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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The business of our biggest business.

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Today we take great pride (or at least have no shame) in being by far the world’s number one arms-exporting nation. A few statistics bear this out. From 2006 to 2010, the U.S. accounted for nearly one-third of the world’s arms exports, easily surpassing a resurgent Russia in the “Lords of War” race. Despite a decline in global arms sales in 2010 due to recessionary pressures, the U.S. increased its market share, accounting for a whopping 53 percent of the trade that year.

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    http://www.salon.com/2012/01/24/america_arms_dealer_to_the_world/

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    Hello Neighbors,
    In a hurry last week, I provided a link to Jon Stewart’s the Daily Show and suggested readers to watch the first 15 min of his show re: the NRA and the ATF. A couple of conservative readers complained. I was told to provide the websites instead of Mr. Stewart’s sarcastic but concise information. Now I wonder if those who complained will actually read the following and/or visit the websites.
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    From – http://protectpolice.org/
    The Tiahrt Amendments, named for their original sponsor, U.S. Representative Todd Tiahrt (R-KS), are provisions attached to federal spending bills that make it harder for law enforcement officers to aggressively pursue criminals who buy and sell illegal guns.
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    The amendments restrict cities, states and even the police from fully accessing and using Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) gun trace data, which can show where illegal guns are coming from, who buys them and how they get trafficked across state lines and into our communities.
    UPDATE: The Tiahrt restrictions are blocking Congressional oversight of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives & Firearms (ATF) and its controversial “Operation Fast & Furious.” According to allegations, ATF allowed guns to be illegally trafficked to Mexico, possibly putting law enforcement officers in danger. ATF is prevented by Tiahrt from releasing trace data connected to Fast & Furious, forcing Congress to request the data from the Mexican Government.
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    The Tiahrt provisions require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to destroy certain background check records within 24 hours, making it nearly impossible to use those records to help solve crimes or to identify gun buyers with criminal histories who were mistakenly approved. Learn More
    The Tiahrt Amendments also block ATF from requiring gun dealers to conduct inventory checks to detect loss and theft, which law enforcement says is a dangerous back channel source for criminals who are in the market for illegal guns.
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    For years, the Tiahrt Amendments have been standing in the way of law enforcement efforts to stop the flow of illegal guns to criminals. But now, a coalition of 350 mayors and 200 police chiefs have called for repealing these damaging restrictions.
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    From – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christianpiatt/2013/01/the-nra-atf-insider-trading-and-politics-at-its-worst/
    A few years back, Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) suggested we did not need additional gun laws. He noted that we already have about 2,200 gun laws, and that the real issue is that those laws are not being properly enforced. Tiahrt went further to suggest that enforcing these laws should not be the purview of state or local law enforcement, namely because we have a government agency – the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) – whose job it is to pursue such enforcement around the clock.
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    The problem is that the ATF hasn’t had a permanent director since 2006. Instead, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota (a full-time job in itself) “commutes” from his home state to serve as an interim director. Seems ridiculous, right? Why not just appoint a new director by executive order? This is how it should work, yes?
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    In theory. But back in 2006 (a year before Tiahrt’s CNN interview) Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) inserted a clause into the Patriot Act requiring Congress to aprove any appointments to the head of the ATF, which is the sole government agency responsible for the federal control of firearms. Since then, they have failed to approve anyone brought forward by a president to fill that post. Keep in mind that, for two of those years, the President was George W. Bush.
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    Jim Sensenbrenner put a clause about the ATF into a seemingly unrelated bill. Interesting, also, that the same year this clause found its way into the Patriot Act, Sensenbrenner accepted the NRA’s “Defender of Freedom” award.
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    http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/licensing.html
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    http://www.atf.gov/training/firearms/ffl-educational-seminars/
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    http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolynmcclanahan/2012/07/23/gun-owner-rights-and-obamacare-yes-it-is-in-the-law/
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    If you had the interest to visit these websites, then I compliment you. Whether or not your view has changed, you show a willingness to be part of a debate. If you have a site you feel objectively counters the above, I would be interested in seeing it.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  4. dfowensby

    dfowensby said, over 2 years ago

    that should illustrate not guns, but gushing blasted corpses of undefended and unprotected school children. realistically.

  5. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Respectful Troll " I was told to provide the websites instead of Mr. Stewart’s sarcastic but concise information. Now I wonder if those who complained will actually read the following and/or visit the websites."

    Are you kidding? Sometimes it seems like the trolls don’t even read our comments before responding to them. Why would they read a news article showing they are wrong?

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    @C Downs

    Your long (and interesting) post on guns.

    I went to the Forbes site and then went to the Act itself for verification. It is no wonder that it is difficult for ATF (or any government agency) to enforce laws when the laws that they are to enforce are buried in places like page 2,037, line 23 of unrelated acts of Congress. An agency would need to have a full time staff just going through all proposed and enacted bills just to find out what they are supposed to be doing.

    Only as an academic point, it strikes me that forcing this ftype of reporting by MDs would infringe on the doctor/patient relationship of confidentiality. A law requiring a doctor to violate doctor/patient confidentiality concerning a patient that MAY be about to commit a violent crime would be challenged in the courts and if invalidated, what would be the effect on Roe v Wade and other like decisions (equal whateveritis under law)? I’m not sure that I wouldn’t oppose a law requiring doctors to make their reports, not because of my attitude toward guns, but because of the undoubted unforeseen consequences of finding such a law unconstitutional.

  7. TheIronMouse

    TheIronMouse said, over 2 years ago

    LOL.. hate to say this.. FAIL post..very big fail. ONE, NEVER use wikipedia as a reference. NO educational institution will accept this as a valid source. Do this in School and you will get a BIG FAT F!… lol .. nice try..

  8. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @mikefive

    “Only as an academic point, it strikes me that forcing this ftype of reporting by MDs would infringe on the doctor/patient relationship of confidentiality.”


    I did drug and alcohol counseling with kids for a few years, and there are clear mandates for “mental health professionals” to report to the proper authorities if they believe the patient poses a clear and present danger to themselves or others. The fight that is going to come at your point is probably from the ACLU. I’m pretty sure they will take issue with the mental health reporting as a violation of the person’s civil rights and right to privacy etc.

  9. TheIronMouse

    TheIronMouse said, over 2 years ago

    Well, Obama is right. We need to get this under control. More guns does not stop the issue nor curb it. No one needs an assault weapon or an assault look-a-like. What people fail to see and ignore that thanks to the movies and media, people that commit murders with these weapons have mental issues. Any Psychologist will tell you that people with issues look for things that impower.. assault weapons do this thing. Its WAY too easy to get guns and if you ever go to a gun show… just sit there and watch who buys the guns.

    Don’t know who many times I see this nice, well groomed woman buying a gun while her gang memeber boyfriend is pointing out what gun to get… the gun seller sells it to them. Or better yet you will see this very calm person..normal joe shmoe walk in, buy a assault style weapon, strap it on his/her back and all of sudden is strutting around the gun show like he is Clint Eastwood. Also if you pay attention to those buying hunting rifles, they handle it with care and their expression is of “this is great” but it is also of respect knowthing that this weapon is not a toy.

    If you watch some ding back buying a assault style weapon and watch their expresions its of “this is F&*)ng cool” and they straighten up and act like they are bad arss.

    Have to remeber folks, the 2nd Amendment gaurantees your the right to havea a gun. IT DOES NOT gaurantee you what type of gun.. nor the ammo. I have arleady talked to 2 lawyers and they said I am right. The USA Gov. Cannot take your guns and ammo a way..but THEY CAN control what type of guns you have and what type of ammo and NOT violate the 2nd Amendment>

    Kind of funny how all the PRO gun and MORON NRA people said “Obama is taking your guns away..blah blah blah”. I read the executive orders and guess what.. in no way in any form has he violated the 2nd Amendment.

    NICE try NRA and gun happy idiots… FAIL..epic level.

    You still get your guns.. just the assault ones and tools that have been used in mass killing go away.

    Its like a spoiled child .. dad give them a used Honda to go to work or to school.. the spoiled child screams. “but dad.. that doesn’t help me.. I need my Porsche”. Grow up NRA and gun happy retards.

  10. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    C: The ATF has long been an agency of contention in their convoluted and outdated regulations. I helped an accounting client once update his firearms sales record keeping system from the “manual” system to the ATF’s new computerized version. As an accountant, computer programmer and analyst, I had never dealt with a process as complex as they initially laid it out. Typical of so many government agencies, the manual was a nightmare of ambiguity, their support staff almost useless (their standard reply was to reboot the system and the problem was probably an installation error on our part).


    What most of this dialog boils down to and Jon Stewart conveniently ignores are the number of Democratic Senators and House members who are members of the NRA and are on their “A” list of supporting gun owners rights. For years they have abstained or voted against ATF changes. That starts with Harry Ried and continues on down the line. As to past regulation, the ATF was ignored by congress through democratic majorities, “super majorities” with all three branches of government and now that Obama has guaranteed his second term he inserts an EO that says elect a leader for the ATF. I am more in favor of scrapping the existing agency and updating the laws and function of the agency to dealing with today problems.


    I have stated my feelings about improving regulations on firearms sales, ad nauseum. If the Feds just adopted the gun control laws we live with in California it would resolve most of the contentious issues presented.

  11. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    @mickey1339

    Mickey, Like Mr. Stewart, I failed to point out the many Dems who have voted to support NRA provisions in various amendments added to necessary pieces of legislation. In Mr. Stewart’s case, I would like to think it was a time issue and the two men upon whom he focused used up a lot of time. In my case, I tend to feel the Dems who voted to support the NRA did so to keep their red state seats and as I am lacking knowledge on how to best search for the voting records of such people, or time to do so, simply spoke to the majority of conservatives against gun laws rather than the minority of liberals who likewise oppose gun laws. I am always grateful for your replies to me as they help keep the debate balanced and you bring a wealth of intimate knowledge to the table.
    Harry Reid, like McConnall, Pelosi, and Boehnor stand as Rushmore-esque monuments to the gridlock and lack of respect crippling our nation.
    I’ll meet you in Las Vegas and hold Mr. Reid while you punch him, if you’ll follow me to Ky to do the same with McConnall. Have to give Pelosi and Boehnor a pass since one is a girl and one cries too easy. Not sure which.
    Despite that last moment of facetiousness, I am,
    Respectfully,
    C.

  12. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The cartoon shows Obama trying to turn down the domestic tap, but the export taps are still wide open. Talk about gun control is nothing but talk on the world market.

  13. pirate227

    pirate227 said, over 2 years ago

    Selling arms to governments with armies or even to rebel armies is not the same as selling to ordinary citizens but, sure I get your point.

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    For a year in ‘Nam I carried a 16 around with not much more drama, or visibility, than a “Leatherman” tool. In almost a decade I also carried a Chief Special, with folks noting its presence less than my handcuff case and radio. Both experiences related that weapons don’t need to be “prominent” to be practical.


    Concealed carry is one thing, folks wanting to cart around their military style weapons, on display to show their “Manhood”, like the native tribe whose only “attire” is a giant “carrot like” wrapping on their penises, have an “adjustment” problem. I also hate seeing cammo on the street. Of course, exactly WHAT is the purpose of Navy personnel wearing cammo on board ships, including boats (submarines)??


    Maintaining “image” is a large part of the “mental disease” element in America. (Including overt “nationalism”)

  15. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    @mickey1339

    “I did drug and alcohol counseling with kids for a few years, and there are clear mandates for “mental health professionals” …..

    I write here only as to the nut job/MD relationship. I know little (or nothing?) about the mandates that are placed on mental health care professionals, but judicial rulings like Roe v Wade et al are based on the confidentially of the doctor/patient relationship. If a doctor were required to report someone that they “feel” might commit a violent crime and then said person committed no crime but was denied their right to purchase a weapon, what then? I’m sure a law suit would ensue, and if the complainant lost, what would be the effect on other statutes and court decisions concerning confidentiality? Since Roe v Wade et al are based on the confidentiality of the doctor/patient relationship, will those rulings be annulled by the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment? The mess that would be created in jurisprudence would be monumental.

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