Commander Riker

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  1. People seem to also not take into account the population explosion over the last 60 years.
  2. We also need to keep in mind how small the percentage chance this would actually happen really is. That being said, I know of schools that have ridiculous security systems, with door/window/video monitors and controls that pipe back to the principle office, the admin building and the local police department. I believe they paid 400K per campus to do that, but all you are doing is spending money to "feel safe." You can dream about securing a firearm in the classroom... but the inmates will find a way. That, and now you're going to see an increase in school burglaries to gain access to these weapons. I have campuses that don't even have an alarm. Also, erikv11 is right. We have a wonderful LEO dedicated to our district... but our schools are rural and up to 12 miles apart. One person can't be all places at one time. What I really hope I don't see is some kind of bullshit TSA move for schools. We don't need people with tasers and metal detectors works every door of a school for minimum wage. That's just a whole bunch of other problems. Not to mention kids will end up going to schools that quite literally feel like prison. I'm against sacrificing freedom for security. Fuck that noise.
  3. The first mass school shooting was in San Diego by a 16 year old girl, armed with a .22 rifle. However, you're not wrong... it seems to be disproportionately men. This is going to probably shock you, but I actually really really agree with you here. I, too, work in education at the district/admin level. My take on this is probably a little different, even though some of my co-workers believe certain teachers should be trained and conceal a weapon. No offense to your wife or any other teachers, but they have way too much else to pay attention to than to worry about a weapon in their coat/bag/purse/locker/safe etc. That, and some of my teachers are small or even tiny. Lastly, as an IT person, I constantly have to deal with teachers and their lack of respect for security. If the had a tiny gun safe in their classroom, some teacher is going to put a sticky note with the combination to it on the side, I promise you. That being said, I think the signs on the door of ever school stating that it's a gun free zone ends up with a shooter knowing he's not going to encounter resistance, and thus makes the school a "soft target." Which sucks. My plan would to be train and conceal carry only certain support staff that are typically not in a classroom or at least aren't classroom based. This prevents introducing a weapon into a classroom that is just sitting all the time. Plus, to be honest, if something were to go down, the select few should only be backing up the school resource officer if they can. I feel teachers would not understand that working as a team mentality. First responders do not tend to victims... they are to stop the shooter, and I don't see teachers being able to step over a bleeding student in time of crisis, personally. That is not a knock, it's because their hearts are bigger than mine. Lastly, we had a retired police chief give a wonderful talk to our staff yesterday. He is trained and has many certifications on dealing with school shooters, and now what they are calling "open air shooters." He went through statistics and helped myself staff realize just how rare this happens per capita, but that we should have a plan. He also told us that our lockdown plan was going to get people killed, which I've felt personally all along. The best part was when he encouraged a plan to fight in addition to locking down, and seeing the look on administrator's faces. The biggest thing he proposed to our staff, I felt, was building their confidence. I'm not saying we should expect everyone to fight, because the reality of many people I've trained with in boxing and muay thai is that the natural reaction to getting hit in the face is that you don't want to do that anymore. My suspicion is that the same likely exists here. However, seeing the teachers feel confident, I bet the students would see that too and feel confident in day to day life as well. Apologies for coming back to this thread. :)
  4. The stock seat is on the right? The deepest angle looks uneven.
  5. Looking forward to the saffron XC bumper.
  6. Will definitely be following this one.
  7. Stock applications of heat shields you'll see they are very very thin... easily bent by hand. Many end up rattling and you can just pull them off. Their contact area is often very small to allow small heat transfer. Also not a thermodynamics expert, but the thicker the metal, I believe the better a conductor of heat. The clamps will allow quite a bit a heat to be transferred I think. Another option would be to cover lines. Bolt the barrier between them, or wrap them, but I think it's excessive. I run a 3" down pipe on that side and have never had an issue. FWIW
  8. Damn dude. Tons of progress. Glad to see it all finally come together. My only comment is really on the heat shield. Being clamped to the downpipe, it's not going to shield anything. It will just become as hot as the downpipe and still give off heat. My suggestion to you would be to buy some exhaust wrap.
  9. After all this work, will it ever see winter again? Also, my 00 has the venter rear brakes. Believe that was an 00 only thing.
  10. Thanks man! I really dig them. They are only a week old.
  11. Damn dude. So sorry to hear it was hit. Any more and you're going to need to start adding armor to your car. Are you going to repaint the whole thing?
  12. Is the pump still plugged in? Pull all that stuff. I'd bet no one will notice the SAS is missing unless they are on these forums and pulled it themselves.
  13. Wow man. Nice work! You're going full resto
  14. I had a huge reply. I just deleted it. I'll be exiting this conversation as I do not feel I'm helping anything or anyone. Good luck.
  15. I stand by my posts, and they do not contradict, IMO. You create gun regulations based on type, ammunition, speed, looks... whatever you want. Then people either make their own or find ones that aren't registered and another dickhead will do what this dickhead did in Vegas... which the following argument will be "well shit, we tried to regulate them based on type, ammunition, speed, looks... whatever... but that didn't work since people can A. make their own or B. we just can't tell how many are out there." They aren't contradicting one another, it's the steps I just see taking place. Your traffic analogy is weak, but I'll play. Should we not be able to sell cars to one another without registering them? What about parts cars? Or maybe we have a car part registry... so we can just know where every part is at all times, right? What in the actual fuck would that do to stop someone from boosting a whole crowd with that turbo? The freedom to own firearms will never be taken way. Enacting laws that do nothing but create paperwork and give everyone the false sense of security is just that... a false sense of security. Tell the families of those who died in the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing that truck bombs are irrelevant. Let me know how that goes. That shit is just as terrible as what happened in Vegas.
  16. I'm not an NRA member, nor do I have a bunch of firearms. I just find them all mechanically fascinating, and know many here who fire weapons all the time. Granted, it's different in Texas. You're right, gun control does not equal confiscation at first. Pick whatever regulation you want to use as an example... and impose it. After that happens and another cowardly asshole commits an act of terror like this guy did in Vegas, you cannot tell me that the next argument won't be "well, that regulation just wasn't strong enough... we need to do more." It wouldn't be overnight, but it will begin a march towards confiscation, much like that seen in Australia. I'm certain there are members even here who would be all for confiscation happening tomorrow. Had that piece of garbage actually been shooting semi auto with good aim, I would bet a lot more people would have died. You're right that people romanticize about guns through Hollywood fiction, not knowing that automatic fire is incredibly inaccurate compared to semi auto or burst fire.
  17. To me, gun violence that kills one person is no less terrible than that which kills 59. Or 168. If you think limiting weapon capacities is an effective way to prevent this kind of behavior, you're simply mistaken. People have 3D printers. You can make an AK47 automatic in minutes. What this leads to is those who want to talk about gun control limits going to confiscation ultimately, which I'm completely against. So you can confiscate weapons all you want... but someone will figure out how to do what Timothy McVeigh did, and build a truck bomb. He killed 168 people in seconds. What really bothers me is that this is all some kind of score keeping, and it's fucking gross. Too which point, the more people sensationalize this, the more the news makes it their leading story with headcount for headlines... it only spurs craziest to be envious of that light. My guess is that we lack either the abilities or the courage as a nation to address our mental health problems. My plan to decrease gun violence? Legalize marijuana. Everyone needs to chill the fuck out.
  18. Thank god no one drinks and drives... or speeds... or cheats on their spouses. This makes me think you're just trolling in an epic fashion. Putting limits is not going to stop or even slow down those who wish to commit atrocities like this fuckstick did. Look at France... is the answer to put limits on the amount of trucks they have? I detest people thinking that a type of weapon... or the amount of ammunition it can hold... or how long it takes to reload said weapon... etc.... is at the crux of this issue. The problem here is people, and until you are unable to even acknowledge that, you have no right restricting the freedoms of others.
  19. Yeah, definitely want to pick one of those up. Very cool piece.
  20. mattsk8 just found bushings that work for the lower control arm at summit. He had to modify them, but they looked really good once he was done.
  21. So yeah... I see that it's listed as a thing to note. Thing is... those color markings determining the length of the bolts... um... they're gone by the time you actually need to remove the prop shaft. There has to be so little balancing done by bolt length.