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General Board / Re: "Right To Bear Arms"
« on: December 28, 2007, 12:36:38 PM »
M-16s blow holes in tanks? That's some M-16. This violence will only stop when fathers start raising men and stop abandoning their children. Murders rarely come from intact families, the college murders excepted, but then, more people are killed daily in major US cities than in Iraq. Why?

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General Board / Re: Character & Fitness
« on: November 21, 2007, 01:38:11 PM »
Turned out to be no big deal - he grilled me on my terrible traffic record (even 12 year-old tickets) for about 10mins and then we talked for another 10. His first sentence was "So tell me why I should let you practice law in Illinois with such a terrible traffic record." I've never even had a DUI, just a ton of misc. tickets, especially around age 17...

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General Board / Character & Fitness
« on: October 26, 2007, 04:37:06 PM »
I passed the ILL Bar exam, but now my file has been forwarded for review. I have to meet personally with an board member, 10/30. I have only a vague idea why. I failed to disclose one traffic citation, for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, to my school. The school required disclosure citations with $200 greater fine. The fine was $214! It never occurred to me that it was more than $200, I paid it ~5 years ago.

I apologized in writing to my school and they sent a letter to the Board pardoning me. Other than that I know nothing.

Anybody know what to expect?

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Depaul / Re: goin to Depaul
« on: September 30, 2007, 09:57:36 PM »
Well I graduated and found a position in Rockford where I currently work. Interesting too look at my stupidity when I began school. I actually started to read a secured transactions outline. *shakes head* I never even took the class....

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General Board / Re: "Right To Bear Arms"
« on: September 25, 2007, 05:03:08 PM »
Simply put, we should search mental records for gun buyers. I see nothing wrong with a 3 day waiting period to help prevent passion crimes. We should crack down on illegal gun sales. And if gun dealer makes a mistake and sells to the wrong person, they should get shut-down.

But I beg to differ on the paintball and rubber bullet ideas. Wear a flak jacket and your basically immune to them because it's hard to hit somebody in the face or arm - they move around a bit more than the torso. Even with a flak jacket a .44 will hurt a ton, probably won't knock you down, but man it'll hurt. (the movies are full of hogwash, getting shot is unlikely to knock you down from the impact alone).

Where do you draw the line for mental records? Does extreme ADHD equal being disqualified? How about a social disorder that is easily treatable with medication?

Further, your comment about staying up after being tagged by a .44 magnum round is way off. After the inception of the 9mm Luger Parabellum, police and US Armed Forces found that the lack of stopping power was its biggest problem. If you had someone jacked up on a drug such as PCP, or even adrenaline, a non-fatal wound from a 9mm was never enough to actually put them down. This is why police forces/Coast Guard are almost all moving to the .40 S&W or .357 SIG. These are pistol rounds that will knock a person down. When you move into the realm of the .45 ACP or .44 Mag, it is incredible stopping power, though equally incredible kickback. While the movies are wrong in that a round won't send you flying back, I would love to see someone with Kevlar on and stay standing after a torso shot from any of the higher caliber pistol.

And lastly, in regard to Tortfesor's post, the point of having a Glock 17/19 (the popular 9mm models) is useful as the answer to problems like Cho. Criminal elements will always be able to obtain firearms, illegal or not. It seems absurd to not allow normal citizens (which I agree should be more regulated) the ability to defend against that element. I'm hardly a Red State 2nd Amendment True Believer, but there are a lot of bad people out there. Having a pistol or shotgun for defense purposes is not simply in the province of Montana living militia-members. If you were ever in a situation in which basic social services broke down such as after Katrina, when your life/life of loved ones was at stake, I have a feeling your rubber bullets line would go out the window.
Obviously Cho was someone that makes this nation's access to guns somewhat suspect. However, as I think it was noted above, this was one disturbed and crazy not so nice person. If not a Glock, why not a pipebomb or something equally destructive?

I agree with this, except that you have no clue about what a .45 etc will do. It'll probably stop a big man, but that's from the killing power. It's not going to knock you down if you have a vest, unless you stumble. It's simple physics, if it had enough energy to knock you down, it'd probably knock the shooter down too. (equal and opposite reaction)

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General Board / Re: "Right To Bear Arms"
« on: April 19, 2007, 10:00:00 PM »
Simply put, we should search mental records for gun buyers. I see nothing wrong with a 3 day waiting period to help prevent passion crimes. We should crack down on illegal gun sales. And if gun dealer makes a mistake and sells to the wrong person, they should get shut-down.

But I beg to differ on the paintball and rubber bullet ideas. Wear a flak jacket and your basically immune to them because it's hard to hit somebody in the face or arm - they move around a bit more than the torso. Even with a flak jacket a .44 will hurt a ton, probably won't knock you down, but man it'll hurt. (the movies are full of hogwash, getting shot is unlikely to knock you down from the impact alone).

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3L job search / Re: 3L Apathy
« on: April 19, 2007, 09:39:09 PM »
Very true. I'm a 3L and have a job, but it's sensitive, more than grades, more than law review, more than anything. Don't ask, it's really rude at this point. You should've asked last fall when the pressure wasn't so great.

Here, I'll tell you a story that happened to me last night. I asked a 3L I knew what he planned to do after graduation. He can answer it many ways and he never has to admit not having a job. He does have a job and told me about it, but he never asked me if I had one - he knows it's sensitive. Actually, only because I'm a 3L and knew him could I get away with even asking that much and I probably pushed the line. In fact, if I wasn't pretty sure his connections had landed him a job, I wouldn't have asked it.

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Depaul / Re: goin to Depaul
« on: August 14, 2006, 02:34:28 PM »
3L...

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Depaul / Re: goin to Depaul
« on: April 30, 2006, 08:39:59 PM »
Oh ya soooo fun...  :P

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Bar Exam / Re: Should I register for the bar as a 1L?
« on: April 27, 2006, 05:26:05 PM »
The savings are worth it and so are the review books. FYI they give you an upper class book as 2l/3l.

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