SC Harrison: Guess you didn't get the news a few years ago about the group of jihadist converts caught in Caswell County because they were practicing automatic weapons fire and detonating explosives. About 7 of 'em .. tried and convicted and sent to jail ...Tir na nOg Annie: did your restaurant have a "No Guns" sign prominently posted for customers to see?
Ain't it interesting that a gaggle of Dems from Durham want to ban CC in what is rapidly becoming the murder capital of NC. People, it's a shootin' gallery if news reports are accurate. So the Dems don't want people to be able to defend themselves in Durham and Orange County. What a bunch of maroons.
SC Harrison: Nice twist of logic -- people who CC are irrational. How far is that from "all people who have guns are irrational so let's let the government collect all the guns and 2nd Amendment be danged." Problem is the criminaIs, jihadists, psychos aren't likely to turn over their guns. I don't feel fear with a CC, I feel prepared should any person attempt to harm me or anyone else with deadly violence. With a legal firearm and the training required to obtain a CCP, at least I have a chance at stopping them.
If restaurant owner Van Alston can't think of situation where a patron(s) might need a CC firearm, perhaps he's too young to remember Oct. 16, 1991, when a deranged man drove a pickup truck through a window of a cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, got out and systematically began shooting patrons and wait staff. Inside the restaurant was Suzanna Gratia Hupp with her two parents who were celebrating their anniversary (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1u0Byq5Qis). She testifies how she regrets today not disobeying a Texas law and had left her handgun outside in her vehicle. Take a look at her testimony before the U.S. House and observe Chuck Schumer's smirk.
"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed...."
* Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787
"To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them".
* George Mason, co-author of the Second Amendment
Odd that you feel you must go North to a divinity school but have no concrete idea of what you wish to do with that degree. I knew your father, John, and met your mom. I have lost touch in these 40 past years and hope they are well. Better people I have not met than those who lived in Bassett, Collinsville and Martinsville. If you do not find true meaning after going North, there is satisfaction in being able to operate a lathe well and turn out fine furniture.
What a surprise, for instance, that the telecoms, banks and other major enterprises were unwilling to give up hard-won, lucrative state tax breaks in the name of reform. Apparently, bill writers forgot to check their own campaign finance reports before coming up with the tax plan.
What a surprise to read a critique of the Republican leaders in Raleigh that points out they aren't doing business the way the Democrats always did by making even their rich political backers pay up. Isn't that what we want both political parties to do? You seem to be saying money spread around the legislature these days automatically doesn't buy influence the way it used to under Democrat regimes (see in particular Mike Easley and Bev Perdue's reigns). Well, happy days. What a nice compliment.
I'm fascinated by these rushed attacks on Republican policies before half a year has passed of the new administration in Raleigh and that not one of these policies has been given a chance to work or fail. I most of all see hysteria in the Moral Mondays protests, demonstrations and arrests, mindless chanting of slogans that accomplish nothing other than to gather TV and media coverage.
Can't anyone wait for the results? I don't agree with everything the Republicans are proposing, but some of their original bills have been reshaped because of public criticism that focused attention on unintended or possible deleterious consequences. And that's how representative government should work.
I must agree with Mr. Pope on many of his pointsl. The state of New York is full of wonderful people and it has some great natural wonders and friendly small towns, but New York City, where the Times resides, is mostly a disaster for most people who live or work there. Crime and murder rates are among the highest in the nation in a town with strict gun-control laws. Turf is defended by murderous gangs and I mean you don't want to be caught walking in the wrong neighborhood. People often live in filth and I suspect with Florida temperatures visiting Gotham for a week, some interesting smells are going to blanket the city. NC has nothing to rival it and for that, NYC has nothing to teach the Tar Heel state
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