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MIT freshman tries to save lives with smart guns

MIT freshman tries to save lives with smart guns

When Kai Kloepfer points his .40 caliber handgun, it fires like any other weapon. But when someone else gives it a try, it doesn’t work. It’s the first firearm with same built-in security as many smartphones.

If the gun is picked up by an authorized user, a sensor recognizes the fingerprint and it will fire.

Guns that only work for their owners used to be the stuff of movies, like James Bond’s gun in “Skyfall,” but Kloepfer thinks he has the technology to make them a reality, reports CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil.

“I think this could be huge. I think it could really be the future of firearms,” Kloepfer said.

Let the market decide if it is a good idea, but I would recommend he try to greatly improve from “relatively reliable.”

One (of several) important questions- if the owner wishes to sell the gun, what is the procedure to wipe fingerprint from memory and authorize the new owner's prints? How can it be protected so a thief could not simply do the same with a stolen gun?

A guide to travelling with your gun

A guide to travelling with your gun

Travelling with your gun can make for a stressful journey, with various legal requirements and airline rules to adhere to. Dominic Griffith gives his advice on how to avoid stress while travelling with your gun.
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Anyone who has travelled with shotguns or rifles will have an implausible story to tell of inefficiency or inconsistency. With any luck they will also have enjoyed the odd hassle-free encounter with knowledgeable airport security staff that eased what could otherwise have been a stressful journey while travelling with your gun.

A detailed understanding of the law is a prerequisite to travelling with your gun but, in addition to the fundamental international and national legal requirements, individual airlines and airports will have their own rules and guidelines which must be satisfied, and the pilots themselves may even have the power of veto on the carriage of firearms. Local rules at the destination may also apply. With regard to any international flight it is therefore worth looking at the Transport Security Administration (TSA) rules as well as national or local guidelines.

The key to a relatively stress-free flight while travelling with your gun most certainly lies in the preparation. Even though each airline’s policy on travelling with your gun is usually available on its website, common to all is the advice to “notify before you fly”. The airline will then request information on the type of firearms and ammunition to be transported and remind you of the required documentation. All also suggest you allow extra time at check-in, because security staff either have to be specially assigned at the smaller airports or because only a few of the larger airport security staff are dedicated to firearms and may be delayed travelling between airport terminals and the various airlines that are requiring their services.

Read more at http://www.thefield.co.uk/features/a-guide-to-travelling-with-your-gun-22826#SuIZFrW8Oy5wQSd3.99

This seems pertinent since many seem surprised that airlines allow firearms in checked baggage. This article shows it is not an unique experience:
Here are the TSA rules on flying with a gun  

Military welcomes first women infantry Marines

Military welcomes first women infantry Marines

An infantry battalion at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina received three historic additions Thursday -- the first women infantry Marines.

The three women will serve in the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, with specializations as rifleman, machine gun and mortar, according to 1st Lt. John McCombs, a Marines spokesman.

The identities of the women are not being released at this time to allow them to get acclimated to their unit, McCombs said. The unit already has three females in leadership roles and they will be able to help with the transition, he noted.

Women had not been allowed to participate in certain military roles until Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that starting in January 2016, the military would be required to open all combat positions to both males and females.

Semper Fi sisters! Welcome aboard The Beirut Batallion

Looking to the 2036 election...

Here are the fastest growing and shrinking states in the US

Utah is growing quickly, while West Virginia is losing people.
The US Census Bureau recently released its population estimates for each of the 50 states and Washington, DC, for 2016 and how populations changed from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016.
Most states added population, from some combination of net births minus deaths, international migration, and domestic migration. Eight states — West Virginia, Illinois, Vermont, Connecticut, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and New York — saw a net loss of population.
Here's each state's percent population growth rate:

http://static5.businessinsider.com/image/586d0aecee14b651008b66a8-1200 {map at link}


Gas masks, grenades and a bat: The best of TSA's carry-on catches of 2016

Most travelers are well versed in the dos and don'ts of what to take on a plane, but some clearly didn't get the memo. Here's a look at some of the most outrageous items which never made it past the TSA's X-ray machines this year.
Like the post-apocalyptic bullet-adorned gas mask above. Yes, gas masks are allowed in carry-on bags, but this scary thing is best left in the locker of your underground bunker.

Here are some of the others:


What are the chances

that Republican Electors and House members will commit political suicide by pulling votes from Trump and backdooring a different Republican into the White House?

With all of the talk

about a fascist take over, foreign coup d'état, stand with or against us...

Is it beneficial that more gun control did not pass? Imagine lists of gun owners and what they have in Trump's hands...

Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data shows

Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data shows

Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data released Thursday.

That marks an increase of nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. Deaths involving powerful synthetic opiates, like fentanyl, rose by nearly 75 percent from 2014 to 2015.

Heroin deaths spiked too, rising by more than 2,000 cases. For the first time since at least the late 1990s, there were more deaths due to heroin than to traditional opioid painkillers, like hydrocodone and oxycodone.

"The epidemic of deaths involving opioids continues to worsen," said CDC Director Tom Frieden in a statement. "Prescription opioid misuse and use of heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl are intertwined and deeply troubling problems."


Apparently according to what has been stated previously, all we need to do is make guns and heroin illegal to fix these problems

To any curious reader this graph is what an epidemic looks like:
Hint: it's the blue line.

Police confirm shooting at Reno high school

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

RENO — Washoe County School District police confirmed a shooting occurred Wednesday at Hug High School and authorities were responding to the scene.

One person was taken to a hospital, according to Tim Broadway of the Reno Police Department.

An officer was involved in the shooting, according to school police.

The school is "currently stable and secure with heavy police presence at the school," according to a statement from the Washoe County School District

Read more: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/crime/2016/12/07/police-scanner-indicates-officer-involved-shooting-hug-high/95101402/

Trump's Victory Has Fearful Minorities Buying Up Guns

Trump's Victory Has Fearful Minorities Buying Up Guns

After Donald Trump's win, Yolanda Scott is upgrading the crowbar she keeps in her purse to a small-caliber pistol.

Scott, an African-American, is one of many minorities who have been flocking to gun stores to protect themselves, afraid Trump's victory will incite more hate crimes.

Minorities "feel that racists now feel like they can attack... just because the president is doing it," Earl Curtis, the African-American owner of Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Virginia, told NBC News.

Gun store owners told NBC News that since November 8 they're seeing up to four times as many black and minority customers — and black gun groups are reporting double the normal number of attendees at their meetings since the election.

So who will change their rhetoric first-

the NRA saying everyone legally eligible should be allowed to own guns

or the Gun Control proponents that maintain every gun owner is an uneducated, pre-murderer, white wing wasist?
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