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My Data-Driven Thoughts on Gun Control

For my own mental health I need to stop replying online to people who cannot comprehend data.
 
Here are my thoughts on gun control:
  • The 2nd Amendment is fine, and should not be repealed.
  • The Supreme Court has ruled (2008) that the 2nd Amendment allows restrictions on who can have a gun, on where a gun can be carried, and on the commercial sale of guns. This is law.
  • Data demonstrate
    • that gun homicides across countries are directly related to the number of guns per capita,
    • and that during the time that Federal Assault Weapon Ban was in effect (1994-2004) mass shootings and the resulting deaths were significantly lower than in the decades before or after,
    • and that (from a New England Journal of Medicine paper) gun ownership greatly increases the odds of a homicide in the home, often involving a relative, while providing no protective value to the gun-owner.
  • The reasonable conclusion from the data is that reducing the number of guns will reduce gun deaths, and that reducing “assault weapons” as defined in the AWB will reduce mass shootings.

Here are some of the ways I’ve been described because of my views on gun control and my opposition to the AR-15 Build taking place in Marshall. I’ll add to the list as memory serves or as new items come along:

  • Spineless hater
  • Marxist Enemy of the Constitution
  • Snowflake (of course)
  • Nutty Psychology Professor
  • Terrible
  • Clown
  • Ignorant
  • Homegrown hostile enemy
  • Crybully of the Left (my favorite so far)
  • Professor Wilson Dipstick
  • Quasi-intellectual scam artist 
  • Profess-whore dipstick (This person also suggested that I “put it where the moon does not shine.” Not sure what “it” is…)
  • A very small frog in a very big pond (This person thought Albion is a two-year college.)
  • “Greater than thou” libturd professor

And in response to my expressing concern over veiled threats of beat-downs, pepper spray, and dogs being used against people at the Demonstration for Effective Gun Control:

  • There’s too much estrogen in the air.

This last one illustrates the sexism rampant among the pro-gun “patriots.”

Silent Gathering for Effective Gun Control

On Tuesday evening, March 27, 2018, the Marshall Post of the VFW will host a gathering for people who want to build their own AR-15s.  [See update below.] It is possible to build this gun legally in a manner that avoids background checks and makes the gun untraceable.  The VFW will sell only the component that requires the check, but will provide information about how to build it the other way (indeed, they hosted this kind of untraceable build last year).

Some of us believe that there are too many of these assault-style semi-automatic weapons out there already.  They have been used in the five most deadly mass shootings of recent times.  When they were banned (1994-2004) mass shootings and the associated deaths went down. We are especially troubled at the possibility of untraceable AR-15s being made locally, or anywhere for that matter.

 

If you oppose the proliferation of weapons of mass murder, and would like to see effective gun control that might work to reduce killings, please join us for a silent gathering outside of the Marshall VFW Tuesday night from 6-8 PM. Click gun for details.

 
 UPDATE: The event went well, with no confrontations or violence, despite veiled threats of beatdowns, pepper spray, and dogs.  In the time leading up to the event, and afterwards, I have been called:
  • Spineless hater
  • Marxist Enemy of the Constitution
  • Snowflake (of course)
  • Nutty Psychology Professor
  • Terrible
  • Clown
  • Ignorant

I’ll add more as they come in…

Passion and Perseverance

Success is not easy, but you can do things that make it more likely. Show up. Woody Allen said, “80 percent of success is showing up.” It’s true (although we might quibble about the number); if you don’t show up, you will not succeed.

Keep trying. (← click to watch a brief video – well worth it.) Success often goes to the one who kept trying after others had stopped. Be the one who keeps trying.

Have passion. Love what you are doing. If you don’t love it, either find a reason to do so or find something else to do. In a job that you don’t love? Don’t want to be flipping burgers all day? Become the best damn burger-flipper in the world. Find ways to do it better, with flair, in an entertaining way—you’ll either come to love it, or your boss will give you the best reference ever when you apply for the job you want. Taking a class you don’t enjoy? Own that class. Master the material. Find a way to make it relevant to future that you envision for yourself. The most successful people have passion—find your passion.

 

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