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  1. Or morcilla - yum! Side of tortillas, maybe some pico de gallo ...
  2. Forensics could link a bullet to a particular gun, if that were part of the registration process. Sure, the police should get a warrant to review gun records, I don't have a problem with that. (Of course, under the Patriot Act, if you're tagged as a potential terrorist, all your rights go right out the window. If it would be an undue hardship to try to take you alive, the first you'd know would be the rising whoosh of a Hellfire missle coming in your bedroom window, or your sun/moon roof.) No, I'm talking about the ease of monitoring the backtrail if any of the comms between police and dealer are compromised. With a direct DB, the comms between the inquiring agency/DB would have to be compromised, a tougher assignment. & less prone to some human cutout. No, I don't much credit the police with scrupulousness about house raids - especially the glut of drug busts they do. Yah, the police & feds should be held accountable for mistakes in execution. It's all we have, other than clogging the courts with civil & criminal cases that never seem to quite get anywhere. You react as if the existence of the data were a problem. Given the propensities of the FBI/NSA & all the rest of the domestic intelligence agency alphabet soup, I'm sure that bits & pieces of the national DB of gun ownership exist here & there. Better to put the thing under federal auspices, with release upon warrant of gun violence investigation to police & other law-enforcement agencies. If it's allowed to be an official semi-secret, you'll never be able to hold anyone accountable. It's v. difficult to prove a negative ...
  3. Filters, the trick is filters. Myself, I scarcely listen/read/watch sports. It's just too ephemeral. After long practice, I swear my ears & eyes blank out automatically @ the mere mention. It leaves lots of time to read, listen to music, watch some interesting TV - Fringe on DVD - excellent show, Dr. Bishop is vastly amusing. If he's a bit terrifying, too. It's a pleasure to not have the idiot box shrilling about shiny teeth, soft (v. dead) skin, & the usual canine traits. Anyone can lead a calmer life - but I recommend simplifying the visual inputs, starting with TV. It's simply a marketing tool - it's not delivering products to you - YOU are the product, & you're being delivered to the faceless, heartless multinational corps that are pleased to think that they have usurped the role of the Wizard of Oz - the man behind the curtain while the projected giant face floats about in spurts of flame & delivers oracular nonsense @ full volume. Watch where Toto goes ... & where he raises his leg!
  4. The process you lay out in #6 above is too long & laborious. By the time the police do the legwork, get the warrant & show up @ the dealer's address, the suspect could have moved, ditched the weapon, etc. The point of a registry is speed - to get on scene before the suspect knows there's a problem. There are also security issues - as more & more legwork is done by contracted civilians, there are more & more possibilities of compromised comms. If only sworn officers handle the investigation & track down weapons, you @ least have real sanctions to apply for malfeasance, dereliction of duty, etc. Your critical data are already floating about in the net or in somebody's DB (more likely, on several DBs). Policing is tough work - I think weapons are in a category of their own, & deserve to be singled out for more rigorous treatment.
  5. (My emphasis) Yah, if registration = the possibility of seizure, I suppose that means that cars, homes, marriage partners, major appliances (unless paid for in $), adoptions, condos, stock purchases, pensions & on & on are also subject to seizure. I'm not that worried about the possibility. Especially given the surfeit of firearms out there in the World. My take on a database would be to license buyers, whether private or through dealers. If you're going to build up a registry, the whole point is to make it as inclusive as possible. Else the thing is useless are a reference, & facilitating the investigation of gun crimes is the whole point of the exercise. Yup, agreed, more people probably die of easily avoided car accidents, DUI, & what have you. Point is, this particular thread is about guns, hence the title.
  6. It might actually be easier to implement to set up standards for who can own a firearm. It should be possible to thrash out minimums - some liability insurance, complete training on care & maintenance, marksmanship, a minimal psych eval. The best would be to assemble the dreaded Federal register of guns/ownership/serial numbers. This should only be used to investigate alleged gun crimes. & I suspect versions of it - incomplete - already exist here & there in the state bureaucracies. We might as well face the facts - somebody out there is probably assembling this data already - if there aren't already overlapping segments in existence. We might as well put powerful tools in the hands of murder/assault investigators. It might actually reduce the crime stats. All guns laws should be Federal gun laws - to simplify admin & enforcement. & so that we're not constantly in a fog about what our rights are - currently, they vary from state to state, city to city.
  7. If it's a full military AK-47 - with a setting to AUTOMATIC - you'll need a special license. Civilians can own full automatics - but the permit is Federal, & is expensive, TMK. Which means you need to talk to gun dealer with a federal license - unless they all are?
  8. Doctor Who, of course - Now in its 11th? incarnation? Blake's 7 - dated Sci-Fi. UFO - going way back - look @ your libraries for these, they're pretty old. The actor who played the head of UFO just died - 6 months ago. & Doctor Who just keeps on jamming, with an interregnum there for a few years. There are also some movies based on Doctor Who, floating around out there. It's the 1948 show - with a lot of the future Monty Python cast acting/writing, same for The David Frost Show, The Two Ronnies, some strange kid's show - The (something) Dog Show - Monty Python acting & writing, with some v. strange musical numbers by the Dogs.
  9. Vicar of Dibley - funny, but the poor vicar took a lot of hits over her weight.
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