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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:20 PM

We do argumentative papers in my english class. We have a last project and a few options for a topic.

I need help.

The first option is an evaluation issue, meaning: "x is/is not a good A".

The second option is an ethical issue, meaning: "x is right/wrong, because it meets/fails to meet the set of ethical principles A".

I've done three other papers on war, graffiti, and sex ed in schools. He likes things relating to current events, so I may do something relating to the shootings and gun control. He doesn't want anything with the standard topics (i.e. abortion, violent video games, drug legalization, etc). He loves the war on Iraq, though I hate thinking about it nowadays, so that's out.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:31 PM

I was expecting this to be a thread about Slough.

Why not write about the Fairness Doctrine? It looks like the Right are terrified about its resurrection at the moment, even thought only a tiny minority of Democrats have the guts to even talk about it.
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:36 PM

Addendum: whenever I see a question I always think about that IRC scene in The Last Broadcast - "Why don't you make a film about the Jersey Devil?"

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 03:11 PM

View PostMr_Fred_Smith, on Apr 18 2007, 06:22 PM, said:

Addendum: whenever I see a question I always think about that IRC scene in The Last Broadcast - "Why don't you make a film about the Jersey Devil?"



Or Mothman?

I wouldn't write about the shootings, but perhaps a spin off on the event. Something like, Mass media feeding frenzies, the media's affect on people, privacy issues, respecting the victims and their families. Is knowing every little detail important for the general public? Sometimes I feel the only details released in a situation like this one, should be from the family's involved.
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 08:06 PM

It would most likely be about gun laws in general since he had a history of psychosis (obviously) and was still given a gun. They just don't look at school record type things, but criminal records instead. What about the person who hasn't done it yet and is about to do their first (and sometimes last) serious crime? I think we need to draw the line somewhere in order to prevent not necessarily things like this (since face it, it was probably unavoidable with this case unless the parents really did something) but even smaller things that happen all the time.
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 10:22 PM

What made me laugh (bitterly, a bit like Ming the Merciless) was the interview with the shop keeper who sold him the $500 Glock. Apparently he said it was an "unremarkable sale" and Cho looked like "your average high school kid".

So let's just recap - this man sold a $500 Glock to a highschool kid. Does anyone else think this is just a little bit fucked up? List all the reasons a highschooler, average or otherwise, would need a fucking Glock (apart from going on a killing spree).
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 10:50 PM

Hunting, home defense, government resistance. A Glock is really a multi-purpose appliance.
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Posted 20 April 2007 - 04:14 AM

View PostThe_Roach, on Apr 19 2007, 04:36 PM, said:

A Glock is really a multi-purpose appliance.


That is correct Roach!

You know, Lesser pistols tend to weigh more. This upsets the critical balance that could mean the difference between one to a customer or multiple round bursts to quiet the screams of the wounded. This is also crucial to ammunition management. 9mm rounds are a dime a piece for christs sake! After a hard day of unloading high capacity magazines, Professionals really appreciate The glock's ergonomically designed grips and recoil suppressing construction. Sore muscles are a thing of the past. Glocks are OK I guess but when you get to a certain position in life, You want to take the old Chevy in and get a Cadillac. HK is the way!

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Posted 20 April 2007 - 05:25 AM

Good point, I often lay awake at night thinking "If I had to overthrow my govt, this stout stick isn't going to cut it".
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Posted 20 April 2007 - 06:09 AM

Well, there's a reason why the Glock-23 is the choice of law enforcement professionals across the country. Actually, I've decided that it will be my first pistol.
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Posted 20 April 2007 - 09:02 PM

View PostAlexander, on Apr 20 2007, 01:11 AM, said:

Good point, I often lay awake at night thinking "If I had to overthrow my govt, this stout stick isn't going to cut it".


But look at your government! Look at ours'! Our government is a bit scarier, I think. (I mean, aside from the queen first thing in the morning I'm sure)
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Posted 20 April 2007 - 09:03 PM

Ah the Queen doesn't give us any trouble really, she's not a bad old dear.
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Posted 20 April 2007 - 09:08 PM

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Hunting, home defense, government resistance. A Glock is really a multi-purpose appliance.


You left out rodent extermination, can opener, impromptu lightswitch, getting animals out of trees, turning off tvs, etc.
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Posted 20 April 2007 - 09:10 PM

View PostAlexander, on Apr 20 2007, 04:49 PM, said:

Ah the Queen doesn't give us any trouble really, she's not a bad old dear.


Is it weird to think that's incredibly sexy?
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Posted 21 April 2007 - 12:09 AM

I'm asking Santa for a glock for christmas.
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