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Virginstateofmind...Ignorance does not equal stupidity. Stupid is choosing or being unable to learn. Ignorance is not having the chance yet to learn- for instance..
...if am *ignorant* in algebra as a 5 year old, I am not stupid- I have not been exposed to it- I may still have the capability to comprehend it. If as an adult, I believe santa clause exists, I am stupid. See the difference?
2 days, 22 hours ago on A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America
Just to be clear...i am NOT saying that you (or any other ptsd vet) is unsafe with a gun.
Just that the "other side" most likely will say that.
5 days, 17 hours ago on A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America
Brandon, thanks for clarifying your positions. FWIW, you have my vote.
Here is my concern and what I have told my daughters many times (and as always Majrod articulated it much better below)... Most government laws are passed with the best of intentions. However, generally its the implementation of those "intentions" that gets messed up.
So, while common sense tells you that yes, you should have a safety course prior to owning a gun (and yes, I did complete a course prior to purchasing a handgun)...when the government gets into it (especially the federal level)...I can almost guarantee its going to get screwed up....for the reasons Sean detailed below. One size rarely fits all....what works in flyover country is rarely applicable in the urban coasts and vice versa.
The other intention that is bound to get screwed up is the mental health issue. Its one that most can say with all good intentions ...yes, the mentally ill should not own guns. Now, the defining and implementing of that is the woolly booger. Most vets do have a PTSD diagnosis on the DSM scale-so most "anti-gunners" (for lack of a better term) would automatically rule a vet out, who in most instances has the most training. OR another scenario...while going through martial struggles/illness in family- I was briefly on anti-depressants (not now)...would that one period in my life keep me from forever owning a gun......My other concern is that the DSM scale is more "subjective" in nature. Its not a blood alcohol level type test- it depends upon the pscyh. doing the observing and their own (potential) bias.
While I don't agree with the NRA tactics, and definitely not their PR wing...I do believe that some things are a slippery slope...and whenever I hear "compromise" when it concerns my rights- whichever one is being debated...I pay close attention...
5 days, 20 hours ago on A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America
Why now? The changing of "presidents" in Iran? Sanctions effective? Obama the great negotiator ? Wait...I know, Kerry?
Seriously though....why now? What has changed/shifted ?
2 weeks ago on Dealing with Iran—Turning Enemies into Allies
@14charlie @momengineer Thanks 14Charlie...I try to have a basic knowledge of whats going on in the world, but the odds of me ever encountering these guys is low. I *have* though seen MS-13 graffiti scattered around, and the odds of encountering those guys/ones like them CONUS are much more probable. Especially post-natural disaster, ala Katrina style...which is why I asked...I appreciate you sharing your knowledge with us!
@JohnChristopher1 could you possibly point me to a particular website/etc that you find helpful? Sounds like you have some experience in this area...THANKS!
2 weeks ago on Infographic: Periodic Table of Terrorist Groups
@YankeePapa Sorry...fwiw, I would assign myself as "random ewok in scene 764" getting stomped by a stormtrooper...;)
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Obama’s Special Operations Death Star
@BrandonWebb I'll be honest, I had to look twice to see that this was written by you and not Jack. You have always been the voice of moderation against the anti-obama crowd here. The fact that you wrote this is weighty to me in its significance.Although the irreverent part of me immediately starting assigning a cast of characters...lets see Laura Walker as Princess Leia, YP as Yoda, perhaps... ? ;)
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Obama’s Special Operations Death Star
great visual....does one exist for organizations operating inside the US (perhaps not true terrorist orgs but gangs, perhaps?) THANKS!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Infographic: Periodic Table of Terrorist Groups
"Now I know..." yep...truer words never spoken.
Congrats on the little guy...wonderful pictures!!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Green Beret Parenting Techniques: First Lessons
@majrod @LT G see, this is one reason I like this site....Majrod, that applies to *any* freakishly big organization...just good life lessons there..
3 weeks ago on Where Did Special Operations Go Wrong?
What else do you expect from the "everyone gets a trophy" generation?? smh
4 weeks ago on The Vets We Reject & Ignore For Good Reason
1 month ago on Interview with Oz, the SF Medic from Rhino Wars
@majrod @Jaycel AdkinsMajrod...the fact that the US is not longer the "biggest" importer of oil might be a factor in this. (see http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-10-21/china-now-world%E2%80%99s-largest-importer-oil-what-next) The US is also increasing its internal production of shale oil/nat. gas and that factors into this...the SA are diversifying their customer base
While China still needs the US market (for now at least), they seem to be focusing on the mid-long term, imho. Making inroads to the developing economies (such as SA) and purchasing up resources in Africa. Add to that their increase in space activities (troubling to me), the decrease in purchases of US treasuries (still have alot, but not buying as many, plus their internal agency downgraded the US credit rating)....
Interesting times...interesting times...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Saudi Arabia Threatens to Cut Diplomatic Ties With America
Great job Colonel!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on SOFREP Discusses Orbital Weapons in China & More With a Rocket Scientist
@majrod"It's a wonder this sort of thing has not happened stateside."
My first thought was...what the h*ll would I do if it happened here, with my kids in tow....shudders...scary thought indeed..
while I am definitely not SF material, I do think I am much more situational aware now and I thank SOFREP for that...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Kenyan Mall Complex Terror Attack
@JG1000DLX I honestly think its just indicative of our culture as a whole...look at how (the collective) "we" latch onto anyone of any "fame"...sports stars, movie stars, etc. We are a fame-obsessed culture, and as the SEALs are currently getting some press (what with the OBL raid, etc)...they are bound to attract the fame hounds of both male and female variety (although admittedly with different motives).
Basically, its like trying to hang out around the cool kids in high school, hoping some of that will rub off on you, and if you can't get in the cool crowd, making a stink about them/it...at least that way you get *some* attention...
3 months, 1 week ago on Exclusive: Dan Bilzerian Talks To SOFREP “For The Record”
@majrod @momengineer It does very much!! Which, like all great answers, leads to more questions in my mind...like, would Israel take this opportunity to try to strike the Iranian nukes? (I personally think no...but I would also guess that if it gets really messy they might try it...)
Basically this is all just a case of chest-puffing out posturing (i.e the bulls are bellowing at each other, and pawing the ground but haven't locked horns)...but with limited strikes in play, am I interpreting that correctly?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on John Kerry’s Statement on Syria: Building Up to a Course of Action Already Decided
Okay, hypothetical here... we (US) institute missile strikes into Syria. What is the next chess move on the board, i.e. what does Russia, China, Iran do??? thoughts??
@majrod filled up this morning ;)
@majrod @momengineer EXACTLY! some the sequestration cuts in my area were to base security...namely the guards that man the gates. There has been a news crew outside the gates reporting on the "horrrible back-ups caused by sequestration" for months now..(eye roll)....its all a game...
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Combatant Command Shake Up Being Considered