Happy Birthday Missi, Missie, ScaryGodmother, and Spike4evr!
ShadowQuest - Still sawing the way out? I'm sorry. Thats where it's nice to have the National Guard to call on.
I thought that Buffy's crossbow in Prophecy Girl looked smaller than the one Giles used in Amends. It would have been more in proportion to her size, and the scene could concentrate on her rather than her weaponry.
Christopher Marlowe - I just dropped in. I dared to go have things done to my hair on my day off, and for that I received emails from work, triggering activity. Then there was a sunset constitutional when it had cooled down to 93. There was a certain degree of just sitting and thinking, or maybe just sitting, after that. *g*
I don't have brilliant foolproof thoughts about society. The CPS model might help, although if you've talked to parents who had them called because their child was having a tantrum, you might pause. Also you have to remember the times they were called to homes and left, when the children were later found chained and starved, and often dead. OTOH, I know someone whose husband's evil ex called them and coached the children, but that one backfired when one of the kids realized that he just might get his father put in jail, and the workers were sufficiently unimpressed with the evil ex that their reports were used in some legal actions. Still, if you catch a few people, it might be good. Jason Chaffetz suggested that juvenile records of violence and mental health problems not be sealed, so that the tracks of someone heading down a bad road aren't erased. I don't know how many people have been enabled to straighten up and lead a worthwhile life by having those records sealed, so there's no data.
I know you'll disagree with me about guns, but I'm inclined to think we need more out there, although in the hands of people educated in their use. Open carry, and concealed carry, have not resulted in wild shootouts here. Generally the people who have gotten concealed carry licenses have been very reliable. They have resulted in a few bad guys going down when they didn't expect it. I wouldn't be one of the ones carrying though. Not my area of competence. *g* I do know that I don't want to be in a place where the only people able to defend themselves are the government and the criminals. Ultimately, if the government does not respect the people, it will trample them.
I don't blame video games, but I do blame the Internet. A whole lot of people have gotten radicalized and brainwashed by groupthink on the internet, in the same way that people have been scammed and women lured by men who aren't what they say they are (or vice versa). It might be Antifa, Islamic Jihadists, or white supremacists. The orientation varies, but the actions always result in other people dying or at least being badly injured. I say this as I post it on the internet. *g*
I also blame parents who will do anything to get their kids out of trouble. I've been in neighborhoods where people were just hoping the spoiled kids who were vandalizing things would age out of living at home (back when kids left home). I see there was a grandmother up in north Texas who persuaded her grandson to go to the hospital, and called the police, who located preparations for a mass shooting. Of course he might turn around and murder her when he gets out of jail. But then, he might have done that anyway.
Which reminds me, I wonder where the dividing line between KKK and white supremacists is? I've always thought that the classic KKK stance was born out of the
War between the States Civil War - other races in their places, against Jews and Catholics, and totally against any Republican (because the Republicans were coming down and encouraging voting, and running the Reconstruction). I associate white supremacists with the Neo-Nazis, and that movement came over from Europe. Clearly there's some ideological overlap, but I never thought they were the same, and that the KKK has been fading, where the other group seems to be breeding.
There, that's enough thinking. And still no conclusions. I don't think I'd be good in politics. Too wishy-washy to do anything.
Agent Cooper - I dunno about background checks that talk to neighbors. Maybe in the 'burbs, but it is also an advertisement that someone possesses a firearm that might be stealable. Then you've got the kind of checks that NYC does, where no one ever has sufficient reason to be allowed to have a firearm, but criminals can get them freely. There's a lot of potential to get things messed up.
I always thought that Oz made the best of the bad choices he had, and he was dealing with conflicts in the story. In the metaphor, one could be more severe. But then, I was a lot older than Daughter Cooper when I first saw it. Also, I was never certain if Willow was more interested in Oz, or having a boyfriend in the band.
wolfguard - Crossbows seem to be more compact, and fit better into weapons bags. Of course regular bows could be like the miraculous swords that Immortals use. They just open their overcoats or reach over their backs, and pull out a ridiculously long two-handed sword, or some insanely sharp curved Samurai sword. Magic.
Interesting video. Legolas the Elf couldn't have done any better, except for his three-arrow technique for bringing down oliphaunts. *g* It does indicate some truth to whatever I read years ago that said that Indians using bows had an advantage over cavalry with single shot weapons.