Legitimacy

Jan. 25th, 2015 08:06 am
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
I think the last time I watched television news was the weeks after 9/11. For me, the signal-to-propaganda ratio is no longer favorable. Fox is better pronounced "Faux," the rest of the national channels fail to deliver anything of substance, and the local programming isn't even on my radar.

This piece on television news' loss of legitimacy in the eyes of anyone under 40 is well-presented, interesting, and a bit disturbing. I'm looking at it not only as a member of that age range, but as someone whose job may occasionally involve getting citizens to take actions to save their own lives. How do we reach a fairly large demographic that fundamentally distrusts - or outright ignores - the only information channels that our chain of command wants us to use?

ETA: Chain of command reference here is in a general sense. In my specific office, I'm fortunate to have a director who gets social media's importance. A lot of shops run by Boomers who still think of Facebook as a fad don't always have that recognition at the policy-setting level.
tegyrius: (ORLYsaurus)
Did you hear the one about the TSA catching a real terrorist?

Stop me if you've heard it. )

Visitation

Jul. 8th, 2013 05:52 pm
tegyrius: (paranormal tongue-in-cheek)
In dubious honor of our alien space-brothers, I mowed crop circles in the yard again. Happy Roswell Day, everyone!

(Is anyone else nostalgic for the nineties, when the fictional government conspiracies were scarier than the real ones?)

Selection

Jan. 21st, 2013 08:47 am
tegyrius: (gunstuff Will)
After my last post, one commenter expressed the opinion that no one should have a "military-grade assault rifle" and went on to opine that anyone who believes otherwise is insane.

Okay. I'll lay out my insanity.

Trimmed for those who don't care. )

Quantity

Jan. 15th, 2013 06:52 pm
tegyrius: (gunstuff Will)
So we have some folks who want to flag any purchase of a thousand rounds of ammo as an indicator of an incipient mass shooting.

Bullshit.

Buying a thousand rounds at once means that someone found a good deal online, or that he's planning to take a shooting class (most of those I've attended have had a 500 round/day minimum), or that he trains at a high volume but doesn't own a reloading press, or that he trains at a lower volume but wants to build a backlog to get him through times of ammo shortage like the current one, or that he just got a new collectible gun in a rare caliber and wants a lifetime supply for taking it out to the range once a year. It doesn't mean he's going to go dump a thousand rounds into a mall.

(Also, from a practical perspective, carrying a thousand rounds to a gunfight is stupid unless your gun is a belt-fed support weapon and you have a few friends to help you carry the load. Even with standard-capacity AR-15 mags, you'd be waddling around with roughly 45 pounds of lead and powder.)

Since 2006, I think I've bought ammo at retail prices twice. Both times, I was at a range teaching friends or relatives to shoot and they were having so much fun they went through the several hundred rounds I'd brought to start them off. Except for a couple of small quantities of odd calibers for some of my C&R guns, all my other purchases since then have been online... and in excess of a thousand rounds each. Why? Not pure evil - pure economy. Buying a kiloround at a time at online prices, even with shipping, saves me 25 to 50 percent over retail.

Capacity

Jan. 13th, 2013 11:59 am
tegyrius: (gunstuff Will)
One of the "assault weapon" limitations under re-examination is an arbitrary ten-round limit on magazine capacity. The presumption is that this will constrain massacres by forcing the barbarians to reload more.

Bullshit.

If a lunatic is going to fire 300 rounds into a crowd of victims, it doesn't matter whether he has to reload 10 times or 30 times in the process. The net effect is the same. He controls the area. He's not facing resistance (notice how few of these mass shootings happen in a place where resistance is likely?). He's not on a clock in which seconds (or fractions of a second) matter. Police response time is likely to be measured in minutes.

A situation in which the need to reload does matter is when a single defender is facing multiple aggressors - and two-legged predators do travel in packs. Guns aren't magic wands. A determined attacker often needs to receive multiple hits before he ceases his attack. Stopping to reload presents a vulnerability which surviving attackers can and will exploit. Thus, magazine capacity limits serve not to deter criminal acts, but to limit the individual citizen's self-defense capabilities.
tegyrius: (gunstuff Will)
Someone tell me again how gun control isn't a major issue for the Democrats.

Patriotic

Jul. 7th, 2011 07:25 am
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According to Harvard University, celebrating Independence Day makes you a Republican (via US News & World Report).

My Jon Stewart stare goes here ---> <---

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