Monday, October 30, 2017

Cracked: Cops have no duty to protect you.

So....   Cracked seems to have found out about the story where Joseph Lozito tried to subdue a knife-wielding killer in an NYC subway and the police did not help him.

What's funny in the video  Cracked started out with an admonishment against keyboard commandos going "If I was at X I'd use my sweet ninja moves to stop the killer!"

Which...  is totally legitimate.  It's really, really dangerous in a medical, legal, psychological, and fiscal sense to "get off the boat".  Especially if you have no idea what you are doing.

And to Cracked's credit they point those issues.

But most of the video is about how the police in this case didn't help.  Not Lozito, not the other victims.   And video then went into the legal precedents and even how legally if the police were liable for anyone that got injured in their jurisdiction things would fall apart.

And thus Cracked ends a video about responding to a knife-wielding killer with a clear cut statement that you might be able to count on the police.  Even if they're right there.

Sure Crackes sees this more to inform people the huge risks that come of "being  hero", but hey...  there's good chances that a bad guy won't give you the luxury of getting away. 

But one cannot help but drawing the conclusions that, in such an exigent circumstance it would really be handy to have various tools and training that would better allow someone to stop such a threat.

And that's probably not a conclusion Cracked wants its readers to come to.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Cracked Two weeks ago: How come no one talks about gun control! Cracked Today: Buy our crossbows!

That's right,  fresh off Cracked complaining about how no one, including themselves, ever talks about gun control.... they've now got an article that's all about the variety of crossbows they're selling in their own store.

Without a background check even!

Yes they are toothpick crossbows, but the article jokes about firing them at people.

Kinda puts their gun control fretting into perspective doesn't it?

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Go Home Cracked... you're drunk.

So... Cracked has a video up entitled Why We Constantly Avoid Talking About Gun Control

Huh...  what's this WE Cracked?


See here's an advantage where my blog has decayed into me commenting whenever cracked goes on about gun Control.  They put up an article one every two or three months.... for years.

They're frequent enough that it's become the running thing of my blog.

And now they pretend that they haven't been talking about it?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Cracked Admits gun bans don't do squat.

Just look at #18 of this list 

Where they admit that, nation by nation, there's no correlation between homicide rate and gun ownership.

So in other words all those "we have to have less guns on the streets" or "gun bans will make you safe"  don't exactly have... support...


And if banning X  doesn't make the populace safer... they why ban it?

Friday, September 15, 2017

Cracked: Prop Gun Laws

Oh this is goood.

See Cracked had a trend where they'd interview people who did "odd jobs".
That is  careers that were strange and give some insight.

They also have a habit of doing.... gun articles.  Which has become the main thing I blog about.

So them doing an article about a guy that provides prop guns for Movies is catnip.


Right off the bat they complain about guns converted to fire blanks.   Now it's true that these guns can be dangerous as the blanks do have a force at the end.  Which the article covers. (Including The Crow)

And sure the article frets about the scariness of the blanks firing guns (calling them Actual Firearms).  But it also mentions Cooper's Rule 2 (which shows the penetration of the safety rules).

But the amusing parts...

This occasionally causes issues, because certain very famous actors also happen to have very large rap sheets, and felons are legally barred from touching firearms in the U.S. Yes, you can take a moment to weep for them now. Mike and his colleagues have ways to deal with that: "That was something that was brought to the attention of armorers in the movie industry years ago, because we did have several actors ... who have felonies on their record, and we were told by ATF and the California Department of Justice that we could not hand them a functioning firearm. So generally ... we hand them something that is not a firearm, never has been a firearm. We specifically make up weapons that have never been firearms, so they've never been in that category."

Hah.

Since Mike works in California, he's got to deal with that state's notoriously strict gun laws. Even though his firearms have been converted to only fire blanks, he pays for a fistful of gun permits every year: "assault weapon permits, what they call Entertainment Firearms Permits ... they issue anyone these licenses, which they charge a lot of money for, which we have to pay for each year ... I carry ten different licenses, literally, to do what I do, most of which I have to renew every year."

It's kind of silly that a guy in Mike's position has to have the same permits as, say, a company that provides armed security guards. But there are bigger issues.
Why yes Cracked it is silly.  Maybe your writers should think more about how absurd gun control is when it actually gets put into action.

The other parts are more mundane-to-somewhat-amusing.  Basically being the standard complaints about movie makers wanting cool guns or doing dumb things with the prop guns.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I suppose this counts as.... Progress for Cracked.

Cracked decided to put up an article called.5 Ways The Modern World Makes Mass Murder Easier

With the url title: mass-shootings-are-popular-modern-life-isnt-helping

And it's all about how the sinister internet can, in their words: attract, incubate, and radicalize spree killers.  Shockingly for a publication that's all about catering to alternative internet people, the piece reads like a stodgy puritan grandma fretting about those kids on the Mychat.


Interestingly there is not a single word about how wall-to-wall media coverage could maybe give these loner misanthropes a, fleeting, chance to be the most talked about person in the country, and fling them from obscurity to becoming a household name.

Odd.

There's also only a token mention of gun control towards the end.

Though... the article is worrying for what it implies as a solution is given how dangerous and sinister it portrays much of the anonymity, exchange of ideas, and unregulated community building the internet can allow.

But I'm sure people who are contemptuous of the 2nd Amendment (the article ends with a link to a vid Cracked did about how wonderful Australasia's mass confiscation was) are totally okay with the First.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Cracked: Why yes Allen Crum is a badass

So....  Cracked decided to do an article about regular people who did bad-ass things.

And in fiarness their #2 is Allen Crum.

Who is Mr. Crum you may ask?  Well, when Charles Whitman started killing people he's one of the regular folks who armed themselves to help the police take on the murderer.

Specifically Crum asked a cop for a rifle, was given it, and went up the tower with the police.



Something to mind if Cracked ever tut tuts about the idea of armed regular-joes being able to help stop a mass shooting.