On 16/2/2018 at 10:11 PM, nausicaa said:
Sorry for the novel, but after a discussion with a French friend recently I've been thinking about this a lot. I sort of organized all my thoughts below.
I can tell you that at least the gun confiscations that happened in Australia will never happen here.
Australia did not have a gun lobby as powerful and wealthy as the NRA (in fact Australia's very weak gun lobby had the NRA come in to advise them on messaging and mobilization). It also didn't have the right to bear arms ingrained in its constitution. And there were only six Australian states that needed to come to a consensus. We have fifty, plus a constitution that clearly delineates state versus Federal powers. There is also a gun culture that is so deeply ingrained here, I think it's hard to convey to non-Americans who haven't grown up with it.
Australia essentially had a forcible buy back program and the number of gun owning households was cut in half (the equivalent of 53 million households in the United States). The logistics of implementing something similar in the United States is impossible for political, social, and logistical reasons. The country is too large, there are too many guns, and the dynamics are too different. I have yet to hear a plausible plan for how this could be done.
Any politician, even a Democrat, who supported such a scheme would be committing political suicide (and we have to be honest, at the end of the day, what any politician wants is to be reelected). It could easily be deemed unconstitutional due to search and seizure laws. And the only organizations I would think who could be deployed to do such extensive checks would be the military or law enforcement, both of which are made up predominately of conservatives who staunchly support the Second Amendment and likely privately own many guns themselves. Most would probably flat out refuse to listen to orders, go on strike, or at the very least do a wink wink nudge nudge to the homeowner with nine semis displayed above his fireplace telling them there are no firearms in his household.
The way forward for U.S. gun control has to be implementing and expanding waiting periods, stricter background checks, and banning the purchase of semi-automatics. The focus has to be on future gun purchases and manufacture.
All of this to say, the 350 million guns (including 2.5 million AR-15s) currently in the United States? Those aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
I too think forcibly removing arms would be a very bad idea. You need to make it the American way, leaving people "choice". You can buy back arms in a way that makes it more convenient selling them to the government instead of keeping them. Heavily tax ammunitions. Institute registries, make it easy and free to register weapons, people who are found with unregistered firearms ie during normal traffic checks get fined and the arms seized. Ban assault weapons. Make clear and easy to follow laws, possibly uniformly among the states (this may be the most difficult part)
You have to start somewhere or things will just keep getting worse. Firearms sales seem to have been increasing in the last years and it's not like many of those arms will soon be dumped for wear and tear, they will stay around for a long time and newer sales will keep adding on.
On 2018-02-16 at 5:03 PM, Crazy Enough to Join said:
Yeah hanging out at the Duggars' house is still probably a break even without them being helpful just b/c there are new toys and kids to play with and some adult conversation. I'm sure it is harder for the duggar kids who aren't close to home.
I want to snark but that is just out of jealousy. I am an only child who would love to have a few siblings with their kids dropping in and out of the family home.
It would be a nice break and like a playdate. It is comfortable and relaxed and you don't have to drag a tone of stuff with you.
the Duggar kids go home and don't really worry about diapers, or wipes, or sippy cups or (Rufus help me) pregnancy tests.
4 minutes ago, Audrey2 said:
That is exactly why I prefer the winter Olympics to the summer games. The US does so well in the summer games that our television coverage is basically showing the US winning medals. The winter games are more about the world. I enjoy watching the skiing and shooting, ski jumping, sliding (luge/skeleton/bobsled), speed skating, and hockey. I celebrate Norwegian, Dutch, German, Canadian, Austrian, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, and Danish medals with those on Free Jinger from those countries.
I love both Olympics and watched them obsessively. I've currently DVRing everything and watching every game. I'll probably be done a week after the Olympics but I don't want to miss any thing. But I agree that it sucks that summer games only show US winning medals. I want to watch everyone. I want to watch all of the games. Like with gymnastics I want to watch everyone who is competing. The Rio Olympics there was the app that you can download and watch every game. It was so awesome and so fun. I watched all of the gymnastics. It was so much fun seeing all of the routines. The Dutch ones were really cool. It was fun to watch all of archery. I really wish they'd put it all on TV.
I keep thinking that something has to happen...at some point!
Couple of things.
Raising children would be the most difficult and most challenging thing in the world for me. I'm happy to read that some people come by it naturally.
I've always had friends but the constant in my life for the most part was my animals. I loved them like children. That said, as much as I grieved their loss and how devastated I felt, I can't imagine comparing the loss of an animal to the loss of a child.