Happy New Year everybody. I hate to start out with a downer but I had to show this video and I started a new thread. It's one that unfortunately we may have to use to show how stupid some people can be. Here we have a bus driver in Brooklyn, New York, who for some ungodly reason decides he doesn't want to move out of the way of a fire engine which is racing to the scene of a fatal fire where an 8 year old boy is trapped. So far, I haven't seen this clip on the news but you can be sure this clip is going to go viral around the world. The firefighters should've dragged the bus driver off the bus and left him in the street while driving away with his bus. This has got to be one of the most upsetting videos I've seen in a long time.
Whether it was a fire a traffic crash or they were in a hurry to get back to the station for chow, that's a case where the driver should have been jerked out through the vent window for blocking that firetruck's right-of-way.
With no vehicle's in front of the bus impeding the bus from moving, that driver had no visible reason for his failure to react, other than being an ignorant ass.
Post by infireguy911 on Jan 2, 2011 9:17:05 GMT -5
there's a reason why the bumpers are big on the front end...I'm sure the fire engine would have been able to push the SOB out of the way....or even better...yank him out of the seat and move it yourself....I hope he does get some type of punishment for this....but being a realist, I doubt it....
This definitely comes under stupidity, evil and ignorant. There are a lot of other words to describe what that lousy excuse for an organization has up it's sleeve. You should read the history of this group.
Post by edmontongreg on Jul 24, 2015 11:03:53 GMT -5
This is just my opinion, remember I live in a country where there is gun control. I have watched on the news all of the stories about mass shootings in the US. Every time it occurs there are people that post their opinions about gun control. The response after each even is "It's too soon", have some respect. Too soon becomes too late, as the story is not news anymore and then another even happens.The NRA and various groups talk about the number of 'Good guys with guns vs Bad guys with guns'. I want to know how you tell the difference? This post could be seen as an aniti-gun rant, but it's not. I just want some semblance of control and safety for the citizens (and visiting Canadians). Police chiefs across the US are in favour of Background Checks and wait periods.The NRA hates these proposals. Look at some of the recent gun toters - a psych test would bar more than one from being allowed to own a firearm.
I have a Jeep Wrangler and a motorcycle, but are fun to drive. The bike is fun to go really fast on, because it can. Guys gravitate towards each other with Jeeps/motorcycles, they like to show off. I mean you have part of your ego invested in these things, you identify with a certain group, so you like to hang out together. The Jeep crew are saner than the bike crew, but that's just my opinion. Anyway, you have something that you value and you want to share your enthusiasm with others. The same could be said about guns, you have this wicked pistol and it has to stay at home locked up and the bullets locked up some place else. In Canada the two can't be together in public except at a gun range. In the US not so much. Police officers like their guns too, and I have seen more than one rant by an officer about gun restrictions.
Getting back to the good guy with guns vs bad guys with guns. It is easy to identify a good guy with a gun in Canada, he is wearing a uniform and has a badge. Canadians know they are sworn to keep the peace and are trained in the use of a weapon. A police officer performing any interaction with the public has to profile for safety, always be aware, how can they tell if an armed person is a good guy or not? They can't, and it sometimes winds up with the armed person dead.This leads to all the stories of wrongful shootings. I am all in favour of guns, on ranges. Go ahead have fun, fire off as many rounds as your budget will allow. I am not in favour of guns anywhere else unless it is a trained officer.
I know this doesn't go along with opinion of a lot of you, but if something is going to be done about random shootings, some control has to be enacted.
You're definitely entitled to your opinion and it's not exactly a wrong one. From what I've seen, whenever there is a mass shooting event there are people who fall over themselves to spout their opinions and make things ultra-political and sometimes they seem irrational. While I do believe in the Second Amendment I also realize that there are some nut burgers out there. There have been so many of these type of incidents over the last 15 years or so and it's infuriating to me. While I do believe in the right to carry if licensed and qualified, I do acknowledge, as I said, that there are those who should not be carrying and maybe some laws need to be tightened up a bit. Personally, in 2015 in America I am wary of a lot of people. In the past five years or so within two or 3 miles of where I live there have been numerous arrests of potential terrorists. The latest being about two months ago within walking distance of my of my house. It's that close to me. And then there is the fact that neighborhoods are declining, my own included. And even though I don't carry all of the time, maybe I should. I do know that I carry more than I used to. Not out of paranoia but out of reality. There was a very newsworthy homicide right down the street from me recently. I'm not looking to have to use any weapons but I feel like I should be prepared. Just in case. I'm licensed to carry in my state and in fact all over the country due to the HR 218 law.
Unfortunately you can pass as many restrictive gun laws as you want, but you'll still be able to buy high-powered weapons from the trunk of a car in front of a housing project. I've seen it. I've dealt with it many times over the years. And it's not exclusive to urban areas either. The bad guys know how to get guns to people who want them. I don't have the answer on how to prevent it. If I did I'd be rich. After a shooting incident, whether a mass shooting or a regular shooting, politicians usually run off at the mouth and nothing but turds fall out of their mouths. They are like Pavlov's dogs every time and nothing happens of any value afterwards.
The latest shooting in Louisiana has me pretty mad because there are just too many nuts out there that are able to get their hands on guns.
As to the issue that too many Psych patients get their hands on guns, legally no less, is due to documentation of mental health issues that is kept rigidly private and is not in any kind of national database, as is an arrest record. Local law enforcement of course have their records from previous history with the mental patient, but once they are out of that jurisdiction, there is little chance of that coming to light unless the person has had a criminal past that has been attributed to mental health issues. Since a bill was passed in 1963, CMHA, mental health facilities and programs were increasingly cut back or cancelled by several administrations. Therefore, many of the "homeless" that wander the streets, let alone the borderline functioning persons, rarely have any stability, because we don't have the funding to institutionalize them, or heaven forbid, take away their rights to be bat-s**t crazy and free to come and go as they please. I'm sure this commentary does not fall under the expectation of being politically correct, but it is MY opinion. I'll shut up now and go back under my rock......
Everything you said was on target as far as I'm concerned. We've seen a marked uptick in homeless mental patients here in New York. Thank you, Mister Comrade Mayor DeBlasio. "But they have a right to be batsh*t crazy, live on the streets, sh*t and piss anywhere at will and openly threaten normal people. And you will like and accept it." That's how it is, for real. Guns are all over the place now....a lot more than they had been for about 20 years or so..... I've said it before and I'll say it again....I hate political correctness. To be "politically correct" is to be a liar.