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Missouri Gun Murder Rate Rise

Missouri gun murders ‘rose after law repeal’

This article presents a rather strong case for deregulation of handguns correlating with a rise in the murder rate in Missouri. Some might think this is egg on the face of pro-gun advocates. In reality, it’s an opportunity for pro-gun advocates to clarify their views.

You see, pro-gun advocates are not against firearm regulation.

Speaking for myself, I believe guns should be licensed in the same way another lethal instrument is licensed: the car. That is, citizens without a criminal record should be educated, required to take a written gun safety test and a gun usage proficiency test, and if they pass be issued with a license to own a gun (without any of this “why do you need it?” nonsense that’s so open to interpretation.) They should also have to recertify on a regular basis.

With that in mind, I think Missouri made a fatal mistake: “The study links the abandonment of the background check to an additional 60 or so murders occurring per year in Missouri between 2008 and 2012.” (emphasis mine)

My goal is to empower law-abiding citizens to defend themselves, and guns are often the most effective way to do so. At the same time, I want to keep guns OUT of the hands of criminals. A criminal background check is a means to that end.

So this is not an excuse for “tighter gun regulation” or another attempt to ban handguns. Rather, it is another opportunity to let common sense rule.

A Gun For Women

From BBC: “India has launched a new handgun for women, named after a student who was gang-raped in Delhi in December 2012 and later died of her injuries.

 Most refreshing about this article, is it seems we finally have a police officer (notably, a woman) who gets it: “The gun’s launch has led Indians to debate whether carrying a gun makes a woman safer. Ram Krishna Chaturvedi, the chief of police for Kanpur and several nearby districts, thinks it does.

“It is definitely a good idea. If you have a licensed weapon, it increases your self-confidence and creates fear in the minds of criminals,” she says.”

Housewives, too, see the value: “Pratibha Gupta, a housewife and student in Kanpur. [says]… ‘If the person in front of me knows that I have a gun, he will hesitate to touch me…’”

Sadly, the group causing the most problems for Indian women protecting themselves is the government. “Most public places in India do not allow guns - and many offices, malls, cinemas, theatres and markets are equipped with metal detectors to enforce this.

Even if the Delhi rape victim had owned a gun, he says, it would not have been much help, considering she was returning home after watching a film in a theatre in a mall where she wouldn’t have been allowed to carry her weapon.

And if she had been armed, and she had shot any of her attackers the chances are she would have spent the rest of her life in jail on charges of murder, he says.”

Ironically, it is the opponents to gun ownership who offer the biggest reason it’s necessary: “Binalakshmi Nepram, founder of the Women Gun Survivors Network [says]… ‘The authorities saying, ‘Hey woman, come there’s a new gun for you which will make you safer,’ is an admission of failure on their part.’”

Also, “But many frightened women had little faith in a largely corrupt and inefficient police force.”

Consider the U.S., where the police force isn’t largely “corrupt and inefficient”, you still can’t rely on the police for protection. “Even though the Department of Justice determined that the average police response time to a 911 call is 4 minutes, the average interaction time between a criminal and his victim is 90 seconds.

Indian women are realizing, due to tragic necessity, what writers of the U.S. Constitution already knew: “Large numbers [of women] enrolled in self-defence classes and began stocking up on pepper spray cans. Some reports suggested there was a rise in the number of women seeking gun licences.”

From the Women’s Self Defense Institute: “The truth is that the police are not your body guards… The reality is that you are on your own for at least 4 minutes or more. Anyone who has been in any type of altercation knows that it only takes seconds to inflict serious injury.

It’s up to you to defend yourself. The police cannot be everywhere. (emphasis mine)”

Oily Business

From the BBC:

“The trade gap dropped by 12.9% to $34.3bn (£20.9bn) in November, the smallest monthly deficit since October 2009, the US Commerce Department said.

Imports fell 1.4% from October as a fall in demand for foreign oil…

Exports rose 0.9%, boosted by a 5.6% rise in petroleum exports”

Um… we’re importing foreign oil and exporting our own? Does this make any sense at all? Maybe, like we often see in the press, we could “reduce our dependence on foreign oil” if we’d KEEP OUR OWN @#$%! OIL IN THE COUNTRY!

Incompetent at Judging Incompetence

A recent report says incompetent people are especially bad at judging their own incompetence.

Are we surprised?

We could all use a bigger dose of humility, me included.

Another Difference

Yet another study confirms what we already know: men and women are different.

Yet even this article attempts to undermine the obvious conclusion: men (as a group) tend to excel at certain tasks, while women (as a group) tend to excel at different tasks.

Instead of continuing to fight for an androgynous society, why don’t we accept these differences and capitalize on them?

Death of a Salesman

The BBC reports that companies are finding sales positions difficult to fill. Apparently, young people consider sales a somewhat dishonorable profession.

Are we surprised? Salespeople have a reputation for being pushy and more concerned about closing the deal than the needs of the customer.

The article goes on to discuss colleges developing professional sales programs, and the people skills and psychology training prospective salespeople receive.

Two glaring omissions in the curriculum I see are ethics and “how to graciously take ‘no’ for an answer.”

Until that’s incorporated into every salesperson’s psyche, they will continue to have a bad reputation.

China Murders

From the BBC:

“Two employees of Beijing’s historical Forbidden City have been stabbed to death in a lunchtime brawl, Chinese police say.

Knife attacks are becoming more common in Chinese cities, often as a violent expression of frustration against authority. But violence at major tourist sites is rare.”

Banning guns didn’t work. Let’s ban knives. And to make sure people are safe, let’s ban any sharp objects: pencils, hair pins. Oh, and fists. Let’s ban those.

Perhaps I’m being cynical, but how politicians can ignore facts like these and delude themselves into thinking we’re safer with a victim mentality is beyond me.

Why Creationism?

I consider myself an old-Earth Creationist. That is, I believe God created the universe as described in Genesis Chapter 1, but I don’t believe the “day” in Genesis 1 refers to a 24-hour period as we understand “day” today. When Relativity is taken into account, it’s very easy to see how “day” could mean something different. If all truth is God’s truth (it is), and the scientific evidence for a billions-of-years-old universe is so extensive, I could not justify holding onto my previous young-Earth beliefs.

Why then, haven’t I taken the next step to Theistic Evolution? That is, why haven’t I accepted Evolutionary Theory as God’s mechanism of creating life?

The answer is found in articles like this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23872765

“Scientists have long wondered how atoms first came together to make up the three crucial molecular components of living organisms: RNA, DNA and proteins.

The molecules that combined to form genetic material are far more complex than the primordial “pre-biotic” soup of organic (carbon-based) chemicals thought to have existed on the Earth more than three billion years ago, and RNA (ribonucleic acid) is thought to have been the first of them to appear.

Simply adding energy such as heat or light to the more basic organic molecules in the “soup” does not generate RNA. Instead, it generates tar.”

Evolution hasn’t made its case scientifically. And occasionally, in unguarded moments, the Evolutionists themselves admit it.

The Problem with the iPad

How am I supposed to use a touch screen computer when I hate fingerprints on my screen?

Murder Capital

From the BBC:

“Chicago has become the murder capital of the US.

Last May, Lino Diaz became one of the 506 people killed in the city in 2012. The father of two was shot multiple times outside his home.”

” Chicago already has some of the toughest gun control laws in the US.”

Also from the BBC: 

The US firearm murder rate has been fluctuating in recent years, from 3.9 per 100,000 people in 2006 to 3.2 in 2010, according to the UN.

Different data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report indicates that the 2011 rate is 2.8 per 100,000 but this varies across states.

As shown below, [Washington] DC is by far the highest…”

Washington DC had the strictest gun laws in the country. So strict, in fact, that the US Supreme Court struck some down.

Something else people don’t mention, is that Houston, TX used to be the murder capital of the USA. That was before concealed carry was legalized.

Does anyone see a pattern here?