Skip to comments.In gun debate, lots of emotion but little solid research
Posted on 03/10/2013 6:55:34 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
Do guns make people safer or more susceptible to violence? Does banning assault-style weapons or expanding background checks save lives, or are such measures merely inconveniences for law-abiding gun owners?
These are just some of the questions in the debate over gun control, with advocates and foes lobbing a dizzying number of statistics and studies to make their case. Often, those facts and figures contradict one another.
The lack of objective research on gun violence has become evident as Minnesota and the nation grapple with a slew of proposed changes to gun laws after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that killed 26. And some say it's time to reinvest in research, which was virtually cut off more than 15 years ago after opposition from pro-gun lobbyists.
"We can make a big difference on this issue if we stop posturing and blocking good, objective research," said Arthur Kellermann, a clinician and researcher who has practiced and taught emergency medicine for more than 25 years.
RESEARCH DRIES UP
Federal funding for research on preventing gun violence has been seemingly nonexistent since 1996. That's after public health research on guns started to take off and get noticed by the public.
(Excerpt) Read more at twincities.com ...
MY MEDICAL APPOINTMENT
You may want to review this prior to your next medical appointment.
She said, Before we start, I have to ask you a few questions.
She said, Do you have any guns in the house?...
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Florida Lawmakers Want Anger Management Training Required for Buying Ammo
“When did you remove the kiddie porn from your work computer?”
I’m kinda thinkin’ the next time I need to go to the doc I’ll take a straight edge and a marker and cross out most of the hippa garbage and turn it back in and see it they’ll still see/treat me. Could be interesting.
If I may make this observation. Once you leave urban areas (Dallas, Atlanta, Philly, Chicago, etc), and you get into small towns (say 30k or less)...you start to notice a lot less usage of weapons. When you get into the rural parts of America....then you notice that weapon problems are mostly due to hunters and simply bad judgement on firing at the animal target or accidents.
In my home county in Alabama....the county has one hospital. I’d make a pretty good guess that the emergency room handles maybe twenty gun-shoot folks per year...around half of which are related to hunting or just cleaning a loaded gun (don’t even ask how stupid this sounds). You might have one or two folks want to use the weapon for suicide but really do a lousy job. And the remaining folks are simply assault victims, family issues, or drunk folks firing on other drunk folks.
You could make as many rules as you want....but statistically....things in my home county would remain just about the same for the foreseeable future. If anyone wants to waste time on research...just compare the massive urban areas against the rest of America. Your conclusions might shock folks. Urban areas are magnets for jobs, and trouble.
I don’t need any research at all to tell me that when your government says, we want Universal Background Checks for weapons purchases and transfers, they are really talking about a registration system.
In other words, they want to know “who has what guns and where they are.” It is simple as that. They may talk about grandfathering or other some such bullshit, but they will soon say “we need to register ALL guns, everywhere.”
The ONLY reason they want this is so that they can come and get them when they feel ready to do it at a minimum cost of government lives.
They greatly fear free-thinking individual Americans who’ve somehow escaped their traps of entitlements, delegated power, brainwashing schools, and the like. They, government, are not your compatriots, nor are they your friends. They are tyrants, NAZIs in fact, who want to control your lives, your work and your mind.
Didn’t someone respond to this report the other day with: “This crap really pisses me off!” to which another FReeper quipped: “See, that’s why you need anger management classes.” Trust me, I can manage just fine without any pointers from some “expert”. Saw enough “experts” in my many years working dealing with “pc experts”, “diversity experts” “gender equality experts” “efficiency experts” “productivity experts”................ They managed to prove I could manage my anger. They all walked away from the classes under their own powert. Mostly shaking their heads. LOL!
(Jack Hydrazine. Is your middle name MonoMethyl?)
Gun Laws are ONLY for Law-Abiding-Citizens..
I didn’t see the post nor the hilarious responses to it.
My middle name is Unsymmetrical Dimethyl!
"Why, yes. Do you need one?"
This is EXCELLENT! Thanks for the find!
I recently commented on my GD’s experience with the pediatrician: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2995280/replies?c=36
Not quite as good as your composed piece. :)
Wonder how the secession is going...if that ever happens...I’m packed to our bugout cabin!
I have chosen to ignore any phone calls and notices posted in the medical clinic to participate in the Government Wellness Exam.
I would strongly recommend that others do the same.
If you want evidence, then download the charts from the FBI’s UCR available every year at the fbi.gov website. One of the charts lists violent crimes by population of the area in which the crime is committed. Table 16 from the 2011 report contains this data:
City of over 1,000,000? 754.5 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants. Rural area (called “Nonmetropolitan counties”): 180.8 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants. That's fewer than 1/4 as many crimes in the rural areas (where guns are more prevalent) than in the urban areas (where guns are more regulated).
Stay away from the urban centers, and America is not a violent place.
My doc has anti-obama stuff posted on his walls....that he prints out in his spare time. How great is that?
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