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Posts by William Tell

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  • Michigan Supreme Court to Hear Open Carry in Schools Case

    04/16/2018 6:42:08 PM PDT · 15 of 18
    William Tell to offduty
    "The intent being the weapon would be used defensively and not for a staff member to become pseudo-law enforcement and seek out an active shooter. "

    What kind of a nation have we become that we would discourage a well-meaning school staff member from seeking out and confronting a shooter who might otherwise kill 17 innocent students during the several minutes that law-enforcement might spend establishing a perimeter?

    There's a reason that mass shootings rarely happen in police stations, banks, jewelry stores, and gun shows.

  • Pennsylvania school district arming teachers with baseball bats to combat active shooters

    04/11/2018 8:29:16 AM PDT · 93 of 106
    William Tell to Libloather
    This actually is a good development.

    The libs are slowly coming around to the idea that fighting back is preferable to simply submitting to a killer.

    Soon the argument will turn to deciding what the best tool is to stop the attack. I believe we are winning.

  • Allstate Quietly Drops Laura Ingraham in Internal Memo to Employees (Exclusive)

    04/09/2018 8:05:49 PM PDT · 81 of 99
    William Tell to COBOL2Java
    I just emailed Allstate. I have been with them for almost 50 years. But if they want to side against me in my fight to restore the Second Amendment I will cut them off without a thought.

    I'm thinking of contacting AAA. Anybody have an opinion about them?

  • Head of Bloomberg's Anti-Gun Group Screamed Obscenities at Pro-Trump Teen Girl

    04/06/2018 11:20:47 AM PDT · 19 of 38
    William Tell to detective
    Since the topic is unhinged, violent liberals, does anybody have an update on the antifa bike-lock professor whose pre-trial hearing was supposed to be yesterday?

    I didn't find anything myself.

  • Some Thoughts on Banning 'Assault' Rifles

    04/02/2018 11:46:07 AM PDT · 33 of 43
    William Tell to lurk
    "Unthinking mobs are dangerous things. "

    Yes, they are.

    I believe that we are just a couple of days away from a hearing for the bicycle-lock Anti-fa bully. This so-called professor needs to do some hard time and the sentence needs to be widely publicized.

  • Some Thoughts on Banning 'Assault' Rifles

    04/02/2018 11:42:42 AM PDT · 31 of 43
    William Tell to SkyDancer
    "If a criminal wants one [an automatic rifle] they can get one but you can't."

    I read years ago that every sergeants cruiser of the LAPD carries a fully automatic rifle. If criminality on a large scale breaks out it is good to know that a ready supply of such weapons will be conveniently at hand for the good guys to restore order.

  • They led a national march. Now Parkland students return to a school they say 'feels like jail'

    04/02/2018 11:34:48 AM PDT · 71 of 84
    William Tell to C19fan
    Will the Parkland kids, like Hogg, feel safe at a university where people are allowed to carry "assault backpacks"? You know, the ones made out of opaque material.

    This could lead to serious cases of PTSD among future college students. Students wouldn't be able to study while spending their time wondering just what evil weapons are being carried by other students; especially those NRA murderers they have been telling us about.

  • Larry King: Time to Repeal the ‘Poorly Written’ Second Amendment

    03/30/2018 2:05:08 PM PDT · 54 of 82
    William Tell to I want the USA back
    "Violent criminals, unjust aggressors and terrorists are hereby deprived of all their rights."

    You left out "counter-revolutionaries"; those who would deprive us of the hard-won victory over our oppressors. The fact that two centuries have passed changes nothing.

  • There's not a 'snowflake's chance in hell' of repealing the Second Amendment (CNN)

    03/28/2018 5:11:04 PM PDT · 68 of 70
    William Tell to Innovative
    From the linked article: "I believe in the Second Amendment, there's a right to bear arms," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in February.

    Schumer is NOT the Senate Majority Leader and he is a liar.

  • California sheriff's office to publish inmates' release in pushback against state's 'sanctuary' law

    03/27/2018 7:29:34 AM PDT · 9 of 13
    William Tell to knighthawk

    Now the sheriff needs to add a way to sign up for email notifications based on names of prisoners. Certainly the people who elected the sheriff have a right to this information.


    03/26/2018 2:26:44 PM PDT · 119 of 735
    William Tell to OL Hickory
    Hogg doesn't say he wasn't at the school during the shooting.

    He may well be describing what he did AFTER the shooting and after the students had been released from the school.

  • Parkland Survivor: ‘When They Give Us That Inch, That Bump Stock Ban, We Will Take a Mile’

    03/26/2018 11:57:02 AM PDT · 25 of 40
    William Tell to SoFloFreeper
    "And the rise of 3D printing will make the ban of bump stocks superfluous."

    I wonder if there is a 3D design of a bump stock which uses, for example, a spring from a standard AR 30 round magazine? Everything but the spring should be a cinch.

    A design that uses the buffer spring might also be of interest.

  • Feinstein renews effort to ban assault weapons

    03/25/2018 12:02:44 AM PDT · 42 of 46
    William Tell to Mom MD
    Mom MD said: "He already signed gun control issues in the omnibus and is working on banning bump stocks through sessions. "

    First, bump stocks are really just a toy. I would agree that they shouldn't be outlawed. But look at what Trump actually did. He avoided having Congress vote in a new law to outlaw bump stocks. Instead he basically asked BATFE to decide that bump stocks should be controlled using existing law.

    The fact is that the BATFE already looked at this issue in great depth and decided that the law didn't cover them. I would not be surprised at all if the Trump administration delivers the bad news to the anti-gunners at some time in the future that more legislation is required; hopefully at a time when Congress is too busy or uninterested. Barring that, I would expect an honest court to rule that existing law does not cover bump stocks. Time will tell.

    The only other thing that I am aware of in the new bill is the so-called "FIX NICS" measure. My understanding is that this simply requires that federal agencies start doing what the law already requires them to do.

    If you know of any other anti-gun provisions, let me know. If I am correct then we are getting about as little new controls as would be politically possible given the energy of our opposition at this time. In return we stand to have a pro-Second Amendment Supreme Court that could well last twenty or thirty years.

    Some state constitutions contain their own "right to keep and bear arms" which helps to safeguard the right in those states. Unfortunately, we Californians are entirely at the mercy of the Supreme Court. So far, despite the Heller and McDonald decisions, the Ninth Circuit has not found any of California's infringements to be unacceptable. The present Supreme Court has refused to accept most cases, no doubt because the Court is not solidly on our side.

    We need one or two more Justices like Gorsuch on the Court to insure that the decisions go our way and that California and other infringing states are forced to comply with all of the Bill of Rights.

    One story I read today describes a school in Pennsylvania that now has buckets of rocks to throw at any bad guys that attack the school. That may seem like worse than nothing but it is actually quite important. It affirms the concept that a classroom full of innocent kids doesn't have to just hide and hope for the best. Instead the class is expected to fight for their lives. It really isn't such a big step from there to the point where they will accept better weapons in an attempt to win such a fight.

    Trumps support for hardening and arming the schools is gaining some acceptance and this trend should continue.

  • Oregon Ballot Initiative: Any Pistol That Accepts More Than 10 Rounds = An “Assault Weapon”

    03/24/2018 3:21:38 PM PDT · 14 of 65
    William Tell to gundog
    "Petitioners pulled it. It’s dead, Jim."

    Is that right? Do you have a link?

  • Feinstein renews effort to ban assault weapons

    03/24/2018 3:17:27 PM PDT · 25 of 46
    William Tell to GuavaCheesePuff
    "Schumer will try to block any vote on a judge."

    The Democrats already lost that battle with Gorsuch. There is no filibuster now for judicial nominees including for the Supreme Court.

    Having lost the Republican Senate seat in Alabama, we now must be certain to win some of the 25 Democrat seats up for election this November.

  • Pa. school district stocks classrooms with rocks to combat school shooters

    03/24/2018 2:51:52 PM PDT · 31 of 43
    William Tell to Beave Meister
    What is a firearm? It's a machine that launches a small, lead projectile at high speed toward a target. It's a chemically powered "rock" throwing device.

    Nevertheless, a bucket of rocks is better than nothing. It represents a determination to die fighting rather than just hide. We should encourage every school to stop being a "rock-free zone". When that becomes common, the next steps will become obvious.

  • Feinstein renews effort to ban assault weapons

    03/24/2018 2:38:18 PM PDT · 14 of 46
    William Tell to GuavaCheesePuff
    "The weapon used to kill 17 people in last month’s rampage at a high school in Parkland, Fla., was banned from manufacture and sale in the United States for 10 years..."

    Did the Parkland shooter's rifle have a bayonet lug? Or a flash suppressor? That's about all that was banned by Feinstein's bill. She is too stupid to be in Congress and the Chronicle is either lying or shares her stupidity.

    Our Second Amendment hangs by a thread and that thread is Donald Trump. Budgets simply don't matter right now. What matters is that the next two or three Supreme Court Justices need to understand the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. That is why I voted for Trump and it should be enough for all of us right now.

    The idea that Hillary could have been in a position to solidify a liberal Supreme Court for decades is unthinkable. The fight for the Supreme Court isn't over but we are winning. We must keep our eye on prize.

  • NTSB Investigation of Bridge Collapse Continues

    03/23/2018 8:41:33 PM PDT · 56 of 85
    William Tell to EVO X
    I'd like to point out my perspective on the key complication that likely played the major role in this incident.

    First it is necessary to understand that concrete does not operate effectively in tension. That is why there are cables installed in typical concrete structures to create compression that causes the cables to carry some part of the load rather than the concrete.

    Second, one must realize that the loads on various parts of the structure can vary greatly during the construction phase.

    Finally, let's consider how the load was to be carried at various times. In this case the load was the deck and the canopy.

    While the structure was being built and transported into place, the deck was resting on its ends and the canopy with the struts was being carried by the deck. Most of the structure would be under compression.

    When the bridge was to be in its final state, supported by cables from an off-center tower, the canopy would be supported by the cables and the deck would be supported by the canopy. This configuration would have caused the cables and the struts to be in tension, holding the weight of the deck.

    Even without the complication of the wheeled devices used to transport the main span, it would be necessary for the struts to perform two dramatically different roles during and after construction.

    What the situation tells me is that control of the tension in the struts would have been critical to the success of the project, that critical adjustments would have to be done at critical times, and that failure to appreciate the critical nature of those adjustments could be a likely cause of catastrophic failure.

  • Citigroup restricts gun sales by business customers

    03/22/2018 5:13:01 PM PDT · 40 of 42
    William Tell to TigerClaws
    Up until about five minutes ago I had a combination Citi-Bank Visa and Costco Membership Card. I cancelled my account with Citi-Bank and will have to have Costco prepare a new membership card for me on my next visit.

    I wonder where Citi-Bank got the idea that they could legislate the age at which one may purchase a firearm in the United States, a power that ought to be reserved to Congress. I wonder what studies they have to justify their position and whether they can justify disarming a 20-year-old single mother who needs a firearm to protect her family?

  • Once Robots Are Self-Aware, We Should Full-On Merge With Them, Says Michio Kaku

    03/20/2018 7:24:06 PM PDT · 71 of 82
    William Tell to neverevergiveup
    "... they may develop into distinct individuals, ..."

    I'm no expert on evolution, but the mechanism which allows distinct human personalities is part of our ability to evolve. More successful combinations of traits would tend to survive. Less successful combinations would die out.

    Robots could perhaps purposely implement a similar ability to vary their "personalities" so as to accidentally discover superior combinations. Future robots may need to pass a background check before being allowed to arm themselves. Some of them may just go nuts from time to time.

    The sci-fi classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still" depicts an alien race which fully empowers their robots to keep the peace. Fun movie.