You do realize that most of the theoretical gun laws that would ban them completly are based on asthtetcis of the weapon itself right.
By current military and NATO standards, an assault weapon is a weapon that can switch between semiautomatic and automatic firing modes...that's all it is...the media is responsible for skewing those standards to get ratings and as a result when people see an AR-15...which is only ever a semiautomatic version of a .30 ot 6 with an assault rifle asthetic to it...they all go on as if it were actually an assault weapon just by how the damn thing looks.
The fully automatic firing of weapons in these cases are also severely skewered by mainstream media...in full automatic mode, the M16 assault weapon takes only 4 seconds to empty a 30 round clip...The guns that were fully automatic in any of these cases were modified ILLEGALLY....
Ok so now that gun control is out if the way...I think that the game makes a rather interesting thoughts pop into my head...
First thought is how much more tragic and bloody would the Sandyhook shooting would have been if say a katana were used?
The other point it makes is quite clear...it's not the guns we need to worry about, it's about the person misusing the gun or object to to very bad things that might not be beyond there control. I can tell you that with my own clients that It's hard to predict that kind of behavior or trigger that would indicate someone who is about to shoot a bunch of people through misguided rage. Hell even the TSA hasn't had much success in behavior specialists being able to spot people who rampage like that...the LAX shooting proves the difficulty in it.
"First, the name of the site in and of itself encourages the posting only of “dirt,” that is material which is potentially defamatory or an invasion of the subject’s privacy."
In a very literal sense...getting the dirt on someone is categoried...deframation is not truthful, but even so, common language of the term indicates deframoatory statements...That website's sole purpose is deframation because of the dirt it recieves from users...Things will always be investigated by the courts to determine defamation..
TechDirt is an online news journal/technology /legal blog and because the writers typically show evidence confirming their stories....so it's safe.
I must say that General Dynamics (Designed the F-16 Fughting Falcon), Northrup Grumman, and Lockheed Martin are the least of our worries on that list...but seeing 3Com on that list troubles me to the bone considering how 3Com Corporation is a digital electronics manufacturer best known for its computer network infrastructure products.
Problem is that the Intelegence Subcommittee was lying to the rest of Congress and keeping it a secret from them...politicians often don't watch the news very much or very rarely read from politically biased sources because there is a fuckton of pressure that can come from the average unnecessary nitpicking some of the major media like CNN, MSNBC, and FoxNews can get to your head..
So the severe disconnect on this case is quite understandable from McCain when you consider how he's not at all happy with how this was handled.
Now...as you can see...just because I did not say "and said NO" does not at all make my statement untrue or "wrong" as you put it...the Oversight Comittee's job is in fact to look into things...so in a literal sense we are both correct :-)
Second...I never specified Manning or Snowden did I? Really the simple idea is that in order to prevent "leaks", the NSA has to be held accountable on illegal things it has done and McCain is seemingly quite livid that it was bad enough of an abuse of power by the NSA and the Intelegence subcommittee to make it necessary for a whistleblower to come out with the truth...Chelsea Manning's case is a whole other ball of wax from Snowden because of the type of intel she leaked...which had nothing to do with the unethical and illegal policies and procedures the NSA had put into place...We know who leaked what type of information..Honestly I would be quite livid too if people who were supposed to say and do something honest weren't doing their jobs of overseeing the NSA's activities to make sure that they did things accordingly with the Constitution..
As for your last pontification about saying it once and again...that is EXACTIY the point McCain is trying to raise.
He blamed lack of oversight of the NSA's activities and basically stated that the whole thing concerning Snowden and others would not be necessary if the Oversight committee and the NSA had been doing their jobs.
McCain: There has not been sufficient congressional oversight, and there has been an absolutely disgraceful sharing of information that never should have taken place. For many years, we had an absolute provision that any classified information, which was going to be shared, is based on need-to-know information. I was a Navy pilot and had Top Secret clearance because I was in a squadron that in case of war with Russia would carry nuclear weapons. But that did not mean that I was privy to everything to do with all of our war plans in case of a nuclear war.
He also states that he knows the meaning of national security a whole hell of a lot better than the NSA does...and what he means by "Low Level" merely indicates security clearances that Snowden and Manning didn't have, but easily gained access...
So to put it short.
1. He's not at all happy about the NSA spying (remember he voted to pass the Smith/Amash Act...)
2. The situation with Snowden as a whistle blower would not have happened if it were not for the lack of oversight to the NSA's activities...
3. He had top secret clearance or better when he was in the US Air Force.....a High Level security clearance.
AOL has a history of not getting basic concepts of pretty much everything...they missed the idea of a free and open internet by making their own crappy BBS service...then when people opted out, they kept charging them for an extra 2 years of service.
In short, McCain is basically saying that there are two things that shouldn't have happened...First, the Congrssional Intel. Oversight Committee should have looked into the spying and that the head of that committee needs to be fired...
Second, the NSA is supposed to be using gvt employees, not private contractors, to screen security issues and that if people had been doing what they are supposed to do, the "leaks" wouldn't have to happen.
He basically knows what can and should be classified and his stating his war history says that. Remember this is the same guy that introduced a bill to allow cable packages to be more customizable...
"A recent sleep learning study shows that it's possible to modify a person's behavior while awake by training them while they're asleep. Sleeping subjects were presented with certain (pleasant or offensive) odors and audible tones at the same time, and when they were awake, playing the tones altered the trained person's sniffing and breathing behavior -- eg. people exposed to unpleasant odors would take shallow breaths after hearing the tones."
"They say that when you go into cryo sleep, everything shuts down in your brain except the primitive animal side..huh, no wonder I'm still awake."