Saturday, February 17, 2018

Do you blame cars for drunk drivers? (Gun control post)

That is what I was asked. Here is my response:

Nope. Cars are a necessary part of modern life. They are licensed and insured. The government, whose purpose in this country is to protect its people, knows exactly who has which car. You have to pass numerous tests to drive a car. Your privilege to drive a car can be taken away. Government data about cars is available for public study.
How about opioids and other controlled substances? Regulated by the government because they are a public health issue? Alcohol? Radioactive materials? Regulated because they can be dangerous. Can you buy a belt fed machine gun or hand grenades? Not easily because they are destructive devices that are a threat to the public. But what if I was a responsible hand grenade owner who promised to never to use them? Certainly that right is protected by the willful misinterpretation of the second amendment that is propped up by funding from the gun lobby. 
When is enough enough? Do the United Kingdom and Japan have lower rates of homicide and suicide by gun violence because their populations have fewer mental health issues? I think not.
If the gun lobby stopped funding the campaigns of representatives and senators today there is no doubt in my mind there would be a swift change in the direction regarding legislation. 
What exactly are you afraid of? I’m all ears. 

Please donate to Everytown for Gun Safety.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Rogue One Teaser Trailer

Friday, November 06, 2015

Dear Town of Huntington, Waste Management Enforcement,
Thank you for leaving a Notice of Violation threatening to issue an appearance ticket (rather than knocking on the door and trying to talk to me). I assume this was in response to the request I made that the trash collectors perform the job that my taxes pay for, i.e. picking up the paint cans that I left at the curb after following all of the town's directions for disposal of latex paint.
Those directions do NOT include the fact that the lids should be removed form the cans. Please update your website to reflect that fact, otherwise there is no possible way anyone can know that until you leave one of your violation notices. I have captured a screen shot of the directions for paint disposal as they currently exist on your website, I can send you the screenshot upon request (please provide an email address).
I can even help you update your website as I am a web designer and I am currently unemployed.
I will be posting all of this information online publicly and will be watching with rapt attention to see that the waste is picked up on my next collection day. I will also be watching to see that your website is updated so taxpayers have complete and correct information.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Monday, June 08, 2015

Bald Eagle vs. Eagle