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  • Congress 'Endorses' Warrantless Collection, Storage of U.S. Communications

    12/17/2014 6:18:44 AM PST · 2 of 20
    BCR #226 to upchuck

    I would be VERY interested in knowing what people in NSA are pushing for this, and who exactly added that provision to the bill.

    Those people need to be removed from their positions and be thrown under the jail for the rest of their lives.

  • ISIS using bombs containing live SCORPIONS in effort to spread panic

    12/16/2014 6:53:20 AM PST · 2 of 35
    BCR #226 to C19fan

    To the writers of the article, it’s venomous, not poisonous and thanks to the fear mongering of the media about exotic pets, this tactic will be at least decently effective to the uneducated, ignorant public.

    If people learned and educated themselves about things like scorpions, spiders, snakes, etc.... this wouldn’t be an issue. Sadly, people are cowards and fear just about everything now days.

  • Statement by Australian Prime Minister concerning the Martin Place Siege

    12/15/2014 8:17:35 PM PST · 26 of 44
    BCR #226 to naturalman1975

    You may have guns, but are you and your law abiding countrymen able to carry them on your person for use in self defense?

  • Feds Say Transgender Students’ Gender Identity Must Be Respected

    12/14/2014 7:54:07 AM PST · 6 of 71
    BCR #226 to Maelstorm

    Gender identity is such BS. You’re either a boy or a girl... or a hermaphrodite. You don’t get to pick. These idiots need to wake up to reality and deal with it. If you’re gay or straight, that’s sexual preference.

    Sorry to the gender ID lovers... but your idea is totally inappropriate and about as filled with substance as vacuum.

  • Mitt Romney: Republicans Should 'Swallow Hard,' Pass 'Permanent' Amnesty Bill

    11/28/2014 7:05:24 AM PST · 274 of 415
    BCR #226 to Cheerio

    This is why I will never support Mitt Romney for President. He is not conservative in any manner and wants to follow in Obamas footsteps. Sorry, he will never get my support or vote.

  • Good small snake gun?

    11/23/2014 6:28:46 PM PST · 182 of 185
    BCR #226 to Paul R.

    You do realize that you are more likely to die from rat borne diseases than a snake bite right? Just sayin’.

    As for Timber rattlers, I’ve had people tell me they’re copperheads. I’ve had people tell me that black rat snakes, corn snakes, milk snakes, and a plethora of other species of harmless snake are copperheads. Heck, my mother thinks one of our ball pythons is a copperhead.

    99% of the people in the US have no clue about snake species in the US. To many of them, any snake in the water is a water moccasin. Any snake on land is a copperhead.

    I’ve sat next to a timber rattler while hunting in the early fall. It approached me, curled up next to my leg and warmed up for about 15 minutes before moving on. I wasn’t a threat to it, it wasn’t a threat to me.

    Yes, snakes are curious. Very, very, very rarely are they ever aggressive. They will defend themselves but the DO NOT want to bite you unless you give them no choice. They will only bite if you give them reason to fear for their lives. I’m sorry but all the stories of water moccasins and copperheads chasing people is pure bunk. Would you go chasing a full grown kodiak bear and expect it to run away? No, and a snake isn’t going to do that to us because to them, we are the horrible scary monsters... and they have more to fear from us than we do from them. And they’re right about that.

    Learn about snakes, not through BS Discovery channel crap or the news media, learn from the people that actually know these animals and interact with them every single day. Once you do that, you’ll understand, there is really little to nothing to fear from these animals if you respect them and know what they are and why they do what they do. Living in blind ignorance does nothing but harm the snakes and yourself.

  • Good small snake gun?

    11/21/2014 11:36:17 AM PST · 148 of 185
    BCR #226 to Salamander

    LOL ;)

  • Good small snake gun?

    11/21/2014 8:33:48 AM PST · 135 of 185
    BCR #226 to IMR 4350

    You mean venomous? While king snakes are voracious feeders, they and rat snakes, which you call a chicken snake can handle some but not all rodents.

    But, it’s your life, not mine... do as you see fit. I have black rat, pine, king, garter, and rattlers on my property. I have 3 dogs and not one issue at all.

  • Good small snake gun?

    11/21/2014 8:29:54 AM PST · 134 of 185
    BCR #226 to cpdiii

    More than likely those were water snakes which are insanely curious. If the body is submerged, it’s a water snake, if the body is floating on TOP of the water, it’s a cotton mouth or water moccasin.

  • Good small snake gun?

    11/21/2014 7:30:03 AM PST · 125 of 185
    BCR #226 to IMR 4350

    The disease carrying rats as well as other rodents thank you profusely for your kindness to their species. They promise to make sure you get sick last from their diseases.

    Ignorance is one thing, pride in ignorance is a completely different issue. Sad truthfully.

  • Good small snake gun?

    11/21/2014 7:11:31 AM PST · 122 of 185
    BCR #226 to IMR 4350

    no, I obviously don’t. I only have about 80 snakes currently and have been breeding them for quite a while. I also do snake rescue in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. I’ve been all over the US and interacted with literally thousands of snakes. I’ve handled wild snakes of just about every species in the US and many non native species as well...

    What’s your experience with snakes again?

  • Good small snake gun?

    11/21/2014 6:55:35 AM PST · 119 of 185
    BCR #226 to IMR 4350

    Cottonmouths are oviviparous. If you’re seeing a snake laying eggs, it’s not a cottonmouth.

    Cottonmouth snakes are known for a very special defensive measure. They will coil up, take a defensive posture and open their mouths wide in a threat display to ward off threats. They don’t chase...

  • Good small snake gun?

    11/21/2014 6:50:12 AM PST · 116 of 185
    BCR #226 to ladyjane
    You're very welcome.

    My daughter with one of her boas...

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  • Good small snake gun?

    11/21/2014 6:35:43 AM PST · 114 of 185
    BCR #226 to mad_as_he$$

    I’ve NEVER seen a mojave chase a person. EVER. I’ve seen quite a few of them too. I’d love to see that though... just once.

  • Good small snake gun?

    11/21/2014 5:59:34 AM PST · 107 of 185
    BCR #226 to ladyjane

    Poisonous or venomous? There are both and they are very different. Poisonous is when you bite it and you get sick. Venomous is when it bites you and you get sick.

    dogs and cats for the most part are more resistant to venom in general than we are. But unless you have a weakened immune system or are frail or in bad health, for the most part, it’s rare for a north American venomous snake to be lethal. Dogs and cats will get sick but will usually survive most bites. In the US, you have quite a few species of rattle snake, you have water mocassins, copperheads and coral snakes for the potentially dangerous species of venomous snake. There are many others out there though. Garter snakes and ring neck snakes are both venomous AND poisonous. But their venom is designed specifically for invertebrates and is extremely weak. Hognose snakes are venomous but they rarely bite and at most, unless you are allergic, you’ll get mild swelling at the bite for a couple of hours and that’s it.

    If you have venomous snakes around your house, let nature do the work. King snakes are a prolific hunter of other snakes. They LOVE venomous snakes for lunch. King snakes are immune to venom and are harmless to people and pets. Remember, when you’re out in the wild with your animals, you’re in the home of these snakes. You’re the invader. Would you want some monster coming to where you live and killing you because it had a misplaced fear of you?

    I’ve free handled a lot of wild snakes including a hypo coral snake. They’re not out to get you, they just want to be left alone. If you don’t screw with them, they’re not going to mess with you.

  • Good small snake gun?

    11/21/2014 5:42:13 AM PST · 102 of 185
    BCR #226 to Paul R.
    You state... "Uh, some of these copperheads we have around here will attempt to drive a human off of what they apparently consider their territory, or away from what they consider “their” food. (Say, those 6-8” bluegills on my stringer, that the snake can’t possibly swallow, but he’s determined to try, anyway.)"

    False. Copperheads are not territorial. You'd be surprised what a snake can swallow. But, given that, you're probably seeing a banded water snake which in some instances can look vaguely like a copperhead if you squint or don't know snakes at all. What you're seeing is the snake seeing a meal, going in to investigate, a person seeing the snake, getting close to "rescue" the catch and the snake preparing to defend itself because there is this hulking moron standing over it.

    I've seen people call all sorts of snake behavior aggressive when it isn't. People will also call everything in the world a copperhead or a water moccasin. Most of the time, it's not.

    Just as an example, this is a Crotalus Horridus or Eastern Timber Rattler. I spent 30 minutes taking photos of it in the wild. No need to kill it, I went my way, it went it's way after it let me take dozens of shots.

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    The point is, people kill snakes out of fear and because of the horror stories that ignorant people tell about these animals. There really isn't a need to kill them and there is ample reason not to.

  • Good small snake gun?

    11/21/2014 5:22:28 AM PST · 96 of 185
    BCR #226 to Paul R.

    Ok... first of all, they’re venomous, not poisonous. Second, don’t kill them, avoid them. Nearly all venomous (or “hot” as we like to call venomous snakes in the herper world) bites in the wild occur because the victim was messing with the snake. Just walk around it or back away from it and go on about your business.

    Unlike what the myths will tell you, copperheads, water moccasins, rattlers, corals will not chase you down. To them, you are Godzilla and our size scares them because to them, we’re a dangerous predator. They want to get away from us.

    If you do encounter a snake at very close range, just remain calm. I usually carry a walking stick that I can use to gently move the snake away from me without incurring a bite.

    The reason I suggest you don’t kill these snakes is that they are protecting us from the real dangers that exist. They keep rodent populations down which helps to stop the spread of diseases like Lyme and rat bite fever as well as a plethora of others. By killing these snakes, these diseases are more able to be spread through the fleas and ticks even the rodents themselves.

    If you’re going to shoot a snake, do it with a camera. There is no need to kill any snake unless you’re in a locked closet with it and can’t get out and you’re stepping on it. Seriously, they’re not out to get you. they just want to be left alone.

  • GUN CONTROL HEADS TO FLORIDA: Background Check Amendment Rumored to be in the Works

    11/18/2014 12:56:17 PM PST · 10 of 13
    BCR #226 to rktman

    If it’s okay for the Civil Right to own a gun then it’s okay for the Civil Right of voting.

    Background checks to vote!

  • Man to be eaten alive by anaconda in Discovery special

    11/06/2014 6:11:28 AM PST · 19 of 64
    BCR #226 to C19fan

    What they are doing is cruelty to animals. A snake regurgitating is extremely stressful on the animal and can cause severe issues.

    Discovery doing this is harmful to the animal and absolutely inexcusable.

  • Decision 2014 Election Results (West Virginia Live)

    11/04/2014 6:46:01 PM PST · 19 of 20
    BCR #226 to Enterprise

    Anyone know how the race is going with Charles Trump?

  • Hollis v. Holder - Lawsuit over 922(o), NFA and various other items

    11/03/2014 5:51:14 PM PST · 20 of 23
    BCR #226 to Dead Corpse

    this case has ATF worried now. The NFA is in great jeopardy and it is likely to fall under several approaches this case will bring forward.

    ATF messed up bad. Holder messed up bad. Standing has been established, the only way to save the NFA is to repeal the ban to remove standing.

    Yeah, I’m giggling right now because if this case doesn’t win, the libtards are going to lose a lot of their wants as a result.

  • Tattoo removal business booming as inked teens grow up

    10/17/2014 4:55:58 AM PDT · 37 of 48
    BCR #226 to skeeter

    no, I’m taking it up with the people that are making comments out of stupidity and ignorance. There is no difference with how the comments are on this thread compared to the way anti gunners are. Not one difference.

  • Tattoo removal business booming as inked teens grow up

    10/16/2014 8:09:32 PM PDT · 25 of 48
    BCR #226 to skeeter; All

    I really hate to say it but the level of ignorance on this subject is insane.

    yeah, a lot of tattoos look horrid and over done. As someone that has tattoos though, the comments in this thread are some of the most ignorant I’ve ever seen. Every one of my tattoos has a deep meaning. Then again, I’m also someone that doesn’t walk into something without a reason.

    There is a perception of low moral character, being a loser, etc. being pushed in this thread in regards to tattoos. It’s quite ignorant. I would think intelligent people would base their opinions on people regarding their achievements rather than a stereotype or other shallow reason.

    If you don’t like tattoos, that’s fine, insulting people that have them is no different than what the Left does. Some of the biggest Conservative supporters and contributors have tattoos. Maybe the haters need to go to DU since hate is all what the Left is about.

    end rant.

  • Married female teacher, 32, is jailed less than two years for having sex with students and flashing

    09/29/2014 6:35:54 AM PDT · 4 of 91
    BCR #226 to woodbutcher1963

    Agreed, not guilty!

  • ATF and Unincorporated Trusts

    09/13/2014 4:17:43 PM PDT · 43 of 60
    BCR #226 to The Toll

    A lot of that has to do with the availability of them. The Hughes Amendment created a situation where MG’s are not commonly held because of the ban. Get rid of that ban and you’ll see massive numbers of MG’s being owned legally. As it is now, there’s several times the number of contraband MG’s in the US vs. legally owned and registered ones. The Hughes Amendment has created a very interesting situation that will result in the destruction of the NFA before long.

  • ATF and Unincorporated Trusts

    09/13/2014 11:32:25 AM PDT · 39 of 60
    BCR #226 to The Toll

    Don’t know where you get the “there isn’t much interest in full auto” line. We do a booming business in rentals and the customers all want their own.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/23/2014 12:36:25 PM PDT · 155 of 155
    BCR #226 to Salamander

    Epic... absolutely epic!

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/23/2014 6:19:25 AM PDT · 153 of 155
    BCR #226 to Salamander

    It’s looking more and more like the snake in the lake is a hoax.

    If that is the case, criminal charges need to be filed against the people behind the hoax.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/22/2014 12:40:01 PM PDT · 151 of 155
    BCR #226 to Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

    It’s like dogs... It depends on how you work with them and raise them. I know Burms that I wouldn’t mess with without a few people around and a hook. Others, are just big babies. Same goes for retics, anacondas, rocks, carpets, etc.

    My big retic girl is a love lush. She loves attention and being around people. She’s quite literally a giant puppy dog. Same with all of my boas and other pythons. On the other hand, I’ve got a pair of garter snakes that are very defensive and quite nippy. What I’m saying is that the bigger snakes are more laid back because they don’t feel the need to fear us like smaller snakes do. They all just want to be left alone in the wild.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 1:36:53 PM PDT · 120 of 155
    BCR #226 to Salamander

    Brian is great. He’s helped out a few times with questions I’ve had. Love that series.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 1:20:08 PM PDT · 114 of 155
    BCR #226 to Salamander

    We’re breeding morphs of ball pythons. We’ve got some really nice ones popping out now.

    We just had a beautiful litter of 25 Brazilian Rainbow Boas.

    I can’t wait to breed the retics!

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 1:17:20 PM PDT · 113 of 155
    BCR #226 to Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

    “I guess the biggest problem is irresponsible pet owners.

    I have seen several programs on TV (Nat Geo, Animal Planet) that say this has become a major problem in South Florida where a number of pet owners have released giant African Rock Pythons and Burmese Pythons into the wild (often the Everglades) because the snakes got too large for them to care for.”

    Again, this is media BS. The situation in Florida is a result of Hurricane Andrew that destroyed a breeding facility and research center. That is why there are invasive snakes there and the real numbers are not nearly what are being reported. What I find amusing is that everyone is so worried about Burmese pythons, when thousands of invasive venomous snakes got out at the same time.

    There really isn’t a problem with these snakes. They can’t spread out of south Florida due to climate and temperature fluctuations. The numbers of giant constrictors in Florida are low and they are not breeding like the media claims.

    Snakes are cheap to care for. A 20 foot python is less expensive to keep and care for than a miniature poodle is. Yes, snakes can escape their enclosure. They usually stick around close to it because they’re timid animals. They’re not like a dog that gets out of a back yard and strolls down the street right off the bat.

    No offense but you need to do some research on snakes that involves people that actually keep snakes and know them, not what the idiot box is force feeding you. You’ll find that most of what you believe about snakes is not reality.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 1:08:14 PM PDT · 109 of 155
    BCR #226 to Salamander

    I contacted the coroner on that case and explained how constrictors kill and what happens. After I got off the phone with him, he contacted a few other herpers I know and suddenly, the story went dark and the murder angle was the last thing I heard.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 12:29:04 PM PDT · 92 of 155
    BCR #226 to Salamander

    Let’s not get on the myth of anacondas and pythons breeding together in the wild. UGH.

    Yes, different species and some of the same species can and will cannibalize. Never house king snakes together unless you want to lose one of them.

    I’m one of the purists. I love doing morphs but not hybrids. We’re breeding tarahumara boas in the next year or two. I’m sure someone will say that they’re dangerous and evil as well. Sigh.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 12:25:15 PM PDT · 88 of 155
    BCR #226 to Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
    In every example where a snake has killed a person or child, the snake was abused or neglected or the owner was negligent in handling the animal. This has been well researched but is not discussed in the media. Instead, we see fear mongering stories with little basis in fact. Like the two kids killed in Canada. The blood python was blamed but by the coroners report, the wounds and cause of death couldn't have been because of the snake. But the snake was blamed and killed.

    I'm a father as well and obviously a pet owner... I've taught my daughter not to fear but to learn and understand. Do snakes demand respect? Absolutely. Do they deserve to be feared? Nope.

    My daughter and Brownie, one of her snakes...

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  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 12:13:12 PM PDT · 81 of 155
    BCR #226 to FourtySeven

    There is a higher rate of attack, bite and even death with a dog than with a snake. Snakes can be big and scary but they’re not like dogs... and don’t get me wrong, I love both dogs and snakes. Snakes are not the monsters you think they are.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 11:53:45 AM PDT · 75 of 155
    BCR #226 to Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

    Actually, yes, at this time it is. For a long time, scientists wondered why longer specimens were not being recovered. The answer is the same for giant insects. The oxygen content in our atmosphere is too low. Raise it up about 3% and you can get larger snakes and spiders. Raise it up 5% and you can get snakes the size of Titanaboa.

    Like I said, I’d LOVE for their to be snakes larger than they are. My retic is 18 feet long and 270 pounds. The largest living snake now is “Twinkie” the reticulated python. Do a youtube search on that and you’ll see her. She’s a gentle giant just like most of these snakes are. She’s 330 pounds I believe.

    They’re not the scary monsters that many people think they are. Get past the fear and ignorance and you’ll see they’re really incredible animals that are not nearly as a threat as many claim they are.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 11:45:23 AM PDT · 69 of 155
    BCR #226 to Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

    there has never been a scientifically recorded specimen of any modern snake longer than 24 feet. Trust me, I wish there was. The longest scientifically recorded snake was a reticulated python named Fluffy that died at the Ohio zoo in 2012. She was 23 feet 9 inches long.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 11:40:07 AM PDT · 61 of 155
    BCR #226 to WayneS

    I disremember the exact numbers but the estimated per capita comparison of reptiles vs. dogs by number of animals is like .00024 for reptiles vs. .03 for dogs.

    Still safer to own a retic than a pit bull and I like both species.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 11:32:45 AM PDT · 56 of 155
    BCR #226 to Salamander

    There is new legislation pending in NJ as well. Amazing that no one that has seen the snake has gotten a photo of it. I’m still calling BS on it until I see a photograph.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 11:30:55 AM PDT · 55 of 155
    BCR #226 to Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

    “A little simplistic.

    We all believe in the right to bear arms around here.

    But do you have a right to keep a Tiger Tank in your garage or a nuclear warhead in your basement?

    An anaconda is an apex predator which could easily escape an enclosure and threaten just about anything it comes into contact with.

    No one should keep such animals as pets.”

    Then the same needs to be applied to cats and dogs. Both of which are far more dangerous to people than any pet snakes.

    And it’s shameful that you’d use the anti’s stance on firearms in this discussion.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 11:28:52 AM PDT · 52 of 155
    BCR #226 to ZULU

    Yes, it is PETA driven. The Gaboon viper shed found in the carolina’s turns out to have been sold on line by a breeder. The person that bought it was associated with HSUS and planted the shed to justify the pet ban bill being discussed there now.

    It’s like the “hunter” that saw an african lion here in WV. No sign or trace of the animal has been seen EVER except this one guy that claimed to be hunting.

    I have a collection of snakes that range from garter snakes to retics. I also have dogs. Dogs are far more dangerous than ANY pet snakes. The fatality rate in the US by pet reptiles is less than one half of one person per year. Compare that to dozens upon dozens of deaths by dogs per year.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 11:24:06 AM PDT · 48 of 155
    BCR #226 to Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

    “An anaconda is an apex predator. It can grow almost 30 feet long with a width as large as an adult human’s waist.”

    Um. Nope. Anacondas rarely get over 18 feet and the longest is about 21 feet. They’re a very heavy bodied snake and are most comfortable in the water. they are capable of taking large meals and in rare instances can eat a person, they routinely shy away from people. The Green Anaconda is the heaviest of all snake species and can exceed 500 pounds. Whereas the Reticulated python, the longest snake species in the world can reach 23+ feet but rarely top 300 pounds.

    If there really is an anaconda in that lake, it’s used to human contact as it has lived in captivity. It will not view people as food but as a source of food. With that being said, anyone not familiar with the giants should steer clear. If the snake feels threatened, it can defend itself very competently. Being that it is most likely used to people, capturing it shouldn’t be overly stressful or dangerous if it’s done right.

    I really wish people that don’t know a lot about snakes would quit posting their “facts” that are not true. Sheesh.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 11:13:38 AM PDT · 42 of 155
    BCR #226 to CarmichaelPatriot

    As someone that keeps snakes as pets, you have no idea what you’re talking about.

    Not to mention that most of the animals being released at the moment appear to be in states where legislation is pending for banning pets. There is evidence that PETA and the HSUS sympathizers have been the ones releasing these animals.

    I question there being an anaconda in that lake at all for several reasons. 1. They’re outlawed in NJ. 2. An anaconda will not survive once the temperature drops below 50.

    Also, big snakes are not expensive to feed. considering they eat once a month or so. The “too expensive to feed” BS comes from ignorant PETA morons that have no idea what they are talking about.

    Average monthly cost for feeding an 18 foot reticulated python is about $25-$35.

    So, please keep your insults and ignorance to yourself.

  • NM: Sante Fe Destroys Hundreds of Valuable Guns

    06/17/2014 10:28:37 AM PDT · 11 of 18
    BCR #226 to Organic Panic

    Actually, some of us are concerned. ATF has destroyed some one of a kind pieces that were technological marvels and the designs are now lost.

    It’s like the Cash for Clunkers BS... destroy destroy destroy with no thought to the value of what they are destroying or the potential loss for the future.

  • Russia and China Are Executing a Plan We Ignore at Our Peril

    06/11/2014 8:37:32 AM PDT · 10 of 15
    BCR #226 to RitchieAprile

    No, something much more advanced.

  • Russia and China Are Executing a Plan We Ignore at Our Peril

    06/11/2014 8:13:31 AM PDT · 8 of 15
    BCR #226 to SeekAndFind

    Not to mention the advancements being made by both countries in small arms and conventional warfare technology. They’ll be fielding advanced small arms in then next year or two while we regurgitate the M16 platform again.

    Thanks to the Hughes Amendment... also known as 922 (o) or the machine gun ban, all tech in this area has ground to a halt. Every small arm platform being used today by our military is a regurgitation of designs made prior to the 1986 ban. Many even predate the 1968 GCA.

    Those laws effectively stopped R&D into small arms technology in this country. For manufacturers, there is no way to recoup the costs of developing advanced full auto small arms to counter what our enemies have developed. We’ve been stagnant for almost half a century.

    If a war happens between the US and China or Russia and we lose our electronic warfare advantage, we are going to be in a world of hurt and we will not win that war.

    922 (o) is a serious threat to national security that Congress refuses to address. I’ve tried countless times to get them to understand what is happening but they don’t care. The political BS has put us in a very bad situation that I fear will come to fruition far sooner than expected.

    In 2009, I was asked to examine a rifle captured by our troops in the middle east. The rifle was decades ahead of anything I’d ever seen before. It incorporated technology to mitigate recoil, cyclic rate, stabilization and used an operating system that was extremely efficient and well thought out. The rifle appeared to be a finished product, not a prototype or one off.

    And yet, our elected officials continue to hold on to the ban for political expedience rather than do what is right for our nation and allow the firearms industry to have a reason to develop new technology to counter what our enemies have. The Government here isn’t paying for R&D on small arms. It’s too engrossed in electronic warfare tech to worry about it.

    So, to be blunt, our elected officials worry more about public perception instead of national security while our enemies continue to advance their capabilities. Every one of our elected officials will bear the cross of their hubris for this should we go to war with China or Russia.

  • Scientists: A mysterious animal ate an entire 9-foot great white shark

    06/09/2014 11:52:12 AM PDT · 43 of 55
    BCR #226 to Kartographer

    A lot of assumption in the replies in this thread. Read the article and watch the video.

    1. The shark moved extremely rapidly from near surface depth to over 2000 feet in little time.

    2. The temperature registered on the tag went from 46 to 78 degrees and held that temperature constantly.

    Sharks and squid are ectothermic. That means cold blooded. However, some sharks create heat through muscle exertion but it is never constant. It varies by several degrees based upon outside environment and exertion.

    The speed of the shark decent is curious and troubling. Some whales can dive to the depths described but their body temperatures run about 100 degrees.

    I don’t think it was a shark or a whale. It definitely wasn’t a squid. There is also data that is not being shared for some reason. How long was the elevated temperature there for? What depth did the elevated temps end at?

    While it would be awesome for it to be a Meg, I don’t think it is but it’s also not another GWS. The evidence so far doesn’t support any known animal.

  • Conservative Senator Slams Tea Party Groups For Hurting GOP Establishment

    06/01/2014 10:03:50 PM PDT · 5 of 23
    BCR #226 to 2ndDivisionVet

    He is part of the problem. The Tea Party is the solution. The RINO’s see this as their extinction event and they’re fighting it tooth and nail.

    Too bad for them, they lost a long time ago.

  • Saudi Soldier Eats Live Snake During Training

    05/18/2014 5:02:00 PM PDT · 21 of 32
    BCR #226 to nickcarraway

    I’ve got a 17 foot retic I’d like to see him try that with. She’s a sweetheart but I wouldn’t push my luck by trying to hurt her.