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American Politics / Re: Another Mass School Shooting in the US
« Last post by TimG on Today at 04:54:47 pm »
Their gun laws aggravate what is a societal problem with emotional instability and lack of empathy for others. They are not the source of the problem. As the gun nuts would point out, America has ALWAYS had tons of guns laying around.
Now correlation does not means causation but here is some interesting data to look at:
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The more we look at other similar events it would seem a pattern emerges. A law enforcement friend sent me a chart looking at 47 school shootings and stabbings between 1992 and 2011. A common denominator exists that bears discussion. In every event the attacker was being treated for some form of diagnosed mental issue or personality disorder with psychotropic medication.
http://www.primetimecrime.com/columns/Columns%202013/20130122.htm

Another interesting data point:
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Although the victims of shootings are random, the occurrence of shootings is not random throughout the year. National news on one shooting seems to trigger the next shooter who was contemplating doing something similar. Then we often see a latent period for a month or two before another rash of shootings occurs.

That was not always how it used to be. And I am talking five years ago and 10 years ago. The shootings clustered, yes, but less frequently. Around 2012, the average number of incidents a year was about 15. Around 2003, there were about seven incidents a year. From 1950 to 2000, only about three incidents or less occurred a year. The past three years, we have had 20 or more incidents each year. The number of fatalities has also tripled.
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/mass-homicides-are-contagious-and-the-malady-is-fuelled-by-themedia/article38010220/
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American Politics / Re: Another Mass School Shooting in the US
« Last post by Omni on Today at 03:48:05 pm »
Their gun laws aggravate what is a societal problem with emotional instability and lack of empathy for others. They are not the source of the problem. As the gun nuts would point out, America has ALWAYS had tons of guns laying around, but it's only recently that these mass killing sprees against strangers have started to really explode. Why wasn't this happening much in the 1950s or 1960s? Or, for that matter, the 1930s? Lot of miserable people in the great depression, tons of poverty and hopelessness. Were kids taking dad's guns to school and shooting people? Not that I ever read about. And why doesn't this happen in Black areas? When a black kid shoots people at school its usually a specific target. I can't recall an incident where a black kid went to school in Harlem or Compton and just shot up kids at random.

They have had guns in the US for many years it's true, but I suspect you might have a problem conducting a mass shooting with a muzzle loader. Guns like the ever popular AR 15 which of course does work well for such things has been on the market since the late 60's and the first shooting with one wasn't until 1982 at which time there were around 160,000 in circulation. Now there are in excess of 8 million and all you need to get one in Florida anyway is be 18 years old. Trump bailing on gun control to blame the whole issue on mental health is simply to keep him in the NRA's good books and by that I mean check books.
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Canadian Politics / Re: An activist PM and government
« Last post by ?Impact on Today at 03:37:26 pm »
I'm not saying you need to be judged by people of the same race. But generally it's considered to mean the same general area.

You said who live under the same circumstances as you do, that is very different that same general area.
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Canadian Politics / Re: An activist PM and government
« Last post by SirJohn on Today at 03:34:53 pm »
Oh I could quite easily see that if it had of been a white guy shot and half the jury was non white you'd be pointing fingers vigorously.

I'm not as racist as you are.
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Canadian Politics / Re: An activist PM and government
« Last post by SirJohn on Today at 03:34:26 pm »
So I assume you are clearly saying that almost 100% of all native Canadians that have stood trial have been improperly judged and all that were found guilty need restitution for the obviously flawed judicial system in Canada.

I'm not saying you need to be judged by people of the same race. But generally it's considered to mean the same general area.
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Provincial and Local Politics / Re: Patrick Brown #MeToo
« Last post by SirJohn on Today at 03:30:55 pm »
Yes, if they interviewed someone with contradictory evidence then that should have been part of the story. Do we have any confirmation on that detail?

There's no actual evidence of anything. But the guy himself says that they asked interviewed him and he told them it hadn't happened.
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American Politics / Re: Another Mass School Shooting in the US
« Last post by SirJohn on Today at 03:29:20 pm »
"Aggravate the problem", now there's an understatement if I ever heard one. I could either challenge or run away from a "crazy" man if he wasn't able to put a 5.56 round into me no matter what I did.

Their gun laws aggravate what is a societal problem with emotional instability and lack of empathy for others. They are not the source of the problem. As the gun nuts would point out, America has ALWAYS had tons of guns laying around, but it's only recently that these mass killing sprees against strangers have started to really explode. Why wasn't this happening much in the 1950s or 1960s? Or, for that matter, the 1930s? Lot of miserable people in the great depression, tons of poverty and hopelessness. Were kids taking dad's guns to school and shooting people? Not that I ever read about. And why doesn't this happen in Black areas? When a black kid shoots people at school its usually a specific target. I can't recall an incident where a black kid went to school in Harlem or Compton and just shot up kids at random.
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Provincial and Local Politics / Re: Patrick Brown #MeToo
« Last post by ?Impact on Today at 03:28:01 pm »
Why is it an issue if the witness and reporter knew each other?

The issue is the lack of full disclosure, not that they knew each other. I guess one other factor that should be considered as well is that if the witness (accuser?) was to remain anonymous, then disclosure would be more difficult.
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Canadian Politics / Re: An activist PM and government
« Last post by Omni on Today at 03:27:17 pm »
So I assume you are clearly saying that almost 100% of all native Canadians that have stood trial have been improperly judged and all that were found guilty need restitution for the obviously flawed judicial system in Canada.

apparently he's never been near a reserve.
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Provincial and Local Politics / Re: Patrick Brown #MeToo
« Last post by MH on Today at 03:22:06 pm »
Why is it an issue if the witness and reporter knew each other?
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