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Guns on Trains

I have good news for both of you Amtrak passengers. Starting December 15th you’ll be able to legally check an unloaded, locked, and cased firearm into baggage on Amtrak trains. What that means is you can do the same thing on Amtrak trains as you’ve been able to do on airplanes. There is something interesting in this article though:

Amtrak officials told the Bee that Amtrak, a federally funded train system, is retrofitting train cars for gun storage. There are no estimates of yet as to how many people will take advantage of the changes.

For some reason Amtrak has been doing it’s damnedest to bar passengers from transporting firearms on their trains. It seems they’ve found a potential delayer in “requiring retrofitting” of their train cars. As far as I know you’ve been able to check baggage on Amtrak trains forever so I’m unsure as of why they’d have to do any retrofit thus this seems to be s a delaying tactic. We’ll have to wait and see on that.

Oh, and of course the Brady Campaign has their bat-shit crazy unanchored in reality response to this:

Daniel Vice of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence countered that the rule change makes it easier for terrorists to bring weapons on trains with intent to do harm. He said his group and Amtrak police are pleased, however, to have won concessions requiring locked storage and 24-hour advance notice.

Yes because those evil terrorists wouldn’t bring a firearm on board without this ruling… that allows firearms to be transported in checked baggage just like on airplanes. I really wonder if anybody at the Brady Campaign has any roots left in reality or if they’ve all left this plane of existence for their deluded version of our world. What’s even more interesting is the following quote from Paul Helmke a couple of months ago:

Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said he “doesn’t have problems with people transporting guns on trains so long as steps are taken to make sure they’re secured and properly stowed.”

I guess when your cause has no roots in reality it makes it easier to change your mind ever thirty seconds.


Written by Christopher Burg

November 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Even China is Sick of North Korea’s Shit

You know North Korea is getting a whole lot of crazy when China is getting sick of them:

China: Seriously, you need to knock the crazy down a notch or two Mr. Jong.

North Korea: But we have uranium enrichment prant! We can nuke South Korea soon!

China: See Mr. Jong this is what we’re talking about. Honestly your crazy hatred of America is cute and we find it enjoyable to watch but you need to learn the difference between cute crazy and totally whack-job nuts crazy.

North Korea: What are you tarking about? I can nuke America!

China: You know what? Just get the fuck out of my office and do realize we’re not backing you anymore. You’re on your own.

North Korea: Oh, I’m so ronery.

Written by Christopher Burg

November 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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Wisconsin School Hostage Situation

If you haven’t heard there was a hostage situation in a Wisconsin school. Some punk kid came in packing two firearms and held his class hostage. Thankfully nobody was killed and the kid turned one of his firearms onto himself when the police arrive.

I’m glad to report the situation ended with nobody of consequence being injured or killed (a punk who takes a classroom hostage is not a person of consequence in my book). What’s interesting is how the situation is being reported. This was a hostage situation yes some news sites are still calling it a school shooting.

I think this story exemplifies the fact that crazy is crazy and makes a case yet again for allowing teachers to be armed in the classroom. This situation ended as well as could be hoped but most of the time we don’t hear such good news. Crazy people are dangerous and this story once again demonstrates the fact that people in our schools are helpless when one of these crazies come into the “gun free-zone” with firearms and an intent to cause harm. This crazy ended up holding 23 helpless people hostage with no real threat of retaliation should he decide to start killing those hostages (yes the police will eventually retaliate but if the crazy is planning on killing himself anyways it matters not). The best way to end a hostage situation is to prevent it from happening in the first place and the best way to do that is having a populace that can defend itself against the crazies.

Written by Christopher Burg

November 30, 2010 at 11:30 am

Indoor Shooting Ranges

Yesterday I went to an indoor shooting range with a couple of my friends. I’m reminded today why I prefer outdoor ranges to the indoor ones. Although outdoor ranges close when the sun goes down most of the time indoor ranges means you get to keep breathing all the fun and exciting expulsions from the various firearms. Although these ranges are generally ventilated there is only so far that ventilation goes and frankly my throat is rather sore from the event.

Written by Christopher Burg

November 30, 2010 at 11:00 am

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Terrorism Cost Benefits Ratio

Bruce Schneier has a nice post up on his site talking about the cost benefits ratio of terror attacks. Ultimately terror attacks can be done on the cheap while costing us billions in wasted security measures aimed and preventing that same attack next time. Think the TSA for a second, every time some yahoo gets through with a few bucks with of poor explosives in their britches the TSA spend millions on new technologies that allow them to see through your clothing.

The terrorists have won ladies and gentlemen (well they won the second the PATRIOT Act was passed now that I think about it). If you can bleed your opponent dry of resources you really can hold out longer than they can and thus will win the war.

Written by Christopher Burg

November 30, 2010 at 10:30 am

I’ve Lived in This State for 27 Years

Dear Minnesota,

I’ve lived in this state for 27 years and I still can’t figure our weather out. Yesterday it was pouring rain while today it’s snow and slush. For crying out loud Minnesota please pick a weather condition and stick with it for more than a day.

Thank you,

Christopher Burg

Written by Christopher Burg

November 30, 2010 at 10:00 am

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Time Off

Well it’s the holiday which means I’m going to be away from this site for the next couple of days. No I did not actually prepare things for you to read, sorry about that. Alas you’ll probably all be asleep from gorging yourselves on massive quantities of food and thus it’s irrelevant anyways. Have a good Thanksgiving.

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November 24, 2010 at 9:54 pm

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