I hear you, Jums.
There's some guys I'd trust with my lunch. There's a few guys I'd
trust with my wife. There's just about no guys I'd trust standing
next to me on the range while they're practicing draws, unless we had
a nice metal barrier between us.
The range I usually go to is outdoors and has no individual cages.
Guys who want to draw and shoot are segregated behind a berm from the
rest of the range. I wouldn't go there with my best friend.
But, I do go there when I'm the only one around.
Thomas J. Watson - Cabinetmaker
Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania
My wife and I used to shoot at a range in Plano where we could practice
The problem with the Texas CHL is that once you have it you can't carry
in a manner that lets anyone else see your weapon.
My problem is that my wife shoots a much tighter pattern than I do on a
silhouette target. Scary.
Jim Mc Namara wrote:
A few years back, one of the TV news-magazine shows ran a story of a robber
who, while robbing a convenience store, got into a discussion of guns with
the clerk. The clerk told the guy that his gun was a collector's item and
offered to buy it from him for cash. The robber agreed, at which point the
clerk had the guy wait for the cops to arrive. :-)
Not quite, but too close. Yet they leave you with pencils, pens and similar
tools, as well as magazines, all of which can make superb, and deadly, weapons.
"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."
I tend to think my samsonite brief case, filled with books and a
laptop makes a great shield and something to swing at a bad guy.
This paranoid action by the government to confiscate fingernail
clippers, rifle brass in folded flags, and GI joe's plastic rifle is
nuts. It scares the hell of out me that our society accepts this
mindless bravo siera. I truely believe that an armed society is a
polite society. Agressors fear victims that can mount an effective
defence. How often do police departments get shot up by nutcases over
shootings in weapon free zones?
I thought the button idea where a poll on how many passengers think
the a/c is being hi-jacked gets sent electronically to the faa was a
non-violent way to fight back. It also might be a way to take some of
the attractiveness of hijacking a plane off the table as far as
A bit later, I thought that maybe the idea could be used to vector the
a/c to a safe point to sort things out. We do have the technology to
do that. It keeps the USAF from shooting it down immediately over a
The question now is, is it more dangerous to have an a/c that can be
told to fly somewhere against the wish of whoever pilots it (good guys
or bad) than to have a plane full of people at the mercy of some bad
guys that managed to get into that hardened cockpit and plan to fly it
into something we would rather not be hit.
Whiskey Echo Sierra Sierra AT Gee Tee EYE EYE dot COM
Damn - I wish all you guys (myself included) would send pro-gun messages
to every policitian and liberal news agency that has an email address.
I wonder if Ted Nugent has a standard form letter we can spam them with?
just a thought
Mark from Pasadena, MD
Don't forget paper cups.
The problem with 'found weapons' is that for every Al Queda Jackie Chan wannabee
that can actually use one of these 'available weapons' with some degree of
efficacy, there's some fat, old, slobbering ex-SF type in 16C that might rise to
the occasion and garrote the bastard with the headset cord on his Walkman CD
player. Ever had a fresh perked pot of airline coffee poured in your lap? Takes
the starch right out of you.
On the subject of pressurization loss due to gunfire, most of the stuff I've seen
(I'm a research engineer with an aero engineering degree when I'm not running
around in battle dress or a flight suit on the weekend) suggests that you could
have a pretty good handgun fight in First Class and still maintain pressurization
unless someone with a Desert Eagle puts one through all the layers of the cockpit
primary windscreens. In that case, the folks not willing to stay tethered to the
e-O2 get very sleepy. Time of useful consciousness is seconds at oceanic cruise
altitudes and under a minute even at RJ altitudes. Hopefully, the crew is
in quick don mask mode and has the crash ax out to finish the job.
Charlie Self wrote:
and then what?
at some point, the passengers and crew are gonna figure out they are
being hijacked - but then what should they do.
Calling 911 only sends the dustpan and broom.
I say - hand everyone a taser when they board the plane.
I say - get back to our constitutional basics.
I say - arm everyone. The bad guys have an overwhelming advantage in
Would you hijack a plane with 200 people armed with tasers? and expect
to complete your mission?
Personally I think your idea has as many holes as merits.
Mark from Pasadena, MD
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