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Posted in: Woman killed in siege of U.S. Capitol was veteran who embraced conspiracy theories See in context

Not to worry, the officer that shot her will get off scot-free. Oh wait a second, she was white. The officer will go to prison for a long time.

She was voicing her opinion and she got killed for it.

Or, she was part of an out of control, armed mob illegally breaking and entering a state building for seditious purposes. More American blood on the hands of the American president.

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Posted in: 9-year-old boy pushing baby stroller hit and killed by car at intersection See in context

I have done my share of pounding a car to make them aware.

I understand the frustration, but I'd advise against that. Obviously you can react how you want, but it turns a near miss into a definite confrontation. And I'm not sure that the police would take your side if they got involved.

Certainly, if I were the driver in that situation I'd accept being yelled at, but if someone pounded my car it would be a different story.

My two cents, anyway.

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Posted in: Chicago ends 2020 with 769 homicides as gun violence surges See in context

Hawaii is a better example of how well gun control laws work. Firearm violence is lower whilst other forms of crime are similar, so it ain’t a cultural thing either.

Absolutely. And of course, other comparable countries.

The homicide rate in the US was 7.5 times higher than the homicide rate in the other high-income countries combined...Firearm homicide rates were 36 times higher in high-gun US states and 13.5 times higher in low-gun US states than the firearm homicide rate in other high-income countries combined.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30817955/

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Posted in: Chicago ends 2020 with 769 homicides as gun violence surges See in context

https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101117/discuss/711189968/

This links to what appears to be a letter to the editor, it's from 2010, and it's behind a paywall. Care to give us a summary?

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Posted in: Chicago ends 2020 with 769 homicides as gun violence surges See in context

Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, 

True. The problem is that they keep forgetting to turn on that magic forcefield that allows people to enter the city, but not guns.

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Posted in: U.S. COVID-19 deaths smash daily record, spurring pleas to trim back Christmas See in context

But I am respected in my field in this country at highest level 

What field is that? The avoidance of commas?

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Posted in: Survey finds only 23% of vehicles stop for pedestrians at crosswalks See in context

There’s no point stopping at a pedestrian crossing if the cars coming the other way won’t stop, also. It could cause an accident if the pedestrian crosses because you’ve stopped, and other cars don’t.

In Japan, I used to always stop, but for the reasons above, now I’ll only stop for a pedestrian if oncoming traffic has stopped, or that lane is empty.

At least it’s improved since 2016, when JAF found that 90% of cars don’t stop. https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20161002/p2a/00m/0na/015000c

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Posted in: Second night of clashes in Philadelphia after police kill Black man See in context

Why loot though? If a white person were unjustifiably shot by police in this Japanese city (in the video in question, Wallace was definitely approaching the officers in a threatening manner- that said, 10 times?) I would insist that those police were brought to justice, protesting if necessary, but I certainly wouldn't break into my local sports shop and help myself to new Pumas.

(I'm sure there were peaceful protesters aswell)

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Posted in: Judge blocks Election Day gun ban near Michigan polling sites See in context

*sorry, not conflate. Confuse.

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Posted in: Judge blocks Election Day gun ban near Michigan polling sites See in context

was fine for Kamala Harris to stand right next to a polling place with a microphone and try to intimidate voters?

I'm not aware of the incident, but isn't that conflating the right to free speech with the right to keep and bear arms?

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Posted in: Judge blocks Election Day gun ban near Michigan polling sites See in context

Sorry, it’s already illegal to carry a firearm in such a place...try again:

In, or near?

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Posted in: Judge blocks Election Day gun ban near Michigan polling sites See in context

“There are dozens — we’ve had numerous complaints,” Meingast told the judge. “There are voters who are afraid. There are election workers who are afraid to go to work on Election Day.”

Screw 'em. Let Bubba hold his toy.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st regulations on crossbow owners passed in Hyogo Prefecture See in context

So you advocate basically registering every last thing that can be used as a weapon with the government, or only the things you can find used in a completely oddball case, even if the weapon of choice could have been replaced with just about anything?

Where?

You questioned the existence of mysterious crossbow related crimes. I gave an example.

Have you ever noticed that most attacks in this country are done with knives?

And some with crossbows. But to your point, guns are harder to get. Due to regulations.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st regulations on crossbow owners passed in Hyogo Prefecture See in context

Well this will certainly help track down all those mysterious crossbow killers out there, except, (checking) there aren't any.

Right. They've all been found.

Another question; do the bolts also require registration? Anyways, regarding Japan, hasn't happened doesn't equal won't happen. Elsewhere, mysterious crossbow-related crime is not unheard of.

BERLIN — The shock of the rare burst of violence was multiplied by its odd circumstances: In a picturesque and normally placid little German city, three bodies lay in a hotel room, each one killed with a crossbow.

More than 300 miles away, another gruesome discovery made the case still more confounding. Searching the home of one of the three people who had died in the hotel, the police found two more bodies.

The German authorities are now trying to piece together a mystery that has attracted international attention for the unconventional weapon used and the lack of clear motive or motives behind five deaths ...

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/world/europe/germany-crossbow.html

Police responding to a report of a stabbing - which allegedly took place around 12pm local time at a Toronto home - were stunned to find a woman and two men dead with crossbow bolts in their bodies.

Two other men were injured in the attack; one of them was arrested at the scene. A crossbow was found on the floor of the garage close to the victims.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/canada-three-found-dead-following-013013438.html?

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Posted in: Japan's 1st regulations on crossbow owners passed in Hyogo Prefecture See in context

Finally, society internalises laws and norms over time and individuals become less likely to go against them

Sorry, no edit function. Please disregard that point.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st regulations on crossbow owners passed in Hyogo Prefecture See in context

The ordinance, believed to set the first regulations in Japan on crossbow owners, requires residents to report ownership of the bow-like weapon to the prefectural government or face a fine of up to 50,000 yen.

I agree with posters above. Just because a crossbow is registered, it doesn't mean it will never be used in a crime.

The law requires registration to an owner and address. Are there any restrictions on ownership? Can a crossbow be removed from a person if they commit other crimes? Is there punishment for the owner if someone else uses their lost, stolen or borrowed bow in a crime?

There are a few arguments to support registration. If a registered crossbow has been used in a crime, and is found at the scene, the owner can be quickly traced. Also, owners of registered crossbows will be much more likely to take steps to keep them out of the wrong hands and less likely to allow others to use them. Further, if a registered owner commits any other type of violent crime, their weapon could be confiscated. Finally, society internalises laws and norms over time and individuals become less likely to go against them. A lot of the same arguments for gun registration, really.

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Posted in: Traffic safety campaign See in context

So for a week, while cars at a major intersection 100 metres away run red lights, left hook cyclists and fail to clear the intersection with their usual vigor, about a dozen officers'll stand at quiet, out of the way crossroads, and politely ask drivers to follow traffic regulations.

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Posted in: Man arrested over attempted murder of 13-year-old disabled son See in context

Geoff Gillespie,

You didn't, the guy in the article did. So what ?

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Posted in: We're lucky to have Osaka as figurehead, says Billie Jean King See in context

He was complaining that he couldn't breathe even before he was put on the ground.

Complaining that he can't breathe, so kneel on his neck for nine minutes. Yeah, nothing wrong there. Jeez.

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Posted in: Weekend gun violence in Chicago leaves 10 dead, 43 injured See in context

A city in America with strict gun control is like a no peeing section in a swimming pool.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka hints at more racial justice activism See in context

she is paid to play tennis not pontificate.

She can do what she wants. Just as you can decide to pay attention or not.

Good on her, and congratulations.

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Posted in: Black National Convention to put spotlight on police brutality See in context

Decades of employment, mortgage-market, housing, judicial, employment discrimination, mass incarceration and segregation have robbed these communites of many opportunities to accumulate any wealth, get out of the poverty cycle and actually affect change. They can only ask for /demand it.

I wish them every success.

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Posted in: Osaka to play in Western & Southern Open semifinals, after all See in context

Well, she certainly got the attention of the tournament’s organisers, the WTA and the USTA. Good for her. In originally conceding the semifinals she was also giving up her chance at the final.

Mods: Please steer the conversation back to Osaka and her actions. Most of the above thread has been a repeat of many previous ones, which never resolve anything. It’s getting tiresome.

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Posted in: 17-year-old arrested after 2 killed during unrest in Wisconsin See in context

Texas...,

It goes a little beyond that.

Elijah McClain, black, unarmed, killed by police:

On June 29, the interim police chief announced that multiple officers had been placed on administrative leave and were under investigation after photos of them surfaced that had been taken near the site where McClain died. The photos, taken in October 2019, show police officers posing inappropriately and reenacting the carotid restraint used on McClain before his death.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Elijah_McClain#:~:text=They%20also%20said%20that%20at,dead%20on%20August%2027%2C%202019.

Michael Brown, black, unarmed, killed by police:

Soon, police vehicles reappeared, including from the St. Louis County Police Department, which had taken control of the investigation. Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site. ...

By then, police had prohibited all vehicles from entering Canfield Drive except for their own. Soon the candles and flowers had been smashed, after police drove over them.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/ferguson-st-louis-police-tactics-dogs-michael-brown/

So yeah, for me personally, obey the police and don't resist. If you feel you've been wronged, fight it in court. But these and similar acts of simple indecency are really what needs to stop.

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Posted in: 17-year-old arrested after 2 killed during unrest in Wisconsin See in context

P. Smith,

I’m really not sure. I mean, it can’t be race because cops aren’t racist in America, right? I think it was because the officers dealing with Blake hadn’t had their morning coffees. Yeah. That’s probably it. Definitely not race.

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Posted in: 17-year-old arrested after 2 killed during unrest in Wisconsin See in context

Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back for walking away from police officers (four of whom together couldn’t subdue him by other less lethal methods, apparently) but this guy is clearly seen on video approaching police officers while holding a semi-automatic rifle after having shot three people, and other people yelling “he just shot someone,” and the police let the gunman walk past them and leave the scene. I can’t help but wonder what the difference was.

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Posted in: New Zealand's COVID-19 outbreak grows, as Australian cases ease See in context

Eliminate is a rather strong word for any government. To me personally NZ government , the NZ scientist and everyone involved in the decision making process right now seem a bit fake and delusional.

'Eliminate' was the word used by Director General of Health Bloomfield and PM Ardern, which caused confusion in the media. Bloomfield later clarified, saying, "I can just clarify we haven't eliminated it, and we haven't eradicated it.''

"He said elimination is about having a low number of cases, and a knowledge of where they're coming from and identifying people early."

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.rnz.co.nz/article/10d5bd63-f9aa-4152-8744-d7d26df357c1

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Posted in: Fears grow over heat exhaustion during summer classes amid virus See in context

some unbelievable move local parents voted to oppose this claiming it made children weak.

Probably the same people who rush to the air conditioner or heater the second the temperature goes beyond their +/-1 degree comfort zone.

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Posted in: New York attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA See in context

Now people cannot even support one of the Bill of Rights amendments to the Constitution.

Of course they can. They don’t need the NRA to do that. Particularly if it’s taking their subs and charitable donations and spending them on private travel, security and other interests.

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Posted in: Woman robbed at knifepoint in car parking lot See in context

I taught my wife self defense. Eyes and balls first then the knee caps.

Against a guy with a knife? I hope you are a really good teacher.

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