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WTF Is Wrong With America And Gun Control?

Discussion in 'ABV' started by CarolKing, Jul 11, 2015.

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  1. OldNewbie

    OldNewbie Well-Known Member

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    Because they are "rights", you don't need my approval to exercise them! But, I approve!

    It's too bad that you want to infringe on my rights to get your wishes.
     
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  2. pakalolo

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    No not even in your last post. An open mind would mean that you listen respectfully to both sides with a willingness to change you mind.

    This has been anything but a polite conversation.

    A great example of exactly the sort of nonsense that I posted my list to avoid. "The left" is not nearly so homogenized, and wanting things abolished is just as prevalent on "the right". Immigration ban, anyone? Would you like a side of traditional marriage to go with that?

    I'm not trying to get into a debate here so please don't respond. This thread is a nightmare for us to moderate. Anyone else can stop reading it if it offends/bores/bothers them. We can't. We have to put up with all the silly name-calling, misrepresentation of the other side, straw man arguments, circular reasoning, proof by cherry-picking data, sidetracking to even more incendiary topics, inappropriate and silly demands for definitions, emotionally loaded language, attempts to enrage the opponent, and I could go on a lot longer but it makes my head hurt.

    One more time: everyone should read the list I posted and post accordingly. If people continue to use any of the dishonest tricks in that list, I will close this thread.
     
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  3. Newcastle

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  4. pakalolo

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    So your response to this is to call me biased and misrepresent what I said, despite me saying that I was not interested in debating anything. Then you accuse me of being petty enough to punish you. That might be the way you'd respond, but trust me, this isn't my first rodeo. I've been moderating forums for over 30 years. I don't care what you think of me or FC, just follow the rules.
     
  5. OldNewbie

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    http://fuckcombustion.com/threads/the-fc-meme-thread.4157/page-68#post-1223291
     
  6. Krazy

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    WTF?!?! That poster must be krazy!
     
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  7. OldNewbie

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  9. Little Bill

    Little Bill Oldest stoner on FC

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    Damn! I thought I found and deleted all those pics of me? :myday:
     
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  10. OldNewbie

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    Did you read the study? While I'm glad we are talking of facts and appreciate you including a link to the actual study, there are problems with such a claim as you make.

    First, while you did a "bias check" on the organization that published the study, one might find some value from looking up the authors as well. When the authors get results that confirm their beliefs all the time, it does not make the study or its fact and conclusions wrong, but it does mean that bias in the study must be carefully avoided. Part of the reason for statistics to check the data is to avoid the problem.

    However, this study is really about statistics. The authors make many assumptions and try to eliminate variables to come up with a single influence. They take data that has been addressed by studies and run it through new models of calculation of the data to try to get rid of the co-variant influences. Apparently, all the models confirm the author's bias. Therefore, the models must be true.

    Another way to say the conclusion @florduh wrote is:
    Now the results were uniform: for all four specifications, states that passed RTC laws experienced 13-15% higher aggregate violent crime rates than their synthetic controls after 10 years (results that were significant at either the .05 or .01 level after five years). The synthetic controls estimates for the impact of RTC laws on murder and property crime were also uniformly positive after ten years (but not statistically significant). If one adjusts the synthetic controls estimates for the increased rates of police and incarceration that follow RTC adoption, the RTC-induced increases in murder become large and statistically significant.


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    Guess who greeted the Parkland students when they went back to school? (While the picture is only from Reddit so may not be "True", it's true in that there are many articles about therapy dogs welcoming the students back.)

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  11. florduh

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    @OldNewbie I was being generous calling the organization's bias "Center-Right". The Media Bias Fact Check came out as plain 'ol "Right". Same as Fox. I highly doubt they are in the business of publishing studies from Left Wing Commies.

    I have no idea what you mean by "Apparently, all the models confirm the author's bias. Therefore, the models must be true."

    You don't know that's true at all.

    And of course the study is based on statistics. That's how many scientific papers, and basically all "social science" papers are structured.

    At the end of the day, find a published study that shows Concealed Carry Laws lead to safer societies. That's the claim that gun advocates make. Let's see the evidence to back it up.

    And there were no problems with the claim I made. According to this study, RTC laws lead to a significant increase in violent crime. No amount of spin can change the conclusions of this paper.
     
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  12. OldNewbie

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    Unless I'm mistaken, part of the study was to debunk some of the previous data. Previous studies were equivocal on the results. Some showed positive effect, some showed negative effect and some showed no statistically significant effect. If you need the studies to show Concealed Carry Laws lead to safer societies, just find them in the bibliography and discussion.

    As to all social science studies, I don't read them all. But, how many are reporting predictions 10 years down the line? I can give you a shit-ton load of economic studies that predict some aspect of the economy 10 years in the future. When you look at the retrospective studies, it seems the predictions are little better than a monkey throwing darts at a board. (As the Wall Street Journal used as an experiment once a year as an annual dig at portfolio managers.)

    Even then, it is beside the point as to the basic difference between the sides. While it may be interesting how the herd is affected by things, it is of more interest to me how I am affected by things. Even though I believe my neighborhood is safer because I own firearms, that is not the reason. *I* (And, my family.) are safer.

    Now I know the next step as we've already gone through it. There will be some statistic thrown out about how gun owners are not safer. I will point out the significance of those studies are more to address the suicide problem than the mass shooting or criminal act problem of firearms so are irrelevant to me. Do I want the government to take care of me or the freedom to take care of myself?

    For the Rorschach test, was the result here good or bad? (Warning! This is a shooting, don't click if you don't want to see.)


    It's from Brazil, so has no specific relevance here other than to determine value of outcome. Even if we were to assume zero risk to life from the robber if there were no others armed there (A false assumption, but useful to focus on something less argumentative.), is the cost or benefit to society greater if we grievously hurt the robber or if we let him take the money? That is a real question as we are balancing life against (probably not that much) money. Something that, as a statistical matter, usually requires a whole lot of money to make the balance equal.
     
  13. florduh

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    Well there's the rub. Gun owners Feeling safe is the most important thing. It doesn't matter that their gun ownership actually makes society less safe according to most objective measures.

    The basic libertarian argument is that you should be allowed to do anything you want, so long as it doesn't harm your neighbor. Well, our current free-for-all system of gun ownership absolutely harms all of us.

    I support gun ownership. But we need to take steps to ensure only qualified, sane people own them.
     
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    Well, back to the straw man/men I see. Too bad, it looked like we might have gotten out of the circle of futility for a moment.
     
  15. florduh

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    Nope. I literally summarized what you said.

    Your personal feeling of safety is the most important thing. Regardless of the negative effects a laissez faire system of gun ownership has on society. Not a straw man.

    I followed up by saying I support gun ownership for qualified, sane people.

    I'm being quite reasonable.
     
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  16. OldNewbie

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    Res ipsa loquitur.

    The reader may form his own opinion.
     
  17. analytika

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    The Founders were adherents of natural rights theory. The U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights was an add on, a year in, universally understood as an explicit statement of inalienable rights already implied and protected in the original constitution. It sought not to "grant" rights to U.S. citizens, but simply to clarify limitations on governmental power as a barrier to future tyranny.

    Many of the Founders opposed the Bill of Rights, for fear it might suggest that the amendments "created" rights already, and again inalienably, held by free men, and potentially might suggest it was somehow a comprehensive list. To reach consensus the drafters included a nod to natural rights, the 9th Amendment: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

    The right to keep and bear arms, for self defense, hunting, *and* as a guarantor against governmental oppression, was thus considered by the Founders as among the fundamental rights of man that no government can take away legitimately. Most state constitutions, at the time, provided similar language. Founders spoke outright about the armed citizenry as a guarantor that the U.S. federal government would not, and could not, oppress the States or the People.

    Until the 14th amendment, and the Supreme Court invention of "incorporation", the Bill of Rights imposed no legal obligations upon the States. For example, at the time the Constitution was ratified, the State of Massachusetts *required* its citizens to participate in religious observance, in a way that rises easily, as we think of it today, to the level of an official state religion -- yet no one thought the Constitution's First Amendment posed any problem for Massachusetts.

    After the Civil War and the ratification of the 14th Amendment, with the Civil War's renegade states denying rights to freed slaves, the Supreme Court began to "incorporate" the Bill of Rights into the 14th Amendment, and apply federal power to impose its enumerated rights.

    Remarkably, it was not until 1925 that the Supreme Court applied the First Amendment to overturn state or local law restricting free speech or imposing religious duties. The Second Amendment was incorporated in the 21st Century.

    In DC vs. Heller in 2008, the Court held 5-4 that yes, the 2nd Amendment guarantees an *individual right* to keep and bear arms, and that it was unconstitutional for Washington, D.C. to ban handgun ownership. That's now black letter Supreme Court precedent.

    A decade before the case, btw, liberal lion Harvard constitutional law professor Lawrence Tribe acknowledged the individual right component of the 2nd Amendment is "unassailable". Justice Anton Scalia wrote extensively on the "militia" as meaning, unambiguously at the Founding, all able bodied men, not a creation of state governments.

    It's is widely understood, however, that the U.S. will tip pretty drastically with the next one or two Supreme Court appointments, either to roll the 2nd Amendment forward to full incorporation parity with constitutional elements like the First Amendment, guaranteeing citizens, for example protection from blanket prohibitions on concealed carry; or to full curtailment, such that gun confiscation from law abiding citizens gets a full Supreme Court endorsement. The eldest, most infirm member of the court is far left activist (former head of the ACLU) Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Odds are, she'll be replaced by a Donald Trump appointment.

    The origin of gun control in the U.S. was the so-called "Jim Crow" era, and sought above all else to keep guns from blacks fighting for civil rights -- and often for life itself -- amidst widespread KKK membership and an unholy alliance between the KKK and the Democratic Party that ruled the old South. There is perhaps no clearer case for the application of the 14th Amendment to guarantee natural rights. The history of the NRA and its black charters in the South is civil rights history.
     
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  18. florduh

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    Indeed.


    Let's say I was a responsible, safe driver. I want to drive 90 wherever I'm going. I get that there are other drivers who aren't as competent as me. But why should MY right to get where I'm going as fast as I can be infrigned upon because others can't handle their shit?


    I understand that driving isn't a Constitutionally protected freedom. But that's because the Founders could no more imagine a Honda than they could an AR-15.
     
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  19. Helios

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    Very loaded questions indeed,:\ I don't know if I can delve into this without going down a deep black hole ending in a pit of vipers. however perhaps I can suggest we all Re-watch and study the film "last of the Mohicans"
    or we can revisit lessons learned by the 18th Century German Auxiliaries, King George III to further understand the importance of civil self defense.:sherlock:
     
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    The smoothbore musket fired approximately 80 caliber ball ammo accurate to about 100 yards. The rifle musket fired approximately 50 Calibre ball ammo accurate up to about 400 yards. The AR-15 fires significant smaller rounds than either -- the 223 is just north of 22 Calibre -- accurate to about 600 yards.

    We're talking centuries, that's incremental not evolutionary progress.

    The founders of course fully anticipated the internet, otherwise sensible regulation to protect the public from dangerous information would limit the first amendment to hand cranked printing presses and speaking with feet firmly planted on an 18th century soapbox.
     
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    Some stores have announced they will not be selling long guns to people younger than 21. Can they do that?

    As to the 2nd amendment, I don't see why not. If a private retailer does not want to sell to people under 21, or 40 for that matter, I see no Constitutional violation as it is not Congress making a law. (Or, the states. I believe the McDonald v. Chicago case incorporated the amendment. [Made it apply to the states under the 14th due process clause.])

    However, many states have greater protections for civil rights--including the right to not be discriminated against in public accommodation because of age.

    http://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-and-criminal-justice/state-public-accommodation-laws.aspx

    In those states, stores that try to put in the policy will, probably, be sued for violation of civil rights. Those who support gun rights will send in a person under 21 who is legally able to buy a weapon to the stores, that person gets denied, thus creating standing to sue.

    I wonder how the courts will bake THIS cake.
     
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  22. lazylathe

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    @Helios

    How many Mohicans are left? Who eradicated them like vermin?
    What weapons were used to basically mow them down in that era?

    That's a loaded question...
     
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  23. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

    We at DICK'S Sporting Goods are deeply disturbed and saddened by the tragic events in Parkland. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their loved ones.

    But thoughts and prayers are not enough. We have to help solve the problem that's in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that's taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America - our kids.

    We deeply believe that this country's most precious gift is our children...

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    Looks like Walmart and Fred Meyers is doing the same. The people and merchants of America are doing what the senate and congress doesn’t have the balls to do.
     
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    @CarolKing, I Agree with you about the Children being our most precious gift, however this is larger issue one where many elements comprised together forming the perfect storm, we cannot simply go after the causes without examining the symptoms as well.
    Curious how Walmart is the biggest pharmacy in the Nation, continue to sell out prescription drugs like candy. What is the age restriction on this in most states?
    18 year olds can learn to train to kill, go to war overseas and kill for Greedy multinational interests, and can't buy a rifle upon returning back home?
    A disturbing number of perpetrators of school shootings and similar mass murders in our modern era were either on – or just recently coming off of – psychiatric medications. A few of the most high-profile examples, out of many others linked below.
    http://realfarmacy.com/florida-shooting/
     
  25. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

    @Helios i agree with you it is a bigger problem than just the availability to get the guns. Something is better than nothing. Working towards a solution is just the beginning. Prescription drugs is another subject entirely and a very important one.
     
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