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Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1139

More to the point, skill is irrelevant. The crazy idea behind statements like "The campus has its own police force who have guns and are trained to use them" makes the assumption that armed police only shoot bad guys. This is demonstrably NOT the case as has been shown in many other recent incidents. Somehow when a police officer shoots innocent unarmed people there is no response to ban guns...

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1139

Why is it that anytime there is a shooting, the first thing the unarmed people do is call people with guns?

This statement defeats every argument in this entire thread. People who are facing an armed assailant sure believe that other people with guns will make them safer. Even if unarmed cops show up and the shooter commits suicide, it's still a gun that ended the rampage.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1139

I disagree. I have a prominent sticker on my door that says my house is protected by Smith and Wesson. I don't actually own a gun, but if that sticker can convince a criminal to rob the house next door instead of mine, it has served it's course. The government is stupid for putting up "gun free" stickers. What they should be putting up are stickers saying that they have armed guards or a quick response from armed police. Criminals aren't deterred by gun restrictions, but they are deterred by is an armed defender.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1139

Link 1) "According to testimony from witnesses, Hasan passed up several opportunities to shoot civilians, and instead targeted soldiers in uniform,[30] who - in accordance with military policy - were not carrying personal firearms."
Link 2) "On April 16, discussion was renewed over if soldiers should be allowed to carry concealed firearms on military bases in Texas and other states."

I could go on but you seem to have this perception that on military bases people are armed and that is not the case as others have stated. Military policy excludes most soldiers (except MPs, who are police) from carrying loaded firearms on base. Every single one of those links you provided were "gun free zones" even though they were against military personnel.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1139

While this may be true that targets aren't chosen because they are "gun free zones" the opposite is probably something to consider. There aren't any mass shootings at gun stores or conventions. Nobody intending to kill a bunch of defenseless innocent people is going to go to a place where most people are armed.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1139

Is the difference between a terrorist attack and a random mass shooting what the media calls it? This specific shooting was from a foreigner born in the UK. Why isn't that terrorism?

Neglecting your emotional differentiation between crimes, I would note that the murder rate in the US is ALSO dropping. It has been dropping quite steadily for a long time. As far as why the US has a high murder rate, it's a large place with lots of urban areas. A few of the urban areas really skew the statistics. Washington DC is the most obvious example with extremely restrictive laws about owning guns and a ridiculously high gun homicide rate. The problem is not with guns, it's with the populations. Gun laws and gun ownership do not correlate at all with mass murders or gun homicides.

Comment Re:Why was he modded up? (Score 1) 1139

Your links are also crap. Using the gun homicide rate for the entire US is a bit misleading since some places in the US have very restrictive gun laws. The highest gun homicide rate? Washington DC where there is a total ban on guns and the lowest rate of gun ownership in the US. Falling close behind are several other metropolitan areas with gun restrictions like NYC and Chicago.

Here is a list you can sort by state with gun ownership percentages and homicide rates. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Your premise isn't fitting the facts either. There is no correlation whatsoever between gun restrictions, gun ownership, and homicides.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1139

So who should have guns? Only the military? Soliders who want to kill innocent people still do... Only the police? Not like they never shoot innocent people right? How do you determine who should get guns? If you figure that one out, by all means propose a law that will effectively identify those individuals and keep guns out of their hands.

Comment Re:Obligatory Reagan Worship! (Score 1) 211

Capitalism won the cold war because it generated enough excess wealth that money could be wasted on destructive and useless government objectives without the system collapsing like under communism. Yet people are still arguing with each other about how much more we should be wasting on destruction and useless government objectives...

If it's worth hacking on well, it's worth hacking on for money.