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nishikatMay. 12, 2013 - 05:45PM JST
"...have been quite vocal in advocating for a more intrusive Government to identify those that should not be allowed to have guns."
Maybe they should be. One problem is today's guns are much more deadly than they used to be, especially the semi-auto Glocks. One person who snaps and goes crazy with a knife or a revolver is one thing. But that same person with the most lethal gun (such as a Bushmaster or Glock) that can be legally owned is another and you can see how much of a killing machine these guns can be. New technology in the future will mean even more lethal power and if these guns can be legally owned the government will be watching more closely with the history of Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, and such. You want those deadly guns to be owned by the public? Then get ready for more eyes from the government.
Posted in: NRA kicks off annual convention, saying it is fighting 'culture war'
nishikatMay. 12, 2013 - 03:40PM JST
What does the NRA have to say about "David Schmecker"? I can't find his name on any regular news sites. But when one site pops up in Google news search: "Neither the Veteran's Administration nor local police have confirmed this story yet" OK, see what pans out but nothing that is confirmed really has.
nishikatMay. 12, 2013 - 03:31PM JST
"Guns themselves did not make America safer. "
News was reported the drop in crime in Japan -- without guns. We all know America is safer -- with guns. In world news it is reported the (at least 1st world) it is overall getting safer and safer -- with or without guns. If you live a safe lifestyle anyway the chances a gun (where you can own one) will save your life is extremely low. But if you want to have one go ahead -- it's your right.
nishikatMay. 07, 2013 - 06:56PM JST
Have you been in many dangerous situations in Japan? You have a right to defend yourself in Japan if someone is trying to kill you. But from my understanding if someone is simply assaulting you then you have the right to assault them back as long as you don't kill them.
nishikatMay. 07, 2013 - 09:55AM JST
If people had been carrying at Luby's would that have happened? Do gun free zones create danger zones? We may never know. Would it have been effective or a false sense of security? In another example of the other extreme a retired seal was gunned down on the shooting range recently -- yes, the baddest of the baddest in a real gun zone.
nishikatMay. 07, 2013 - 09:42AM JST
" We are awash with guns but we are now safer from violent crime"
Overall the entire world is becoming safer, on average with or without guns. Months ago I read a story in JT about the overall crime rate in Japan falling. The best way to avoid violence and keeping yourself safe is not by owning a gun but by keeping better quality company -- if you have control over that.
nishikatMay. 07, 2013 - 09:07AM JST
If anyone wants to talk about Chicago- they are NY have similar gun laws but different outcomes. If someone wants to say there should be weaker gun laws because of Chicago then you might also want to consider stronger gun laws because of NY.
Children are shooting children there. Why? Before there was a hierarchy on the streets and in the past if you had nothing to do with the gangs and were some nerd or a jock walking home from school minding your own business you were safe and respected. But with the extreme power vacuum left over from cracking down on all the gangs guns are ending up in the hands of children and with all these teenage hormones going crazy one slight problem or disagreement could turn into something deadly. A jealous ex boyfriend? Perhaps someone looked at someone funny? Some kind of jealousy from success? Suddenly that jock or nerd has to dive for cover. Chicago high schools have security guardS but outside the school they are on their own. Again in Chicago there are children shooting children. Children? Are more or less gun laws needed? Again it's not about the NRA's point of "The Only Way To Stop A Bad Guy With A Gun Is With A Good Guy With A Gun". How can we "Stop a Bad Child with a Gun" in Chicago who wants to kill another child? Thoughts? Should there be open permits so adults can stand outside all the time looking for bad kids? Personally I don't want to do that but who has some ideas? Again, these are children!
nishikatMay. 05, 2013 - 12:11AM JST
I'm bullish about Mexico. But even if they stop coming from the USA (which I believe they are) they will -- sometime in the future -- be made anywhere in the world with 3D printing technology. Won't be as good as a precision made Glock, for example. But even with Universal checks (which I do believe in) eventually they can be made in people's basements anywhere in the world. I'm just wondering how good they will be compared to a gun made in a real gun factory.
nishikatMay. 05, 2013 - 12:04AM JST
We are all debating hopefully in a friendly manner here but no one needs an apology. I actually care about gun ownership since I have family who love to hunt. I also have family who needed a gun for possible protection (they didn't use it) like a hurricane aftermath -- a relative of mine borrowed his friend's gun for that.
nishikatMay. 04, 2013 - 11:34PM JST
There was a case in Florida where three young men wanted to beat some pedestrian up randomly but they picked a fight with a guy who was carrying. Florida has "Stand Your Ground". The victim shot one of the three attackers justifiably. But when he continued to shoot and I believe killed one of the others who was at that point running away then the original victim was charged with a crime.
nishikatMay. 04, 2013 - 09:29PM JST
Leftists? Someone mentioned the left? Why do people always connect the left and gun control? There are a lot of gun control policies originating from the Right. Namely Nixon and Reagan. Nixon even wanted a handgun ban.
nishikatMay. 04, 2013 - 09:25PM JST
Ted Nugent is a rock singer.
"Gov/ATF openly giving guns to Mexican gangs/criminals"
F&F is a non-story now and when you google it a movie comes up.
nishikatMay. 04, 2013 - 08:02PM JST
"The left truly wants to take guns away from American citizens. "
But the NRA is accused by some of being "truly" left as it is claimed that this organizations does not lobby for much more open gun laws than what we have today.
Left? Right? It's ridiculous?
nishikatMay. 04, 2013 - 05:40PM JST
Again, it has to be political. VOTE!!
Is the NRA too hard? Actually some groups of pro-gun reformists think the NRA is too soft and the NRA is hated by these reformists just as much as those who think the NRA's only mission is to sell more guns. Just think what would happen if there are enough pro-gun reformists who vote. In that case the availability of guns more deadly than they already are would increase (and future guns will be more deadly as technology progresses). Fully automatic machine guns would be easily available without the expense or special permit, for example.
What you want or what you don't want just VOTE about it.
nishikatMay. 04, 2013 - 03:42PM JST
Simple. Don't yell at each other here or anywhere else. It's wasting time. VOTE! If you don't like a certain law or support another law pertaining to guns then vote out or keep the politicians who support it or not. For example, if you were not happy about universal checks not being passed and if you have voting rights in a certain area then vote out those who have an "A" rating from the NRA. At the same time if you want the same laws to continue without changing (or perhaps have more open gun laws) then vote for them again. These days it's easy to find where politicians stand on gun laws.
Vote! There is more power in that than any gun created! The power of democracy. Keep it political and live with the results.
nishikatApr. 13, 2013 - 11:39PM JST
I just now checked my keitai for the time of the warning email that came was time stamped at 5:33 am (same time as the quake) and I can assume it was sent the same time as the alarm started. Wow! That's fast. As someone earlier stated this tech is cool. I just hope it's never needed, but it might be hoping for too much in this earthquake zone. Take care people!!
Posted in: 24 injured after M6.3 quake hits western Japan
nishikatApr. 13, 2013 - 04:10PM JST
Without checking sources, I remember hearing magnitude is exponential. So the difference between 6 and 7 is much greater than 5 and 6, for example.
nishikatApr. 13, 2013 - 07:46AM JST
Scary, but I'm amazed at the public alarm service to my Keitai that woke me up before the shaking was at its strongest point (or it seemed so, at least). Wow, almost the same place and time as Hanshin '95
nishikatMar. 22, 2013 - 02:56PM JST
Japan 2012, thanks and take care! It looks like access is getting better.
(As of ten years ago) a private student of mine who works in pharma said HIV inhibitors are really expensive (yes, insurance pays here) and pills can be like 10,000 yen each whole price because the market here is not as "good" as in the US -- according to him. But obviously the prices of these meds have settled this last decade so that part is less scary. And I can believe in the middle of a big city like Tokyo or Osaka you can have access to some wonderful services that you probably won't really see at a usual clinic.
Posted in: Remember AIDS? It's still a threat
nishikatMar. 20, 2013 - 07:38PM JST
"Japan'll be lucky to be in the top ten countries as far as GDP"
Of course. But it's not about luck. I read that in 100 years Indonesia's economy will be higher than Japan's, for example.
Panasonic might not be making TVs in 50 years, and they will change. But, yes, as above, currently they do have industrial business (i.e. airplane parts) that have a much better chance of surviving than consumer goods.
It's interesting how companies can transform. Toyota used to be a textile machinery maker a long time ago. Fuji film became mostly a chemical company since we all know what happened to the film business. How about Toray? As a textile maker they were pushed by cheap imports so they have become a high tech fabrics maker as well as being very successful in carbon composite technologies such as what is used for airplane wings.
Posted in: Japanese companies expected to still be around in 50 years
May. 23, 2013 - 03:00AM JST
alimel1969 - true. I also think a big thing in the US that makes it easier…
Posted in: 39-year-old man arrested for beating 1-month-old son to death
May. 23, 2013 - 02:56AM JST
Abe's skill on diplomatic maneuver is showing now. This, Obama will never could do.
Posted in: North Korea sends special envoy to China
May. 23, 2013 - 02:53AM JST
wandering spirit maybe?
Posted in: Man calls police to report dumping a body 2 years ago
May. 23, 2013 - 02:52AM JST
I would like to see Japanese women protected from spousal abuse IF THEY CAN PROVIDE PROOF.…
Posted in: Diet approves child abduction treaty
May. 23, 2013 - 02:48AM JST
I never really understood the need for a cell phone to be active during school anyway-…
Posted in: Phone app ‘Line’ under fire from school after incidents of bullying