This type of jocular, chest-thumping, faux-rugged individualism has run its course. The justification for this type of legislation is always built on fearmongering (usually tied with soft racism). If you're afraid of the world, afraid of minorities, afraid of anything that doesn't fit inside an image of America that never existed, then the answer is "more guns." It's the ultimate in cowardice.
Scott JGuns don't equal racism
I had a brother-in-law who was robbed and murdered in Chicago, a city that has strict gun control laws. He neither asked to be murdered or put himself in harm's way. He was gunned down for money. By the way: He was black and his assailants were black.
I hope that you never have to defend your family in a park or at home, but if you have to do so I hope that you can convince the perp to put his gun away.
JimSend them to Kentucky
SueyyyGuns are everywhere
There is nothing macho, prideful or idealistic about it. I carry a gun because I am responsible for protecting my family. I am a good martial artist, but I can't beat a gun. I have a loud voice, but I can't assume my voice will reach a cop before a bullet reaches me. I hope I never have to shoot anyone, and I know it will change me forever if I do, but for my family, I would do it.
Are you angry about guns being near your children? I am angry about people with guns wanting to hurt our children, so I carry one myself to stop them. Are you worried about guns being near alcohol? So am I. When I am having a nice dinner, but someone near me is getting drunk, the odds that I will need to defend myself increase. Are you worried about guns being near our wildlife? The wildlife is what worries me. Only a fool would hunt a bear with a pistol, but if the bear is hunting me, I would rather have a pistol than a stick.
If guns could no longer exist, I might not argue, though it is fair to remember that violence occurred long before the invention of the gun. I'm not sure that a world without them would be a better one, but experience has shown us that we cannot remove them from the criminal element. As long as criminals have guns, no one has the right to tell me that I must be at a disadvantage while protecting my family.
Steven HendersonDear liberal retards...
AnonymousBredesen goes fringe
TN4thUnemployment and entitlement
However, it would be wrong to change the unemployment system so that it becomes an entitlement program. At the present time, eligibility is based on being available and actively seeking full-time work. The only change I have heard of is that people who have been working part-time can receive benefits even if they say they are only seeking part-time jobs.
Even this is not necessarily a good change, though it is frankly not major. I fail to see how raising the weekly benefit amount (which is one of the lowest in the nation) or providing federal extensions would cause the state on-going problems. Unemployment insurance is exactly that—insurance paid by employers against laying off their workforce and dumping them without income onto the labor market. If they want to do a giveaway to the unemployed, based on need, this should be separated from the unemployment system.The state unemployment system is in a world of hurt. We need every cent of help the federal government can provide, if just to hire more people to take the many more claims being filed. But they're talking about laying off more state workers!
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