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Re: “CSPD red light cameras revived

1)The majority of tickets go to safe drivers due to deliberately improper traffic light engineering.

While there may have been instances in the past in some places where clearance intervals and/or yellow intervals were reduced after the cameras have been installed, this is generally not the case and the clearance intervals and yellow intervals are normally based on ITE methodology and are not modified after the cameras are installed.

The fact is, especially in Colorado Springs, running red lights is almost a religion. In fact the problem is so bad that we used to give a briefing about it during newcomers orientation when I was in the military.

If a diver is paying attention and follows the driving procedures we were all taught , they are extremely unlikely to run a red light. Trying to blame people's p!$$ poor driving habits on the lights is dishonest and ignores the actual cause of the problem -- the people. People need to slow down, back off, and pay attention.

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Posted by Odin on 05/17/2018 at 1:01 PM

Re: “"Red flag" gun bill killed in party line vote

Good. While I agree that there needs to be a way to accomplish the goal of this bill, the bill itself was rushed into the session in hopes to squeak it thru using emotional appeal rather than giving enough time to figure out if the language was good or not. This is a very common tactic for Michael Bloomberg affiliated groups such as MAIG, Everytown, and even Giffords and Brady.

The bill did have some protections for firearm owners, including penalities for people making false statements; however, they were not enough and language of the bill left it open for some of the abuses that have been seen in other states where firearm owners who had been cleared were still unable to get their firearms back. Because of the "guilty until proven innocent" approach, under the guise of emergency/present threat, it falls on the firearm owner to get a decent lawyer (figure at least $5000) to defend them. The "transfer" language used also presented a problem as in the eyes of the BATFE, a "transfer" is a permanent action giving the recipient full legal control of the firearm, whereas the bill should have used different language to ensure the recipient's control was very limited. It ignored the fact that police departments are not really set up to receive and keep firearms for periods of many months. It ignored that the firearm owner might have other means to temporarily give control of their firearms to someone else, including non-cohabitating family, a legal trust, etc.

If we want to pass such a bill, let's be up-front about it, introduce it at the beginning of the session, give it the serious review and comment period it deserves, and make sure that it strikes the correct balance between reducing threats and respecting rights.

Let's not just dust off a proposal from the Bloomberg handbook (yes, there actually is a handbook of proposed bills and language that Bloomberg's groups send around), and introduce it at the 11th hour in an effort to cram it through before anyone can say anything.

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Posted by Odin on 05/16/2018 at 1:16 PM

Re: “CSPD red light cameras revived

1) The cameras are quite well tolerated by drivers -- especially if they are obeying the law.

2) Studies are mixed as to whether they raise accident rates or lower them, but they do change the nature of them from the more dangerous, and often more lethal T-bone to a much less severe rear-ender.

3) Setting longer yellows does not help much. the "clearance interval" between whend A gets the red to when the light on road B gets a green helps. This per the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Red light cameras are fine. It is kind of like speeding -- Don't want a ticket? Then don't break the law.

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Posted by Odin on 05/16/2018 at 12:57 PM

Re: “El Paso County GOP to auction AR-15's at fundraising dinner

The AR-15 is not some evil talisman of death. The AR-15 is just a low power semi-auto rifle. The average deer hunting rifle is several times power powerful. AR-15s are fun to shoot, inexpensive to shoot, great for use by beginners, youth, and the recoil sensitive, make great varmint rifles, and are great for competition. There are an estimated 15 million AR-15 and AR-10 platform rifles in private hands in the US.

The truth is that:

- Roughly the same number of people are ki.lled every year by attackers using shotguns as are by attackers using any kind of rifle, of which semi-autos are a small subset, and AR-15s are a small subset of semi-auto rifles.

- 1.6 times as many people are ki.lled by attackers using bats, hammers, clubs, and other blunt objects than by attackers using any kind of rifle.

- 2.3 times as many people are ki.lled by unarmed attackers than by attackers using any kind of rifle.

- 5.4 times as many people are ki.lled by attackers using knives and other cutting/stabbing instruments then by attackers using any kind of rifle.

Law enforcement officers are far more likely to be ki.lled by an attacker using a handgun than an attacker using any kind rifle. In fact, in the last ten years, of officers ki..lled by an attacker using a firearm, 71% were ki.lled by an attacker using a handgun. And of those ki.lled by an attacker with a rifle, only 30% were ki.lled with with an AR-15 type of rifle. Yep, that means that less than 7% of those shot to death were ki.lled by an attacker with an AR-15.

IOW, Betty Field is just plain du.mb. People who think the AR-15 is a "machine of death" boogeyman are ignorant and buying into the negative hype portrayed by the gun controlllers and the news media.

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Posted by Odin on 05/13/2018 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Hamilton Electors now eying Supreme Court case

What is really asinine is that what Baca, Nemanich, et al would have actually accomplished was to increase the electoral margin by which Trump won, exactly the opposite of what they wanted.

Here is how the vote actually went:

Trump = 304
Clinton = 227
Powell = 3
Spotted Eagle = 1
Kasich = 1
Paul = 1
Sanders = 1

Trump won by a margin of 77 votes.

If Baca, Nemanich, and the other two would have voted for Kasich as they wanted, here is what would have happened:

Trump = 304
Clinton = 223
Powell = 3
Spotted Eagle = 1
Kasich = 5
Paul = 1
Sanders = 1

Trump would have won by a margin of 81.

IOW, these guys are numbskulls who hatched a harebrained scheme to undermine the will of the people by voting against person A instead of for person B -- they are supposed to vote FOR the someone, not against someone else -- they KNEW they were going to violate state law going in -- and even had they been allowed to do what they wanted, their plan would have backfired. BRILLIANT! (sarcasm on) Exactly the kind of morons I want as MY electors! (sarcasm off).

These four boneheads should be ashamed to show their faces in public.

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Posted by Odin on 04/18/2018 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Reader: There are plenty of things we're not permitted to own already

In the late 1700s, wars were fought using muzzle loaders. Civilians also owned muzzle loaders -- most firearms used in battle were privately owned. Wart tech and civilian tech were exactly the same thing.

In the mid 1800s, wars were fought using a variety of firearms including muzzle loaders, breech loaders, and lever actions. Handguns were primarily revolvers. Civilians also owned these very same firearms -- often using their privately owned firearms in battle. War tech and civilian tech were the same thing.

In the early 1900s, WWI was fought primarily with bolt-action rifles. True machine guns (full-autos) also show up, but were large and cumbersome. Handguns were revolvers and semi-autos. Civilians also owned bolt-action rifles, semi-auto rifles, and revolvers and semi-auto handguns. War tech and civilian tech were essentially the same thing.

Between WWI and WWII saw the rise of sub-machine guns (full-auto) and more portable machine guns (full-auto). At this point the US decided to start putting minor restriction on full-autos, even sub-machine guns and more portable machine guns despite them not yet being "war tech".

WWII was fought with firearms including bolt actions and semi-autos, as well as sub-machine guns and machine guns. Except for the minor restrictions on full-autos, war tech and civilian tech were the same thing.

Korea was fought with basically the same firearms as WWII with the same restrictions on civilian ownership.

The 1960s saw war being fought primarily with machine guns (M-16, AK-47). At first the same restrictions were in place for civilian ownership as in WWII. So "war tech" and civilian tech were again roughly the same. In the late 1960s, more restrictions were placed on machine guns (full-autos), separating "war tech" and civilian tech a little more, but full-autos were still able to be purchased and owned, so any separation was still minor.

In 1986, more restrictions on full-autos were put in place, prohibiting the purchase, possession, or transfer of any not made and registered by that year. They were and are still very legal to own, but now because of the finite supply of them, the prices have sky-rocketed, making them a pretty sound investment as folks like Dragon Man can attest.

Semi-auto rifles being the primary arms in war really only lasted a couple decades and only decades AFTER semi-auto rifles had been introduced on the civilian commercial market.

So, as you can see, the term "war tech" is essentially meaningless.

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Posted by Odin on 04/17/2018 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Lessons from the March for Our Lives

"the real number to take in from this piece... "Police have shot and killed almost 250 people already this year" almost 3 people a day are killed by police... WOW!!" -- happyfew

And in almost every case, the person shot and killed had a weapon. After the literal war on cops that has been going on the last few years, cops are much less likely to take chances.

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Posted by Odin on 03/29/2018 at 12:20 PM

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