The best science indicates that more guns leads to more deaths
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Science, bitches. It works.
The scientific process was invented to overcome our tendencies to have irrational beliefs, logical fallacies, and mental traps. He mentions a couple of them - confirmation bias is, of course, huge today, when you can watch news shows tailored to how you already think. While I don't have faith in scientists (they are fallible humans, after all), I trust in the scientific *process* - especially when that process is repeated through many different sources and methods.
Facts vs. Fantasy.
Somehow, seeing armed guards everywhere has never made me feel "safe."
Powerful, excellent, from the heart and the gut. The difference between a shotgun and semi-automatic handguns and assault weapons - not just how many bullets and how fast, but how easy it is to divorce yourself from what they are and what they do.
"If roads were collapsing all across the United States, killing dozens of drivers, we would surely see that as a moment to talk about what we could do to keep roads from collapsing. If terrorists were detonating bombs in port after port, you can be sure Congress would be working to upgrade the nation’s security measures. If a plague was ripping through communities, public-health officials would be working feverishly to contain it.
Only with gun violence do we respond to repeated tragedies by saying that mourning is acceptable but discussing how to prevent more tragedies is not. “Too soon,” howl supporters of loose gun laws. But as others have observed, talking about how to stop mass shootings in the aftermath of a string of mass shootings isn’t “too soon.” It’s much too late."
2012 offers nothing like the ecstasy of taking part in a historical advance: the reëlection of the first African-American President does not inspire the same level of communal pride. But the reëlection of a President who has been progressive, competent, rational, decent, and, at times, visionary is a serious matter. The President has achieved a run of ambitious legislative, social, and foreign-policy successes that relieved a large measure of the human suffering and national shame inflicted by the Bush Administration. Obama has renewed the honor of the office he holds.
This. Is. Awesome.
Bartlet for President!
Big Bird is the man. He’s 8 feet tall. He can sing and roller skate and ride a unicycle and dance. Can you do that, Mr. Romney? I’m not talking about your fox trot away from the facts. I’m talking about real dancing.
Excellent site with real food for thought. 90 reasons to re-elect President Obama.
True Cost is a blog on American policy, economics, and social issues, as examined through the concept of “true cost”. By analyzing the true cost-benefit of any action, we can improve decision-making in our society, and reach better outcomes. Too often it seems that policy decisions are influenced by special interest groups who are able to influence policy to their benefit, while society as a whole loses. This blog can’t change that, but I hope to provide rational and reasoned commentary on a range of issues including health care, energy, federal spending, and the environment. I hope that this blog raises the level of discourse on these issues, and provides hard factual evidence for its specific policy recommendations.