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11876  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What is your advice to the GOP? on: December 16, 2012, 09:55:36 am
Not to accept advice from Atlas Forum...

Winner
11877  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What is your advice to the GOP? on: December 16, 2012, 09:39:46 am
My advice? Stop everything you're doing. Take a breath. Realize the past 4 years have been some of the darkest in party history and that Ronald Reagan, our messiah, would punch just about every ranking member of the Republican Party square in the face if he could.

Make it so that he wouldn't.
11878  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: A baby was just aborted in the United States on: December 16, 2012, 09:37:06 am
Much respect.
11879  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Shooting at CT elementary school leaves at least 27 dead, 18 of them children on: December 16, 2012, 09:36:00 am
Why is it most liberals seem to focus on gun control, and gloss over better mental health treatment, as the most effective solution to this problem?   They seem to hardly even mention it. 

Thank you.
11880  General Politics / Individual Politics / 20RP12 Rants About Gun Control on: December 16, 2012, 09:33:45 am
So I'll probably end up regretting this thread and the format will likely be terrible as I don't care too much about proper indentations as I'm trying to construe every thought that comes to my mind on a topic, but here goes nothing.

In light of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, some are calling for enhanced gun control or even the banning of all guns in the United States. They cite Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, Tuscon and others as reasons as to why guns are evil and should be done away with in modern society.

They're forgetting one small detail in all of these cases: the perpetrator of all of these crimes was mentally unstable. A shut-in, a loner, whatever you want to call it. Every single tragedy that I've listed (as well as--and I'm willing to put money on this--roughly 99% of every mass shooting in history) has been committed by a mentally insane human being with access to firearms.

Now, I really don't like politicizing tragedies, as I feel it's weak and insensitive, but I feel as though something needs to be said this time, in defense of an inanimate object that could not kill a living thing by itself.

In every mass shooting, there is always a human component. There is always a human behind the trigger. And behind that human is something so sinister and evil that we dare not think that the cause for these tragedies is a flaw within humans, so we blame it on the device.

Any human could use a gun responsibly, but any human could use a gun irresponsibly. The problem with gun control is that when it is implemented, humans that will use a gun responsibly will not be allowed to purchase a gun that they will use to defend themselves.

As long as guns exist somewhere, as long as humans have the mental capacity to create or acquire guns, those with bad intentions will always have guns. And let's just say we outlaw guns and create a foolproof seal on the usage of guns: no one will ever own a gun ever again.

There are millions of other ways to kill human beings.

Should we outlaw knives once we start seeing kids walking into schools and stabbing their classmates to death?

Should we outlaw plastic and all chemicals once kids start creating makeshift nuclear bombs and blowing their schools sky high?

Will we outlaw everything that can be used to kill other humans?

Because once we have, we will be left with nothing.

Even we as a species will be gone.

If we get rid of guns, humans will still kill using other mechanisms.

Criminals will start creating more advanced and less detectable means of mass murder.

We will see school shootings evolve into school bombings and school bombings evolve into nuclear bombings, then we will have Chernobyl-esque scenes in multiple high schools throughout America.

No one is saying that guns should be completely free of regulation, but what I'm saying is that we cannot blame the instrument. It's time to start addressing mental illness. It's time to start providing counseling and not ignoring the red flags when they arise. We cannot be so stupid as a species to honestly think that a gun is the reason behind these tragedies and not mental instability.

We must stop blaming a piece of metal held together by nuts and bolts for these crimes and start addressing the real problem here.

That's all I've got to say.
11881  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: December 2012 At-large Senate Election on: December 16, 2012, 09:11:34 am
[1] Spamage
[2] Snowstalker
[3] HagridOfTheDeep
[4] Barnes
[5] Franzl
[6] Kalwejt
[7] Mr.X
[8] All of these guys would be excellent Senators
11882  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: December 16, 2012, 09:09:47 am
The other tabs you have open provides a truly terrifying insight.

LOL
11883  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: TJ's War on the "War on ____" Meme on: December 16, 2012, 09:07:00 am
I'm starting a separate war on wars that are wars on other wars which just so happen to be wars on wars that are entangled in other wars!
11884  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of pornography on: December 16, 2012, 09:05:52 am
Neutral entertainment. Useful when it's needed, but one can't help but feel a bit of shame afterwards.
11885  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Snowstalker on: December 16, 2012, 09:04:34 am
Definitely one of the best posters on the forum. Happy to call him a good friend.
11886  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are you listening to right now? II on: December 16, 2012, 09:02:41 am
My Chemical Romance - The World Is Ugly
11887  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is angus the best member of this forum? on: December 16, 2012, 09:01:40 am
If not the best, definitely top 3.
11888  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Martin Heinrich on: December 16, 2012, 09:00:17 am
Yeah, FF.
11889  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is your position on the following issues authoritarian or libertarian? on: December 16, 2012, 08:59:51 am
Time for an update.

Guns: Libertarian
Gambling: Libertarian
Alcohol sales restrictions: Libertarian
Tobacco: Libertarian
Smoking in public: Neutral
Tobacco Advertising: Libertarian
Strip clubs: Libertarian
Fashion industry: Libertarian
Pornography: Libertarian
Prostitution: Neutral
Fast food: Libertarian
School uniforms: Libertarian
Pop sales in high school: Neutral
Violence in the media: Libertarian
Sex in the media: Libertarian
Profanity in the media: Libertarian
Suburban development: Neutral
11890  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2010 on: December 16, 2012, 08:57:35 am
Horner.
11891  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: TJ's War on the "War on ____" Meme on: December 16, 2012, 08:51:40 am
Well, I'm starting a war on those who are starting a war on TJ.
11892  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Landslide Lyndon on: December 16, 2012, 08:49:41 am
One of few posters that I actually believe causes brain cell suicide just by reading his posts. I'm sure he's a nice guy IRL, but his I avatar is one of the more ironic ones on here. His posts are generically left-wing, but are spouted in a way that turns left-wingers off. He's hostile and rude and has absolutely no grasp of human sensitivity. I've seen him referred to as a left-wing pitbull, but he's worse than that. He's more like a left-wing mercenary: ruthless, unashamed and not afraid to hurt people.

In short, HP.

I'll take the death points on this one.
11893  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Svensson/NVTownsend on: December 16, 2012, 08:44:26 am
Massive FF. I was around for a short time while his first account was around and I always enjoyed his posts. When he came back as NVTownsend, he had messaged me and told me that it was indeed him. His reasons for leaving were justified and he was very courageous to call you all on your bullsh*t.

The Atlas Forum has lost a genuinely good human being and you should all be ashamed.
11894  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Governor Spamage on: December 13, 2012, 06:21:49 am
Huge FF. Literally 0 reason to dislike him.
11895  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Preceding Poster's Signature Thread IX on: December 13, 2012, 06:15:07 am
yes
11896  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Andrew TX (or Big Daddy TX as he's sometimes called) on: December 13, 2012, 06:14:45 am
FF
11897  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Simfan? on: December 13, 2012, 06:13:27 am
FF
11898  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Scott Walker on: December 13, 2012, 06:09:39 am
Neutral, lean FF.
11899  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: United States Senate election in Nebraska, 2012 on: December 12, 2012, 12:41:59 pm
Fischer.
11900  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are you listening to right now? II on: December 12, 2012, 12:37:00 pm
My Chemical Romance - Sleep
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