greeney2 wrote:Welcome to the BV by the way. I was gone on a vacation last week when you joined.
I much enjoyed the time I've been here allready. It's great to have a place to discuss paranormal issues with like minded persons and not be persecuted by those who are not. I was posting on a non paranormal board and had a non believer counter everything I said. It's not why I joined here though.
They just happened to take place around the same time.
I've actually been a fan of The Black Vault since it was just FOIA documents in zip files. Then I found the Encyclopedia. Some good stuff on there. So I'm happy to have a place where I can post a theory I come up with or report I find either on the net or in a book. Be it paranormal or mainstream science. Both of which are major intrests of mine.
Hopefully you'll post something about your vacation in an appropriate thread.
greeney2 wrote:You will find around here that many subject can get very heated, and this is probably one of them.
This is why I've stayed out of political threads of all kinds until now. But a person can only take so much before they're compelled to speak up. I think it was my Brothers, Sisters, AMERICANS speach that finally did it. Like poking a hole in a damn. I posted those words and since then I've felt a bit political. When I see something I believe in I post it. Whereas I would have kept quiet before. But I shall no longer. The stakes are too high. And it looks like the board has a section for threads that get out of hand but can still continue.
greeney2 wrote:Canada has gun control, and the perception is nobody can have guns, however ask any Canadian. I'd like to know what there handgun policies are, becasue Canada has many places where have a 44 magnum in Bear country is a nessesity.
Canada's problem as I understand it is there's a guns for drugs understanding with criminal organizations there and the U.S. Biker gangs or others give Canadian criminals guns in exchange for drugs. Meth and whatnot. I saw this on an episode of History Chanel's Gangland.
greeney2 wrote: I'm sure you would always have someone say justs use pepper spray if you have a Bear encounter.
Let the anti gun fanatics try pepper spray on a bear. I like being alive.
greeney2 wrote:Our Constitution was not imagining the kind of things you can buy today, anymore than hard core porn, when they wrote about freedom of the press.
That's probably the core of the issue. The right to bear arms made more sense back then when you needed to hunt for food or protect yourself from highwaymen and such. Now the hunting is by choice and we go to the grocery store for food.
greeney2 wrote:No doubt about it, we have a problem, but is the problem guns, people, or failure to follow existing laws.
I'd say it's people and more broadly human nature. We are who we are as a race. Killing each other has been a way of life since before civilization.
greeney2 wrote:We plea bargain everything, California was letting thousands of felons out of prison due to budgets, and let real lunitics out of mental hospitals that kill people within weeks or months. We have hard drunk driving laws, but everyday you read about one more. Actually its so common, like gun murders, only the worst or the worst make the news. There is just too many of them. Los Angeles can have as many as 10 murders on a weekend.
California's gun problem is definately gang related. With LA you have the two most famous gangs. The Bloods and the Crips. Then you've got the hispanic gangs in their neighborhoods. Plus any southern border state has a problem with drug cartels. I hear some Texas cities are all but official warzones.
greeney2 wrote:Any suggestions how you can regulate the guns away from those who use them for illegal things better? My opinion is to stop making the good guys put up with new restictions, that never affect those living in lives of crime anyway.
We expand what law enforcement is allowed to do. The current system isn't working and when something doesn't work you're supposed to fix it. The problem law enforcement has is they have to play by a set of rules. Criminals have no such barrier in their way. So I'd say start with a complete review of the current system and get some think tank operation to come up with ways to fix it. Just have some people come up with ideas and present them to whoever needs to be informed.
I'd suggest including raids and crackdowns in major crime areas. I live near Camden New Jersey and some fool decided to cut the police force. This will make a bad situation worse. The murder rate will rise and have less police to deal with it. I understand financial times are tough but what did we keep if the police got cut. My guess is some powers that be type got to keep their slice of the pie and inocent people will pay the price to keep someone's profits up.