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Posted in: Violent death in America stalks ordinary walks of daily life See in context

BertieWooster,

On the firearms issue I agree. Violence in movies, not so much. Again, that is common everywhere. Japan has spawned some incredibly violent media (video games in particular) and we don't see nearly as much gun violence here and in other comparable countries. Knife and arson attacks, sure. I'm not saying violence in media doesn't fuel aggression, rather that access to firearms is the more immediate cause.

I won't argue with you on your points about psychology and psychiatry because I don't know much about it. Just internet stuff.

Thanks for the reply, and if you have that link, that'd be great.

Harry_Gatto,

I agree, but do they have a definable, diagnosable condition such as paranoia or schizophrenia, or more general mood disorders such as anger and anxiety? As it stands in the States, the latter aren't commonly cause for the removal of an individual's gun rights.

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Posted in: New rugby laws pour cold water on Erasmus tactics See in context

How about physios calling (incorrectly) for feet in touch, or entering the field of play during a maul to shout encouragement? Or waterboys (not Erasmus) hounding ARs from the sidelines about the rules. Again, incorrectly. Or players pretending to be injured to buy time at ANY break in play such as scrums and lineouts, especially on defence?

All Springbok tactics. Great team. Horrible champions.

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Posted in: New rugby laws pour cold water on Erasmus tactics See in context

Great coach. Complete twat.

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Posted in: Violent death in America stalks ordinary walks of daily life See in context

Thankfully they have that well written 2nd amendment that keeps everyone safe. *sarcasm emoji"

Oh, come on. It makes perfect sense. In 1791.

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Posted in: Violent death in America stalks ordinary walks of daily life See in context

BertieWooster,

Do you have a source for that? Here's one that drills into that claim:

www.bbc.com/future/article/20180509-is-there-a-link-between-mass-shooting-and-mental-illness

My main problem with it is that mental illness occurs all across the world, but the 'associated' mass shootings occur mainly (not only) in the US.

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Posted in: In Buffalo, Biden condemns racism, mourns victims See in context

And are we going to discuss the killer and his Black Sun emblem?

Tell us about it. I know that it's a nazi symbol. The shooter also had the n-word painted on his gun. His motivations are no secret.

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Posted in: In Buffalo, Biden condemns racism, mourns victims See in context

President Biden was responsible for some of the laws supporting the war on drugs and mass incarceration, such as the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, both of which disproportionately affected black people.

The 1986 law led to huge racial disparities in incarceration (given that black people generally receive harsher penalties than white people for the same crimes - according to the US Sentencing Commission in 2017), and the Violent Crime Act toughened sentencing and increased prison funding.

He is right to show up here and condemn the white supremacist Replacement Theory, but he still has a lot of work to do in improving the lives of minorities in America.

www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/4/25/18282870/joe-biden-criminal-justice-war-on-drugs-mass-incarceration

www.ussc.gov/research/research-reports/demographic-differences-sentencing

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Posted in: Buffalo shooting latest example of targeted racial violence See in context

The “pyramid” never made it to any racial attacks where minorities were the attackers not the victims.

"Gunmen with biases against religion and sexual orientation have also carried out targeted violence: the shootings at a San Diego synagogue in 2019 and a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in 2016."

That shooter was Muslim. (although the victims were a minority too, so according to you it doesn't count, I guess)

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Posted in: Buffalo shooting latest example of targeted racial violence See in context

Blacklabel,

Fair enough, but in an earlier post you said:

There are so few of these racial based “whites shooting blacks” type shootings that halfway through the article they had to change the subject to religion and a Muslim shooting at a gay club.

In response to:

Gunmen with biases against religion and sexual orientation have also carried out targeted violence

In case you didn't know, news articles generally follow an inverted pyramid format. Start with the most critical information (this and other racially motivated attacks) and follow with supporting information (other targeted attacks).

It's basic journalism.

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Posted in: Buffalo shooting latest example of targeted racial violence See in context

Blacklabel,

The statement was racial mass shootings of Blacks by Whites based on their skin color/race.

Dylan Roof and 2 days ago. thats pretty much it, despite you saying no.

There are so few that Homeland Security couldnt name even one case when asked to prove the "white domestic terrorism" narrative.

The article is about targeted violence. You seem to be using the 'no true Scotsman' gambit to exclude the many examples of targeted violence given in the article. "But there are few white on black" attacks. To try to deflect from the problem of targeted violence by excluding entire categories of it is pretty dishonest.

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Posted in: Buffalo shooting latest example of targeted racial violence See in context

And let's also not forget that he was detained a year ago by the FBI for threatening an act of violence at a high school, but he was released for mental treatment. Another person on the FBI watchlist who was not watched.

I don't think that's entirely true. He was definitely investigated by state police, who took him in for a mental health evaluation. The findings of the evaluation haven't been released. If I'm wrong, please link.

But I agree that anyone with a history of violent threats who has been taken into custody under a mental health law should not be able to pass a background check easily and then purchase a shotgun, semi-automatic rifle and high capacity magazines.

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Posted in: Buffalo shooting latest example of targeted racial violence See in context

The legacy behind the strict California gun laws is that they were an attempt to disarm the Black Panthers who had marched up to the State Capitol.

That is a fact and I am old enough to remember it.

Desert Tortoise,

The song remains the same.

"Nonetheless, the federal government’s case against Grandmaster Jay follows a longstanding pattern of clampdowns on Black Americans who arm themselves. From slave uprisings in the 1800s to the Black Panthers in the 1960s to NFAC in 2020, the game plan is always the same, said Arjun Sethi, an author and law professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

"“When Black folks in America pick up weapons, a different set of rules has always applied,” Sethi said. “That was the case 100 years ago; that remains the case today.”"

www.thetrace.org/2021/10/nfac-black-militia-grandmaster-jay-prosecution/

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Posted in: California churchgoers detained gunman in deadly attack See in context

Something I've been thinking about:

I think the European Union, and the Shengen area, makes a good contrast to the United States in terms of gun control. Member countries all have individual control over their gun laws. However, membership in the European Union means those countries are bound by the same, less permissive baseline regarding gun laws, and as a result there is much less gun violence there. The states in the US have control over their gun laws too, but the federal baseline is much lower than that in the E.U..

For example, as voted for in a referendum in 2019, Switzerland tightened their gun laws to stay in the visa-free Shengen-area which has the same gun laws as the E.U..

Anyway, a work in progress.

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Posted in: California churchgoers detained gunman in deadly attack See in context

No you're not. California's gun control laws do not go far enough. Anyone remember the drive-by shootings in Santa Barbara?

You don't have to go back that far. This is at least the second mass shooting in a church, in California, this year. And six were killed and 12 injured in a mass shooting in California last month.

California can have all the gun laws it wants, but until the federal baseline is lifted, and "because I want one" ceases to be justifiable reason for keeping and bearing high powered, rapid fire firearms, not a lot will change. In fact, efforts are being made in California to loosen gun laws, such as removing the state age limit on rifle purchases, and striking down in courts its "assault rifle" ban on constitutional grounds- an action so far delayed by appeal.

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Posted in: Buffalo shooter targeted Black neighborhood, officials say See in context

Don't you realize yet that these weapons and just about anything can be obtained on the black market streets of USA ?

The Buffalo shooter purchased his firearms legally, although he did illegally modify the rifle to accept a larger magazine, which he probably bought in Pennsylvania due to New York's magazine capacity limit.

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Posted in: Buffalo shooter targeted Black neighborhood, officials say See in context

So much for background checks.

Yes. Although he did obviously pass (for lack of a better word) the mental health evaluation as no further action was taken.

At any rate, the NICS background check is laughable. Among other problems with it, from more than 230 million checks made since it went online in 1998, only 1.3 million denials have been made, according to the FBI. State participation is not mandatory (currently, only 30 states actively participate and in many jurisdictions even within those states the authorities actively DO NOT participate). It is a data-driven input system and it is believed that states and others fail to input legally allowable information. Also, there are legal barriers to reporting health information to NICS, such as mental illness.

For example, the Charleston church shooter should have failed his background check because of a drug offense, but it hadn't been recorded and the sale proceeded. He went on to kill nine people. Also the Virginia Tech shooter, who had been declared a danger to himself by a court, passed TWO background checks. 33 killed.

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Posted in: 10 dead, suspect, 18, arrested in mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket See in context

Yep let’s just totally ignore that last 15 that weren’t related at all. 17 people were shot just today that are unrelated to your premise.

Inner city gang/gun violence is a problem. Racially and politically motivated gun violence is also a problem. They should both be addressed. Move on.

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Posted in: 10 dead, suspect, 18, arrested in mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket See in context

Can’t wait to see what the NRA says this time …”

probably

NRA: A person armed with an ordinary butter knife could have easily killed just as many people.

You forgot "gunmen only target gun free zones" (The supermarket had an armed guard)

"a good guy with a gun..." (The armed, trained security guard was tragically killed)

And "criminals don't follow laws" (This shooter was previously unknown to law enforcement.)

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Posted in: 10 dead, suspect, 18, arrested in mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket See in context

A manifesto online attributed to the shooter includes all the usual suspects- great replacement, mass immigration, anti-Semitism. It's modelled on similar manifestos written by other mass shooters who I choose not to name. In it he declares himself sane.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/heavy.com/news/

The link above includes the shooter's name so I deleted it.

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Posted in: NZ Prime Minister Ardern tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Sweden would like a word.

What would they like to say?

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Posted in: NZ Prime Minister Ardern tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

You might want to ask yourselves why.

Why?

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Posted in: NZ Prime Minister Ardern tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Huh? World-leading as judged by who?

The reporter is a local fan, I imagine.

How did your country do?

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Posted in: 31-year-old woman arrested for attempted murder of father See in context

She's innocent until proven guilty.

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Posted in: NZ Prime Minister Ardern tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Interestingly, across the pond, more people have died of ‘Covid’ in the first 5 months of 2022 than in the entire preceding two years

Makes sense. They've had a lot more cases due to a more transmissible variant and fewer restrictions.

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Posted in: NZ Prime Minister Ardern tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

master,

Funny how cases rose after the lockdowns had ended. And I don't remember ever being told the vaccines were 100% effective at preventing infection. The highest I ever saw was 96%, and that was against the earlier variants.

The New Zealand response, despite some missteps in vaccine acquisition and overreaching mandates, has been a great lesson in adapting and evolving in a changing set of circumstances.

The US, since you brought them up, recently recorded their one millionth death. So..."we're number 1!" I guess.

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Posted in: California ban on selling semi-automatic guns to young adults overturned See in context

If they want to bear arms as in the 2nd amendment written 250 year old, then they should be limited to weapons from that era.

If they want the freedom of speech as in the First Amendment, should they be limited to quill pens and parchment?

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Posted in: California ban on selling semi-automatic guns to young adults overturned See in context

I am confused. Does this mean if you are under 21 you cannot buy a handgun but you can buy a semi-automatic gun in California?

I could be wrong, but federally, licensed dealers cannot sell a handgun to anyone under 21. Private sellers can, but California generally prohibits private sales. At least, they must be facilitated through a licensed dealer who will perform the background check.

The federal age limit for licensed dealers to sell long guns is 18. There is no limit for private sales, but again those are generally prohibited in California. The court is ruling that California's ban on the sale of rifles to those between 18 and 21 is unconstitutional.

There's probably a lot more to it than that, but that's what I think is happening.

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Posted in: Driver hits 78-year-old man; then takes him home where he later dies See in context

^story was years ago and not in Japan.

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Posted in: Driver hits 78-year-old man; then takes him home where he later dies See in context

Hiro,

I've a similar story. A young guy walked out in front of me from behind a bus (my fault - I was going too fast) and I spooned him up onto the windshield, which was shattered. I stopped and ran back immediately, offering to call the cops, take him to hospital and so on. He simply brushed himself off - built like a barn door - said no thanks, and continued on his way. I left my number with a witness but never heard a word.

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Posted in: SDF official arrested for allegedly kicking teenage daughter See in context

Caveat: Obviously there could be a little more to it. He's innocent until proven otherwise. The thing is, in order to be proven innocent, first you have to be accused of something. A lot of JT posters don't seem to get that.

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