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Everything posted by Vancvillan

  1. Yeah, the numbers are 100% skewed by the fact that people who own one own several. I think I used the term "ownership rate" and that isn't right at all - sorry, I should have said guns per 100 people. I think it depends where you live in terms of people wanting to own one. I don't do much ocean fishing so I don't own a boat. They're basically the same thing to me - a "widget" to help get meat in the freezer. They're both a headache to clean, move and store too.
  2. Registered number of firearms divided by population. Australia has pretty strict laws around registering firearms (unlike the US and Canada) so it's easy to extrapolate. And as @LondonLaxsaid there's a huge rural / urban disparity - people in cities don't need them, people who work on farms definitely do (and typically need more than one). That second point is important - city dwellers (a group in which I include myself) who don't need firearms often think of those who do own firearms as a bunch of AR-toting maniac preppers. People who farm or hunt hear that and think that urbanites are clueless hipsters with no connection to their own food supply. Neither is true, but it drives a wedge between the two grouos and makes meaningful dialogue pretty difficult. In Canada, people in cities cheered the AR-15 ban despite the fact that the ban was by name only - you can still buy a semi-automatic rifle that shoots 223. People who knew this (licenced gun owners) criticized the new law and were painted with a very specific brush by the media.
  3. A combination of training being required for ownership and safe storage laws are low hanging fruit to start moving both numbers in a better direction.
  4. For registered firearms in England and Wales it's about 1 in 30. Keep in mind that someone who owns a firearm probably has more than one, so it's not that 1 in 30 people have a firearm. For context, the US has about 1 registered firearm per 200 people. The problem is that they have well over 300 million unregistered.
  5. If you mean Port Arthur that was 25 years ago. Crazy that outside of the US we think of shootings that happened decades ago, while they have a new one every couple of weeks.
  6. Add the fact that the ownership rate for registered firearms is approximately 1 per 10 people in WA (which is obviously lower than the States but there are still a decent number of private firearms owners) and it gets pretty hard to argue that gun control legislation doesn't work. That's not to say I agree with all the details of their (or Canadian) firearms legislation, but the general principle of making ownership very hard for people who don't need firearms is clearly a pretty effective strategy.
  7. After a bright first five minutes they look terrible against Spurs. Absolute Bruce Ball. It's shambolic.
  8. Panic buy? Two notes on this: 1. If we hadn't bought Ings, we would have been playing Archer or no striker up front when Ollie was out. Fans would have been calling for blood. 2. If you take Harry Kane at the end of this season, then (assuming his form picks up) his stats, age and injury record will be incredibly similar to Ings at the start of this season. It was a coup to get him. Opportunities for a team that finished 11th to pick up that kind of quality are few and far between. Whether Deano finds a way to play Ings and Ollie together or if he rotates them, it was still a great piece of business.
  9. Western Australia has some of the most stringent fireams laws I've come across. I had to get a letter from the cheif of police to send a rifle stock (a piece of plastic) to a relative who wants to try building me a wooden one since they don't have a firearms license. Also, spent brass casings are classed as live ammunition for legal storage and transport purposes. It's pretty much the opposite of the US. Can't remember the last time they had a mass shooting either.
  10. If not SJM, enlighten me - who was your MOTM?
  11. Of all the players to single out today you pick our clear MOTM?
  12. I don't get how a team could be on the cutting edge of crypto but no-one though to Google their business name before launch.
  13. They should prosecute whoever owns the fireams used for violation of safe storage. If of course Texas had any safe storage laws. Which it doesn't.
  14. Came on in the 89th minute? 12 touches? Would have taken Scott Hogan a full season to chalk up that kind of touch count.
  15. This is the biggest thing he could add to his game and I'm sure it'll come with experience.
  16. I remember Deano making a comment last season that was along the lines if"when I look at our bench I see quality". Obviously it was utter bullshit, but this season we genuinely do have players who can change things up. Knowing that we can react to games once they start to unfold is one of the biggest signs of improvement for me. 3-1 Villa. Kane scores first, we come back, then level until 65 minutes, Buendia comes on and sets up two.
  17. Disagree with Romero over Konsa...
  18. Just had a read through their match thread on The Fighting Cock. They really think we're going to win - it reads like a Newcastle forum. They have a lot of quality but it's not clicking under Nuno - would take a draw, but am very cautiously optimistic we could sneak a win.
  19. Likely Man U lineup according to Red Cafe. ----------------------De Gea---------------------- AWB-----Varane-----Maguire-----Shaw -----McTominay--Dean--Pogba----- Greenwood----Bruno----Sancho ---------------------Ronaldo---------------------
  20. You've dated yourself there! And me. Whoops.
  21. Backup goalie sitting behind second string centre backs keeps European Champions at bay despite them bringing on newly signed £100 million striker, and yet the majority of comments are about the fact that he dived too early in the penalty shoot out. I'd say VT is plumbing new depths but I've spent time in the AEG thread.
  22. Lescott looking like an actual footballer twice in one game? Do not remember.
  23. All I've got so far is that we should have bought Tammy and we should sell Ings, Mings and AEG. Bonkers.
  24. It's amazing that you've been on VT this long and still haven't learned that this kind of rational, level-headed logic will get you strung up on here.
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