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#1 Excellent article g(r)om. Unfortunately, the banning or restricting of firearms by our government has little if anything to do with street crime or the recent, tragic events in CT.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-12-19 01:47||
#2 An article by Thomas Hargrove, Scripts Howard News Service appeared in our local newspaper this a.m. : Link. They did an analysis of mass murders and homicides from 1980-2011. His conclusions: mass murders remained about constant over that period at about 32 mass murders (>4 murders), homicides were halved over that period. The halving of homicides seems to have occurred about the time period when concealed carry laws were enacted in the States. I suppose this association could be teased out of the data by State but coffee beckons. I did not realize that all murders are not reported to the FBI which would make things a bit more difficult.
Posted by JohnQC 2012-12-19 08:42||
#3 Good observation by Wretchard. He follows his usual habit of leaving the obvious unsaid as a cue to his commenters: if crazy white boys can cause so much mayhem, what would happen when the sane ones get p*ssed off?
Posted by Ptah 2012-12-19 09:12||
#4 ...why do you think they keep reminding people about 19th Century colonialism. The judas goats of the Left have been trying to undermine that capability by instituting multiculturalism (see - Great Britain).
Posted by P2Kontheroad 2012-12-19 10:32||
Asperger's and autism are not forms of mental illness; they are neurodevelopmental disorders or disabilities. Autism is a lifelong condition that manifests before the age of 3; most mental illnesses do not appear until the teen or young adult years. Medications rarely work to curb the symptoms of autism, but they can be indispensable in treating mental illness like obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Underlying much of this misreporting is the pernicious and outdated stereotype that people with autism lack empathy. Children with autism may have trouble understanding the motivations and nonverbal cues of others, be socially naïve and have difficulty expressing their emotions in words, but they are typically more truthful and less manipulative than neurotypical children and are often people of great integrity. They can also have a strong desire to connect with others and they can be intensely empathetic -- they just attempt those connections and express that empathy in unconventional ways.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2012-12-19 15:06||