Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Revisiting the dead horse, finding signs of life



The media, blogs and the world at large never tires of telling us that gun restrictions passed by legislation are either not possible or won't work. Or both. It's become an article of faith with them and the NRA, such that it does not need sources or really any validation, just repeating the dictum to anyone who mentions that gun deaths in the US are far out of line with the civilized world.

A study in Lancet, an academic, medical journal refutes this view with one of the few actual peer-reviewed study done by credentialed researchers at respected institutions. "Firearms Legislation and Firearm Mortality in the USA: A Cross-sectional, State-level Study," 

Researchers from Columbia University, Boston University and The University of Bern collaborated in writing the peer reviewed article, that while agreeing that some of the restrictions that have been suggested would have little effect, three in particular could dramatically reduce the number of gun deaths in the US. To the tune of a reduction from the current 10:100,000 to 0.16 per 100,000.

The three are:
1.  Laws requiring firearm identification through ballistic imprinting or microstamping.

2.  Ammunition background checks.

3.  Universal background checks.

So now the NRA will have to switch from 'it won't make any difference' to 'we don't want them because our masters, gun manufacturers, will have less profit'.

Seriously though, it's a different ballgame when the argument is 'we can't pass them' vs 'they won't work'. One requires a change in the public perception and attitude, one we already see happening here in the US. Millennials,  the new majority group, have a significantly higher approval of gun laws than my boomers.  Look at the gay marriage issue as an example of how viewpoints can change, sometimes dramatically, in a short period.

17 comments:

  1. At our age, Michael, one can only hope.

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    1. Yeah, you old geezer, 'spect you're right.

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  2. It can happen. I wonder how the millennials will deal with NC?

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  3. I have hope that this will turn to the correct laws.

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  4. Boomers have blown it on a number of levels.

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  5. I just hate to see a powerful lobby like the NRA running the country.

    XO
    WWW

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  6. I wish i understood the US relationship witharms , i think i do, then it blows my mind

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    1. Try thinking of it as a fetish, it's a workable construct to frame it in.

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  7. I sat off a firestorm when I lived in Utah and had a monthly newspaper column and came out against a state law that would allow guns almost everywhere including classrooms and mental hospitals... As a gun owner, I support also support legislation to stop the madness of gun violence.

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    1. Yeah, it's a story oft-told, the few of us gun owners who come off on the side of better legislation get a poke in the eye from the nra.
      Probably like you I've been around guns since I was a little kid, and had them around my 70 years, but I don't see them as either an object of worship, or as the most important thing in my life.
      Cheers,
      Mike

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  8. We could try, but I honestly think it's too late.

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    1. I hope not, for our kids sake, and all the generations to come.

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  9. I have guns
    I love guns
    I hate the NRA
    I want things to change

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