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  1. That pales in comparison to the terrorist organization that is Nickelback. Canada has already kicked this war off with crimes against humanity.
  2. The NRA is still as involved in education and training as they ever were, but it definitely gets overshadowed by their lobbying and tarnishes the whole organization.
  3. While I hope you were using hearing protection, being shocked by the sound of the first shot is quite common. It is the natural reaction, even when you are expecting it and in control of exactly when it happens.
  4. When you really want to be reminded about some of the terrible things humanity has to offer: https://www.reddit.com/r/nottheonion/
  5. Easier to locate. Probably. A lot easier to locate? Doubtful. The shooter with a suppressed 45 is still walking around shooting something as loud as a jackhammer. The most useful information will come from the people fleeing the carnage. "He's down the hall" or "He's on the 3rd floor". In this instance, there were renovations going on, and it probably would not have mattered much whether he used the suppressor or left it at home. People were already desensitized to loud noises, and I suspect he planned it that way. With or without a suppressor, someone still has to get close enough to be in danger to know exactly what room the shooter is in. Inside any building, a suppressed 45 is still a very loud, startling noise. Imagine being in a room with something as loud as a rock concert. With or without a suppressor, all gunshot sounds are not the same either. The reason I brought it up in my response is that I doubt many people that are not firearms enthusiasts have any idea what a suppressed firearm actually sounds like. For that matter, people that have not fired a gun before (and there are many) probably have no idea what a gunshot actually sounds like up close. Most people's exposure to suppressors will have been on television shows or in movies, where they are depicted being used to shoot people with ninja stealth, and that is absolutely not the case. What bothers me about this shooter is that this guy was an enthusiast. I am an enthusiast, and a fellow enthusiast doing such a thing is just unthinkable to me. Every fellow enthusiast that I know is the kind of person that would risk their life to intervene and stop such a thing, not be the perpetrator. People at whatever range(s) this guy frequented probably knew him well, and would have vouched for him. Maybe it turns out that he was another crazed guy that slipped through the cracks in our terrible NICS system, but I am doubting it. Suppressors are expensive, and you can add an extra $200 paid to the ATF on top of the sale price of every one of them. My Silencerco Osprey 45 was over $700. Most pistols are not ready to accept suppressors, so you must then also buy a threaded barrel that extends past the end of the slide, which generally adds another $150-200+ to the cost. As you can see, you are looking at over $1000 investment in addition to the cost of any pistols you intend to use it with. People that hit the range a few times a year do not generally make that kind of investment for what would be the novelty of having a suppressor. The cost of entry tends to limit suppressors to enthusiasts, and this guy was planning this for a long time if he bought a suppressor intending to use it for what he did. Being almost entirely in the hands of enthusiasts is probably the main reason that NFA items are very rarely used in crimes.
  6. Suppressors are not magical silencing devices that remove all noise except the bolt cycling, as they are usually depicted on TV. 130db, which is the average you can expect from a quality suppressor in 9mm-45ACP range, is definitely not quiet. They are in the decibel range of a jackhammer. They also increase the length of the pistol they are attached to by at least double. They do sound differently from what one would typically expect a 45ACP to sound like. A few articles mentioned witnesses describing it sounding like a nailgun, and I would say that is a good description. A loud nailgun. Even unsuppressed gunshots do not resonate through an office building like you might think they would. Regular gunshots or loud nailgun sounding thing, it is the screams and shouts in panic that would follow either that prompt people to flee if they can. Personally, I have absolutely no problem with suppressors being an NFA item that you cannot simply walk into a store with and leave less than an hour later. I doubt the NRA's push to remove them from the NFA would not go anywhere either. If it did not happen when the Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and the White House, it is unlikely to. That said, I doubt they would be become much more common than they are now, even if suppressors were removed from the NFA. Suppressors generally cost more than most Glocks, and they require a threaded barrel, which most pistols do not have.
  7. I am not surprised by this, as widespread ignorance of gun laws is quite common, even among law enforcement. That is not meant as an insult. NFA items, which are things like suppressors, short-barreled rifles, automatic weapons, rocket launchers, and artillery pieces (and so on) are legally acquired by a different process from that of you going to Academy Sports to buy a Glock 19 or an AR-15. To keep it simple, you fill out a form for the ATF and send them $200. If your request is approved by ATF, you receive your tax stamp for the NFA item in question, and you can then take delivery of it. I will skip the engraving requirements. That tax stamp must be in your possession when handling that NFA item. Others can handle it, but you must be present. The whole process takes no less than a few months, but can take over a year. I always suggest anyone applying expect to wait 6 months.
  8. While people have been going on about the shooter's ethnicity, what really surprises me about this tragedy is the use of a supposedly legally acquired suppressor. Legally possessed NFA items are very rarely used in crimes. One does not buy them quickly at the local sporting goods store. I have not seen any articles that indicate when he received the stamp for the suppressor, but I shudder at the thought that this guy may have been planning this long enough to have gone through that process.
  9. For all Trump's faults, he does at least appear to not be foolish enough to let Bolton drag him into dragging the US into yet another Middle East quagmire. That said, I doubt the preservation or growth of Christianity in Iran ranks highly in the priorities of either of them.
  10. Remember Michael Williams and his deportation bus?
  11. Before the American Humanist Association made it a national news story by bring it before the Supreme Court, I suspect that very few of the people who even knew it existed at all actually cared. I am probably inclined to agree with the American Humanist Association more than I disagree with them, but this would be an instance where I disagree.
  12. As another fellow subscribing to no religion, I share your thoughts on this monument. There may be religious symbolism attached to the cross that it is composed of, but it was not built as a religious symbol, it was built to commemorate locals who died in World War I.
  13. Sympathy for her plight, as far as facing justice here in the United States goes, would have a hard time gaining traction. One of the few things basically all Americans agree on is that they have no love for ISIS, and our courts are not generally known for handing out lenient sentences to people convicted of anything related to terrorism. She did not fall in with the wrong crowd and end up heading downtown to protest with her buddies while flying some ISIS banners. She made a conscious choice to fly to Vancouver, then to Istanbul, only to sneak into Syria, expecting to eventually marry an ISIS fighter. She lied to her parents about why she was going to Turkey. Once there in Raqqa, she campaigned and recruited for ISIS (including calling for attacks on Americans) on Twitter while her husband was off during the day doing martyr things. When he was killed, she married another. When the second husband was killed, she married a third. As a 20-year-old UAB student when she left, she was certainly old (and intelligent) enough to know better than to travel to the Middle East to join a terrorist organization that was openly broadcasting its atrocities for everyone to see. She was a true believer. What she is not, is a victim. She regrets joining ISIS now, after it has effectively collapsed. She wants to return to the United States now, after she finds herself in a country that will be unmerciful to anyone from ISIS, and she is surrounded by equally unmerciful countries. She may have not slit throats, beheaded anyone, or shot anyone, but she willingly flew halfway across the world to join, support, and work with those that did. I am not convinced that is no danger to anyone. Involvement in ISIS is not something you walk away from after saying "I regret it, I will try to do better next time". Whether she is a citizen or not is a matter for our courts to decide. If she is a citizen, then she should be tried for her crimes.
  14. Everything I have read about her indicates that she expects to face justice in the United States. I think fear for her fate (and her child's fate) by remaining in the Middle East is one of the main reasons she wants to return to the United States. Iraq has been executing women like her. Syria is likely to do the same when they can get around to it. Other countries in the region are unlikely to be sympathetic to her. When faced with the prospect of execution or life imprisonment in various Middle East countries, desiring to spend the rest of your life as a ward of the Federal Bureau of Prisons is an easy choice, especially given that her child is likely placed in the custody of her parents in that case.
  15. I have a bad feeling that the situation in 7th Fleet will not really change until something drastic happens like a pair of destroyers firing on each other due to a mistake during an exercise. It takes a lot more than relieving the commanding officer complaining the loudest about the problem to actually fix it.