9.13.2004

The "assault weapon" ban

There's been a lot of talk of this lately, including some morons I work with who said they couldn't wait to go out and buy a machine gun now that the sunset date has passed on the assault weapons ban.

Today, Kerry said: "George Bush made a choice today. He chose his powerful friends in the gun lobby over the police officers and the families he promised to protect"

I don't doubt the NRA and gun lobby had a hand in this, but it's clear that there weren't enough Congressional votes to extend the ban anyway.

But let's get a few things straight, the assault weapon ban didn't really do anything to protect anyone. It was like outlawing a certain font on terrorist websites. a) the terrorists would ignore the law and b) the website would function just the same anyway.

First of all, the ban only affected semi-automatics because machine guns have been illegal for over 70 years. It merely made it illegal to buy a semi-auto rifle that had detachable magazines plus any two of the following :

folding or telescoping stock
pistol grip
bayonet mount
flash suppressor, or threads to attach one
grenade launcher (these have long been ilegal anyway, as are grenades. I don't know why they didn't outlaw tanks while they were at it)

Therefore, if you had a semi-auto rifle with a detachable magazine you could still have at least one of those and still be legal (none have any real function, though a pistol grip is a bit more comfortable that a regular grip). But no matter, the guns functioned exactly the same with or without any of these banned features.

What effect did any of this have on crime? I haven't seen any studies but it's hard to believe there was any whatsoever. You rarely see criminals attaching a bayonet before holding up a bank (however, in all fairness it could be said that you never see that because those types of weapons were banned and now that it's been allowed to lapse we may face a dearth of bayonet wielding criminals!) and if they really wanted to, I don't suppose they'd refrain on account of it being against the law, would they?

It was a useless law and I don't see any problem with putting it to rest. Actually, I also didn't see any problem with letting it stay in effect because, just as it wasn't helping anything, it wasn't hurting anything either.

9.12.2004

Jealous One

Today's song is Jealous One by JC Loader.

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This song comes from the movie "The Punisher". She is the singer at the club when Travolta and his crew are celebrating the death of that guy who becomes the Punisher (didn't catch his name).

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I didn't like the movie but it was redeemed by my introduction to JC Loader, a beautiful singer/actress from Tampa. She tours Hard Rock Cafes and does vocals for other local Florida bands, such as The Thrusters and A Girl Named Noah.

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Um, did I mention that she's beautiful?

Check out her website, and find the song on the Punisher Original Score (it's not on the soundtrack)

JC Loader - Jealous One.mp3

Are these feelings from my intuition
Or are they just the voice of suspicion
Do I really know you
Or have i been sweetly deceived

I saw you smile
But was it for me
I saw you look
Just who did you see

Am I just an innocent player
Or have i been played

If you only knew
How crazy I feel
How deeply I fall
How slowly I heal
Are we coming undone
Or am i the jealous one
The jealous one

Is it my voice
Is it something I said
Could it be me
Is it all in my head
When you said you love me
Did i see that look in your eyes

If you only knew
How crazy I feel
How deeply I fall
How slowly I heal
Are we coming undone
Or am i the jealous ...

Sometimes I just gotta step away to know where I stand
Sometimes I need to be reminded how foolish I am

If you only knew
How crazy I feel
How deeply I fall
How slowly I heal
Are we coming undone
Or am i the jealous one
The jealous one

Oh I think that I'm done being the jealous one
The jealous one
The jealous one

Time goatse

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Sat Sep 11, 1:26 PM ET AP - President Bush (news - web sites) and first lady Laura Bush, right, take part in a moment of silence, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, on the South Lawn of the White House to mark the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Second left is former Solicitor General Ted Olson, with his granddaughters Jillian, left, and Kirstin Olson, right. Olson lost his wife Barbara in the plane that hit the Pentagon (news - web sites) on Sept. 11, 2001. Others are unidentified. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

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