Hardly what I'd call diligent
No, but I'm not defending those people either. See how that works?
Automobiles are not a necessary part of life. Ask the Europeans that constantly tell us Americans we are too enslaved to the notion that we all need our own car.
Well being European I can answer that for you. The "notion" which so seem to have missed, is that Americans are too focused on the car, without looking at other transport alternatives. Not that there should be no cars.
Hell all the best cars in the world are European so it's something we clearly know more than you about. Even in the most hippie pinko socialist parts of Europe, automobiles make life easier for the greater community, I've never seen a case in a civilised country anywhere of a gun making life easier for the average person.
They are a convenience, bordering on a luxury.
Just like running water right?
Just for you:
"Lott claimed to have undertaken a national survey of 2,424 respondents in 1997, the results of which were the source for claims he had made beginning in 1997. However, in 2000 Lott was unable to produce the data, or any records showing that the survey had been undertaken."
Hardly what I'd call diligent.
"In 2001, Rutgers University sociology professor Ted Goertzel considered multiple regression to be not of much use in proving causal arguments in studies by Lott"
So pretty much useless...
"Lott created and used "Mary Rosh" as a sock puppet to defend his own works on Usenet and elsewhere. After investigative work by blogger Julian Sanchez, Lott admitted to use of the Mary Rosh persona.Sanchez also pointed out that Lott, posing as Rosh, not only praised his own academic writing, but also called himself "the best professor I ever had"."
And this is known as lying. Great hero you have for your cause...
It is against the law pretty much everywhere. However that law is enforced pretty much nowhere. It is just simply too difficult to enforce it,
Actually it's trivial to catch a lot of people doing this, I ride a motorbike and zip through traffic everyday and get up and close to drivers as I pass them (all crawling along at 20km/h). A fair few of them are using their phones, so all it would take is a fleet of bike cops, preferably undercover, on smaller bikes like scooters for maximum maneuverability, with cameras on the bike and helmet for collecting evidence. All the cop has to do is zip through traffic, while another is parked up the road with a video feed and pull all the offenders over. Do this for a few weeks, rinse and repeat randomly ever couple of months and see how it changes mobile phone use. Most traffic issues are behaviour based which can be fixed by closer monitoring of driver behaviour. Unfortunately our police depts only seem interested in easy catches such as speeding and drink driving.
If gun ownership were more tightly controlled, the 60,000 to 2,500,000 annual incidents of firearms self-defense (yes, huge error bars) would be reduced -- more people would be murdered, raped, and robbed from. Lives would be lost. Just like in all those countries that do already have tighter controls you mean? Oh wait...
Yes, we have more violence than other wealthy nations. We also have more of a problem with an unaddressed legacy of slavery and segregation, ongoing racism, ongoing economic injustice, and lack of access to useful mental health care than those nations do. Those factors have far more to do with our violence problem than access to firearms does.
I agree with you here. The problem is not just lots of guns, but all those guns do contribute. Merely banning guns won't solve anything, but weapon control is part of the puzzle. I've never heard of a strong social community that also involved high weapon ownership. Something about owning a weapon for protection (as opposed to say hunting) naturally implies fear, which implies something in your society is broken. The countries I've lived in I've never had that feeling. But every one of those had strong universal health and education systems, so maybe American could start there.
More people are killed by the freaking morons that drive cars every month than gun violence. yet I dont see any of these bleeding heart idiots clamoring for tougher drivers license restrictions.
Maybe you should get out more. There's been more laws devoted to control and regulation of the automotive industry than any other in human civilisation. In fact in most law enforcement departments, the branch dedicated is traffic control is the largest. So yeah, maybe it's just you....