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German gun culture

I never knew gun ownership was that high there. I always had Norway and Canada as being higher.

Gov Deal's veto message


Agree or disagree, at least it is a cogent and rational explanation. At least more rational than the standard "shoot outs in the classroom" claims.

guns in churches, mosques, synagogues, Druid oak groves etc

If as liberals, we support the separation of Church and State when people like Pat Roberson opens his mouth. Doesn't it stand to that we should also oppose the State telling churches that they can't allow guns? It seems to me that Jefferson's wall is brick on both sides. While I see a reasonable argument for a compelling State interest in banning them from bars, or any other business where recreational drugs are consumed on the premises, I don't see it when it comes to churches.

Mystery of the Horse Creek Girl

good idea or bad?

is "out of sight out of mind" as good as a bio-metric safe? Would you buy one?

less than lethal alternative

this pepper spray device, have anyone seen or used it?

UW study upends understanding of prehistoric man

There is a long-held belief that agriculture changed everything for human beings. Agriculture meant a stable food supply, surpluses, an ability to thrive despite natural environmental changes.

But a new study, published in December in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, challenges the idea that the start of agriculture 10,000 to 12,000 years ago is responsible for boosting the human population growth rate. Radiocarbon dating analysis shows that prehistoric hunter-gatherer human populations in what is now Wyoming and Colorado grew at the same rate as farming societies in Europe.

“It’s pretty mind blowing,” said Erick Robinson, a University of Wyoming post-doctoral researcher on the project.

Bob Kelly, professor of anthropology at the University of Wyoming, was looking at the relationship between prehistoric population sizes and climate change, using radiocarbon dating on charcoal found in prehistoric hearth sites. Scientists can use this data to estimate population growth rates for a given period of time. Previously, scientists studied population data over short time spans, like 500 years. Looking at population data is not new. What is new is the UW research team looked at growth rate across a large span of time instead of just 500 years.


Westerners of all stripes to Bundy

Go home, or jail, which ever works.

how to talk productively on guns

Interesting read. Basically, it boils down to culture war.

A refreshing take from USA Today of all places

It mixes gun control and over incarceration in one.
Police are horrible, racist monsters who want to lock up minorities over even trivial violations of the law! And police are also the only ones who should have guns!

These two beliefs, it seems from my observations, are often held by the same people. Yet there is a conflict: If you favor strict gun control laws, laws that will punish people severely simply for possessing a gun or ammunition, then you will wind up throwing a lot more people in jail. And many of those people will be minorities.

This was the point of a talk by George Washington University law professor Robert J. Cottrol at a Georgetown Law School conference on guns and gun rights that I attended last week. As Cottrol noted, “Gun-control laws have a tendency of turning into criminals peaceable citizens whom the state has no reason to have on its radar.”

This is the part that stood out to me.
Traditionally, penalties for malum prohibitum acts were generally light, since the conduct that the laws governed wasn’t wrong in itself. But modern American law often treats even obscure and technical violations of gun laws as felonies and — Cottrol noted — prosecutors often go out of their way to prosecute these crimes more vigorously even than traditional crimes like rape or murder.
He even used Shaneen Allen and Ray Rice as an example.
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