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U.S. attorney general pledges ‘going to take action’ after Florida shooting

U.S. attorney general pledges ‘going to take action’ after Florida shooting:

I’ll believe it when I see it.  Since 1999, America has had more than 400 fatalities related to school shootings.  That’s JUST school shootings, not any other gun related crime.  Let me state that again, more plainly:  More than 400 children and adults have been murdered in their schools

Many of these shooters used some version of the AR-15 rifle.  That’s the semi-automatic version of the combat rifle used by the American military for most of the last 60 years.

After the first military model was produced, Colt (the manufacturer) produced a virtually identical weapon for the civilian market and called it a “sporting” rifle.  The only functional difference is that the civilian version can only fire one bullet per trigger pul, while the military version has a selector switch that allows 3-round bursts to be fired with one trigger pull or to fire continually as long as the trigger is being held.

The standard AR-15 fires the same round that the M16 uses: Remington .223 also known as the 5.56×45 NATO round.  The muzzle velocity of the round is about 3300 FPS and is traveling at speeds around 3x the speed of sound.  The round causes an entry wound about the size of your pinky finger and makes an exit wound about the size of your fist.  As the round travels through the body, it causes a shock wave that turns bone to small shrapnel and causes soft tissue to essentially turn into hamburger.

There is no need for a civilian to have that kind of firepower.  Anyone who says that’s for target shooting is lying to either you or to themselves.  This model of rifle is designed to cause massive bodily injury with every round, and to be very accurate up to 500 yards, even in the military machine gun configuration.

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KarmaGo device 2 white
This is Karma Go. Many months ago, I spent my hard-earned money to pre-order a one at a discount. You can get a Karma Go of your own for $10 off, and I get some store credit. That’s not really what makes Karma Go cool though. It is a mobile WiFi Internet hot-spot that has an unusual feature: If someone uses your hot-spot (not your data) you both get some free data. Continue reading

Planning For Travel When Someone you Love Suffers From Chronic Illness

Last week, my wife posted an article about traveling with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia on our couple’s blog. This week, I posted from the caretaker perspective. She has gotten better about travel, but still has a tendency to over-extend herself, which is where I come in to play. Of course, sometimes my reminding her that she has real limits ends up in a minor pout.

More after the jump. Continue reading

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