What was that again? Insanity is expecting a different result when nothing has changed? Well, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence must be insane then. This is a recent press release of theirs:
For more than 25 years, the District’s handgun and assault weapon bans have helped reduce the risk of deadly handgun violence. The citizens of the District support these laws and should be permitted to determine for themselves the policies that govern their homes, streets, and workplaces. This attempted repeal is being brought by members of Congress who don’t represent DC and who don’t care about public safety.
For years D.C. has been the murder capital, or very close, of the U.S. Just a stone’s throw away in Virginia where it’s legal to use the best available defensive tools the murder rate is much lower. These lunatics want to continue with the proven failures of victim disarmament.
I don’t know what data they base their risk on but it sure seems to me that someone is either trying to make a lot of money or they don’t have a good idea of what their risks are. The bottom line is that if you are a NRA member you can buy insurance to cover lawyer and liabilty costs if you use your firearm in self defense. For a $100K benefit it cost $165/year and for a $250K benefit it costs $254/year.
It has been in the public news for a while then I heard other “whispers” and saw some photographs about it via other channels just recently. Very cool stuff. Set your phasors to stun…
… Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems (XADS), based in Anderson, Indiana, will be one of the first companies to market another type of wireless weapon. Instead of using fibres, the $9000 Close Quarters Shock Rifle projects an ionised gas, or plasma, towards the target, producing a conducting channel. It will also interfere with electronic ignition systems and stop vehicles.
“We will be able to fire a stream of electricity like water out of a hose at one or many targets in a single sweep,” claims XADS president Peter Bitar.
The gun has been designed for the US Marine Corps to use for crowd control and security purposes and is due out in 2005. It is based on early, unwieldy technology and has a range of only three metres, but an operator can debilitate multiple targets by sweeping it across them for “as long as there is an input power source,” says Bitar.
XADS is also planning a more advanced weapon which it hopes will have a range of 100 metres or more. Instead of firing ionised gas, it will probably use a powerful laser to ionise the air itself. The idea has been around for decades, says LaVerne Schlie, a laser expert at the US Air Force Research Lab in Kirtland, New Mexico. It has only become practical with advances in high-power solid-state lasers.
“Before, it took a laser about the size of two trucks,” says Schlie. “Now we can do it with something that fits on a tabletop.”
Apparently the South Koreans “can’t stand” Bush and want Kerry elected. They gave money to the Kerry campaign and when it became public Kerry gave it back.
The AP first reported this spring that Yi and other Kerry fund-raisers and donors had met with Chung, but at the time Chung was identified only as a diplomat. Yi resigned from Kerry’s campaign after the story, and Kerry returned $4,000 in donations he had solicited because of concerns about their origins.
The U.S. officials said Chung had registered with the Justice Department as a friendly foreign intelligence agent on U.S. soil, and that his activities had raised concern he or his government had tried to influence the fall presidential election through “extracurricular activities.”
I’m wondering who North Korea and China are donating money to. Kerry already has the endorsement of communist and socialist organizations so one would think he would have the advantage over Bush for these two countries.