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  1. YngwieJ

    Another mass shooting in America

    My favorite is, "when guns are outlawed, only outlaws..." They've created this false cliche that any form of gun control equates to banning guns and it completely destroys intelligent discourse on the topic.
  2. YngwieJ

    Another mass shooting in America

    568,158 as of July 2011. Your point is? All my figures were in per capita numbers. As I showed, and as the other research study I quoted showed, is that while homicides may not be directly correlated with gun ownership, the risk of death by a gun is statistically much higher among those that...
  3. YngwieJ

    Another mass shooting in America

    Ok, I plotted the data for gun ownership (Gallup 2011 poll) and gun-related deaths (Violence Policy Center 2009) and I created the following graph. Since I suck with OpenOffice Calc the states are not labelled, but the trend is obvious. Additionally, I found a study by Douglas J Wiebe that has...
  4. YngwieJ

    Another mass shooting in America

    This isn't quite accurate. Wyoming has a low homicide rate, but it isn't last. Wikipedia: Gun violence by state Furthermore, it's important to note, not just homicide rates, but all deaths by a gun; homicides, suicides, and accidents -- this is the real measure of gun violence. And if we look...
  5. YngwieJ

    Another mass shooting in America

    As much as I'd like to one day see a ban on guns in the US, it just isn't a feasible option right now. There are about 250 - 300 million guns in the US (based on various reports), which accounts to more than one per every adult. Additionally, US politics has taken a strong pro-gun stance in...
  6. YngwieJ

    Another mass shooting in America

    This would be protected from under the Fourth Amendment. The only way they could search the home is if the police could show probable cause that someone is violating safe-storage laws. As far as I could find, the safe-storage laws in Connecticut are only applicable to those with a minor...
  7. YngwieJ

    Another mass shooting in America

    I'd say numbers matter. The US has a serious problem with gun violence, and I don't think we can ignore it. So I think it's good that we have this discussion after large tragedies such as the one in Connecticut. But the discussion seems to be mostly centered on preventing tragedies such as this...
  8. YngwieJ

    Another mass shooting in America

    All very good points. I don't think banning any type of gun will have an immediate effect in reducing gun-related homicides, but there are many other approaches we can take. As you pointed out, increasing funding for mental health services is one. But even the legalization of abortion in Roe v...
  9. YngwieJ

    Another mass shooting in America

    The Wonkette, which usually writes satire, wrote an interesting piece on gun control and the absurdity of the arguments gun advocates typically use.
  10. YngwieJ

    Another mass shooting in America

    So I see a lot of people argue that item X can be used to kill people, but we don't ban it. Some items I've seen in this thread have been cars, gasoline, knives, pillows, and more. But this is such a horrible argument and I don't understand why people use it. All of these items have other...
  11. YngwieJ

    Prosecutor discusses legal consequences of outlawing abortion and "fetal personhood"

    It wasn't just Germany. The United States had their hand in compulsory sterilization and euthanasia as well. The Germans even got the idea from the Americans. Eugenics in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  12. YngwieJ

    Hostess going out of business

    This isn't entirely accurate. In Texas, and many other states, rest breaks aren't required by law and thousands die while working here each year as a result of heat exhaustion. The problem I see with Hostess is their lack of an evolving business model. While many people in the US have been...
  13. YngwieJ

    States petition to secede from union

    Here's that link. :lol: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/strip-citizenship-everyone-who-signed-petition-secede-and-exile-them/ZbMjcwPf
  14. YngwieJ

    States petition to secede from union

    You make a good point. But yes, I was joking as Xaios said. In the unlikely event that Texans were seriously trying to secede, I would oppose it. As I pointed out in my earlier post, Texas has a lot of major problems in education, healthcare, wages, environment, and much more. These issues would...
  15. YngwieJ

    States petition to secede from union

    Austin petitions to withdraw from Texas and remain in the US: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/peacefully-grant-city-austin-texas-withdraw-state-texas-remain-part-united-states/TDD212hQ#thank-you=p It was bound to happen sooner or later.
  16. YngwieJ

    States petition to secede from union

    Here's a post I wrote on another forum in regards to the idea of Texas seceding from the Union.
  17. YngwieJ

    Promised Layoffs in 2012

    As several of us above you already said, there is a logical explanation for income taxes being progressive, not flat. 1. State and local taxes are usually flat. This causes a regressive trend overall with low income earners spending a much higher portion of their income than the wealthy. This...
  18. YngwieJ

    Promised Layoffs in 2012

    Turning the federal income tax into a flat tax just means taxes would be regressive overall. That's why the federal income tax should be progressive to offset this. If a wealthy person/company is holding money and not spending it, making more money will not increase that spending. If a person...
  19. YngwieJ

    Obama re-elected!!!!

    +1 That can be said about any subject matter that our government handles. For instance, the House Committee on Science & Technology consists of Todd Akin, who thinks god gave the vagina magical powers, and Paul Broun, who thinks the Earth is 9000 years old. Every Congressional member should...
  20. YngwieJ

    Possibility of Puerto Rico Becoming a State

    As much as I'd like to see Puerto Rico (and any U.S. territory that wants statehood) become a state, it's ultimately up to congress, which means it's not going to happen for a long time. Despite what has been reported, the majority of voters didn't vote for statehood. The two part referendum...


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