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About tankdude

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  1. Yep -
  2. Even with all the cryptos down as much as they are... I'm still sitting at about a 400% return.
  3. Wow - didn't really think I was going to open this big of a can of worms! However - since I did, I guess it would only be fair for me to state my position and reasons for what I said about the crux of this discussion - mental health checks to buy a firearm. I know that this will not stop all mass casualty events. Evil is real - and if someone has evil intent to hurt others, they will find a way. I am in total agreement with that - heck, in the right hands, a barbecue fork can become a "weapon of destruction." Again - I understand that not all guns that are used in mass shooting events were legally obtained...however, there is some evidence to point that a majority of the weapons used in mass shootings since 1982 were acquired legally by the shooter. Possibly as many as 90% of the 143 tracked incidents. Of these, incidents, 36 of the shooter committed suicide at or near the scene. I may not be a mental health professional, but I believe suicide could probably be an indicator of mental health issues. Also - 7 more of those shooters died in shootouts where they had no real chance of survival (I would consider this "suicide by cop" - my opinion) Now I'm not saying that mental health screening would have stopped all of these - but I DO think there is enough anecdotal evidence to support that at least 1 of these could have been prevented - if the background check that was run had shown there was a record of mental illness. the NICS database that is used for doing background checks is supposed to have this information - but is it most often not entered. There is no law mandating that this information must be entered, and the percentage of entries vary from state to state. Even Lauthenberg offenses are often not entered by the military - only in those cases where a Dishonorable discharge happen are they entered. If what we already have in place were to be properly utilized, I believe it would make a difference. First - I believe there is some common ground we can agree on. If someone has been been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution they probably should not be able to own a firearm. Am I wrong in this? I don't think so. Nether does the NRA - In fact - this is the current federal law and has been since 1968. A person cannot be federally disqualified from owning a gun based simply on a psychiatrist’s diagnosis, a doctor’s referral, or the opinion of a law enforcement officer, let alone based on getting a drug prescription or seeking mental health treatment. So - this is where it becomes fuzzier is - how do we treat someone who admits themselves to a mental institution? How about someone who was obviously displaying mental illness - such as the Fort Lauderdale airport shooter. just 3 months prior to his committing the shooting, he had walked into the Anchorage office of the FBI claiming that the CIA was controlling his mind, forcing him to watch radical Islamic videos on the internet and urging him to acts of violence. He was detained and taken for a mental evaluation, and as I understand it, was given an initial diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. Maybe I'm wrong, but to me me, this would be a HUGE red flag - but not so. His firearms were confiscated for 30 days, but because he had no serious crime convictions (he had a deferred conviction for allegedly breaking down a door and strangling his girlfriend) and had not been legally adjudicated as mentally deficient, his guns were returned to him in December - about a month before his obviously premeditated shooting. I realize this is an emotionally charged issue. I can appreciate all the cogent and well thought out replies to this thread. I applaud those. A good debate should be exhilarating - even if it is vexing at times. In the end, I like to think I'm mature enough to admit points when I'm wrong, gracefully admit those, yet at the same time stand by my convictions. There are time when you have to "agree to disagree" and move on. I don't have to agree with someone to respect them. Shabbs and I spend more time nose to nose than we do eye to eye - but he is a brother in arms, and I will always respect him for that. I like to think that maturity means being able to disagree - but continue to respect the other individual as a person That's one thing that I think has become a victim of the "social media" mentality. Things so quickly escalate to name calling and mud flinging...(let he who sinless cast the first stone...). I'm no saint - but I will at least try to defend my viewpoints in a rational manner, doing what I think I do very well - research and knowledge dissemination. At least - that's my intent. “The best fighter is never angry.” ― Lao Tzu
  4. Synopsis - you and I are on the same sheet of music - Believe me! I tend to be a fairly staunch Constitutionalist (but I also consider myself pretty open minded - heck - I've even agreed with @Shabibilicious a number of times). In my mind - the 2nd Amendment is a no brainer "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. A lot of people say "well - things have changed since the founding fathers wrote this." While that may be true - but the does not mean that this right can be taken away. When this amendment was first enjoined - every male citizen was considered to be part of the Militia! While we may now have State militias - read 'National Guard' - I firmly believe the right they had in mind was for every able bodied man to be able to defend the 'life, liberty or property' (as defined in the 14th amendment) that he has a right to. That simple to me. Do I think we have a problem with mental health and background checks? Yes. Do I think we should have more controls on firearms? In many ways - yes...but to keep it with the 14th amendment - there HAS to be some sort of due process!! You can't just unilaterally say 'Guns are bad so we won't let you have them. (For those of you hazy on the 14th amendment - here is the first clause - "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." What I was talking about here was really just a "pet peeve" I have of these type of things resurfacing as "current issues' when they have been floating around the internet for years. To me it's almost a type of "fake news'. Facebook is terrible with it - and most people won't go check the facts themselves. I'm simply advocating that you research! Do your own Due Diligence! Most people just don't want to do research! It's there if you look - and just because you believe it doesn't make it true! Saying it EVEN LOUDER doesn't make it any truer! You have no idea how many times I've tried to tell people Senators and Congressmen - don't receive their salary for life - can't vote a pay raise anytime they want Don't receive free health care Aren't exempt from Social Security Aren't exempt from Income Tax But of course, they don't want do believe they don't - no matter how many places you send them to look - like this one! Sorry for the rant - guess I just needed to get on my soap box today.
  5. Oh - and just another point - from an all time classic (at least in my book)
  6. Synopsis - I agree with what your saying - but this vote took place almost 5 years ago!!!! Why are we rehashing it now?
  7. Ummm - just curious - why are we rehashing this?
  8. You know...the easiest way to get rid of records is burn them...
  9. Dream Guns

    There are times when I wonder if our leadership in Big Army have forgotten the core values. Maybe they need to remind themselves of what is really importantl. We are supposed to memorize the Soldier's Creed. Many can recite it - but I'm finding that few really live it. In my experience- and I have 33 years of it - it's really only the combat soldiers - Infantry, Artillery, Armor, Cavalry, and I'll throw in the Combat Engineers - those guys that have bullets coming at them or people trying to blow them up - who really internalize it. for those of you who have not seen it - here it is. I went to Iraq as an Infantry platoon sergeant. I had some of my guys pay the price of this creed with their blood. I take it very serious...and every time I have some type of "sensitivity training " - I repeat this to myself, just so I can remember what really maters. Soldier’s Creed I am an American Soldier. I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values. I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself. I am an expert and I am a professional. I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat. I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
  10. Dream Guns

    It's amazing to me how even the US Army has become so political. It's a " failure drill" , not a "Mozambique Drill". The term Soldier must be capitalized. Transgender Soldiers are a thing...and must be treated with dignity and respect. i came into the Army when being *** was not allowed. Then came "don't ask don't tell". Then it's ok - just no sexual harassment. Now transgender...I'm just hoping to retire before it becomes "mandatory fun".
  11. Dream Guns

    Oops... sorry...we in the military can no longer use that term (yep, it's become "politicized") Brings a whole new meaning to " controlled pair"... 😄
  12. Dream Guns

    Nice! Brings a whole new meaning to "double tap."
  13. RV Started, Then Stopped..Weather Blamed.

    Wow - shouldn't have had that 2nd bowl after lunch...
  14. Dream Guns

    What this really means is that I can now pass my Taurus PT111 9mm down to my daughter as she heads off to college...
  15. Dream Guns

    I have proof that my father in law actually likes me! Look at what I got for Christmas from him Smith and Wesson M&P in .40 - with 4 magazines!

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