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Get back to me when bad cops are prosecuted rather than protected by the other cops, will you? And don't even get me started on all the cops seizing pot and money without filing charges and telling the non-accused "so sue me".
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.