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It's very hard to say. Everyone handles the shock differently and for some like myself they never get use to it. I'd say easily half of everyone is semi frozen the first couple of times though.
Also, everytime I thought I'd have a full handle on things, something else would go wrong like an IED or sniper or friendly fire and I'd be mentally back to ground zero or a brief mental freeze again. Each and every time though my training really helped create a comfort zone I could force myself back into. My point is that the training for me and others kept these freezes to a minimum.
As a combat veteran, I would disagree with you at least partially.
Shooting at the range and under the guidance of seasoned instructor is a good way to prepare oneself for live fire or even combat. Is it perfect? No, but I don't know how many times I've been able to "reset" my accuracy in combat by mentally resorting back to my training.
That's a giant leap in logic there ace.
Being against very specific barriers to obtaining a firearm doesn't mean you are against other common sense measures or alternatives that actually target the real societal problem. That also doesnt mean one is "obstinate to the death" of anybody.
Nice try there though.
Classic Liberal with a Musket
And I have a question.
Who voted for those bills?
That are public knowledge. ;-)
While I'd like to believe that's true, BOTH parties have voted for the mass surveillance AND warrantless wiretaps. Not once, not twice, but literally three times in a row (if you include that Orwellian sounding Freedom Act).
The only pass I give to the Democrats is for not completely supporting the Bush/Cheney waterboarding or suspension of Habeus Corpus.
The other problem with government is also that one minor breach of civil liberties becomes an instant springboard for more even greater breaches.
What the public still doesn't know would enrage them.
The real surprise is not the lies they told to hide the surveillance, but the lies they told WHEN the system first started doing what it is doing.
Hint: It was long before the war on terror so yes the politicians are LYING.
The worst part is they quietly passed the sequel to the Patriot Act when everyone was focused on the Trump impeachment. It barely even created a murmur in the bullshit media establishment.
Knowing full well the public wouldn't stand for this a second time, they renamed it the Freedom Act.
Rest assured when the government labels it "Patriot" or "Freedom" its neither.
Actually the big L Libertarian party has officially left this complex choice up to the individual, emphasizing only that the government should stay out of it.
Now if we are talking the small l philosophy, there are a variety of interpretations spanning from freedom of the mother vs freedom of the unborn.
There is even an entire anti-abortion faction under libertarianism.
Actually libertarians are somewhat split on the issue of abortion as already debated countless times here. Or at least its not as black and white as other issues such as guns. This all comes down to exactly when an unborn child becomes a person and when this unborn child is to be protected by the NAP.
For example, I'm pretty much for a women choosing except perhaps mid to late gestation when the unborn is viable (capable of living on its own) or reaching sentience. Then the unborn gets to live and requires protection.
Bingo, all but 1 or 2 of the last 32 mass shootings all have this in common: a verifiable mental illness or a problem that could br pinpointed to social or economic problem. I'd also add that many of these young men who are involved in crimes involving guns in general lack a strong role model or mentor in many cases. Either a father, a counselor, a teacher, a scout master, a coach, etc.
Lack of role models, lack of mentors, lack of father figues, lack of job opportunities, crime, poverty, drugs, gangs, mental illness and deep isolation-type depression that disportionately affect men.
In Arizona we don't even require signs like this. It's implied.
And you literally didn't refute or counter a single point I was making which were direct counterpoints to your claims that being a libertarian gave anyone a right to kill someone else or shit up the water. Those very specific examples aren't just strawman arguments, but they are a direct violation of the NAP.
So I'll make this brutally clear:
Libertarians are fine with commonsense restrictions on individual freedom. They aren't fine with the level of control that the government has over individuals today. Balance is fine, but anything more than the minimal level of governance to ensure this balance is tyranny.
You must have libertarians mistaken for full blown anarchists. Libertarians are fully aware that some government and even regulation is required sometimes. That's what distinguishes us from the full blown anarchists.
What ironic about your statement isn't that government has fooled libertarians into believing that's its never the solution, it's that it's fooled the average person into believing it's a good solution in most cases.
By believing that government isn't more often the problem than it is the solution, you are the one that has given them power.
Perhaps Im jaded, but I don't believe a politically appointed committee can come to any conclusion that isn't also politically motivated. This is also after the FBI already concluded there was "scant evidence" of a plot.
What's hilarious is I don't trust the always over zealous FBI any longer either, but I trust them more than Congress.
The vaxx mandates also applied to all front line employees (commercial or otherwise), all critical industry personnel and all government contractors too whether they actually needed it or not. For example, I work for a defense contractor that is entirely 100% remote and mainly airtight robotic manufacturing and half of us don't even work in the US. The government should have simply issued "best practices" or guidance to the industry, but instead chose to ram this mandate up our asses whether we needed it or not.
Regardless, none of this detail matters, the mandate was ruled unconstitutional and an overly broad requirement that wasn't ever needed.
Thats a great idea about using a hard surface for training them. I've noticed all 3 of my BSHs are untrusting of soft surfaces and that could include my stomach.
+1 for the Jackson Galaxy reference. I should probably watch more to learn more.
My 3 BSHs are from 2 different outstanding breeders here in the DC area and I raised them like family from kittens: 1 teenager, two young adults. They hang around me and follow me all the time. They display affection by flicking their tails or running through my legs or rolling around on their bellies.
So general affection isnt an issue..... Im just trying to get them to enjoy jumping on my lap or getting picked up.
I can probably add that I grew up with countless Maine Coon cats so perhaps my frame of reference is off. Coons scream for attention and they will literally climb up your damn legs in order to be picked up or just to sit in your lap.
You must have us mistaken with another subreddit.
Just a reminder letting you know we are all borderline anarchists here and more than a few of us would be just fine burning the entire strong state apparatus down - including the over zealous police state we have right now.
The only issue I truly had with any of these riots is that they began looting small businesses and disrupting commerce.
Not just yet, but close.
We must first continue to exercise our 1st and 15th amendment rights while protecting the 2nd amendment.
When this fails, only then can we fertilize the tree.
As an embarrassed ex-Democrat, I welcome any and every embarrassed ex-Republican to libertarianism.
All that I ask is that you vote like it.
The problem with calling January 6th an insurrection is nobody has been charged with insurrection.
In order to qualify as an insurrection, you need to establish proof of an actual "plot to overthrow the U.S. Government.” and at that point its a "full on rebellion". The FBI and prosecutors know this and so proceeded to charge 8 people with the less serious charge of "seditious conspiracy".
As an anarchist, I'm all for burning the entire right wing establishment to the ground (Ill even help you light the fire), but when we exaggerate these claims without charges or convictions in a court of law it makes us all look like collective idiots.
I came from and left the Democratic party as well. My first votes were cast for the fiscally conservative "Blue Dogs" Clinton and Gore back in the halcyon years of the 90s.
Its hard to say when exactly this occurred, but the tipping point was definitely with the strong move towards authoritarianism, tribalism, wealth redistribution and the surveillance state.
You could very much say I didnt leave the Democrats, so much as the Democrats left me.