While fact checking a speech

Yes, I do perform fact checking. Not on everything, but items that seem too good/bad to be true. So, I was listening to one of the Lake Land protesters during the walkout the other day. She made the claim that the number one cause of death for kids was gun violence. Now, I do not agree with everything that they are trying to accomplish with this push. I do support a couple of items such as; less kids being killed, and their involvement in the process. (More on this later) Do I want kids to be getting killed? No.

So I pulled up the numbers and the little lass was wrong, the claim was false for every age group. The most recent chart is below for your review. For the moment, let me focus on the age group of the speaker, 14-24.  Homicide, Firearm is 2nd after motor vehicle accidents. Have you heard anyone push for vehicular safely? Even with vehicles being a third more deadly… When you combine the numbers from all of the age groups, where do you think homicide, firearm falls in? 5th place.

So let’s consider how business and life works. You seek out the fastest, cheapest, and effective method to bring the best results, right? If we were really looking to reduce juvenile deaths, we would take our eyes to the bigger numbers right? Well, drivers are not to be vilified, there are too many of them. God forbid we overburden the police by having them actually enforce the traffic laws. We would need to pay for more of them so that they could perform the job. Don’t get me wrong, I like to police. I just think that they have been refocused away from the community policing that we need to build the social structure that is conducive to respect for oneself and others. A great example of that was the pilot program in Vancouver WA that put cameras on school buses to catch drivers putting out kids in harms way while getting on or off the bus. Why was it called off? it generated too many citations. Wait, what?!?  Initially it would be a revenue generator, then as respect (or fear) built up, the drivers would pay more attention and the tickets would taper off with safer drivers. I know at least one local girl died in this manner, more than died in the county by school shootings in the last ten years.

There are 37000+ high schools in the US. How many have had a real shooting? No, I personally do not count the bullshit numbers being padded in such as a window getting shot by a punk with a BB gun. However for expedience, I will count the data in an unfiltered manner from 01/01/00 to 03/14/18.

There were 268 deaths and 386 injuries. Too many I know, but if you listen to the media and rhetoric then you would think that the number was in four or five digits.

Since the various levels of government have already permitted plenty of infringements to the second amendment, what will a very small amount more hurt right? It isn’t like I am going to pay attention to them. So let’s look at what may have some impact.

Good background checks, that are not as moronic as the no-fly list. There has to be due process to individuals being named. We have enough people listed on the no-fly because their name sounds foreign.

Mandated weapons security, safe, lock, other similar manners to keep arms limited to proper owners.

Illegal immigrants in possession of a firearm, immediate deportation after due process.

 

I am quite curious why suicide (in any manner) is listed as an “Unintentional Injury Death”. By the very definition of suicide, it is intentional and should not be included on this table. Another oddity in the results was that from 25-64 the leading cause was unintentional poisoning. No ideas there yet, but I found it notable.

https://www.cdc.gov/injury/images/lc-charts/leading_causes_of_injury_deaths_unintentional_injury_2015_1050w760h.gif

Can we play a game called reality check?

By a guest writer (not sure how he would prefer the by line)

 

Can we play a game called Reality Check for a moment? Everyone’s flipping a bitch about modern gun laws and how what the forefathers used were muskets so the rules need to change, blah blah blah… same discussion we have every time there is a shooting…

You know how the Americans started with muskets? So did the military. Every bit of weapon tech their military had, so did the citizens. Hell, sometimes even children were used to operate cannons. Gun laws are stricter now than ever, so don’t try to blame them all of a sudden because we have more psychos than ever. (Not that I want to see the average yankee-doodle dickhead with a F-16)

Over 1,500 people are killed every year by stabbing but you don’t see anyone screaming and crying about it.

Thousands freeze to death because they are homeless and you couldn’t share that 3rd or 4th spare room or people with multiple homes couldn’t open some space for them.

The whole world is effected by you and your wastefulness, but you think that buying little eco-bags or only using certain products will help the environment; never thinking that your biggest problem is that you never say no to yourself. This will kill a LOT of people from the cumulative effects from the environmental damage: lack of pollinators, soil erosion, soil and water toxification, these leading to areas that are already in poverty and rely on their agriculture for survival losing their one source of food and income.

You are only raising a fit about this is because you are scared, you don’t give a fuck about anything else but yourself and those directly in your bubble… don’t try to pull one over because it is in your “compassion”. If you want shit to change, change what YOU are doing.

Plant a tree, hug a stranger, be happy, and don’t fucking worry about what everyone else is doing. Just make the world a happier place to exist in and this shit will happen less.

Laws do not change the hearts of men, but the hearts of men change the world.

One school shooting you WON’T see on the national stage or in the media.

The best way to deal with a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.

http://bearingarms.com/good-guy-with-a-gun-armed-school-officer-stopped-arapahoe/

 

So why won’t the media give praise to this officer, when they are more than willing to condemn gun owners for one persons actions when it isn’t stopped quickly?

Back to the gun issue again

The gun issue is hitting the surface again…

http://www.rollcall.com/news/coburn_schumer_lock_horns_over_gun_control-219542-1.html?pos=hbtxt

Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., offered an agreement to set up consideration of a set of amendments, including a Coburn proposal to make it more difficult to keep veterans from owning guns. Schumer objected when he learned the amendment was in the queue.

 

Really?  We are going to mess with vets and their ability to have firearms? Over my dead body…

I will find another topic for tomorrow.

Why the hype about guns?

Ever since Obama was first elected there has been a ton of hype about how he would take away our guns.

We saw runs on ammo as well as an increase in arms sales.

Why the hype?

Is there any foundation to the hysteria?

I cannot tell you how many times I got an email about how he was banning this or that.

Have you seen any changes in the firearms that have been available? How about accessories?

Didn’t some of the Brady Bill expire under his watch allowing larger magazines to be purchased again?

The Hidden History of the Second Amendment – blessed or bullshit?

Professor Bogus argues that there is strong reason to believe that, in significant part, James Madison drafted the Second Amendment to assure his constituents in Virginia, and the South generally, that Congress could not use its newly-acquired powers to indirectly undermine the slave system by disarming the militia, on which the South relied for slave control. His argument is based on a multiplicity of the historical evidence, including debates between James Madison and George Mason and Patrick Henry at the Constitutional Ratifying Convention in Richmond, Virginia in June 1788; the record from the First Congress; and the antecedent of the American right to bear arms provision in the English Declaration of Rights of 1688.

 

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1465114


2nd Amendment

 

Okay, for the first in a series of posts on firearms and citizenry, lets go.

Why did the founding fathers feel the need for us to have the right to bear arms?

 

The three main reasons were:

  1. To keep a militia at the ready to defend our nation
  2. so that the citizens could regain control of an oppressive government
  3. allow for slave owners to have protections from insurrection, at least the ability to quell them (this point is under heavy contention as bullshit)

We will be looking at more aspects as we progress through our tour.