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    Well, since there are a few words about US Presidents in here..., I finally got my FANTASTIC book with pictures from Obamas 8 years at The White House.
    Pictures are all taken by the chief White House photographer Pete Souza. (Videos about his years with Obama on YouTube is recommended)

    IMG_2685 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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    • Tommi
      Tommi commented
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      Looks like a marvelous piece of work!

    • Sterkoder
      Sterkoder commented
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      It is, Tommi.
      As I said, check out Souza on YouTube and watch how he works and some of his works (also published in this book).

    Here is a hint for next years X-mas gift to your least popular politician (or your ex-Boss after being laid off?):
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN1EI0HI

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      My wife (Kelly) and I are in New Orleans to exhibit at a trade show for my business. We finished early today and were walking to the World War II Museum. Walking down the sidewalk approaching the museum two guys approach mumbling, obviously keyed-up, twitching and not happy. There wasn't room for us to all pass but the big guy gave way just enough to pass and we slightly brushed. He wasn't focused on us but it wasn't friendly. Less than two seconds later "pop... pop... pop... pop". I turn and see one person down in the street and the two guys are running back toward us. I yell to Kelly "RUN". We run for cover. 15 meters from the gunfight were not hurt. All on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at 3:30 (15:30).

      I am ashamed and embarrassed for my country. When will we have enough? I have many guns. I love my guns. I take them out of the safe and admire the fine machining and beautiful woodwork. I enjoy safely shooting them on my target range or taking them hunting. I am not "anti gun" but these things are dangerous and should not be available with almost no regulation. I know our current President will not do NOTHING but this American love affair with the gun is insane. Mass shootings and school shootings are so common that most do not make the news. Today's shooting only made the local New Orleans news as a small side story. The fire department came and washed away the blood and two hours later everything was back to normal.

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        I do feel for you guys in the USA as it must be difficult to "feel" safe at any time. The "romance and excitement" of gun ownership has to change before more are killed by this 'right' to own guns and shoot whoever is in the way at the time. I hope the march does some good that can last.....

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          Originally posted by pilotdane View Post
          I am not "anti gun" but these things are dangerous and should not be available with almost no regulation.
          But even with tight regulation, Dane, there will always be a way for those with evil intent to get hold of a gun. Statistics vary on the number of people in the USA owning one, but it seems to be about a third of the population - and that's an awful lot of guns. Outright prohibition of owning firearms (which will never happen) would never gather in all those in circulation. It just could not be enforced.

          Ivy

          "To thine own self be true.......
          Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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          • ombugge
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            I don't think anybody is perceiving a possibility of getting hold of all guns that is floating around in USA. It is a question of registering who owns what first, and to get some sensible background check on who can own and buy guns in the future.

            Nobody wants to stop people like Dane from owning, admiring and even shoot his guns, as long as it is done responsible, with the necessary knowledge of gun safety and they are kept in a safe and secure place, not in a bedside drawer.

            Australia managed to get reasonable control of guns, even though they had a gun culture not too far removed from that of the US in the 1960-70's.
            Switzerland and Norway used to have Home Guards who kept their guns and ammunition at home, with very little security. Not any more.

            Of course, any crook (or terrorist) that is hell bent on getting hold of a gun can do so, even with the tightest of gun control, but it have been proven that it does help to have at least some sensible rules to keep guns away from the mentally deranged and children.

            Singapore may not be comparable to large countries with hunting possibilities, but VERY strict gun control have meant that there are hardly any gun crime. In fact there hasn't been any real shooting death since 2006, when the "one eyed dragon" shot a nightclub owner:
            https://sg.news.yahoo.com/past-cases...054916837.html

          When our past PM John Howard brought in the strict gun control we still have, I recall that nobody thought 'gun control' would ever work. It did, and still does, to a reasonable extent. What did scare people was the fact that the 'loonies' were still around (qv Norway and the random shooting of the picnickers some years ago.) But I do wonder if the gun culture will rise again like the proverbial dragon.

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            It is those "loonies" who will always find a way to get a gun, no matter how strict the controls may be and how responsible the majority of firearms owners are.
            Ivy

            "To thine own self be true.......
            Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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              Yes, loonies can find a gun in the US and so can anyone else. Right now the bar is so low there is no restriction, not even price. Old fashioned rat poison with cyanide or strychnine is very strictly controlled but you can buy a weapon that can kill large numbers of people from great distance with almost no restriction?

              ----
              If anyone has romantic images of The Big Easy (New Orleans), jazz music and good food...in the past week 21 people were shot and 8 died.
              http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/...gras_week.html

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              • nari
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                I did read about the most dangerous cities in the USA - with respect to the number of deaths by guns; and at the top of the list was Detroit. The town must be unstabilised by its decline as a "normal" town with a once thriving auto industry and aerial photos show it as half vacated. Would this be a fair comment?

              Having watched the events after the school shooting in Florida last week I'm impressed with the actions by the young people there.
              But don't hold your breath, there have been strong reactions after previous mass shooting, only to be forgotten after a week or two.

              I have seen bits and pieces of an emotional speech by a student called Emma Gonzales on various news channels, which has resulted in her and others being attacked in right wing media.
              Watching the whole speech gave me hope that something good MAY happen this time:
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxD3...=RDZ0vLiQLpsc8

              Of course Donald Trump had a solution in his meeting with some of the parents and students at the White House:
              http://time.com/5169534/donald-trump...hool-shooting/
              His idea of arming teachers is probably the dumbest I have ever heard. Is he anticipating that teachers should be trained to the level of combat soldiers?
              Would they be able to draw their concealed gun, aim and fire, before a gunman with a semi-automatic assault rifle manage to squeeze off a shot and kill them first?
              With a number of armed teachers and security personnel in a school, it could end up like the "shootout at OK Coral", with more people dead than in this one.

              If everybody in the darkened cinema in Colorado had a gun when somebody started shooting, how would you know which shooter was the bad guy and who were "protecting" the public??
              It would have been

              I also watched a Town Hall held by CNN where the students got to confront and ask some very pointed and difficult questions of some Senators, Congressmen and even a spokeswoman for NRA:
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaLh74eXTDo

              One question that was NOT asked was; why doesn't this happen anywhere else????
              The answer is obviously the American gun culture and easy access to weapons. The lack of mental health care and the disconnect between the various states, law enforcement entities and federal agencies doesn't help.
              The violence in movies and games, the glorification of Nazism, hate propaganda against anybody that is different, a lack of good education and parental guidance in part of the population doesn't make it any better.

              Can it be fixed? Yes, but as long as the politicians are in the pockets of NRA and they in turn are "owned" by the gun manufacturers, no effort will be made to do so, and the fascination with guns will not go away.

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              Another article from WP that is self-explanatory:
              https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...=.5e162171e2e5

              NRA's favourit saying is; " The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun", justifying selling more guns to frighten people to protect themselves.
              I would counter that by saying; "if there is no guns, there cannot be any bad guys with guns". No need to be frighten.

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              • pilotdane
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                Unfortunately there is NOT 100% control over where a bullet goes. If any have ever tried shooting a pistol, especially fast, you realize how inaccurate it can be. Large target pistols are much better but anything someone will carry every day is smaller and less easily shot fast. Most people with careful aim can put 90-100% of their bullets into a human sized target at less than 7-10 meters. When under stress I think that number drops to 50-75%. Many bullets don't end up where intended. This is supported by the high number of shots fired in most shootings versus the number of people hit. Add in that many bullets pass through a person and continue on to hit other things. So, just from the math is it wise to start throwing more bullets around?

                I can see some merit to both sides of the story. If our teachers were all US Navy SEAL team members I would quickly give them guns. Maybe someone less trained could safely stop an attacker from going room to room killing people but the odds are small. Then add in the dangers of accidental shootings and a child getting a hold of the teacher's gun and it does not sound so appealing.

                Our teachers are not highly trained marksmen. We can hardly pay them a good salary so forget that there will ever be adequate funding for training. Then suppose we gave some teachers guns. Cross half them off the list because they will not move forward to confront the danger. Face it, nobody's first instinct is to run into gunfire. We saw this in the recent Florida shooting with trained law enforcement. Given a minute or two to assess the situation I think more would move to stop the attacker but these situations happen so quickly. I think preventing the shooting in the first place is much better than trying to stop it once it has already started.

              Originally posted by ombugge View Post
              Another article from WP that is self-explanatory:
              https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...=.5e162171e2e5

              NRA's favourit saying is; " The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun", justifying selling more guns to frighten people to protect themselves.
              I would counter that by saying; "if there is no guns, there cannot be any bad guys with guns". No need to be frighten.
              AMEN! I agree with your counter-saying!
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                From Reuters today:
                https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKCN1G80RU

                All I can say is; WTF, are there really some schools that would do that????

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                  Trump for Nobel Peace Price???:
                  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.69820f2b343f

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                    The circus rolls on:
                    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...nl_most&wpmm=1

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                      Even commercials in Norway is promoting world peace and friendship:
                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zqc8RURjPss

                      It may already be working:
                      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKCN1GG06B

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