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Comment: Re:Why just guns? (Score 1) 264

by shocking (#47885577) Attached to: Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

Exactly. If, instead of reducing lead, the government had simply banned guns, and we still had lead in gasoline and paint, how well do you think that would have worked out? With people still having behavioral problems, and using knives and baseball bats instead of guns, do you think that the 49% drop in the murder rate would have still happened. Thank you for proving my point. Crime is a symptom of a deeper problem, and guns are NOT the cause of the problem, they are just tools that criminals use, but they are used MUCH MORE by honest people.

If guns had actually been removed, I believe the murder rate would've dropped a bit, because guns make it a lot easier to kill people. There's a lot more effort involved when using a baseball bat. Unfortunately, you've got that particular tiger by the tail, and the guns are unlikely to disappear unless there's a mass community movement to do it, like there was in Australia.

And what do you expect? The honest gun owners are very much AGAINST crime, just like all of the honest non-gun owners, but how are gun owners supposed to "put a lid" on crime. If I have a gun to defend myself, do you expect me to put on tights and be "Super Shooter Dude" running around saving the city by myself? Then I would be called a "vigilante," which is generally frowned upon.

I wasn't expecting honest gunowners to be vigilantes - I was expecting them to condemn the more out there pronouncements of the loons.I'm not seeing that happen at all, which makes me think that perhaps they agree with the nutters. Not good for peace of mind.

By the way. I am not a "prepper" or a "survivalist." At least not much. I have been through a couple of hurricanes. I know what it is to be completely without power and water for a week or so -- and it is not fun. After any disaster it may take the government a few days to a week to come to your rescue, so you need to be prepared to meet your own needs for up to a week. That is just common sense. I am not preparing for the end of the world.

Didn't think you were one of the nuts - you appear to be able to consider evidence and make reasoned arguments.

In my case, I just want my children (yes, I have children) to know and love the freedoms that I grew up with. And, if some scumbag wants to attack one of my daughters, I plan on teaching them how to defend themselves. I would rather have a scumbag wind up being shot than one of my daughters wind up being raped. I also do not like people telling me what to do for NO GOOD REASON. There is a speed limit on the roads -- that makes sense, so I happily obey (well, mostly). I believe in being nice to other people. But, telling me that I cannot own a rifle when I have not hurt anybody and have no plans to hurt anybody is just plain stupid.

In violent agreement here - although in my daughter's case, she took up martial arts. Australia isn't the gun desert that people imagine - there's a gun club about 20 minutes drive from where I live. It's right next door to a Defence training area, so there's plenty of loud bangs from time to time.

Comment: Re:Why just guns? (Score 1) 264

by shocking (#47884893) Attached to: Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

I'm actually unsurprised by the way it dropped - lead was removed from gasoline, and as a result you've had a generation of people grow up without lead poisoning. This lessening of brain damage means that people have better impulse control etc. See

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazi...

Observe the graph towards the bottom of the article. Note how the decrease in crime closely tracks the lead levels.

Now when my family was on the farm we had a number of rifles & shotguns for keeping down predators etc (including an absolutely classic 100 year old double barrelled English shotgun), so I wouldn't say I'm afraid of them.

It's just that there seems to be an increasingly unhinged group of nuts & extremists associated with guns, your preppers & survivalists, and you get those occasional outbreaks of lunacy, like Sandy Hook. There seems to be no movement within the gun owning community to put a lid on such nonsense, which is disturbing. And all these guns still haven't stopped the NSA from spying on you, or stopped the police from murdering your citizens.

Comment: Re:Why just guns? (Score 1) 264

by shocking (#47884143) Attached to: Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

An awful lot of "ifs" in your conclusions regarding the comparative crime rates between Australia & the US. I will note that you still have a lot of room to make up in the murder rate.

Perhaps the declining rate of crime in the US is due to the declining rate of gun ownership - see

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03...

You have a situation where a declining number of ammosexuals are stocking up on guns, driven by fear & paranoia that someone is coming to take them away. The rest of us just shake our heads & back away.

Comment: Re:Why just guns? (Score 1) 264

by shocking (#47877821) Attached to: Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

And yet the US continues to have an absolute murder rate 4 times higher than that of Australia. The only reason its murder rate has dropped more is because it was far higher to begin with! Logic fail indeed.

Of course, if you have a handgun in the house, you're twice as likely to die of homicide, and 11 times more likely to do from suicide. So you're increasing your own risk....

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01...

Comment: Re:Why just guns? (Score 1) 264

by shocking (#47876899) Attached to: Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

Murder/manslaughter is the one crime it's difficult to recover from being a victim of, so it seems to be a fair enough trade off, if the lack of guns makes what would've been a murder into an assault.

The US murder rate is still 4 times greater than that of Australia (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L... ) so clearly being awash with guns is not doing anything to reduce crime.

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