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Watched this Nova episode on spree killers


While it talked about specifically shooters within the US,
reminded me of a quote by German sociologist Wilhelm Heitmeyer after a spree murder in a Dutch mall a couple of years ago.
Among young people who resort to violence, there exists an intense desire to regain control over their own lives. For years they've asked themselves who needed them, where they belonged, but they received no answers to those for them very important questions. In such circumstances, shooting people in public can give a wonderful feeling of power and self-confidence, because you become the one with the power to decide who lives and who dies. And then you accept the less heroic moment--dying between the checkout lines of a supermarket--into the bargain.

Yes it was discussed here

One kid said he bought a gun for sixty bucks. He didn't get it from a straw purchaser, gun show, or flea market. Neither did the guy he bought it from.

former NRA lobbyist says NRA more about own pockets than gun owners


Among the many dirty little secrets that Feldman exposes are the phenomenal salaries received by CEO Wayne LaPierre and other high-ranking NRA officials. These generous remunerations, which place NRA executives among the highest-paid officials of any tax-exempt organization, are funded by biannual "crisis du jour" fund-raising drives, in which members are exhorted to donate additional funds to fend off the latest alleged threat to their Second Amendment rights.

As far as I can tell, their board of directors don't include has been fourth rate rockers, bat shit crazy neocons, or any of the baggage the NRA has for the past 35 years.
I found the interview interesting.

DIY tractors and other cool stuff


justice served but still denied


The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Hartfield's murder conviction in 1980 because it found a potential juror improperly was dismissed for expressing reservations about the death penalty. The state tried twice but failed to get the court to re-examine that ruling, and on March 15, 1983 – 11 days after the court's second rejection – then-Gov. Mark White commuted Hartfield's sentence to life in prison.

At that point, with Hartfield off death row and back in the general prison population, the case became dormant.

"Nothing got filed. They had me thinking my case was on appeal for 27 years," said Hartfield, who is described in court documents as an illiterate fifth-grade dropout with an IQ of 51, but who says he has since learned to read and has become a devout Christian.

A federal judge in Houston recently ruled that Hartfield's conviction and sentence ceased to exist when the appeals court overturned them – meaning there was no sentence for White to commute. But Hartfield isn't likely to go free or be retried soon because the state has challenged a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision favorable to Hartfield, arguing he missed a one-year window in which to appeal aspects of his case.
I'm not a lawyer, but if your conviction is overturned are you not supposed to freely walk out the gate instead of just moving from one cell to another?

simple question

or maybe not so simple, but it is a question for both sides. What would cause you to change your own view on guns and what gun laws should be, or change your opinion of what the party platform should read?

Time to buy Ruger and Glock stock

stock up on ammo.

It was the first meeting between Mr. Bloomberg, the billionaire media mogul, and Mr. Romney, the former chief executive of a private equity firm.
Over coffee and juice, the two discussed several staples of Mr. Bloomberg’s agenda in Washington over the last decade: the economy, immigration, education and even gun control (a topic on which the two man are not entirely on the same page).

During one of the debates, all Obama has to do is ask Mitt "which one of us signed an AWB?"
This is probably off topic but how will the NRA (and the kind of right leaning to centrist gun owners in general) react if Bloomberg endorses Mitt? Will they stay home or vote their wallet?

I know this is off topic, but one of the readers comments:
Bloomberg has ruled, not governed, as a right wing ideologue who uses social issues, such as gay rights and gun control, to give New Yorkers the impression that he's liberal. He's decimated public education, attempted to privatize everything that moves (remember Stephen Goldmith, the Deputy Mayor and his snow removal policies), hired consultants with no-bid contracts costing the city billions, presided over many scandals, like CityTime, that he bought his way out of, has attempted to create a "nanny state" with his paternalistic view of others, and never let democracy get in the way of a third term. I could go on! He and Willard have a lot in common, much more than their wealth. However, remember the words of Balzac- "Behind every fortune there is a great crime."
I really don't follow NYC issues, but it does not surprise at all. Plutocrats want power for themselves and not the serfs. That includes, to kind of paraphrase Mao, the power that comes out of a barrel of a gun.

Bloomburg strikes again

What I want to know is what state the sellers are in? Was the information turned over to the ATF.
I doubt that it is the "first ever", I picture the ATF doing this type of stings.


For those of you who are not familiar with federal gun control laws:
Interstate sales between individuals violates the Gun Control Act of 1968.
For the sale to be legal in any way, the gun would have to be shipped to a licensed dealer for the buyer to pick it up and go through the background check etc. In other words, it does not matter what the buyer said because he would be going through the background check anyway when he goes to pick it up from the dealer. Even in the first sale, not going through a FFL would be violating federal law. NYC knows this. MAIG knows this. The average reader of Huff and Business Week does not.

Policy questions are:
how do gun control advocates feel about their side (in this case a conservative plutocrat) using dishonesty to advance their goals?
should the ATF do similar stings on gunbroker etc to weed out those who do not use FFLs in interstate sales?
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