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Easier access to concealed firearms is associated with significantly higher rates of handgun-related homicide, according to a new study.

Source: More permissive concealed-carry laws linked to higher homicide rates — ScienceDaily

Once again, “researchers”, either incompetent or by political agenda, mistake correlation with causality.  Dangerous neighborhoods beget law-abiding people to request concealed carry permits for their protection.  It is the dangerous neighborhoods that are the causal factor.  Concealed carrying citizens do not make neighborhoods dangerous.

Look no further than Chicago, where obtaining a concealed carry permit is virtually impossible.  Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country, yet the highest homicide rates.  That example, alone, should tell the reader that this “study” is manure; pure garbage.

AuntieBS

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An estimated 3 million adult American handgun owners carry a firearm loaded and on their person on a daily basis, and 9 million do so on a monthly basis, new research indicates. The vast majority cited protection as their primary reason for carrying a firearm. It is the first research in more than 20 years to scrutinize why, how often, and in what manner US adults carry loaded handguns.

Source: Three million Americans carry loaded handguns daily, study finds: Most are male, and cite protection as primary reason; ‘significant’ public health implications, researchers say — ScienceDaily

If guns were the problem, this alone would be scary.  Since all these people do NOT commit gun crimes, it pretty much refutes the anti-gun meme.

AuntieBS

States with higher estimated levels of gun ownership had higher incidents of gun-related suicides, with firearm ownership alone explaining 71 percent of the variation in state-level gun suicide rates for males and 49 percent for females, a new study shows.

Source: Firearm ownership closely tied to suicide rates, study finds — ScienceDaily

 

I usually write about cannabis lies, but wish to point out BULLSHIT so you can spot it easier when you see it in print, whether regarding cannabis, guns, the4 environment, or any other controversial subject.  The casual reader would see this title and assume that guns cause more suicides, but once again, that little rascal gets in the way: CAUSALITY.

If the headline read:  “Automobile ownership tied to vehicle accident rates, study finds”, most readers would think “Duh, of course.”  Well, what this “study” really shows is that IF a person is suicidal, they will more likely choose a gun to kill themselves.  This is akin to saying that people who live in San Francisco are more likely to commit suicide by jumping off the infamous Golden Gate Bridge, or New Yorkers, from the Empire State Building or other tall high rise.  All it means is that if people are suicidal, they will choose the most effective way available to them.  It literally has little to do with guns, because guns are just the tool available to commit their sad deed.  If guns were not available, drugs, razor blades, tall structures, or large bodies of water will substitute as alternatives.

Misleading “studies” like these are commonly produced by those with an agenda, to IMPLY causality in a negative way.  For example, this study could have easily been “Cannabis access closely tied to suidide rates, study finds”, if they focused on suicides in states where cannabis was available, because the correlation is inevitable, but is not causal.

Almost any “study” on controversial topics will show the authors’ underlying agendas, so if you read “New York City restrooms tied to transgender bathroom assaults”, a topic in the news these days, is ambiguous bullshit, because MOST transgenders are likely to move to large cities, and are most likely to encounter problems when using a restroom.  In other words, there are several OTHER factors at play, none of which mean New York restrooms are more dangerous than others.

Learn to spot this kind of BULLSHIT and you will develop critical reading skills.  Politicians often knowingly (or stupidly) use these sorts of “studies” to further their own agendas.

AuntieBS

Sadly, we are permeated with BULLSHIT throughout our society.  People killing in the name of religion, people spreading viruses and other malware, politicians defying our Constitution, pundits lying to the public, cannabis is illegal while countless harmful drugs– many endorsed by the FDA– are FAR more dangerous.  The list goes on.

This 6 minute video about gun crime/facts is a MUST WATCH if you are anti bullshit!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/pELwCqz2JfE?rel=0&autoplay=true

Auntie BS

 

People want “common sense” gun control, yet criminals heed no laws.  Heroin is against the law, but Vicodin is OK.  Marijuana is against the law, but alcohol is OK.  In New York, it is OK to have a gun that holds 6 bullets, but one holding 7 is illegal.  Baseball bats are legal everywhere, but machine guns are not.  It’s OK for an adult to have sex with an 18 year old, but one day before that critical birthday will land the person in prison.

 

The common theme among most of our laws involves thresholds—speed limits, gun magazine capacity, chemical concentration, age, quantities, and so on.  But, based on common sense?  Hardly!  What decides that 6 bullets are OK and 7 is not?  What determines that 18 is “adult” while 17.999 is not.  And why is a natural form of medication illegal, while a synthesized analog is not?  Why is it legal to smoke nutmeg, but not marijuana?  And, is a thug with a baseball bat somehow more acceptable than a a trained firearms instructor with a machine gun?  Common sense?  That’s laughable.

 

It’s not difficult to imagine how these thresholds were created, nor why—statistics.  Most 18 year olds have reached a given level of maturity.  Self defense does not usually require dozens of bullets, so a room full of people argued and decided on a specific limit, above which would land you in jail.  And, people who need pain medication should get a prescription from a doctor, after all—it’s common sense.  It is?  Why?  That’s easy—most people are not trained in medicine and pharmacology, while most medical doctors are.  Again, statistics, thresholds, pigeon holing, labeling, etc.  I could be an opiate expert, who teaches doctors, but if I acquired my own opiates without a doctor’s prescription, I could be in deep trouble.

 

How many bullets are needed for self defense?  It depends on dozens of factors—how accurate can the victim shoot?  How far away is the attacker?  How many attackers are there?  What weapons do they have?  What caliber bullet is used?  Where did the bullets hit the attacker?  Is the attacker in a drug-induced rage?  In many successful self-defense situations, 0-1 bullets are sufficient.  Merely showing a gun often stops the attack successfully.  But, if 2-3 drug-crazed attackers are determined to assault you, 30 rounds might not be enough.  Regardless of the usual number, statistically, the outliers are common, and the spread far and wide.  Common sense?  It depends on the situation, and having more at hand is much better than running out.

 

Common sense used to be used by judges and courts, but overzealous legislators have written mandatory sentences which do not differentiate between an 80 year old woman in New York City, who has been beaten and raped repeatedly, by several attackers at a time, and had a 10-round magazine, and a habitual rapist who also had a 10-round magazine.  Under these mandatory sentencing laws, a judge is precluded from using common sense and must sentence both to the same prison term.  There are people in prison for decades over marijuana possessions, while child molesters go free after 2-3 years.  Common sense?

 

Instead of mandatory sentences for possession of things, wouldn’t true common sense focus on what the possessors did with these things?  Then, the little old lady defending herself with an AR-15 containing a 30-round magazine would be aquitted, while the would-be rapist with a one-shot derringer would be imprisoned.  With common sense in use, people caught with drugs would be encouraged to attend drug rehab programs, while violent criminals would be imprisoned.  And, a judge might look at an 18 year old man and a 17.9 year old woman, not as a statutory rape situation, but as two kids in love.

 

Banning or restricting things is doomed to failure, if people are motivated toward these things.  A much better approach would be to ban or restrict behaviors and activities!  This way, owning a gun or possessing some weed would not be illegal, but obnoxious public intoxication (does it matter on what?) would be, as would using a gun to commit a crime, regardless of how many rounds were held in its magazine.  This would be common sense legislation!

AuntieBS

 

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U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Says Marijuana ‘Can Be Helpful’ For Some Medical Conditions.

All good, but until Congress does something to rein in the DEA, nothing is going to change.  The science IS there– just look at the HUNDREDS of articles here in this blog, but the DEA is STILL harassing LEGAL, model dispensary, Harborside, California.

This Surgeon General is also anti-gun and it is feared that he may twist laws and Obama’s executive actions to declare guns a health issue, thereby raising health insurance premiums on gun owners.

Let’s get politics out of science.

AuntieBS