Last year I knocked on a door a couple blocks down from Erlanger, in the neighborhood where Ronald McDonald is on the outskirts of.
Rolled past two dudes who looked suspicious of me -- probably because I was the only white person on the street and driving slow.
Naturally, I passed up the house I was looking for and came back to them.
They both were frozen in their tracks staring me down. Must've thought I was police. When I told them I was the insurance man, they relaxed. They were smoking a joint openly in the street, so they were a little concerned.
I walked in to meet the person who sent the card. Dude was in his 70s. Roaches crawling all over the house, on the couch, on my folder.
I pitched him my wares, he decided he'd "think about it," as he didn't know his bank account number to start the bank draft.
Amid me writing up a brochure to leave behind to him, he walked into another room, leaving his wife and 9-year old grandkid behind.
I heard a chopping sound. He came back out holding a paper towel at each end with something heavy weighing down the middle.
Then he gave it to the 9-year old grandkid, whom went outside and disappeared into a car.
While I don't know for sure what the dude was doing -- gut instinct was he was dope-dealing with the kid running it for his parents.
Bottom line. In reference to the neighborhoods surrounding the local hospitals, especially in downtown Chattanooga, there are some seedy areas that I wouldn't want my wife, nor any female or girly man walking around early morning, end-of-the-day, or God forbid, in the nighttime without packing heat.
To suggest otherwise is pure ignorance, self-inflicted or not.
Funny reboot Clay.
The elusive obvious that you, nor any of your liberal forum cohorts understand, is that the homeless panhandler presumably has the ability to help himself (however, different scenario if psychological issues are at play).
The fetus does NOT.
A group of prudent, hard-working, charitable, tax-paying people fatigue at a peer who has let Opportunity pass them by.
ESPECIALLY when social systems are set up to pay this person compensation in the form of food stamps, housing subsidies, food subsidies, etc.
YOU, a totally competent adult sentient being, are YOUR OWN responsibility. Not another's.
The White Council thought THE SAME THING about the One Ring, too.
Nice reboot 'toon considering the previous "unity" rendition.
Yawn -- another no-talent production.
You can do better than this, Clay.
I wonder if Bennett would be doodling about the demise of the horse-buggy industry and lambasting the growth and harmful effects of automobile mass production in the early 1900s.
What an idiot.
Obligatory soft-ball one-time-a-month Obama-objection cartoon.
This conversation is so devoid of logic and reason my head is going to spin.
1) All firearms are assault weapons. ALL FIREARMS ARE ASSAULT WEAPONS! This is the most ILLUSIVELY OBVIOUS point NONE of you do-gooders are comprehending! What kind of weapon are you looking to NOT ban -- a DEFENSE firearm? A SECURITY weapon? This is either a basic failure of English comprehension or another successful win for the liberals who have co-opted the language and framed the debate in context of a firearm being SOMETHING OTHER than an ASSAULT weapon.
2) Al -- this is directed at your last comment. Psychopathic killers will adjust their approach to maximize the devastation they desire.
You want 30 round clips reduced to 8 rounds? Okay -- now the psychopath caries a half dozen, 7 round, fully-loaded, sawed off shotguns into the ring. He stores 3 or 4 into a back pack, and fashions a holster to hold another 2, and arms himself with the other.
Now, instead of reloading, he chucks his empty shotgun, grabs another holstered elsewhere, and continues his path of destruction.
Now you'll want to ban or reduce ammo size in shotguns. But the psychopath is ALWAYS one step ahead. Now he makes homemade explosives (like the Columbine kids did).
My point is -- despite ALL the do-good, feel-good laws you've passed to try to PREVENT a PSYCHOPATH from exacting his devastation, you've only..
Put A Band-Aid On A Festering, Growing Cancer!
-- IE -- you haven't dealt with the PSYCHO, who's responsible!
3) I'll say it because no one wants to admit it. Sorry guys, government is not GOD. No matter what legislation it puts in place to prevent what it feels as sinful (drugs, gay marriage, high-capacity magazines), people will ALWAYS find their way around it. It happened in Soviet Russia. And it happens here on a daily basis.
There WILL continue to be murdering psychos, and they WILL continue taking lives. Whether it's with guns, knives, explosives. And government -- unless it extracts ALL our natural rights -- will continually FAIL.
Because this is a CULTURAL failure. Not a LEGISLATIVE one.
It never ends...