Don’t Bump The Trump

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It really is unbelievable. Eight days until the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—seemingly supported by thin air. Never has a candidate so obviously unqualified gotten this close to election without caving under the weight of his own impropriety.

Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are. As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that justice is being served where it’s long overdue.

Amazingly, The Donald continues to claim support from

  • Hispanics
  • Blacks
  • Homosexuals

There are number of problems with this claim: He early drew support from his base by announcing that illegal immigrants from Mexico were druggies, rapists and thugs (my wording). Then when a federal judge refused to toss the cast against Trump University, Donald Trump asserted he was unqualified to rule on the matter, because his parents were immigrants from Mexico. Trump broadly hinted to blacks that they are being exploited by Democrats, and that the American black community is rife with criminal activity. Not so much Trump, but Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, is a notorious anti-gay advocate. Lest any one of these points escape the reader, allow me to illustrate one:

 

Donald Trump held a rally in Sanford, Florida, on Tuesday. For the second time in less than two weeks, several Twitter users noted that a woman holding a “Blacks for Trump” sign appeared to be white.

Although there are many blacks who support the Trump candidacy, apparently there are not enough of them to make a reliable showing at his rallies. There may be a reason for this:

Donald Trump ejected a black man waving a note at him at a North Carolina rally, after accusing him of being a “thug” hired by Democrats to disrupt the event.

But C.J. Cary, the man who was thrown out, claims he is a Trump supporter and was merely trying to deliver a message to the candidate to mend ties with some key demographic groups the GOP presidential nominee has offended.

At the Wednesday campaign rally in the town of Kinston, Cary stood a few dozen feet from the stage trying to get Trump’s attention by waving a note and yelling “Donald,” the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

Trump assumed Cary was a disruptive protester.

“Were you paid $1,500 to be a thug?” Trump asked Cary, according to the Observer. The real estate mogul then asked security to remove him.

A person more than blind will get the impression of an underlying current in the Trump candidacy.

Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:

A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude,  I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Quiz Question

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This one will be trivial to most. Puzzling to some.

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So, I have this special glass. See the illustration above. Disregard the colors. I put those in for interest. Color doesn’t have anything to do with the Quiz Question.

Light enters the pane of glass from the right. Only half of it emerges from the other side. Due to the index of refraction of the glass and the surrounding medium being the same, there is no surface reflection. Half of the light entering the pane is absorbed, and only half comes out the other side.

If I double the thickness of the pane, how much light comes out the other side? Post your answer in the comments section below.

Lying Donald

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I have been accused… All right, nobody has actually accused me, but if they have not they should have. I should have been accused of coming down hard on candidate Candidate Trump’s lack of sincerity. Translation: he lies a lot. He says a bunch of stuff that is just not true. And nobody’s calling me down on this. How come?

There is one thing I should not be accused of, and that one thing is making an industry of calling Donald Trump a liar. A possible reason I am not likely to be accused is because there is somebody else who really does make an industry of calling Donald Trump a liar. That person would be Daniel Dale, Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star:

When Donald Trump ludicrously accused Hillary Clinton, at the first presidential debate, of trying to fight the Islamic State for her “entire adult life,” Clinton didn’t offer a rebuttal. Instead, she issued a request: “Please, fact-checkers, get to work.”

They were already working. Thanks to the brazenness of Trump’s deceit, fact-checking, that unglamorous journalistic activity once mostly relegated to niche websites and little boxes beside newspaper articles, is having a moment. Big news organizations now assign teams of reporters to fact-check the debates in real time. CNN, among other networks, is using its bottom-screen chyrons to challenge Trump’s most obvious lies. And every day, full-time fact checkers take a false claim, or three, or four, and meticulously explain why it is wrong.

I decided a month ago that this wasn’t enough.

What we’re experiencing from Trump is a daily avalanche of wrongness. The essential truth of this election cannot be conveyed with an examination of any one particular chunk of ice. The story is the massive accumulation of nonsense, big stuff and little stuff alike, day after day.

I’m now spending much of my time immersed in Trump’s dishonesty. I’m the Washington correspondent for Canada’s Toronto Star newspaper, and since September 15, I’ve published a daily tally—or as close to a daily tally as I can produce while also sleeping occasionally—of every false claim the Republican presidential candidate has uttered in a speech or interview. At the end of each day or the beginning of the next, I tweet a screenshot of the list, then publish it on our website, thestar.com.

Daniel Dale formerly had a practice back in Toronto of fact-checking Mayor Rob Ford, whose career is remarkably reminiscent of Trumps. Ford, if you recall, was a compulsive crack cocaine user and a compulsive liar in his denial. Moving to Washington last year, Dale found a fresh trove to mine, and a richer vein it turned out to be. By all accounts, Donald Trump’s mouth is the cornucopia of bent truth.

As mentioned above, Dale has the nasty habit of snatching Trump quotes currently on the roam and exposing them, unfolded, for friend and foe alike to relish. You can guess, most of the relish is enjoyed by foe and least by friend. Here is a typical posting:

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To enable search engines to find the text, here is a copy:

Donald Trump’s false claims, final debate
1. Falsely said, “Justice Ginsburg made some very, very inappropriate statements toward me and toward a tremendous number of people, many, many millions of people that I represent.” (Ginsburg criticized Trump, but not his supporters.)
2. Falsely said, “In Chicago, which has the toughest gun laws in the United States, probably you could say by far, they have more gun violence than any other city.” (Chicago no longer has especially strict gun laws, and certainly is not “by far” the strictest; it is comparable to New York City, which has far less gun violence. Its handgun ban was struck down in 2010; Illinois’ concealed carry ban was struck down in 2012; its gun registry was abandoned in 2013; its ban on gun shops was struck dovn in 2014.)
3. Falsely said, of. Clinton’s immigration plan, “She wants to have open borders.” (Clinton is not proposing “open borders” for immigrants, though she used the phrase in the context of energy and economy in a 2013 speech.)
4. Falsely said, “ICE last week endorsed me.” (Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a government agency, did not endorse Trump; a union of its employees did. And it was three weeks ago, not last week.)
5. Falsely said, “Hillary Clinton wanted the wall. Hillary Clinton fought for the wall in 2006 or thereabouts.” (Trump has made it dear that he means a very specific thing by “the wall°, a giant concrete barrier, 35 feet or higher, along the entirety of the U.S.-Mexico border other than the places where there are natural barriers. Clinton voted for a different barrier: shorter fencing, of a different kind, across a shorter distance. Trump himself said last year that this 2006 proposal was not the same thing: “Such a little wall, it was such a nothing wall.”)
6. Falsely said of Syrian refugees, “They have no idea where they come from.” (The refugees are rigorously vetted by U.S. authorities.)
7. Falsely said of the perpetrator of hacking attack. against Democratic officials, “Our country has no idea.” (The Obama administration and U.S. intelligence officials, along with independent experts, have concluded that Russia is responsible.)
8. Falsely said, of the New START nuclear arms reduction deal, “The Russians have said, according to many, many reports, I can’t believe they allowed us to do this. They create warheads, and we can’t. The Russians can’t believe it.” (The Russians have not mocked the deal in such a fashion. Though the deal sets a cap on the number of “deployed” nuclear warheads, the U.S. is still permitted to develop new ones to replace old ones.)
9. Falsely said, “Her plan is going to raise taxes and even double your taxes.” (Clinton is only raising taxes on the highest earners. The Tax Policy Center says most residents below the top 1 per cent will receive minor tax cuts under her plan, and even most of the highest earners will not see a doubling.)

It is not as though candidate Trump has raised prevarication to a high art. He has merely industrialized it. Others may produce higher quality, but Trump excels in shear quantity. Only some of these statements abuse the truth to the master level, but others, and there are many, bespeak of ignorance or a morbid disregard with fact. I may have mentioned, I enjoy a fool less than a liar. In Trump I may have both.

Don’t Bump The Trump

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It really is unbelievable. Nine days until the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—seemingly supported by thin air. Never has a candidate so obviously unqualified gotten this close to election without caving under the weight of his own impropriety.

Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are. As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that justice is being served where it’s long overdue.

What next? The supply of material is seemingly without bound. Take candidate Trump’s view of modern science and how he attempted to rebut fact with fable:

 

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Was that stupid? Did Bill bop Monica? But wait! There’s more:

Trump denies saying climate change was Chinese hoax — and is contradicted by his own Twitter account

Published: Sept 27, 2016 1:05 p.m. ET By ROBERT SCHROEDER
FISCAL POLICY REPORTER

Hillary Clinton called out Donald Trump at their first debate on Monday night for labeling climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.

Trump denied saying that. But his own Twitter feed contradicts him, with the real-estate magnate tweeting back in 2012 that global warming was created “by and for the Chinese.”

Scandalously, Trump’s denial came during the first debate with candidate Clinton, on live TV, before the largest audience ever for a presidential debate. How many ways are there to spell chutzpah? How much longer can this lighter-than-air candidate keep up the charade?

Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:

A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude,  I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Bad Movie of the Week

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This one is bad. This one is very bad. This is the baddest of the bad. It’s Surf Nazis Must Die from 1987. I saw it once on cable TMC and have been looking for it since. Now it’s popped up on Amazon Prime Video for your enjoyment. I won’t list the players. There’s nobody I recognize. Details are from Wikipedia.

In apocalyptic California, following an 8.6 earthquake in the Los Angeles area, police enforcement is swamped, and gangs operate freely and outrageously. One is the Surf Nazis, here indoctrinating neophytes.

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The gangs live a hedonistic existence, much to impress viewers.

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Since this is a surfing movie, there are ample surfing clips to maintain the theme.

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The gangs war for control and prestige. Nobody can beat the Surf Nazis. They dance around the bodies of their fallen foes.

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Meanwhile Eleanor “Mama” Washington is checking into a retirement home. She isn’t liking it. Everything is much too tame.

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She sees her son Leroy for the last time. He has a run-in with the Surf Nazis and is killed.

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Eleanor is not one to take this shit. A visit to a pawn shop gets her a Walther P38, some ammunition, a shotgun, and some grenades.

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One grenade of which comes rolling into the Surf Nazis’ bunker while they are dozing. Bad news, Mama Washington is on the warpath.

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She finishes off the Surf Nazis.

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And that’s the story. There’s not much more to it. As Joe Bob Briggs would call it, “four bare breasts, one severed head, five knives to the gut, some ardvarking.” And we’re out of here. I don’t know how long Amazon is going to have it free on Prime Video. Catch it if you can. An hours and 22 minutes.

Don’t Bump The Trump

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Ten days before the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—on toward a catastrophic conclusion. Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are.

As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that justice is being served where it’s long overdue.

In the meantime, candidate Trump is taking offense at being accused of some of his scurrilous activities:

  • Mocked a man with disabilities.
  • Attacked the parents of a fallen American hero.
  • Belittled POWs and the war record of Sen. John McCain.
  • Lied about how much money he raised for veterans.
  • Called a former Miss Universe “disgusting” and fat, telling his Twitter followers to find her non-existent sex tape.
  • Accused an American-born federal judge of being unfit to do his job because of his Mexican heritage.
  • Likely avoided paying taxes for nearly two decades.
  • Called most Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, even though that’s not remotely factual.
  • Lied about seeing “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey on 9/11.
  • Lied about getting a letter from the NFL complaining about the debate schedule.
  • Tried to exploit the death of an African American woman in Chicago to say that’s why black voters will support him.
  • Found the “bright side” to tragedies because his poll numbers tend to go up.
  • Settled with the Department of Justice after his company was found guilty of racially discriminating against minorities.
  • Has cheated on at least one wife.
  • Was just discovered on video admitting that he not only tried to cheat on his current wife, but he attempted to do so with another married woman.
  • Had his first wife publicly say that he did nothing when it came to raising their children until they were old enough to talk business.
  • Tweeted that women should have expected to be sexually assaulted when they mixed males and females together in the military.
  • Said he wants to target the families of terrorists.
  • Stated that he wants to ban an entire religion.
  • Praised a Russian president who obviously hates the U.S. and Americans.
  • Encouraged the Russian government to commit espionage against Americans.
  • Insinuated that another Republican’s wife was ugly.
  • Tried to implicate another Republican’s father in JFK’s assassination.
  • Sought out the help of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes after he was fired following multiple allegations that he had sexually harassed women for years.
  • Made Breitbart’s Steve Bannon one of his top campaign people.
  • Had a former campaign manager abruptly resign after a report came out linking him to pro-Russian groups that were directly trying to undermine U.S. policy in eastern Europe.
  • Called Carly Fiorina ugly.
  • Has said climate change was a hoax created by the Chinese — then denied saying it.
  • Was a leading conspiracy theorist when it came to the racist-driven birther conspiracies against President Obama.
  • Dismissed nearly eight years of accusing the president of not being an American with a less than 30 second statement where he didn’t apologize for any of it.
  • Tried to blame Hillary Clinton for his racism.
  • Re-tweeted anti-African American propaganda created by a white supremacy group.
  • Played dumb about knowing who former Grand Wizard of the KKK David Duke was.
    Skipped a presidential debate because he was scared of a moderator.
  • Has, on several occasions, suggested he finds his daughter attractive.
  • Called a husband doing things like changing diapers and helping with the children, a man “trying to be the wife.”
  • Has said he wants more countries to have nuclear weapons.
  • Said he can’t release his tax returns because they’re currently being audited — even though the IRS said that’s a lie.
  • Feels he has the right to sexually assault women.

For the record, Donald Trump is guilty of all the above. In the meantime he is hitting back at accusations by women who say he acted scandalously, even criminally, toward them:

(CNN)Donald Trump on Friday called himself a “victim” as more women continued to come forward on Friday accusing him of sexual assault and harassment.

“As you have seen, I am a victim of one of the great political smear campaigns in the history of our country,” he said at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday night. “They are coming after me to try and destroy what is considered by even them the greatest movement in the history of our country.”
Trump’s comments came as he once again alleged it’s “all false stuff” and there is a “concerted effort” to take down his campaign, ignoring calls from his campaign advisers to focus on economic issues rather than responding to the allegations.

Donald. Donald! Listen to me. I’m trying to help you. If you want people to believe you didn’t grope those women or otherwise act like a buffoon towards them, then you should have not done all of those other things you did. Mocking a handicapped man made you look like an ass. Likewise disparaging a real war hero, pushing false claims the President is not a citizen, denying you knew KKK leader David Duke, calling political opponent Carly Fiorina ugly, cheating on multiple wifes before dumping them. Donald, people have started to notice a trend. No sympathy from me if you are accused by a growing chorus of women, given even the chance at least one accusation is false. You made it. You live in it.

Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:

A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude,  I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Bad Joke of the Week

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The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note and posted on the apple tray. “Take only one. God is watching.”

Moving further along the lunch line. at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.

One child whispered to another, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”

Don’t Bump The Trump

One of a series

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Eleven days before the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—on toward a catastrophic conclusion. Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are.

As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that justice is being served where it’s long overdue.

Bad news for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has Republicans rejoicing. Republicans have been attempting to repeal this act since it became law six years ago. In particular, candidate Trump is having a field day. The government announced this week a projected rise in premiums for patients enrolling in the government-sponsored exchange. 22% is touted as a conservative number.

Candidate Trump has seized this lifeline to his sinking campaign and is hoping to make the most of it:

Seizing on Rising Costs, Trump Says Health Law Is ‘Over’

Unfortunately this has not been the gift that keeps on giving. As mentioned yesterday, Donald Trump initially gave the impression he had no idea how the ACA works, and he further had no idea his own employees are not affected by it.

All the while, candidate Trump continues to promise to repeal the ACA ASAP once he takes office. Other Republicans have been promising the same thing for six years. Their aim, they say, is to replace the act with something more suitable, but they have yet to propose any such. The notion running wild in the upstairs computer room where I am composing this is the Republicans have never had any intention of coming up with a plan for universal health coverage, and they never will in the future. A promise is as good as fact if you can get people to believe it.

Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:

A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude,  I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Friday Funny

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Yes, readers, it’s Friday again, and the funny stuff just keeps rolling in. Most recently a boat load has been disgorging from this year’s political campaign. For example:

Yesterday on “Trunews,” Rick Wiles said that he has been praying for Donald Trump before each debate to ask God to protect him and guard him against demonic attacks from witches.

Before the third debate, Wiles decided that he will also be “praying that confusion would cloud Hillary Clinton’s mind and that fear would come upon her.”

If you are not familiar, Rick Wiles is some kind of quirky “citizen reporter and media producer:

Like David vs. Goliath, Rick Wiles is a citizen reporter who decided to take on the Big News Media. Starting with a $7,500 donation in May 1999 to launch the first radio program, Rick’s faith in God and steadfast determination has overseen the growth and development of Trunews into an internationally recognized source of credible news and information in a world where nothing seems to make sense anymore. Rick’s professional career was in media marketing and advertising sales. Throughout his early years, God’s hand silently guided him to be in employed in the latest new media. While in his early 20’s, Rick’s first media job was with a new FM radio station in the days when AM was still king.

Readers of this blog may have run into him already. He has popped up multiple times.

Anyhow, Rick Wiles seems to be spot on with his scheme to confuse Hillary Clinton at the last debate. I caught it on TV and noticed that while candidate Donald Trump was spouting wild conspiracy theories, Clinton was completely confused by the spectacle and could only smile and watch.

Now, that’s funny. Keep laughing. And may Jesus have mercy on our soul.

Best Friend Forever

Or until tomorrow. Whichever comes first.

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Earlier I posted one of a series I title Your Friend The Handgun. The title is a bit of sarcasm, because every post illustrates a case where somebody would have been better off without a handgun (sometimes without a long gun). I always figured I would sooner or later get some push back, and here is some from my Facebook feed, where I posted a link:

Steven Breed The claim made in the graphic is not supported by the data.
Stirling Dodd · Friends with Steven Breed

I think a fair argument is that the risk of attempted suicide isn’t increased, but the risk of a successful suicide is.
John Blanton I have the survey results. Want to see?
Steven Breed I don’t see how it’s veracity could be established with a survey, but please feel free to post. I believe the claim dates to the first Kellerman paper (I haven’t looked up the link, but it’s easy to find) which has serious flaws.
  • Steve has asserted the graphic (see above) is not supported by the data.
  • Stirling has pitched in and mentioned some things I am about to cover in my response.
  • I have promised to show the results of a survey.
  • Steve has asserted the claims (>50% suicides are with a gun) derives ultimately from the so-called Kellerman paper. He further doubts the validity of conclusions based on a survey.

Here I go.

Let me start with an item from that reputable journal of scientific research, The New York Times:

Not all of those suicides are by gun, but a majority are. And while some people feeling suicidal impulses will choose another method if a gun is not at hand, public health researchers cite two reasons guns are particularly dangerous: 1) Guns are more lethal than most other methods people try, so someone who attempts suicide another way is more likely to survive; 2) Studies suggest that suicide attempts often occur shortly after people decide to kill themselves, so people with deadly means at hand when the impulse strikes are more likely to use them than those who have to wait or plan.

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The source is Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the United States Government.

Regarding Steve’s mistrust of a survey, by a survey I mean looking at the data. I hope that clears up that point.

Final analysis, in case the point has been missed, I am advocating that on average guns are not life-saving devices. I have elsewhere advocated that having a gun for self-protection poses a greater risk than the risk it is meant to provide protection against. I repeat my observation from personal experience.

  • I have personally known four people killed by firearms. None of these involved criminal activity.
  • Two of these cases were self-inflicted.
  • I have personally witnessed a homicide by firearm. The killer was not a criminal prior to the act.
  • A family member (I was named after him) was a gunshot victim. Not killed and no criminal activity involved.
  • I have never personally encountered criminal activity involving firearms, nor do I know anybody who has been assaulted by a criminal with a firearm.

Readers can keep abreast of my comments on the friendliness of handguns by following my blog. A new post comes out every Thursday, and there is an abundant supply of material.