Monthly Archives: January 2015

What’s Your Goal Reduce the Number of Guns or Reduce the Number of Shootings?

So what is it you want to do, get rid of guns or stop people from getting shot? There is a big difference there, you know. In a country of 325 million people that has 300 million guns in private hands you can’t pass any more laws that will keep these guns out of the wrong hands. The only thing you can do is persuade gun owners to be more responsible in storing their guns.

Surprisingly this author of this Aljezeera America article has it exactly right in every way. Make it cool to secure your weapon. Work with the NRA to make it happen and quite trying to make someone else do something, persuade them to do it.

But this isn’t about what’s fair. It’s about seeing to it that fewer people get shot, which is a much more important goal than sticking it to the National Rifle Association or scoring political points.

via Gun-control Advocates Gun Owners Allies | Al Jazeera America.

Seriously, let’s stop with the being confrontational, finding blame and using coercion. Let’s start with doing things to keep people from getting shot.

 

If I Come Up With a Theory With No Way Conduct An Experiment To Test It, Is It Science?

String Theory and the Multiverse are intriguing ideas but there is currently no way to conduct an experiment to directly observe the multiple dimensions and pocket universes they require. So can a theory that can’t be proven or disproven by any known experiment really science?

This article, The Most Dangerous Ideas In Science : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR poses this dilemma. Do we accept theories now just because they are sufficiently elegant and explanatory without testing them experimentally? When I first started reading it I thought, “No!” Now, after finishing it, I’m not so sure.

Boycott Liam Neeson? I have absolutely no desire to do so.

Liam Neeson went on a rant against the high incidence of gun ownership in the U.S. calling it disgraceful. Now the supplier of guns to his new movie “Taken 3” is up in arms calling for a boycott of Liam Neeson movies. I find this as unpalatable as I do Moms Demand Action demanding a boycott of stores not banning guns from their properties.

Mr. Neeson is a naturalised U.S. citizen so he should be aware of our constitutional guarantees. As with any other U.S. citizen he has a right to work toward changing our laws that he believes are unjust. I enjoy his movies and won’t stop seeing them just because we don’t see eye to eye on things. Little good it will do in changing his mind about guns even if no one went to watch his movies again.

It’s a shame when the only terrorists that the FBI and Homeland Security have captured are the one’s they created.

DHS, which the FBI is now a part of, gets dinged for being a terrifying failure and suddenly they have caught a home grown terrorist….. maybe.

According to authorities Christopher Lee Cornell planned to set off pipe bombs at the U.S. Capitol and then shoot the employees when they rushed out the doors.

Cornell’s father paints a different picture of the 20 year old.

“I know my son probably better than anyone,” Cornell’s father, John Cornell Sr., told ABC News. “He’s a mommy’s boy. His best friend is his cat Mikey. He still calls his mother ‘Mommy.’ Just a typical kid.”

via Dad Accuses FBI of Setting Up ‘Mommy’s Boy’ Son in Bomb Plot – ABC News.

I know, there are very few father’s that are going to see their sons as anything other than a good boy. However, based on the past record of the FBI and DHS Cornell’s father has more credibility than the government.

Bloomberg’s Everytown to Sponsor Journalism Seminar on Ethical Reporting of Gun Violence.

I can’t think of anything more disingenuous than this:

To help journalists and news organizations in the Southwest improve their reporting on guns and gun violence, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia Journalism School is organizing a two-day regional workshop April 17 and 18, 2015 for reporters, editors, news directors, photographers, producers, and bloggers. The workshop, funded by Everytown for Gun Safety, will offer independent expert briefings and specialized reporting skills training to enhance the practical ability of journalists to report on guns and gun violence knowledgeably, ethically and effectively.

via Apply Now: Covering Gun Violence | Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma.

Independent expert briefings? Will those briefings also be unbiased? This is a joke!

Free Education is Worth What You Pay For It.

Obama’s free community college tuition plan: Four questions – The Washington Post.

I could be persuaded to support this but only if course completion standards are raised. If the student isn’t paying for the degree then the student really needs to work for it and I mean by having to study hard to pass. This should be a real education that the student is getting and not just a piece of paper to decorate an office with.

Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Only Judson Phillips could look at the overwhelming takeover of the U.S. Senate by the GOP and find something in that victory to predict the looming death of the Republican Party. By keeping Boehner as Speaker of the House the GOP is telling the world that they haven’t been taken over by the Tea Party Movement and there is still a place for moderates in the party.

Impaired is Impaired

It’s a good article on lessons learned in Colorado and Washington on their efforts to legalize and tax marijuana but I have to question this:

States that legalize pot need a plan in place for how officers determine whether drivers are impaired by marijuana. After legalization, simply sniffing pot in a car or seeing a joint on the seat isn’t enough to haul someone to jail.

via Legal weed states have lessons to share – US News.

Why do they have to learn how to determine if someone is impaired by marijuana? If they are impaired they are impaired and it shouldn’t matter whether the reason is marijuana, alcohol or sleep deprivation. Impaired is impaired and a safety hazard for us all. Isn’t it?