TWW is The Warped Woodturner who is a local artist living in a suburb of Springbrook, WI (pop 87). His mission is to use a wood lathe to make interesting but mostly useless objects from locally-sequestered carbon for tourists to bring back to the city to give to people they had to buy something for but don't like that well. His target market is the senior citizens since their vision is not as good as it used to be so cannot see the defects as well.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

enough is enough (defined as what?) -- soapbox of the day

"WASHINGTON -- After a shooting Friday at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, President Obama once again called for tighter gun control.
The president said, "...We have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough." "


Enough of what? Enough BS? What we really need is an analysis of possible solutions that is objective. But that would be common sense which almost all of the entire gun debate lacks. 

Here are two articles attempting to do some of what is missing: 

"For now, the bottom line is this: large-capacity magazines do not lead to higher casualty counts in mass shootingsIt is the desire of the perpetrator to shoot a lot of people leads to higher casualty counts. The choice of a large-capacity magazine may reflect that desire, but it does not seem to facilitate its realization. Lacking large-capacity magazines, the shooters could realize their evil intentions with other widely available means."

"In the end, my point concerning violence broadly and gun violence in particular is the need for specificity over generality. Although we need to have some definition of violence to create a horizon for our disciplined study of the phenomenon, I do believe that fundamentally there is no such thing as gun violence in general. There are specific acts of violence involving guns with specific phenomenologies, etiologies, and outcomes."

Both of the quotes are from David Yamane who is a sociologist.  

The big gorilla in the room is time. Society can give someone permission to get a gun (said to upset the gun people) but how do people know some time in the future the person will not do  something bad with it. It  could be years.  Be watchful for news stories saying the guy in Colorado Springs bought all of this guns legally. If this is true what does it mean about common sense gun regulations?  

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