun on hand, what would instinctively be the first thing you'd do? Right, grab for your gun. Of course this wouldn't end in a mass shooting, but the chance that someone might get shot by accident is significant. Impulsively shooting is a thing, and it does really happen.

Also, I've heard horror stories of children accidentally shooting and killing themselves or one of their parents when they find a gun and think it's a toy. Guns are dangerous by nature, and not surprisingly, not everyone knows how to use those.

Leaving a firearm unattended and unsecured around a minor is a felony in most states.

Also, the NRA is not the be all end all for gun owners. It's the first line of defense for the second amendment, and a lot of people who are assumed to be just like "them" do not agree with many of their policies. In fact, you might be surprised with just how many pro gun people think they need to be drained with the rest of "the swamp".

Also, you make everyone sound impulsive; blindly wielding firearms willy-nilly. People drive recklessly, and kill more people doing so, so I fail to see how that should come back on those people who act responsibly. Also, having a flight or fight instinct that goes to standing your ground is not always a bad thing, and grabbing a weapon does not equate to using the weapon.

Also, a well written article on why Pro-Second Amendment people don't seem to budge on the issue can be found here:
word games / Re: What are you listening to right now?
« Last post by Firelight on October 08, 2017, 05:08:52 pm »
Watching Jacksepiceye playing Bendy and the ink machine.
word games / Re: Things To Avoid While Fursuiting
« Last post by Firelight on October 08, 2017, 05:04:10 pm »
Pizza grease!
word games / Re: Avatar caption game
« Last post by Firelight on October 08, 2017, 05:02:04 pm »
Rub my belly please!
general non-furry discussion / Re: What Are You Up To?
« Last post by Varg the wanderer on October 08, 2017, 12:10:39 pm »
3/5 assignments done! Woo!
convention talk / Re: Anthrocon 2018 Registration
« Last post by Sither on October 08, 2017, 10:49:40 am »
Just registered as a supersponsor. Can't wait for July now.  :) :)
general non-furry discussion / Re: What Are You Up To?
« Last post by Kobuk on October 08, 2017, 09:27:20 am »
Fixing pancakes w/ maple syrup, hash browns, and sausage links for breakfast. :)
news forum / Re: Trump the GOP and Democrats. A new path or more of the same.
« Last post by Old Rabbit on October 08, 2017, 09:22:39 am »
Trump Day 261
President Trump continues to ignore the needs of the Americans
in Puerto Rico. Instead he sits around freting about the news not
giving him praise.

Trump continues to work to keep his voting base. a group who are
slowly leaving him anyway. I am sure he will keep a solid 20 %, but
if he thinks that will get him elected he will be left standing alone in

I just hope he doesn't get us in a war that kills millions, encluding
Americans. He doesn't mind seeing the working poor to go without
health care, or other needs. I don't think he cares about the brave
people in the military. If we go to war it's  likely thousands will die.
With Trump blaming the generals for the losses.

A GOP senator called  the white house an adult day care center.
After Trump called the senator a coward for not running for
re-election. I wish the rest of the GOP would stand up to

Trump is reaching out to the Democrats to help pass a health
care fix. They said they would work to fix the ACA, but not
to get rid of it. So time will tell. The GOP isn't happy about
Trump talking to the Democrats. So time will tell.

The GOP leadership work to delay or not pass sensible gun control
for the country, but they won't allow the public to enter the halls of
congress without going through metal detectors or carry guns there.
I guess they feel their lives are more  important than ours.

There is a movement within the GOP to have a constituional amendment
convention. They wish to give more power to the states. They want states
to have the power to discriminate againsnt minorities and LGBT, not counting
anyone who doesn't agree with the state agenda. People would have little
chance to appeal to the central government. To even give the states a way
to over rule the supreme court.

You might think this isn't possible, but most states have GOP govenors and
legislatures. So if the US congress can start the ball rolling there are likely
enough states to ratify it.

The GOP has for many years pushed for states rights. They claim to be the
party of Lincoln, but this could even give the states a way to leave the Union.
Something that Lincoln started a civil war to prevent.

They sing a song that it will make the country as the founders wanted, but
don't believe them. It's a far right movement to gain full control for the GOP. 
Why? Because they  and the super rich know in a decade or so the country
will shift far enough to the left to kick the far right out of power. At that
point the super rich will loose much of their control as well.
word games / Re: Quotes...
« Last post by Kobuk on October 08, 2017, 09:16:05 am »
"A person's mind, eyes, and ears are like a parachute. They only function when they are OPEN. Those who are unable or unwilling to open them will never learn anything."
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