Guns. I actually had a discussion about this with my Dad last week, and we both decided that being brought up in a safe and warm society caused us no amount of trouble understanding ‘gun nuts’.
Australia is very, very peaceful. We have had a couple of scary incidents, but predominantly, guns are not a part of daily life. The idea of owning a gun seems totally surreal to me – if someone takes my parking spot, what am I going to do? Pull out my semi? If I’m threatened in the street, what am I going to do? Pull out my hand-cannon?
“well regulated militia” – doesn’t that make sense?
I too think that the arguments over gun ownership have more to do with a lack of trust for government than having a lethal weapon (designed for one, and only one purpose – and that is to kill) in your handbag.
Personally, I think most Libertarians should take a large dose of social responsibility and do something proactive about their government. You going to bitch about it without voting? You get the government you deserve (or alternatively, you get a weak-as-piss government who grants all their power to corporations, thus nullifying my social power).
Okay, I’ll concede that if you’re incapable of expressing your political and social needs by any other means, then you may as well do it with a gun. It’s a simple machine, you shouldn’t have any trouble with it. Express yourself by pulling the trigger.
Guns are about as useful as radioactive waste.
That said, I’m not going to rant about it in my .sig.
And back to code… I had this half-baked idea about ‘objectifying’ the database in one of my projects, so
I’ve been doing some research. Of course, that got me interested in Zope, and Zope.org is “currently experiencing technical difficulties”.
(and whaddaya know… they’re back!)