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Bruce MacDonald
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I'm curious to understand better how +Steve Dewitz  or +Dave G see the Boston Marathon case in terms of gun rights.  I imagine one point of view from them is that if we were all armed we could have stopped the tragedy sooner - maybe even right after the bombs went off at the finishing line?
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Sorry, I don't see the correlation here. As +Dave G mentioned, if the events in Boston where an active and ongoing attack  where the Criminals where actively attacking in the open ie: Firearms, knives or other hand type weapons vehicle or something similar then armed citizens very well could have helped end the tragedy along with the hundreds if not thousands of armed police/security. If the attack was also of this nature, knowing there was armed citizens in conjunction with security/police an attack might not have happened in the first place. By not having this scenario it guarantees the Criminals one less thing to think about. Doesn't mean they wouldn't, but it's one less hurdle. 

This obviously wasn't the case being explosives hidden in plain sight were used while the Criminals where hiding in plain sight. 

On another note I don't believe the use of "Martial law" tactics with the "Shelter in place" order was constitutional. That set a very serious precedence. Correct me if I'm wrong but, wasn't the last of the two Criminals found by a citizen only after the Shelter in place order was lifted? Believe that there was also an "No driving" order in effect in Watertown during the search. 

It's understood the  the Criminals who executed the act needed to be found, but at the cost of liberty and freedom of movement, life?! Safer inside sure but that should have been common sense. Not an order from Government. 


  Who are these police officers protecting? I bet as a citizen, you'd be stopped and searched. Stopped with the same firepower most of you believe doesn't belong in the hands of law abiding citizens. 
http://www.ctpost.com/news/us/article/Boston-suburbs-on-lockdown-amid-terror-search-4446981.php#photo-4500247


  If the "Shelter in place " order was merely a request, why is this man being stopped/searched? Because he has a backpack? Answer me this, had a the bag potentially contained a bomb; would looking directly inside it be the smartest move? Because two Criminals set in motion a heinous act are we all guilty until we prove our innocence?! Check the 4th amendment, then look back to this photo. 
http://www.ctpost.com/news/us/article/Boston-suburbs-on-lockdown-amid-terror-search-4446981.php#photo-4496043


   We've all seen the picture of an officer holding milk allegedly intended for a family with small children. While if true, it would be shining example of police work and caring. However, this photo could be a father driving in an attempt to get necessary items for his family. There couldn't be enough officers to deliver essential items during a "Lock down" that didn't have an expiration when started. 
http://www.ctpost.com/news/us/article/Boston-suburbs-on-lockdown-amid-terror-search-4446981.php#photo-4496937


The argument can be made that during times of terror attacks we should do everything in our power to prevent, assist and capture the Criminals who are at large. A city was shut down, under the order of Government officials. People had homes/vehicles/belongings searched in entire neighborhoods. In the end, a citizen found the last suspect not the police.  

Society lost a day, not just because of terrorist acts. But also due in part to the reaction and actions of government. Utilizing weapons you, and others want out of our hands. Violating rights across the board. 

My question for you +Bruce MacDonald, how would a Gun Control measure you seek have prevented or altered the events of that day?  
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These are not my words, but they illustrate the contorted thinking that goes on in a lot of politics.  These are a reader's comments to an article in the nyt about Senator Chris Murphy.  Linda in Oklahoma (of all places!) makes an illuminating contrast between republican arguments about abortion and gun rights.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/14/opinion/sunday/dowd-chris-murphys-gun-control-crucible.html?hp&_r=0

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I've said it before in the comments but it bears repeating. Make buying a gun as difficult as getting an abortion. When a person goes to buy a gun, make him wait 48 hours. During that 48 hours discuss the trauma and guilt he'll feel if he kills or wounds a person. Show him ultrasounds of gunshot wounds. Have a doctor explain to him what the insides of a person who has been shot looks like. Explain that he is likely to suffer post traumatic stress after shooting someone. After reading the editorial in the NYT about Wichita, Kansas, maybe there should be only one gun dealer per state instead of one in every Walmart.
The right to own guns and the right to have an abortion are protected by federal law. Why is one so easy to get and the other so hard?
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    1975
  • University of Maine at Orono
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(Pharmaceutical) tablet dosage form development; moisture permeation in packaging
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Old Town, Maine - Blue Hill, Maine - Komagane, Japan - Apia, Western Samoa
A great place to buy a variety of plants, indoors and outdoors, including some native plants. I bought a beautiful Green Threadleaf Japanese Maple there and it is doing very well going into the fall. I also love taking pictures in the greenhouse which is quite modern in design. Today they had a fall apple fest. Wish I could post some pictures.
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Several weeks ago we rented two kayaks from Three Belles and went out into the Niantic River. It was a wonderful trip and I'm looking forward to doing it again when the fall foliage arrives. The kayak rentals were reasonably priced and though we got back about 30 min late it wasn't a problem. They also showed us a paddle kayak which my wife will probably try next time. I've recommended this place to several of my friends. Do it.
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Logee's is supposedly the oldest continuously operated greenhouse in the US. I've spent hours wandering down the narrow isles, over dirt floors and through the jungle of greenery. Many of the most impressive plants long ago escaped from their pots to become part of the greenhouse ecosystem, making the place feel more like a conservatory than a commercial greenhouse. But I wouldn't go there just to buy a pansy: their plant stock is uniquely exotic, beautiful, and bizarre. It is a first rate botanical delight and it is hard to leave without some new photosynthetic treasure. Just writing this has got me all excited again!
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I brought my SUV there and they diagnosed an unusual, expensive (over $1500) problem and suggested I go for a second opinion. I consider that very honest. They suggested I take it to the Toyota dealer. When I explained the situation to the dealer, they said they had never heard of the problem. The next day they called me and said the problem was exactly what C&S had diagnosed. I think C&S was great for recommending a second opinion, and for finding the actual problem.
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