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Saturday, July 26, 2014

A psychiatrist shot and wounded a 49-year-old patient after the man fatally shot a social worker and wounded the doctor at a Philadelphia-area hospital Friday. Lee Silverman suffered a graze wound to his head after Richard Plotts, 49, opened fire on him and Theresa Hunt, 53, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Hunt died from her injuries. Police said Silverman did not need a permit to keep a gun in his office, but the facility's policy prohibits anyone other than police from carrying a firearm. "We believe [the] doctor was acting in self-defense," said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan. The shooter ranted about a hospital gun ban before opening fire, reports Newsday, and had 39 bullets on him when wrestled to the ground by workers. read more

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Nick Hanauer: I am one of those .01-percenters, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. ... Seeing where things are headed is the essence of entrepreneurship. And what do I see in our future now? I see pitchforks. At the same time that people like you and me are thriving beyond the dreams of any plutocrats in history, the rest of the country -- the 99.99 percent -- is lagging far behind. The divide between the haves and have-nots is getting worse really, really fast. In 1980, the top 1 percent controlled about 8 percent of U.S. national income. The bottom 50 percent shared about 18 percent. Today the top 1 percent share about 20 percent; the bottom 50 percent, just 12 percent. ... If we don't do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn't eventually come out. read more


Where you are going wrong, 726, is that I am not defending this particularl cops poor wording. I believe I know what he is trying to say, but as I have said, I should'nt be putting words in his mouth. That's why I have been discussing in general how to interact with the police to protect yourself.

I am not sure where this feeling that I would do nothing is coming from. I have said numerous times in this thread, discuss it with the cop as much as possible. But as soon as the bracelets come out, the time to discuss is over.

Maybe you like getting your butt kicked and charged with resisting arrest. I don't know you.

But for me? In your scenario of the cop asking me for one of my legally owned firearms, I would say no and ask why he wants to take them. I would continue arguing, respectfully and politely to keep the situation from escalating as much as possible. The moment it got to the point where it looked like it was going from a discussion to a violent encounter, I would hand it over.

Then I would go home, call my attorney, and sue the crap out of the department and get it back.

It sounds to me like you are saying if the cop asked for your gun you would clear leather and start shooting, which is a seriously stupid course of action.

I am well aware that some cops are testosterone fueled power monsters. That makes it even more imperative that you don't become an arrogant ------ when dealing with them. Measuring your ---- against a guy that has numerous weapons, and the authority to subdue you and take you to jail is a very unintelligent way to parade through life.

A real man knows how to fight strategically. Retreat from the physical battle with the power monger that you have no hope of winning, but win the war in court.

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