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Are civilian guns designed to jam?

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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:05 pm

D_Hall wrote:Executions used to be public events where the condemned was exposed to "public opinion" on his way to the gallows. These days it's all very sterile and the condemned gets to keep his dignity.

I agree with that. We should be able to put them in the stockaids and throw rotten veggies at them...from a distance....with launchers. :D
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:51 pm

The death penalty seems as if it's only useful for bargaining in the courts after the crime has been committed. I don't think it's a good deterrent for several reasons: (a) general lack of knowledge about state laws and in what circumstances you can get the death penalty; (b) death ain't really all that bad for some people if they're facing it in a relatively humane way, there are worse ways to die than by potassium chloride injection; (c) some criminals just wont care about death or only kill because they think they can get away with it.

Though I don't think the current judicial system meets the requirements to be able to determine whether a criminal should face the death penalty in most instances. I wouldn't want 12 people deciding what I have for lunch let alone whether a person is guilty of murder or not.

Neil deGrasse Tyson has talked about being thrown off the list of potential jurors because he asked why the judge read that the defendant was caught with 2000mg of cocaine and not 2g of cocaine. I think he also said there was another occasion where he wasn't accepted because they asked what he did for a living and he said he taught Astrophysics and courses like "Evidence and Reason" or something along those lines.

On another note, we have to watch what we say here. I know on this forum a debate about gun regulation could go on and on so try not to say anything that will spark a debate :wink:
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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:31 pm

"Are civilian guns designed to jam"

As others have pointed out, cheap ammo, poor maintenance ...

Plus one more things. Guns for sporting or self defense use are rarely designed for sustained high rates of fire. It isn't all that difficult to design a gun for that use but it does add weight and cost to the weapon. The gun isn't "designed to jam" it is designed to be used in a particular way. If it is used in another way, e.g., too high a rate of fire, it will fail.

Even military weapons are designed to only operate reliably up to a certain firing rate. Exceed that rate and the gun will jam or fail in some way.
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