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  • Burglar meets well-armed victim

    02/09/2004 5:26:46 AM PST · 2 of 41
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  • Burglar meets well-armed victim

    02/09/2004 5:25:03 AM PST · 1 of 41
  • Myth No. 3 — Guns are Bad

    02/03/2004 5:08:40 AM PST · 2 of 15
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    Please activate the Source URL to get the original article then click on "VIDEO". The 20/20 clip is great.
  • Myth No. 3 — Guns are Bad

    02/03/2004 5:07:10 AM PST · 1 of 15
    Please activate the Source URL to get the original article then click on "VIDEO". The 20/20 clip is great.
  • Great News for Criminals: Socialist Brazil Bans Handguns

    01/23/2004 4:38:07 AM PST · 4 of 10
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  • Gun owner: I, not cops, got bad guy

    01/23/2004 4:29:36 AM PST · 1 of 19
  • Great News for Criminals: Socialist Brazil Bans Handguns

    01/23/2004 4:14:40 AM PST · 1 of 10
  • Police: Homeowner Didn't Have To Use Deadly Force

    01/21/2004 5:09:29 AM PST · 99 of 100
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  • Police: Homeowner Didn't Have To Use Deadly Force

    01/21/2004 5:06:22 AM PST · 98 of 100
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  • Police: Homeowner Didn't Have To Use Deadly Force

    01/21/2004 5:05:19 AM PST · 97 of 100
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  • Police: Homeowner Didn't Have To Use Deadly Force

    01/15/2004 8:00:57 AM PST · 1 of 100
    Let's Hear It!! What is your opinion???
  • Shooter Says 2 Men Tried To Rob Him

    01/15/2004 6:21:55 AM PST · 1 of 18
    Let's Hear It!!!

    04/25/2003 8:22:37 AM PDT · 409 of 509
    tberry to LetsRok
    "The reason a national sales tax will never work is that it takes the power away from legislatures."

    Exactly!! Not only the power to give influence but also the power to control money and the support of their projects as they see fit.

    They will never voluntarily give away their "Golden Egg." You will note that whatever tax is mentioned, it is always required to be "revenue neutral." They won't care what it looks like as long as they can manipulate it. Right now the Sales Tax is presented as returning money to the poor. What will keep them from returning money to whomever they please to give favor just as they do today? Nothing!! I don't believe the right to tax and control our money and the resultant power will ever be voluntarily given up.
  • No Guns In The Cockpits

    03/22/2002 8:50:08 AM PST · 17 of 29
    tberry to GalvestonBeachcomber
    "I asked one of my elitist friends, "Do you really think your fellow citizens are stupid and mad?" The answer was "Yes." Nothing is so conducive to making a fool of oneself than a small brain and a big ego.

    And this is what your current "elected" Republican government thinks of you too.

  • Am I 'Anti-American'?

    03/14/2002 10:39:37 AM PST · 6 of 22
    tberry to mlo
    "Posted yesterday

    It can bear repeating

    I did a search on the title and got the return that there was no post of that title.

  • Al-Qaeda Has U.S. Prisoners, Ex-spy Chief Says

    03/14/2002 10:36:27 AM PST · 19 of 21
    tberry to McGavin999
    "Do you realize just how much you sound like the Arabs? "

    And virtually everyone else in the world. Do you ever wonder how everybody but us can be wrong and that we are the only good and right people?

    Take a look here:

    Am I AntiAmerican?

    All of you other patriots take a look too!!!

  • Am I 'Anti-American'?

    03/14/2002 10:25:34 AM PST · 1 of 22
    Guess I'm unamerican too and proud of it!!!
  • Al-Qaeda Has U.S. Prisoners, Ex-spy Chief Says

    03/14/2002 5:55:54 AM PST · 16 of 21
    tberry to McGavin999
    "Oh, give it a rest. If you want to post hate America stuff go to some liberal hate America board.


    Our government would never lie to us!!!

    It is obvious that we are always right and tell the truth and our enemies are always wrong and always lie.

    It is obvious that all we do is proper and all our enemies do is improper.

    It is obvious that none of our people are casualties but they have many casualties.

    It is obvious that we win every conflict and they lose every conflict.

    It is obvious that we are always right and they are always wrong.

    It is obvious that we are innocent of any actions leading to terrorism and that they terrorize us for no reason other than they envy us for being so good.

    It is obvious... OH, you get the idea.

  • The Pentagon thinks the unthinkable

    03/14/2002 5:14:06 AM PST · 12 of 13
    tberry to ex-snook
    "Or is the way to make America secure to pull out of regions where we are hated and let the rogues and radicals settle their own murderous tribal, religious and territorial quarrels themselves? "

    Ditto: "YEP"

    The more we stick our nose in someone else's business, the more likely we are to get it punched.

  • Founding Firearms

    03/13/2002 7:15:02 AM PST · 12 of 12
    tberry to Korth
    I just tried to post this but either FR has a malefaction or a new posting technique had gotten beyond me. Anyway there was no post option. Here is an article you will all probably enjoy.

    Statistical Malpractice – 'Firearm Availability' and Violence

    Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D.

    Tuesday, March 12, 2002

    Part I: Politics or Science?

    "There is a worrying trend in academic medicine which equates statistics with science, and sophistication in quantitative procedure with research excellence. The corollary of this trend is a tendency to look for answers to medical problems from people with expertise in mathematical manipulation and information technology, rather than from people with an understanding of disease and its causes.

    "Epidemiology [is a] main culprit, because statistical malpractice typically occurs when complex analytical techniques are combined with large data sets. The mystique of mathematics blended with the bewildering intricacies of big numbers makes a potent cocktail. ..." – Bruce G. Charlton, M.D. University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1996

    Once again, Americans for Gun Safety (AGS) and the Violence Policy Center (VPC), two strident gun control organizations, have entered the gun and violence debate with renewed vigor.

    You already know about AGS using the 9-11 tragedy to push its gun control agenda using the disingenuous cliché of "closing the gun show loophole." (1)

    Needless to say, AGS continues to neglect the fact that the government's National Institute of Justice 1997 study "Homicide in Eight U.S. Cities" has shown that less than 2 percent of criminals obtain their illegally-possessed firearms from gun shows. (2,3)

    Moreover, AGS has claimed it has found a link between terrorism and gun shows. The link has been shown to be fully immersed in deception, used, once again, to exploit the 9-11 tragedy to further push its gun control agenda.

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) has correctly tagged AGS "an anti-gun lobbying group with no members, no gun safety programs, and now, no credibility." (4)

    Enter the VPC, citing a Harvard School of Public Health study published in the February 2002 issue of the Journal of Trauma. (5) According to the VPC's interpretation of that study, "The elevated rate of violent death among children in high gun ownership states cannot be explained by differences in state levels of poverty, education, or urbanization." (6) [Emphasis added.]

    The authors of the study did not put it quite so bluntly; they knew better. Yet, according to the abstract of the study, they assert:

    "A statistically significant association exists between gun availability and the rates of unintentional firearm deaths, homicides, and suicides. The elevated rates of suicide and homicide among children living in states with more guns is not entirely explained by a state's poverty, education, or urbanization and is driven by lethal firearm violence, not by lethal nonfirearm violence." (5) [Emphasis added.]

    Former U.S. president Bill Clinton once rhetorically explained that no one could prove that he had ever established administration policy based "solely" on the basis of campaign contributions, although in the case of Red China, the communist Chinese got their share of high-tech, strategic, missile-launching technology to pose a new threat to the U.S.

    In the authors' abstract, the words "not entirely" become the key to understanding the pre-ordained drift of their gun control agenda and the expected, result-oriented conclusions. The published study, indeed, is the typical, hackneyed public health, result-oriented gun research repeatedly published in the medical literature claiming that "gun availability is responsible for firearm violence."

    Thus, perhaps, we should analyze further the meaning of the words "not entirely." What follows is a preliminary critique of the study while the primary, raw data is requested from the authors for further analysis.

    According to the study, the five states with the highest gun ownership – Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and West Virginia – were more likely to have children dying from unintentional firearm injury (gun accidents), suicide (with or without firearms) and homicide than children in the five states with the lowest levels of gun ownership – Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Delaware.

    Why more western states like North and South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Utah, Nebraska, Alaska, etc., that have relatively "easy availability" have low firearm death rates for children is left unexplained.

    In fact, the whole study revolves around using the phraseology "not entirely" to exclude the much more important reasons for violence with or without firearms: the levels of poverty and education, not to mention the related cultural factors and the utter breakdown of the family in those states by welfare and other government policies. (7)

    I will explain, but before I do so, allow me to expound on two themes revolving around the subject of this study and make a couple of observations – observations that were overlooked by the public health researchers and their consorts at the VPC.

    Mass Shooting Incidents

    Three of the most notable mass shootings of the last several years occurred in the aforementioned states. Two of them, although they were adult, workplace shootings, occurred in Hawaii and Massachusetts, two of the states with draconian gun control laws and less "availability of firearms."

    Likewise, several mass shootings, adult workplace and children school incidents, have taken place in California, despite the stringent gun control laws and the supposedly less "availability of firearms" in that state.

    The Xerox workplace incident in Honolulu, Hawaii (Nov. 2, 1999), the San Diego, Calif., Santana School shooting (March 5, 2001) and the Wakefield, Mass., incident of Dec. 26, 2000, all took place in states with very restrictive gun control laws, where guns should have been less "available."

    School shootings, of course, can take place in states where firearms are more available to law-abiding citizens. And when they do, armed, law-abiding Americans can respond and stop the shooting before more innocent victims are robbed of their lives.

    This was the case in 1998 in Pearl, Miss., a state cited in the study, when a schoolteacher used his firearm to stop a school shooting by a student. Lives were thus saved. More recently, in Virginia, two law school students overpowered and subdued a gunman using their own weapons.

    The point is that, as usual, the public health researchers ignored the beneficial aspects of gun ownership and concentrated only in obtaining supporting evidence for their long-known thesis that firearm availability is responsible for violence in our society.

    The fact is that only the law-abiding obey the law, criminals do not. When the government passes restrictive gun laws, those laws interfere in the lives of law-abiding citizens. Yet they do not stop criminals (or the mentally deranged) bent on breaking them.

    While neither state waiting periods nor the federal Brady Law has been associated with a reduction in crime rates, adopting concealed carry gun laws cut death rates from public, multiple shootings (e.g., those that took place in schools in San Diego, Pearl, Miss., and Littleton, Colo.) by an amazing 69 percent, according to Prof. John Lott, formerly of Yale University.

    Television and Media Violence and Juvenile Delinquency

    Another observation virtually ignored by the authors of the study, as well as their promoters at the VPC, is the effect of television and media violence on juvenile delinquency.

    It should be of interest to the reader to learn that some of the most important, breakthrough research papers on this topic first appeared in the 1970s and '80s. The pioneering research was conducted and the paper written by Dr. Brandon Centerwall of the University of Washington School of Public Health.

    Dr. Centerwall's studies found that homicide rates in Canada were not related to easy gun availability by ordinary citizens, as he had expected, but to criminal behavior associated with watching television.

    He found that homicide rates, not only in Canada but also in the U.S. and South Africa, soared 10 to 15 years after the introduction of television in those countries. In the U.S., there was an actual doubling of homicide rates after the introduction of television.

    Moreover, Dr. Centerwall noted that up to half of all homicides, rapes and violent assaults in the U.S. were directly attributed to violence on television. And that was when violence on TV was nothing compared to the rampant and graphic violence depicted today in the movies and on TV.

    Moreover, Dr. Centerwall showed with elegant data that reducing gun availability did not reduce Canadian homicides. Homicide rates in Vancouver, for example, were lower before the gun control laws were passed in Canada, and in fact rose after the laws were passed. The Vancouver homicide rate increased 25 percent after the institution of the 1977 Canadian gun laws.

    This valuable research, though, was not made widely available and was virtually consigned to the "memory hole" of the public health establishment. Fortunately, Dr. Centerwall 's research pointing to the effects of television violence affecting homicide rates has been made available. (8)

    In the summer of 2000, the media, including medical journalists, focused their attention on the associations of violence in television, music, video games and movies to violent behavior in children and adolescents.

    To this end, a consensus statement of experts released on July 26 and sponsored by the AMA and other medical groups proclaimed, "At this time, well over 1,000 studies – including reports from the surgeon general's office, the National Institute of Mental Health and numerous studies conducted by leading figures within our medical and public health organizations – point overwhelmingly to a causal connection between media violence and aggressive behavior in some children."

    Moreover, the report continued, "Its effects are measurable and long-lasting ... prolonged viewing of media violence can lead to emotional desensitization toward violence in real life." (8)

    Why is all this background information being discussed about television violence and crime – virtually, life imitating art? Because, interestingly enough, the authors of the Journal of Trauma study ignored relevant and important data impacting directly on their research.

    Let us look at Table 1. As clearly shown in this table compiled from government statistics (1994), it turns out that, among other factors, students in the "high levels of juvenile violence" states not only watch more television (24.2 percent) than those in the "low levels of juvenile violence" states (19.8 percent) but also do "less reading on their own time almost every day (39.6 percent vs. 44.2 percent)." (9)

    We will be looking at the factors that Miller et al. claim were "not entirely" responsible for the high rates of unintentional firearm injury, homicide, suicide and overall violence in the mostly southern states. Incidentally, rather than using the biased, VPC shibboleths "highest" or "lowest gun ownership states," I have used the more objective terminology, "high" and "low levels of juvenile violence" states, for the purpose of this critique.

    On Feb. 28, 2002, I wrote Dr. Matthew Miller, the lead author of the study published in the Journal of Trauma, and requested that he kindly supply me with the primary, raw data which he and his associates used in reaching their conclusions. (10)

    As of the time of this submission, March 11, 2002, I had not received an answer to my request. Hopefully, I will conclude with Part II of this critical essay when I have had a chance to fully analyze that data. Stay tuned!