it couldn't be measured if it weren't a distinct genotype. That says nothing about speciation, of course.
" Do you know how many terrorists that wanted to kill me I have come face to face with? 0.
Remove the "I have come face to face with" and that answer will certainly not be zero.
If it's in-house software then it can be fixed - no excuses. If people don't fix problems they know about and can fix then they get what they deserve.
Show me somebody who has a huge investment into a physical machine controlled by some proprietary software where the vendor has gone out of business and there's no source available and then I'll have a bit of sympathy, but even then put it on a VM on its own VLAN - these are not extremely difficult problems.
and since there are no historical examples of a non-abusive government, minimizing taxation is the only way to minimize abusiveness.
why? Because the interior minister's uncle wants a new boat. Oh sure, launder the cash through a few welfare programs, but more complex explanations are not required.
Solvent? There is nothing but IOU's in the "trust fund" - future taxation is the plan for paying out SS. Between that and Medicare for the boomers, each non-retiree (man , woman, and child) is on the hook for $900K in additional taxation over the boomers' retirement. Gene therapy will be banned and age wars seem possible. Arithmetic is inflexible that way.
Obviously getting stabbed or strangled is just as bad as getting shot, but before somebody can stab or strangle you, they need to get up close first, and you can only get close to one person at the time.
Most of the people out there shooting people aren't exactly what you'd call marksmen. They're still getting pretty close most of the time.
And if that person happens to be bigger and stronger, there's no guarantee that it will even work. With a gun, against an unarmed opponent, it's a lot easier and quicker, even if the opponent is bigger and stronger.
That's precisely why guns are important. A 90 pound woman is not going to be able to fight off a 250 pound man with her bare hands. She'll be able to do it with a pistol.
I read the same idea elsewhere earlier today, Ebola is not wildly contagious like the flu, using it as a biological weapon is about as practical as plastic guns.
They don't need to spread the disease, they only need to spread the fear. In other words...terror.
Or even more specifically, having an item that was too easy to turn into a gun without a license.
Even if it comes to pass that metal 3D printers become cheap enough for people to start whipping up high quality guns at home, people will still be willing to pay for new and innovative products.
I suspect that you do not have much personal contact with the American gun culture. I am deeply immersed in it. I see guys selling their Third generation Glocks to buy Fourth generation versions of the same model.
Despite the fact that the 1911 is old and proven technology that nearly any manufacture can copy, people are will willing to pay more money for a Kimber because they make a really high end product.
If you're going to argue that eventually 3D printing will be able to produce pieces that are identical to those that can be made by high end manufacturers, how can any law be enforced against them? Once they're out of the printer, there's no way to tell where it came from.
You cannot possibly understand the US murder rate without looking at race and guns.
How do you explain the fact that Japanese-Americans have a lower homicide rate than Japanese in Japan?