I recognize the need for public health policy. Knowledge of germ theory and sanitation throughout the public is paramount in this regard. But, as a libertarian (small L), I question the efficacy and efficiency of government-mandated measures to stave off disease.
Where does the public need trump private beliefs? Religion?
My maternal grandmother passed in 1919 due to the Worldwide Spanish influenza epidemic. Who knows how many lives could have been saved had a vaccine been available?
As a child in the 50’s, I contracted just about every ‘children’s’ malady known – measles, mumps, chicken pox (2X – yeah, I know, not supposed to happen!), whooping cough. It’s amazing I didn’t get polio, considering. I did participate in the nationwide polio vaccine distribution in the 1960’s.
Fast-forward to today. There is an ubiquitous meme (I’m certain fueled by the anti-corporation profit, ‘natural’ folks) that vaccines are laden with poisonous chemicals, and that in spite of their possible benefit, these chemicals cause autism in a percentage of growing children.
As a result, there is a minority of folks who have kept their children from being vaccinated. The incidence of measles, whooping cough and other maladies are on the rise, when previously they were essentially eradicated.
And, as with the polio vaccine, there is a small percentage of folks who develop diseases from the vaccine. An ‘acceptable’ percentage we are told.
Should parents be required to vaccinate their children by government mandate? Even though there is a small chance they will become ill?
There was a recent court case wherein parents were forced to have their daughter given chemotherapy, even though they believed in not administering such a medication. Of course, her cancer wasn’t contagious.
This is a complex issue, in my view. The rights of the individual versus the power of the State.
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Former major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.
Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Reddon says the former Oakland Athletics outfielder told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand. He was taken to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
Canseco is a right-handed batter who hit 462 career home runs and was a six-time All-Star. He also played for Texas, Boston, Toronto, Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox during a career that spanned from 1985 to 2001.
An email sent to a representative of Canseco on Tuesday night was not immediately returned.
At least he didn’t tuck it into his waistband!
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And if you intend to clean your firearm, please unload it in a safe direction FIRST! And put the ammo in another room.
THINGS LIKE THIS ADD TO THE NEGATIVE PUBLICITY ABOUT GUNS AND GUN OWNERS.
I know it’s a parallel universe, or the bizarro world when a liberal spew sheet such as Time actually allows such a radical op-ed in it’s pages. Of course, I suspect the following letters-to-the-editor were scathing indictments of an America, crime laden with youngsters poisoned by such criminal tutelage.
1) The times (Times), they are a changin’., and
2) I don’t care about the opinions of those who seek to deny the law-abiding their rights – unless, of course, they are in power!
Here’s the complaint. Essentially, the NJ legislature passed a law in 2002, which required the attorney general to report whenever “smart gun” technology went on sale in the US. Three years after he so reports, the only handguns that can be sold in NJ will be ones so equipped. The complaint alleges that the technology is now on sale, and seeks an order that the AG file the report. Nevermind that there are major concerns about reliability and safety. If people don’t want to rely on such guns, Brady figures, we’ll just have to force them to do so.
Ah, “reasonable gun control”! Brady apparently thinks that even New Jersey is “unreasonably mild” on the subject.
Because New Jersey is already so lax on their gun laws, and smart gun technology has been proven to work consistently.
Yeah, that’s SMART…
In days of yore, the British SAS carried Browning High Powers WITH THEIR SAFETIES UNENGAGED! Why? Because they knew with proper training there wouldn’t be any negligent discharges. Relying on man-made devices to act as a ‘safety’ against gun accidents is foolhardy. And these so-called smart guns use batteries. See any problem here?
I’ve recounted previously in these pages about my 800 pound safe having been stolen (in 2008), and the loss of 50+ firearms, parts, credit cards and personal papers and effects.
One of the firearms was not mentioned, as I knew nothing about her history, how she was acquired, or anything else. I suspect my Father acquired her when his Father passed. I’ve no idea of her origins. Obviously the 1800s.
She resembled this, with a more visible trigger. Her mainspring was broken, and she was in a little rougher condition.
I think there was a 3 digit serial number on the butt, however I’ve no idea what it was. As none of the papers, credit cards or other firearms have surfaced, I still believe she is lost to history.
Thank God for the security of Fort Knox safes!
I’ve a number of recurrent themes in this blog. One is secure your vault, even if it weighs a lot, to the floor and wall.
You never know.
Any ideas as to the kind of pistol? Inquiring minds want to know!
The Tucson Police Department says one of its guns is missing.
Police say an officer who helped locate a purse-snatching and shoplifting suspect following a foot chase on the city’s west side Monday discovered that his service weapon had been dislodged from his holster.
I’m so old, I remember when LAPD had those nifty S&W 6″ Combat Masterpieces in a duty rig which were of a clamshell design! One placed one’s finger in the trigger guard (!), depressed a button, and the holster flew open, leaving the K-Frame revolver in your hand – finger on the trigger!
Of course, mechanical contrivances being as they are, more than one revolver was lost by a patrolman scurrying over a wall whilst in foot pursuit and inadvertently depressing the release button! Weapon retention eventually evolved into high-ride duty holsters with steel linings, thumb snaps and specific presentation angles, said holster being held in place on the Sam Browne belt by Chicago (tension) screws.
And, Aikido – Jiu Jitsu – like training simultaneously developed to teach officers how to maintain control and possession of their weapons during physical encounters with suspects interested in obtaining their own control.
Civilian training? SOME is out there. Of course, making certain no miscreant even sees you have a gun until it’s leveled at him is a good idea, too.
I do remember one time when I was a security guard/graveyard shift in an urgent care facility, when an accident victim and his entourage arrived. They were all drunk.
And I was escorting them to the even more crowded clinic when I felt a firm tug on my sidearm! Reflexively, I used my elbow to pin the hand to the stocks, and rapidly turned and stepped away, to break the offending wrist or hand. The guy yelled, let go and complained I’d tried to hurt him. Then he explained he “just wanted to see what I had”! He was drunk, of course. I kept my cool and told him forcefully if he wanted to stay in the clinic with his friend he’d keep his hands to himself. He complied.
I’ve never had any problem of this nature carrying concealed. Perhaps there’s a message here?
I can’t speak for you, but, I’m no Bruce Lee.
Hell, I’m not even Pinky Lee!
(Yes. I know. I’m old…)
RETAIN AND CONTROL YOUR WEAPONS AND ACCESS, PEOPLE!
Not all IRS agents are armed, of course. It’s only the Criminal Investigation Division, and they arguably need them. Yet even within that group there’s been some criticism. According to one government audit, IRS Agents ‘Accidentally’ Discharged Guns 11 Times between 2009 and 2011.
Some resulted in property damage or personal injury, claimed the report. What’s more, agents accidentally fired their guns more times than they did intentionally, said the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. That would be a worry for any law enforcement agency.
Again, look at the statistics for armed civilians versus civilian law enforcement officers. Generally, the civilian populus is safer, and more accurate than all of the sworn agencies out there (when taken as a whole).
But the government keeps pushing to make it more difficult to legally own, possess, carry or use a firearm. Is that because they are so bad at it?
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