On the whole, I was speaking hypothetically.
On the whole, I was speaking hypothetically.
No. I don't think so. You might wish to believe that guns save more lives than they cost. You also seem to believe there is a conspiracy to hide their awesomeness. But think about this logically: it's simple and easy to count dead people. I suppose you might in some cases not know whether the wound was self-inflicted, but you can determine fairly easily that someone is dead, and that the dead person got that way via bullet. Counting the live leftovers is a lot trickier. Small city council meeting with 20 in attendance, someone busts in with a gun and says "you're all going to die," and the cop that was sitting their shoots him immediately? I think it's fair to say that up to 20 lives were saved by that police officer. A shooter in a mall takes out five people before getting plugged by an armed security guard or someone with a concealed carry permit, and that mall happened to have 4000 people in it that day ... Did the guard/armed citizen save 3995 people? Of course not, and there's really no good way to estimate how many were saved. It's not a conspiracy; it's just ... math is hard. Fuzzy math is really hard.And as I previously noted, one can extrapolate (since we seemingly don't wish as a nation for some unknown reason to report statistics on lives saved) that guns save more lives than cost in lives
Agreed, unfortunately BY THEMSELVES stricter gun laws will not reduce violence in all areas. Gun violence correlates not only with gun ownership but also with poverty and mental health issues, much of which could be alleviated by social support. It's not as simple an issue as some gun control advocates make it out to be; you are completely right about that.And why not hold up Chicago as a model for strict gun control? It's one of the, if not the most, strictest areas in the country when it comes to gun laws. They should be a shining example of its effectiveness, right? Unfortunately their population amounts to less than 1% of the US population, yet comprises over 5% of deaths caused by gun violence. Darn statistics!
Don't accidental and suicide deaths count? I think they count.And interesting to note though that the drop in (non-suicidal & non-accident) gun deaths from the article attributes it to less violence from drug trafficking, more people incarcerated, and more police crackdowns on illegal firearms. Nothing to do with stricter gun control laws.
Those other things all get plenty of press, legal attention, and education effort. And also, I personally feel that I have a certain amount of control over every other cause (with perhaps the exception of toxins ... I do wish we would get more serious about that). But if you decide to shoot me, the general state of my health won't help me one bit.And right now firearm deaths fall in as number 7 in the list of preventable causes of death in the nation. Just wondering, wouldn't our efforts better be served concerning ourselves with 1 through 6 at the current time?
Domestic dispute - Eh ... depends on your role in the dispute, really. But I would say repeat offenses would qualify for that restriction.
Drunk in public - No, that's just a misdemeanor/nuisance. Annoying but on its own not truly harmful.
Consumed alcohol to excess - Nope, that's between you and your liver, and most people exceed their limit unintentionally from time to time. (But if you want to call me when you get drunk and need a ride home, I'll come pick you up, and I promise, no lecture.)
Hey, this is not related, but I gotta ask, how are you putting apostrophes in? I'm asking because you are using an extended character one, and quoting you doesn't work very well. I have to keep replacing the ones you use with the standard you get from using the key to the right of the semicolon. I mean, I can quote you, but if I try to do a preview, everything in my message window vanishes. (You can't use extended chars very well with this MB software.) Might I ask a favor? Could you just use the ' and " keys and not whatever other characters you're using? Thanks.
You’ve got to give Ms. Mod kudos in this matter… and the members. Though passions are evident, she and the members have managed to help keep this rather toxic topic relegated to one of thoughtful and informative debate and opinions, void of hate, anger, finger-pointing and disrespect. I for one, appreciate her and the members who chose to participate (and where the faint hearted fear to tread. )
Quoting me never does anyone any good. And you're not the first person to have to clean up my mess.Hey, this is not related, but I gotta ask, how are you putting apostrophes in? I'm asking because you are using an extended character one, and quoting you doesn't work very well. I have to keep replacing the ones you use with the standard you get from using the key to the right of the semicolon. I mean, I can quote you, but if I try to do a preview, everything in my message window vanishes. (You can't use extended chars very well with this MB software.) Might I ask a favor? Could you just use the ' and " keys and not whatever other characters you're using? Thanks.
I am using the ' and " keys, but often on my longer posts I do in in MSWord first (rather than directly to the MB, so I can take my time, change things around... and thank god for spellcheck at times. Then I copy it to the MB. I didn't realize it casued problems. I never had an issue with it. Going forward, if I do use word, I'll try to remember to copy it to Notepad first, then copy it to the MB from there. Hopefully it will help. See I can be reasonable at... times.
Here's how violent crime really happens 99.99% of the time: You're walking down the street minding your business and suddenly someone's beating the crap out of you. They take your money, and your gun if you have one, and you're left unconscious on the sidewalk.
This isn't some Death Wish movie where you have lots of time to figure out what's going on and time to take out your handy gun.
Also, here's what's far more likely to happen to people who have a gun in their possession, and the statistics bear this out:
1. They shoot themselves, either deliberately or accidentally.
2. They shoot someone they know, either deliberately or accidentally.
Anyway, to get back to your question, answers to your one highly charged fantasy scenario don't mean anything about what's best for all situations, do they? Heck, my life would be a lot safer if I wore kevlar clothing and safety goggles and drove a tank on my morning commute, that doesn't mean everyone should do it! Why go to the mall at all, on any day, there might be a mass shooting there!
Oh, I love it when someone says that someone else has "an agenda" because they conflict with their beliefs. HuffPo's only agenda is getting eyes on their website so that doesn't fly.
Now, as to the number of annual deaths due to guns - it IS 30,000. I wrote an article on it and did my research, TYVM.
I have made my views known. I own guns - yes, plural: we just bought a pest control rifle - but I support restrictions on ownership. Nobody needs a military weapon like an AK. Nobody needs 30-round magazines. And I'm sick to death of the freaking paranoid fantasies of gun nuts who think they need an arsenal to "protect themselves from the gubmint." Those fantasies are stupid. And rewriting history to make themselves feel better about owning 50 guns is the pinnacle of self-absorbtion. And their dicks don't get any bigger, either.
Listen, if it is a wee bit more of an effort to legally purchase a gun I. Don't. Care. It's worth that small inconvenience to me to make this country safer. Safer. IOW, less guns - as every unbiased survey proves. Why is it that the people who shout loudest about their "freedoms" and "liberty" don't give a rat's patoot about MINE? Selfish, self-centered asshats.
Jon Stewart got this one right, about the gun nuts being so obsessed with a fantasy dystopian future that they ignore the dystopian present: