Where do you get your knowledge concerning those who carry handguns? Video games? Do you actually know anyone that carries a handgun? I do, and a lot of them.
First, no one that I know would pull out their weapon without having a target in mind, as it makes you an instant target for the bad guy. Second, everyone that I know takes the carrying of a gun really seriously, the consequences of shooting the wrong person are horrible,unless you're a cop.
"Armed people in that situation are likely to shoot at any perceived threat." and what, pray tell, makes you such an expert that you can say what I and others are "Likely" to do?
Just because you may panic at the sound of a backfire does not mean that any other person will.
You are so confused. First off, can you name the State that we are fighting? Before you answer, look up the definition of "State", and while you're there, look up "Nation". If you've done that, then we can discuss how we fight a Nation that is scattered throughout other Nations, and several States. We are fighting a non State supported enemy, one that has no defining uniforms, few fixed locations, and is the same race as everyone else in that area. You refer to wars between States, and try to compare them to a war between States and a rogue Nation. Apples and Oranges.
"ICT (information and communications technologies" is a major business for New Zealand, contributing almost $23 billion to the economy in 2012, up by 17% since 2010. A third of ICT sales were generated by telecommunications services, and $1.6 billion came from exports."
You need not forgo written entertainment, the web has tons of self published fiction just waiting to be read. And some of it is quite good! Whenever I discover a really good story on the web, I send the author $5 - $20 just to show my appreciation. But I'll be damned if I am going to pay over $5 for an ebook from Amazon or any other distributor.
"Even the generous social programs act as a trap, keeping people at the bottom. Instead of helping people advance, they pay them to stay put."
Ah yes, the Republican mantra, based on zero evidence but an enormous ego. Based on 50 years of observation (across 50 States) and first hand experience, I can attest that your statement is a damn lie perpetrated by ignorant self entitled Republicans.
Don't know where you got your list, but the following is from the State Department site.
Algeria Central African Republic Congo, Democratic Rep.Of Cuba Equatorial Guinea Eritrea The Gambia Guinea-Bissau Iran Korea, North Kuwait Libya Malaysia* Mauritania Papua New Guinea Russia Saudi Arabia Syria Thailand* Uzbekistan Venezuela* Yemen Zimbabwe
E-mail? How about when Comcast takes your phone number, and it's associated voice mail, and gives it to someone else? And then stonewalls by continuously claiming it's impossible for that to happen, for four days? And then tells me I can get my phone number back if the new subscriber is willing to let it go? And teh new subscriber, being an absolute low life, offers to let it go for the miserly sum of $500.