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Posted on May 25 at 10:41 a.m.

@arahbari,

"Why does a 19-20 year old kid have the right to buy guns?"

Federal Law prohibits an FFL (Federal Firearms Licensee) from transferring a "Pistol" to anyone that is not 21 years of age or older. Federal Law allows an FFL to transfer "Long Guns" (rifles or shotguns), age 18 or older.

California follows Federal Law. California has its own firearms laws, some of the most restrictive in the nation.

The Murderer purchased the Pistols legally, age 21, and passed a 10 day California Department of Justice Background check.

The problem is age 16-25 is the critical time that people develop mental illness, it is a progression of time, not instantaneous and Society has not really dealt with nor has in place mechanisms to identify the onset of mental illness.

The dirty little secret is Society does not want to be burdened with the Cost of mental illness.

I have been around mental illness my entire life and have witnessed my family trying to help two members that really did not want to be helped. The Court System makes it extremely difficult for concerned family members to intervene.

Both members were a danger to themselves over the years but Courts act after the fact when person is almost dead from their own self neglect or start to threaten others.

The cost of Mental Health runs into the Billions each year and they rotate in and out of the system, example Santa Barbara's Homeless, when they go off we either have mental health by COP, the mentally ill are killed, or to a lesser extent they kill us, the current IV tragedy, the last IV tragedy, Congresswoman Giffords tragedy, Colorado tragedy, Sandy Hook tragedy, Virginia tragedy.

All Males in the at risk years of Mental Illness and the mental health system failed to identify or place prohibitions on their purchase of access to firearms.

Considering 10% of the human population suffers from some form of mental illness, statistically only a few commit mass murder.

Laws are in place but they do no good if society fails to identify at-risk individuals.

On 'Sometimes You Hear the Bullet'

Posted on May 19 at 6:46 p.m.

Danny Boy, I hope you are just as outraged at the millions of gallons of HEAVY BRINE that the City of Santa Barbara proposes to pump into the Pacific Ocean each and everyday with their Desalination Plant, no free lunch it will do a lot of damage and kill many many organisms.

This is so sad for the wildlife, I witnessed the 69 spill and the damage.

4,000 gallons of Santa Barbara raw sewage, 21,000 gallons of oil, and proposed millions of gallons of Santa Barbara heavy brine water daily - it is an ecological disaster - Coastal over-population.

On Big Oil Spill Along Refugio Coast

Posted on May 15 at 11:40 a.m.

Do we need Desalination? Yes without it there will be RIOTS.

Yes we do, but only because the current and past Santa Barbara City Councils have Failed to do there Jobs. They have failed to stand up to the California Legislature when it said, “Build Baby Build”

They have failed to have a NO Growth Policy. They have failed to have a working and robust Reclaimed Water System.

They have failed to replace the failing in-ground infrastructure of rotting water and sewer pipes.

They have failed to understand that social policy is still controlled by Natural Law and that populations must remain sustainable into the future and social policy must work within the tenets of Nature.

They have failed to realize that the technology that created this false reality is old and antiquated and must be renewed with more modern technology and forward thinking.

They have failed to see the 14-year drought that is happening in the upper Colorado River Basin, would be coming down to the Sea.

They have Failed and now must react in desperation before the population sees the Emperor never had any clothes in the first place.

All your elected officials have Failed.

So now more sewage flows into the Ocean, massive heavy brine will soon flow into the ocean and you will have the Channel Islands sticking up out of a dead cesspool, which was once our beautiful pristine coastal waters.

Congratulations Yankees.

On Desalination: A Necessary Step

Posted on May 12 at 8:08 a.m.

Drug Dealers, Drug Users, Drug Money = Drug Violence

This is your Brain on Drugs.

On Shooting in Isla Vista

Posted on April 11 at 8:51 a.m.

I would rather see the City of Santa Barbara Reclaimed Water System working and upgraded instead of wasting potable water on irrigation. A much better use of the Peoples Money.

On Water Power Resourced

Posted on March 22 at 3:09 p.m.

When arriving at a situation it would be logical, in order to secure a non-lethal outcome, to accertain the mindset of the person causing the disturbance.

If the person is amped then it would be prudent to allow them to calm down, maybe discover if they were drunk or on drugs. Firing TG in the first fifteen minutes would be gross negligence without knowing the condition of the person and maybe lead to their death, commonly known as suicide by cop.

A life was spared and we in the peanut gallery have no idea why this individual went off, sorry if your pathetic internet life was harmed in any way.

The pictures of the firearms, that are shown elsewhere, are benign and common, but makes sensational press for those with hoplophobia.

Now that this gentleman is in the system, those old firearms will be going to the smelter.

I have come to the conclusion that the Internet is just a playground for children and grumpy old men and has no meaningful social value.

Kiddy Games and Propaganda what a waste of bandwidth.

On [UPDATE] Standoff Suspect Arrested; 101 Reopened

Posted on March 21 at 8:32 p.m.

Nepotism is the new political norm for both parties, a ruling class, if you will, until we get mad as hell and decide to not take it anymore, this quasi-royalty will keep feeding, like the pigs they are, at the public trough. Time to throw the Bums OUT. The beltway is littered with relatives of the elected, both parties, playing us like the fools we have shown ourselves to be.

On Family Business

Posted on March 18 at 9:21 a.m.

@billclausen,

Very eloquent and to the point. I think Dr. King would be outraged at the bastardization of his DREAM by the Progressives err Socialists, they want dictatorial power, not harmony.

On Luncheon Rallies Support for Female Politicians

Posted on March 16 at 2:18 p.m.

matillja,

I am working on turning oral history in factual history. I only found the Tejas connection, a few years ago, by accident, I was using a 1950's family chart and doing some web searches on some of the names. I got a hit in the archives of the Republic of Texas in the form of a letter signed by my relative and stating his immigration year to the Republic of Texas, it was written on behalf of my relative that fought for the Republic.

So I have nothing mentioning Valle de Allende or Chihuahua at this time but I have taken note.

On How Irish Immigrants Saved Santa Barbara

Posted on March 13 at 2:09 p.m.

I am Heinz 57 but one Irish component landed in New York in 1831, got hell out as did Mr. Den and spend 9 years of study with the Jesuits in Guadalajara, Mexico, then on to the Republic of Texas and then on to California in 1849, spoke 5 languages.

I have a relative that survived the Goliad Massacre right after the Alamo, he died in California in 1871.

The "Old 300" of the Austin Party were all Celts. mostly Irish.

I would disagree with the number of Irish that starved at the hand of the British, more like 2 million.

Irish Catholics were banned from owning land as well.

Many Irish modified their surnames to be better pronounced in Spanish, just like the Basque than came in with Anza, took Spanish surnames but still spoke Euskara and very little Spanish.

Great write up.

On How Irish Immigrants Saved Santa Barbara

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