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Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 1) 189

What percentage of homicides and violent crime are related to gang activity? Take Chicago for example as it continuously pops up in the news. I would contend that better mental health care does nothing for them.

I take a broader view of mental health besides just treating pathology. I see it in more holistic terms, that involves poverty, debt, external stress, family life, even nutrition and physical health. People without purpose in life can find purpose.

There's a reason you don't find violent street gangs in Lake Forest or Kenilworth which are as close to downtown Chicago as the far South side. And before the ACs jump in, no, it has nothing to do with the properties of race.

Comment Re:No thank you! (Score 1) 49

Just like there are plenty of 4:3 laptops and monitors available, smartphones with physical keyboard, ultrabooks with 6 USB ports, etc.

The OP has a point -- it's not that you can't avoid whatever the current dumb technology design trend is, but chances are your alternatives will be extremely limited because somehow these trends take on a life of their own and before you know it 95% of the market is following the rest of the lemmings right off the cliff.

My guess is these touch keyboard things won't gain any traction on laptops until they come up with some kind of system that provides a touch similar to a real keyboard, so it's unlikely to catch on, unlike ultrathin smartphones.

Comment Re:10mm (Score 1) 49

So, you seem to be saying "millennial", except with a lot less words. Are you a 49ers fan? Colin Kaepernick might want to use your argument, he's a jackass too. Not as bad as Carlos Danger or Hillary Clinton , but worse than Chris Brown. yeah Colin should fuck off and so should you.
Colin McColonmouth

When did Skip Bayless get on Slashdot?

Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 0) 189

would you propose the same solutions to preventing suicides as homicides/violent crimes?

Yes. Better mental health care and sensible restrictions on guns.

Not having ready access to a gun might have given some of those suicides a chance to reconsider. A Harvard study says 9 out 10 people who survive a suicide attempt do not go on to die by suicide. But it's pretty hard to survive a pistol shot through the roof of the mouth, you know?. The vast majority of people who attempt suicide by means other than handgun are not successful. The success rate for the gun users is well over 90%.

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/m...

Regarding homicides and violent crime, you are much more likely to be shot to death in a violent crime than beaten, stabbed, strangled, impaled, poisoned, hatcheted, smothered or thrown out of a window combined. The National Institute of Justice says that nearly 70% of homicides are committed with firearms.

http://www.nij.gov/topics/crim...

Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 0) 189

Isn't it a bit misleading to lump 20k+ suicides into that figure since they happened to choose a firearm to do it with?

Not at all. I'm comparing danger. As an American, you're over a thousand times more likely to die from the bullet of a gun held by an American than you are to die from anything ISIS does.

But you bring up a good point about suicide. Americans are thousands of times more likely to be a danger to themselves than they are to have ISIS be a danger to them.

So why all the fuss?

Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 1) 189

The takeaway message for you here should be that including your anti-gun political message in with your "ISIS is not a real threat" message led to a distraction from, and dilution of, your intended message. Introducing politics into discussions does that, every single time.

You worry about your message and let me worry about mine.

Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 1) 189

Americans with guns killed around 13,000 Americans last year, not 35,000. Please don't exaggerate.

You're right. I was looking at the statistics from 2013, not 2015.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, there were 73,505 nonfatal firearm injuries (23.23 per 100,000 U.S. citizens);[2] 11,208 homicides (3.5 per 100,000);[3] 21,175 suicides;[4] 505 deaths due to accidental/negligent discharge of a firearm; and 281 deaths due to firearms-use with "undetermined intent",[4] for a total of 33,636 deaths due to "Injury by firearms",[4]

Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 1) 189

Suicide is a victimless crime

Thanks for reminding me. I didn't mean to limit "Americans killing Americans with guns" to just crime. I should have added accidental shootings.

Fact is, Americans with guns put a lot of holes in Americans. Way more than any other developed nation. There is a bigger danger of accidentally getting killed with a gun than getting killed by ISIS.

Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 1) 189

The guns did nothing.

As a gun owner for 35 years, I can tell you that if it's loaded and you pull the trigger, a gun will do something.

Those 25k+ people who commit suicide every year while pointing a gun at themselves and pulling the trigger could not have committed suicide by putting a finger to their temple and shouting BANG!

Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 1) 189

He's adding in all accidental gun deaths and suicides, which are overwhelmingly done using guns because it's fast and (presumed) less painful.

I cited the number as "Americans killing Americans with guns". Why wouldn't you include suicides in that?

The point is, ISIS is one of the least dangerous things in the United States. More people die from toenail fungus than by ISIS. You're TEN TIMES more likely to die while on a luxury cruise than you are from ISIS.

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