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    Florida Gun Ban Proposed

    Except that you made that up. The efforts of the industry and government have helped to cause vehicle fatalities drop most every year, even while total miles driven continues to increase every year. Your argument is awesome as long as it doesn't matter that it's based on a complete lie.
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    Cat People

    That's a bowling ball bag of someone who hates cats. My dog likes cats, and she's a good judge of character, so I like cats too.
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    Is football dying?

    I would have dismissed the idea last year as preposterous. But now ... I read three articles predicting the impeding death of the glory in the gridiron by typing just "is football" into the Google. I had three dads tell me the same thing, which is why I started looking into it. And these are football dads, guys who played in high school, one guy whom I even knew in high school and he couldn't have loved the game more. I asked one of the dads why he put his son in two-season lacrosse instead of football, he said "football is a dying sport ... the concussions." I look around at my son's friends ... hockey, soccer, lacrosse, baseball (my son's favorite), swimming, lacrosse, lacrosse, lacrosse, (lacrosse is getting huge out here) one kid is even in organized paintball league. But no football. It's weird, it seems like this just happened too. Experts predicting the imminent death of the NFL as Little League teams struggle to fill rosters. This change isn't subtle or slow, it's like a shot. Any chance to save football? Rule change? Indoor arena style football? Is the nature of the game itself going to keep encouraging high speed collisions? Will the concern over concussions eventually spread to the football holy land in places like Texas and Alabama? When I was a kid, the idea of brain health over football seemed insane, every kid knew that being good at football was more important than having a fully functional brain. Parents worried about broken bones, but not concussed brains. They took kids out out boxing because of concern of brain injury though. I was one of the last generations of punks to box, and in 2018 I can't even find a youth boxing program for my son if I wanted to, it just doesn't exist. Is this the future of football too?
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    Quitting smoking (almost) 1 year in.

    I think that we all have our own personal kryptonites ... smoking, drinking, sex, overeating, caffeine, television, gambling, internet, drugs. Yeah, we can kick some addictions, others aren't so easy. I don't know anyone who isn't addicted to something, except for a few very old people. Addiction might even be a feature of our humanity. This thread is encouraging. Smoke is bad for decent health as much as I forget, and vapor seems to be a good way out. Life is too much fun to throw it away with diseased lungs now that vapor can deliver the pleasure. I'm in love with the caffeine vape I've found, sometimes I don't even think about nic ... uh, maybe once or twice, but it has happened.
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    Florida Gun Ban Proposed

    Given that probably less than 0.1% of traffic accidents occur from unlicensed drivers on private property, I think we're okay. As for the "anti-gun cheerleaders", why did they need to champion the Red Flag Law alone? Why wasn't the gun community proactive in writing that bill?
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    Florida Gun Ban Proposed

    You're rapidly de-neutralizing me. Assuming you aren't around to do that, here's my favored bans ... no legal concealed weapons except for special cases of law enforcement. No semi-auto handguns or rifles except for hunters who have a verified medical condition, and then there needs to be some kind few-second delay between shots. Open carry of long guns legal in all 50 states and territories. Ban on any concealable handgun. There y'go, I'm right back where I was years ago, my views are mostly consistent.
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    Florida Gun Ban Proposed

    First off, I've no problem with your gun discussions, they're often interesting. It's just that you've become something of a one-note-sonata with this 0.22 thing. ("One-note-sonata", damn I'm a good writer occasionally.) Second, please put the zero in front of the decimal. There is no reason why a love of small calibre weapons should have you violate effective math typography. The zero goes in front of the decimal for a specific reason. Third, the whole "TeamD" thing is new for you, you used to be somewhat more apolitical. I think that was one of your strengths. Finally, a 0.22 is a highly lethal weapon. Mammas all over the planet are crying at this moment for their dead darling boys and girls who were killed by 0.22s. (I borrowed that line from Shane MacGowan.)
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    Florida Gun Ban Proposed

    It wouldn't make a difference if you turned in your gun, it would make a difference if -- with your knowledge of your community -- you supported things like a Red Flag Law. It's unlikely that your state has one. The change I'm suggesting is one that comes from the gun community, not from the we-don't-want-to-get-shot community. I'm no longer part of your community, regardless my guns and my abilities. I lost that when this whole mess became political and I took the wrong/right side of the issue.
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    Swimming Pool kills Toddler

    I knew of an HOA that required supplemental insurance for swimming pools. I think there is a law in some states that require the supplemental insurance for public pools too, at least I read about that in some Southern State. My own experience is helping on a friend's rental, and the rules of the property manager required the renters to have coverage for the pool or else they weren't allowed to use it. Insurance may not be a requirement for governments, but private HOAs and companies can require it for a community. I think I can find you a link for that, I just have to figure out what to search.
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    The debate over assault weapons

    You have to unlock it in the Tesla. I guess it's done via the computer. In the Audi s-series it just cuts your speed when you hit some limit, around 130 or 140, because the car's tires and aerodynamics aren't built to safely go faster than that, even though I assume those rockets will go much faster. The Nissan Skyline's system is way more advanced. The internal GPS limits the vehicle to 110 or 120 mph, but when when it sees you're on one of the pre-approved tracks, the speed limiter circuit is turned off and you can drive her like a raped ape. I think with some of them though, accessing the unsafe speeds requires a chip change.
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    Quitting smoking (almost) 1 year in.

    Quinine ... ahhh. I wonder if I can get that high dose quinine here, I love the way it makes me feel. I even drink plain tonic water without the gin lots of times because I crave the quinine.
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    Quitting smoking (almost) 1 year in.

    Understatement of the decade, nicotine is like the fingers of heaven massaging the cerebral cortex. I assumed it's harmful though. I don't understand all of this.
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    Florida Gun Ban Proposed

    I proposed a solution, you didn't read apparently. As I wrote, (third time) my state's Red Flag Law was killed this year. That would have passed had the gun community been proactive about writing a Red Flag bill that they supported. How can you read what I wrote and not see a solution there?
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    Quitting smoking (almost) 1 year in.

    Congratulations on your year. So you regularly vape non-nicotine juice? When the health insurance or life insurance company asks if you're a "smoker" I assume that non-nicotine vape juice doesn't count, right? I've found that the no-nicotine caffeine vapor is really satisfying, can I really just vape that stuff to my heart's content without messing up my insurance?
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    Florida Gun Ban Proposed

    You wrote that you're not looking for a fight, but it reads that you're looking for a fight. I already gave you an example of the low-hanging fruit, the gun community could have been involved and proactive in my state's Red Flag Law proposal instead of just shooting it down in twelfth hour. A domestic abuser can buy a car probably because there is scant evidence that keeping that person from driving is going to do f-all to keep him or her from abusing domestically, or from escalating his abuse. But a DUI offender is prevented from driving until his debt is paid, because there is a connection there. And yes, children "shooting themselves is on the owner of the gun" and that's exactly what I'm describing. Your community is so eager to shift blame that it often less-than-willing to address its community problems. People wandering out of their lane and and causing an accident is "on the driver" but the industry addressed the problem anyway. Your approach above reminds me why my high school coach made the whole team run laps when anyone on the team didn't accept responsibility for a fuck-up, even if it actually had nothing at all to do with them, and the coach knew it. It's a team, not a collection of individuals. That gun owner that allows his child to shoot another child hurts all of you, it isn't just "on the owner" as you write. And to your last graf, I've been shooting guns and for over forty years. I've probably given at least as much thought to this as you have.
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    Quitting smoking (almost) 1 year in.

    Smoking a primal joy. Breaking oneself of the habit that offers such a simple pleasure to life requires extreme measures for some of us. It sounds like you had an easy time quitting to play soccer and sail, not everyone is able to do it as easily as you.
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    Quitting smoking (almost) 1 year in.

    How are you coming with this? The local vape place on Evans and Hampden (Yuphorix?) sells zero-nicotine vape juice, and the pens are pretty advanced now, they can even do vape juice with caffeine or with melatonin. It got me interested, how do the lungs handle the vapor? Does that oily stuff deposit on them? Is it mostly water-based? I have found that the vape is a lot easier than cigs, no lighting involved, no chance of burning down the bed, you can take a single puff without feeling obliged to go through most of the stick. Are you off nicotine completely? Do you still crave the zero-nic juice?
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    Florida Gun Ban Proposed

    The car industry is jammed with those kind of checks. My elderly relative lost his license when his eyesight wasn't good enough, my teenage daughters had to take extensive training, mandatory 1 years learner's permit, mandatory behind-the-wheel instruction, online tests, a verified log book and behind the wheel tests before they could drive. On the other hand, I bought a 7.62 x 54 rifle with nothing more than a credit card, a few days wait and my signature. You could drive that new car off the lot without a license, because the dealer won't check, assuming you pay cash. But that's also because unlicensed drivers of new cars hasn't been a significant problem. Good luck renting a car without an active license, where unsafe drivers HAS been a problem. And yes, let's not worry about a "crazy person wanting to kill people" yet ... instead let's go after the low-hanging fruit; things like children accidentally shooting themselves, domestic squabbles that break out the firearms, law enforcement shooing innocents, criminals that get hold of black market weapons. What you've written above is equivalent to the nuclear power plant operator saying "there is no rational way that we can protect this nuclear power plant from a meteor strike, so let's not protect it from operator error either."
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    Hawaiian shirt season begins this weekend.

    Oof! Like using American Pharoah to haul buckets of water.
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    Buying Gold Online

    Platinum seems a much better deal at the moment. And I'm no investment expert, but I've characterized platinum samples using x-ray diffraction and mass spec ... platinum coins from the U.S. Mint are considerably more pure than any other source I've seen, including scientific supply. Those coins say 99.95% pure, they are, I can vouch for it. Get a few of these ladies, I suspect that you won't regret it ... https://catalog.usmint.gov/preamble-to-the-declaration-of-independence-2018-platinum-proof-coin-life-18EJ.html?cgid=platinum-coins#_ga=2.63804012.219821314.1527366551-1097517918.1527366551&start=1
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    Florida Gun Ban Proposed

    It's similar to medical instruments, that you're usually not making the instrument/gun itself safer, but that the manufacturers work with the industry to make the process around that instrument safer. It seems that you're suggesting that the gun industry itself should be disconnected from the culture around their products, and that's a mistake because the culture IS their customers, in the same way that the users of medical instruments are the same people who can make their use safer. A very simple example is the Red Flag Law proposals, one of which was just stalled in my own state and aimed to prevent emotionally ill people from having access to their guns. Some friendly PA gun guys looked at that proposal and said "yeah, but the problems with it are this, and that." Okay, then maybe those are real problems, but the bigger problem was that the laws had to be built in a vacuum without the active cooperation of the gun manufacturers and the gun communities. Yeah, the law failed because they didn't like it, even though they supported it in theory. Well, where the fuck were they in the beginning when the bill could have been written rationally, with broad support? It doesn't take any particular talent to read a law and say "yeah, this isn't going to work because of X, Y, and Z." It takes work and talent to say "let's find a way to get guns away from emotionally ill people and do it in a way that doesn't remove rights from others." Your question above, not the one in bold, but the one about "shooting incidents are due to a design or manufacturing flaw?" is what I'm describing here. Why look for loopholes of how you can't make this work? Why not work to find a way to decrease shootings across the board, from crimes, to law enforcement to eager-beaver homeowners who blast their children after sneaking in through a window or six years olds who accidentally shoot themselves? This is what I'm describing ... the new generation just doesn't give a rat's ass about these fucking word games anymore. They're intelligent enough to know that the gun community should be working to fix these problems in a way that doesn't blame everyone else, and they have the organizational capacity to change these laws soon enough. If you don't find a way to work with them, they'll find a way to work without you.
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    Florida Gun Ban Proposed

    The car makers and medical device makers continuously work to improve the user-safety of their products, and it shows in the death statistics of their products. But the gun makers have no financial incentive to make a safer product. Rather their financial incentive is to make a deadlier product. When though the DGU stat apparently has no connection with DoJ stats, the industry does very well selling highly lethal products to buyers who have only the most remote chance of ever using them in an actual defensive way. If the lightning rod manufacturers sold personal lightning rods built to be strapped to the user's back all day, we would laugh. But the gun industry does it and we applaud them as uniquely American.
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    Swimming Pool kills Toddler

    It will provide the blanket liability, but that's the same kind of liability you would have from someone slipping on your porch. Injuries and deaths from guns are usually far more expensive than the limit of standard liability, because injuries from guns tend to me a lot worse than personal injuries from things like flower pots, slippery grass or barbeque grills. And yet, unlike things like hot stoves, bad wiring and leaky plumbing, the actual threat to the house from a gun is minimal, the threat is mostly human.
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    Swimming Pool kills Toddler

    Depends on the state and community. Damage to your pool is usually included, damage from your pool is always more. And the homeowner is responsible for people who injure themselves or die in their pool.
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    Florida Gun Ban Proposed

    I'm not sure that you really get it though. The term "assault weapon" means nothing to me since it seems to be used out of convenience, the way a 20-cent automotive pencil becomes a $5 marine pencil and then becomes a $15 aviation pencil. 0.22 guns kill a lot of people, why not call the long 0.22 guns "assault rifles" and the shorter 0.22 guns "assault handguns" and call medical errors that kill some 250,000 people every year "assault medicine" and call drunk or texting drivers behind the wheel "assault drivers"? You don't like the label because you seem to see the writing on the wall that certain guns are going to increasingly become regulated and you prefer the net be cast as narrowly as possible. Too bad, Normy. It doesn't matter how many people guns kill, the reality is that the new generation wants significantly increased scrutiny to them. You think that it's not accurate to call certain guns "assault" and others not, but the whole idea of even being selective with these definitions with guns is silly. Take yer medicine Normy, you helped build this "selective truth" nonsense. The gun community and industry has blocked common sense from every turn for so long, that the chickens are now how to roost, and you guys have to deal with the nonsensical fallout from the nonsense bomb that you exploded high up in the profit atmosphere. You want to know why the automotive and medical industries don't have to deal with this bullshit Normy? Because they insisted that their policies and their communications and direction be made by people qualified for the jobs. The gun industry preferred that down-home "gosh durn it, I'm a 'Murican" emotionalism define policy itself, and now you -- an intelligent gun consumer -- has to deal with that? Don't blame everyone else Normy, blame yourself for not keeping a lid on the stupidity in your own community. The fact that you're quoting some guy who goes by the moniker "Lying Malarky" should perhaps ring some little bell over that weathered piece of plywood that what I'm writing here has some merit.