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Xpost from Good Reads:The uncomfortable truth about gun rights supporters–sometimes they are right

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016161497

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/22/gun-rights-supporters-national-rifle-association-nra

The uncomfortable truth about gun rights supporters – sometimes they are right
Lois Beckett


...Let the record show: calm, reasonable, friendly Americans also believe in gun rights...

...As incomplete and imprecise as much gun data is, the bigger picture is clear: most guns are not being used in crimes. Most gun owners are not committing crimes.

Even David Hemenway, a leading public health researcher who is skeptical of how many good things are done with guns, concedes this point.

“The large majority of gun owners aren’t going to do anything good or bad for public health with their guns this year,” he said.


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Jun 22, 2016, 03:52 PM (12 replies)

The uncomfortable truth about gun rights supporters – sometimes they are right

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/22/gun-rights-supporters-national-rifle-association-nra

The uncomfortable truth about gun rights supporters – sometimes they are right
Lois Beckett


...Let the record show: calm, reasonable, friendly Americans also believe in gun rights...

...As incomplete and imprecise as much gun data is, the bigger picture is clear: most guns are not being used in crimes. Most gun owners are not committing crimes.

Even David Hemenway, a leading public health researcher who is skeptical of how many good things are done with guns, concedes this point.

“The large majority of gun owners aren’t going to do anything good or bad for public health with their guns this year,” he said.


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Jun 22, 2016, 03:47 PM (24 replies)

If Senate Democrats had accepted due process, we would have gun control

Instead, they figured that 100% of nothing is better than 50% of something
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Jun 20, 2016, 10:16 PM (71 replies)

Apparently, much of the Senate hates due process more than it likes gun control

Sadly, they are members of my party...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Jun 20, 2016, 10:06 PM (1 replies)

A Man For All Seasons- The Devil and The Law

The person who posted this on Youtube said it better than I can:

A clip from the classic movie and play, "A Man For All Seasons". Roper, More's future son-in-law, argues that we need not uphold the law when it comes to "getting the bad guy". But what happens when those in authority decide to come after you? A relevant topic, considering the broadened powers we have ceded to our government (or that we have allowed the government to take, under the pretense of security, or protection or combating terrorism).




Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Jun 20, 2016, 06:11 PM (8 replies)

Repost from Video & Multimedia: "Dungeons & Dragons: Lessons from a Media Panic"

Much applicability to the current moral panic re "assault weapons"


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Jun 20, 2016, 02:54 PM (4 replies)

Vaccine-caused illness cured by hidden TV cameras

https://boingboing.net/2016/06/14/vaccine-caused-illness-turns-o.html

After receiving a flu shot, Desiree Jennings could only walk backwards and spoke with a funny accent. But the "rare disease" triggered by the sinister vaccine was, fortunately, transient.

Inside Edition secretly taped her for weeks and "it looks like you made a complete recovery!"



Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Jun 17, 2016, 01:10 AM (2 replies)

Joe Manchin: 'Due process is what's killing us right now' with getting gun control passed

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jun 16, 2016, 02:38 PM (5 replies)

Using a tragedy in order to promote a political line can be from genuine concern about...

...society as a whole prompted by unfortunate events.

Or it can be crass and cyncical opportunism for political gain.

Trouble is, both sorts will claim that they are the first sort, and it's
"*those* people" that are the second...



Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jun 12, 2016, 11:02 PM (3 replies)

Repost from GD: A nearly complete list of those responsible for the Orlando massacre

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10027903608

So far, from DU and other sources, the following have been held to be responsible
for the horrible mass shooting:

The FBI
Gun culture
LGBT culture
The LGBT rights movement
The NRA
Wayne LaPierre
Every gun owner in the US
Gun Nuts
Guntards
The Second Amendment
Anybody who doesn't support immediate repeal of the Second Amendment
Assault Rifles
Assault Weapons
Extended magazines
Detachable magazines
AR-15s
Abrahamic religion
Islam
Wahabi Islam
ISIS
ISIS propaganda on social media
The victims
The LGBT rights movement
The shooter's employer
Scary-looking guns
Popular culture
Social media
Violent media

I can't help but feel that this list is somehow incomplete- perhaps some kind poster
could complete it for us?
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jun 12, 2016, 03:50 PM (12 replies)
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