Lax Knife-Control Laws in Toronto results in Four Stabbings in One Night

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 15th, 2014

Week in Review

International law restricts the kind of bullets we can use in war.  In general, they have to have a full metal jacket.  So they don’t flatten out in flight and make big holes in bodies.  Causing great suffering and trauma to anyone wounded.  Which is why today a lot of soldiers can survive from gunshot wounds.  Whereas the lead Minié balls of the American Civil War did horrific damage to tissue and bone.  Shattering bone such that any arm or leg wound typically resulted in an amputation.  And a belly wound meant death.  For it just did so much damage to the internal organs that there was no repairing them.  Much like another horrific belly wound.  From a bayonet.  As it made a long, wide wound.  Often running in one side of a man and out the other.  And doing irreparable damage.

Even today a knife wound can cause more damage than a bullet. Because it makes such a large hole through a body.  Making long and deep cuts in internal organs.  Also, a person has to be close to use a knife.  He can’t stab someone from a distance.  Like you can shoot someone with a gun from a distance.  So anyone willing to stab someone is pretty cold-blooded.  As you see, hear and feel a person’s death.  And anyone that can do that is a very dangerous person.  Especially with our lax knife-control laws (see Two dead, two wounded in separate GTA stabbings by Chris Doucette posted 2/13/2014 on the Toronto Sun).

TORONTO – Two men were killed and two others were wounded in three separate stabbings within hours of each other in the GTA [Greater Toronto Area].

The bloodshed began just after 9 p.m. Wednesday in Rexdale, Toronto Police said, and it kept emergency responders busy for several hours.

Every time there is a shooting in the United States the left calls for stricter gun-control legislation.  As if that would remove all violent crime in the country.  Because if a person can’t get a gun that person can’t shoot anyone with a gun.  And they would never think about picking up a knife to harm someone.  Which would leave the bad guys with nothing to do but to link arms and sing Kumbaya.  Like they do in Canada.  Well, everyone in Canada but those picking up knives to stab people.  Funny how in Canada they don’t blame knives for these crimes.  Or demand more restrictive knife-control legislation in Canada every time someone gets stabbed.  Like some Americans blame guns for gun crimes in the United States.  And try to restrict gun ownership every chance they get.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman was Found Dead Today from an Apparent Drug Overdose

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 2nd, 2014

Week in Review

Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead today from an apparent drug overdose.  Sad.  Such a great talent.  The characters he brought to life helped us escape from our troubles for a couple of hours.  He could be a bit of a curmudgeon in real life, though.  But a warmth shone through the characters he played.  He worked hard to polish his craft.  And he was a natural.  Likeable.  Even if you didn’t like the movie he was in you enjoyed seeing him in it.  It is so sad that drugs have taken yet another great talent from us (see Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead at 46 by Jenny Depper posted 2/2/2014 on Yahoo! Movies).

Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday. He was 46.

The New York City Police Department  confirmed to “The Insider With Yahoo” that the actor was found dead at 12 p.m. ET in his fourth floor apartment in the Greenwich Village of New York City.

While the official cause of death is still unknown at this point, police speculate that he may have died of a drug overdose. The actor was found with a needle in his arm and apparent heroin was found at the scene…

Hoffman had struggled with addiction in the past, but was reportedly clean for 23 years before falling off the wagon in 2012. He most recently checked into rehab in May 2013.

In a 2006 interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Hoffman discussed his earlier drug use dating back to the time after his graduation from New York University’s drama school.

“It was all that [drugs and alcohol], yeah, it was anything I could get my hands on… I liked it all,” Hoffman said. Eventually, he chose to seek treatment. “I went [to rehab], I got sober when I was 22 years old. You get panicked… and I got panicked for my life. It really was just that.”

He also revealed that his drug habit was life-threatening. “I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they’re beautiful and famous and rich. I’m like, ‘Oh my God. I’d be dead.’ You know what I mean? I’d be 19, beautiful, famous and rich. That would be it. I think back at that time. I think if I had the money, that kind of money and stuff. So, yeah [I would have died].”

Every time there is another death caused by a firearm the left screams for new gun control legislation.  But when a great talent dies from a drug overdose you hear no cry from the left for new drug control legislation.  No.  Instead they celebrate Colorado and Washington for decriminalizing recreational marijuana.  Because, as the left says, marijuana is safer than alcohol.

But making marijuana more readily available will only make more kids start using it.  Just as it made out-of-state college applications explode in those two states.  Because these kids want to get high.  And will get high.  For the more readily available marijuana is the more they will get high.  Developing new drug habits.  And then, perhaps, moving on to something stronger.  Like heroin.  Which Hoffman didn’t start with.  But he ended with.  And no doubt more will.  Because while the left calls for new gun control legislation whenever anyone dies by a firearm they have no problem with people developing drug habits.  They even encourage it with pushing for the decriminalization of marijuana for recreational use.  The drug pretty much everyone who ever died from a drug overdose started with.

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FT196: “One life is important in gun control debate, 5 million lives are negligible if they lose their insurance because of Obamacare.” —Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - November 15th, 2013

Fundamental Truth

Some of the Richest People in the United States live in the Suburbs of Washington, D.C. 

Liberals say they care about the people.  While they say conservatives only care about their money.  Conservatives want to cut taxes and government spending so they can keep more of their money to spend on their families.  Liberals want to increase taxes and government spending.  To take more money from taxpayers to spend on other people.  People who are more deserving of that money than the people who earned it.

Liberals say they want to tax and spend because they care about people.  And not money.  Like conservatives.  Yet the more money a liberal government collects in taxes the more powerful that government grows.  And the richer those in government get.  Just look at the wealth surrounding Washington, D.C., which includes six of the ten wealthiest counties in the U.S.  It used to be the military industrial complex.  Now it’s the government industrial complex.  For liberals do not like the military.  And gut defense spending to fund their welfare state.  Spending our money to reward their friends.  And buying votes by making people dependent on government.

Some of the richest people in the United States live in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.  Who got rich on taxpayer money.  Where those connected to the liberal aristocracy enjoy obscene levels of wealth.  While the median family income falls.  Leaving families in the rest of the country to get by on less.  While those connected to government enjoy those obscene levels of wealth.  Yet liberals care about the people.  And not these obscene levels of wealth.

Liberals have grown Very Wealthy by Caring for the People ‘instead’ of Money

So it’s no secret the more money the government collects the better liberals in government live.  The bigger government grows the more government jobs that are available.  Allowing liberals to spread the wealth.  Other people’s wealth, that is.  So it’s good for those inside the government aristocracy.  Which is why liberals ‘care’ about the people.  So they can run a massive welfare state.  With them at the top.  Like Old World royalty.  Passing alms out to the people.  Where the people grovel.  And are obedient.  Grateful for what royalty gives them.  Thanking them politely.  And never forgetting their place.  The dirt beneath their feet (to borrow a line from the musical Les Misérables).

It is hard, then, to believe liberals when they say they care about the people.  As caring for the people has made them very wealthy.  Wealth they acquired by taking it away from other people.  Via taxes.  It is harder still to believe them when you look at their actions.  Whenever there is a high-profile gun crime, for example, they immediately use it to advance gun control legislation.  As if America is suffering from a plague of gun deaths.  And that only when the government takes away guns from law-abiding gun owners will the dying stop.  Of course, others throughout history have wanted to take away the people’s guns.  Including the British in 1775.  When the shot heard ’round the world was fired.  Kicking off the Revolutionary War. 

So Americans are very suspect whenever anyone comes after their guns.  Because that means only one thing.  Those trying to take away those guns want to make these gun owners weaker.  The question is, why?  Why do governments want to make their people weaker?  Probably for the same reason ruling elites everywhere do.  When you’re greatly outnumbered you don’t want the people you’re oppressing to be able to fight back.

For Every Person who ‘picked’ an Obamacare Policy 38 People lost the Insurance they Liked and Wanted to Keep

Listening to liberals you would think that the only way people are dying in America is from gun violence.  Is this true?  If not exactly how are people dying?  Well, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (see Table 2. Deaths, death rates, and age-adjusted death rates for 113 selected causes, Injury by firearms, Drug-induced Injury at work, and Enterocolitis due to Clostridium difficile: United States, final 2010 and preliminary 2011) the total deaths in 2011 was 2,512,873.  Some of the leading causes of death were cardiovascular diseases at 778,503 (31.0%).  Cancers (Malignant neoplasms) at 575,313 (22.9%).  Chronic lower respiratory diseases at 143,382 (5.7%).  Just with these three groups of diseases we’re at 59.6% of all 2011 deaths.  And that’s before we get to non-disease related deaths.  Such as Drug-induced deaths at 40,239 (1.6%).  Motor vehicle accidents at 34,677 (1.4%).  Falls at 26,631 (1.1%).  And one of the least causes of deaths.  Assault (homicide) by discharge of firearms at 11,101 (0.4%).

Gun deaths account for less than one half of one percent of all deaths in 2011.  Yet they want to take guns away from law-abiding gun owners to stop an epidemic of gun deaths totaling 0.4% of all deaths in 2011.  That’s what liberals are focused on.  That.  And the decriminalization of drugs.  Because drugs are a victimless crime.  Something only responsible adults choose to do.  Despite drug-induced deaths being more than three and half times greater than gun deaths.  But liberals are hard on guns.  And soft on drugs.  Even though more people die from drugs than from guns.  Yet liberals care about people. 

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was to provide affordable health insurance to about 50 million of uninsured people.  With the rollout of Obamacare only 106,185 ‘picked’ an insurance policy in October (some may have bought a plan or simply placed one in their shopping cart).  While 4.02 million people in 28 states have lost their health insurance (see White House to Allow Insurers to Continue Canceled Health Plans by Carol E. Lee and Louise Radnofsky posted 11/14/2013 on The Wall Street Journal).  So for every person who ‘picked’ an insurance policy 38 people lost the insurance they liked and wanted to keep.  Considering 59.6% of all deaths in 2011 were from heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases taking away health insurance from 4.02 million people could very well cause more people to die from these diseases.  For they are very common diseases.  And these policy cancellations are only from the individual market.  When the cancellations for the employer-provided plans start hitting next year we may be seeing hundreds of millions who will lose their health insurance.  Which is by design.  To force the people who already have insurance into costlier plans to pay for those who don’t.  And, of course, to make government bigger.  As well as making liberals in the government aristocracy wealthier.

Whenever there is a high-profile gun death the left renews their push for new gun control legislation.  Even if it saves only one child.  They say this despite guns being responsible for less than one half of one percent of all deaths.  Yet when they take away health insurance from 4.02 million people who may die from heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases, these deaths are negligible.  Acceptable.  A small percentage of the population whose deaths won’t mean a thing in the grand scheme of things.  All that is important to them is protecting and growing the government aristocracy.  So they can continue to live in the wealthiest counties in the U.S.  While enjoying their regal lives paid for with other people’s money.  Yet it’s the liberals that care about people. 

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Does rise in Knife crime call for Knife-Control Legislation?

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 26th, 2013

Week in Review

Every time there is a killing involving a gun the left tries to revive the gun control debate.  But they say nothing about box cutters (see Teen ‘infatuated’ with murdered teacher by Bob Fredericks posted 10/24/2013 on the New York Post).

The 14-year old accused of fatally slashing pretty math teacher Colleen Ritzer may have been infatuated with her and snapped when she spurned his advances, according to a new report Thursday…

Chism confessed to cops that he slashed her throat with a box cutter after following her into a women’s restroom at the school, a Boston TV station reported Thursday.

Or knives (see 5 Dead in Brooklyn Stabbing by EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS posted 10/27/2013 on The New York Times).

Five people were killed in a stabbing in Brooklyn on Saturday night, officials said.

Does the left try to restrict box-cutter and knife ownership?  No.  Yet there were probably more knife deaths in New York this past week than gun deaths.  Of course they would say it wasn’t the box-cutter or the knife that killed these people.  It was the people using these implements that killed these people.  For the vast majority of box-cutter owners and knife owners use these cutting implements responsibly.  Just like gun owners.  But gun owners will never get that consideration.

If these victims had a gun these grisly murders might not have been.  For a gun takes away the advantage of a bigger and stronger assailant.  So someone of a smaller physical stature doesn’t have to be a victim.  And it lets them engage a person with a knife BEFORE the knife-wielding attacker can get close enough to use that knife.  Giving the advantage to the defender in a knife attack.  Which gun control legislation will take away.  Giving the advantage back to the bad guy.

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Democrats push for Gun Control Legislation despite Fall in Gun Crime

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 21st, 2013

Week in Review

The left hates guns.  They want to take away our guns.  And repeal the Second Amendment.  Which is why they exploit every tragedy that involves a gun that they can.  (Except for the horrible gun crimes in Chicago that rarely receive any media attention.)  To foment anti-gun sentiment.  And it’s been working.  For the America people believe that gun crime is out of control (see Mass shootings are up; gun murders down posted 9/21/2013 on The Economist).

On September 16th a former navy reservist, Aaron Alexis, shot 12 people dead at a military base in Washington, DC. Though rare, such tragedies are increasingly common in America. The past 30 years have seen 67 mass shootings (in which four or more people were killed by a gunman not involved in a conventional crime), says Mother Jones magazine. There have already been five this year, after seven last year. Massacres grab headlines, and so may explain why many Americans believe, incorrectly, that gun crime is on the rise. In fact, gun murders have fallen by half in the past 20 years.

In 2012 there were about 500 people shot to death in Chicago.  Which receives scant news coverage.  But every time there is a mass shooting (Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech) it is not only front-page news but there are calls for new gun control legislation.  Because gun crime is out of control in America.  This is the narrative.  And why the left loves mass-shootings.  For it inflames the people to perhaps accept something they don’t want in the heat of the moment.  Further gun control legislation.

But gun crime is not out of control.  Apart from the Democrat-controlled Chicago.  Actual “gun murders have fallen by half in the past 20 years.”  Despite Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech.  But you wouldn’t know that listening to the Democrats.  As they are apparently lying to the American people to take away our guns.  Which begs the question.  Why?  If gun crime is actually falling then why do they want to take away our guns?

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The Left is using the Washington Navy Yard Shooting to Revive the Gun Control Debate

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 19th, 2013

Politics 101

Gun Crimes often involve an Anti-Social Gamer who lacks Empathy for their Victims

There was another terrible thing that happened.  Depending on where you get your news from you might have gotten one of two general headlines.  You either saw/heard something along the lines of “Another failure in our mental health system leaves dangerous man among the public—kills 12 at the Washington Navy Yard.”  Or you saw/heard something like “AR-15 assault rifle responsible for yet another senseless massacre—people demand comprehensive gun control legislation.”

You probably can guess that the left-leaning media ran the AR-15 headline.  Who blames guns for all gun-violence.  Never the people pulling the triggers.  Whereas the media without a political agenda will have noted the failure in our mental health system as a greater concern for the safety of Americans.  As all of the gun massacres the left points to as proof that we need comprehensive gun control legislation have a common denominator.  The shooters all suffered from mental health issues.

Adam Lanza suffered from some personality disorder (perhaps Asperger disorder).  He was anti-social and played violent video games alone in the basement.  His disorder may have left him unable to feel empathy for other people.  That and the world of gaming where he killed over and over may have allowed him to feel nothing as he gunned down 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Someone should have institutionalized Lambert.  For he was the danger.  Not the guns.  He chose the gun because that’s what he used in his video games.  But if there was no gun available he may have done something else.  For he was a smart kid.  An honors student.  And he was 20 years old.  He could have used a car to run people down like in one of those video games.

In the Worst of Gun Crimes the Left focuses on the Guns and not the Mentally Unsound Shooters

Before Sandy Hook a mentally disturbed James Holms killed 12 and wounded some 70 more in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting.  Before that a mentally disturbed Jared Loughner killed 6 and wounded 12 in a Tucson supermarket parking lot (2011).  Before that a mentally disturbed Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 and wounded 17 at Virginia Tech (2007).  All of these shooters had some serious mental health issues.  Some had been treated.  Some should have been treated.  And they probably should all have been institutionalized before their shootings.

But they weren’t.  In fact, some parents today are at their wits’ end when they have a family member that may be a danger to the general public.  But there’s nothing they can do.  For today you can’t just institutionalize people like we once did.  Because of civil liberties.  Which is a good thing.  To those who may have been wrongly institutionalized.  But it leaves those that should be out on the street.  Where they must first do something to be committed.  Like Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech, etc.  Then and only then can we remove these people from our streets.

Yet in the worst of these gun crimes the left focuses on the guns.  Not the shooters.  It’s not the people pulling the triggers.  But the triggers.  And they claim that if we remove the triggers we’ll remove this crime. Despite these mentally unsound people still being on the streets.  Who are in most cases very smart people.  And highly educated.  Who could probably figure out a way to get a gun if we had repealed the Second Amendment.  Or think of some other creative way to kill their innocent victims.

The Left blamed the AR-15 for the Washington Navy Yard Shooting instead of our Failed Mental Health System

So why does the left do this?  Well, because they want to take away our guns.  Why?  One can only guess.  They are generally anti-capitalists and would like to turn the United States into a more socialist country.  Like they’ve done with our health care.  Does the left want to do more than just make America a social democracy?  Other countries that had a political party/leader that went on to oppress their people often started by taking away people’s guns.  Because if they didn’t the people may just fight back.  And the last thing any dictator wants is a civil war like there is currently in Syria.

Is this why the left wants to take away our guns?  Who knows.  But it makes one wonder.  Especially when we see they can barely contain their glee whenever another mentally unsound person goes on a shooting spree.  So they can revive the gun control debate.  Which they have to revive as the polls clearly show the American people don’t put repealing the Second Amendment high on their wish list.  No, what they want is a better economy.  A job.  A safer world to live in where they don’t have to worry about their kids getting hurt or killed by an improvised explosive device while attending a marathon.  But the left focuses on the guns.

As they were still looking for potential shooters at the Washington Navy Yard the left was already reporting that it was yet another gun-crime made with that hated of all assault rifles.  The dreaded AR-15.  Everyone on the left was reporting this with glee.  Hoping to revive the talk about comprehensive gun control.  There was only one problem.  This mentally disturbed person did not use an AR-15.  He used a type of weapon Vice President Joe Biden recommended women get instead of a handgun for their personal protection.  A shotgun.  Even though they got the facts wrong it didn’t change the narrative.  The left blamed the AR-15 anyway and called for an assault rifle ban.  Without a word about our failed mental health system.  That allows mentally unsound people to wander among us where they can do great harm.  Because locking up mentally unsound people pays no political dividends.  While allowing them to remain on the street does.  Especially if they get their hands on an AR-15.

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Oregon Teen wanted to be like the Columbine Murderers the Media turned into Celebrities

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 1st, 2013

Week in Review

Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson and Virginia Tech were crimes caused by the Second Amendment.  Or so argue the Democrats.  Who want to use these episodes to press for their long-desired gun control legislation.  But the guns these people used weren’t the cause of their murder sprees.  Their mental health problems drove them to commit murder.  But instead of addressing the failures of our mental health system we focus on the guns.  Because the Democrats have long had a burning desire to pass gun control legislation.  Because gun bans will make the world a safer place (see Records: Teen wrote detailed plans for school plot by JONATHAN J. COOPER posted 5/28/2013 on AP).

An Oregon teen accused of planning an assault on his high school wrote detailed plans to “shoot and throw bombs throughout the school,” then kill himself before engaging with responding police officers, according to court documents released Tuesday…

At about 11:10, he would begin blasting music from the car while walking toward the school, a napalm firebomb in one hand and a duffel bag in the other.

“Drop duffel. Light and throw napalm, unzip bag and begin firing,” the notebook said. “Cooly state: ‘the Russian grim reaper is here.'”

The line is apparently a reference to the 2003 film “Bad Boys II.”

The plan went on: “Throw a smoke bomb prior to walking in. Proceed to enter the school, then shoot and throw bombs throughout the school. Kill myself before S.W.A.T. engages me.”

The detective wrote that the notebooks indicate that Acord “compares himself to both Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold,” the teenagers who killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 before turning their guns on themselves…

On Monday, Acord’s mother, Marianne Fox, issued a statement through a Corvallis lawyer, Alan Lanker, saying the teenager struggles with a rare form of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

This was in Oregon.  Oregon isn’t even a red state.  It’s a blue state.  So if anything they must have an anti-NRA attitude there.  So it wasn’t a gun culture pushing this kid to a bomb crime.  It was mental health problems.  According to his mother.

Thanks to the Left’s relentless coverage of Columbine they turned those two kids into heroes for others like them.  Every kid that was ever pushed around by a bully now dreams of doing the same thing.  Thanks to the celebrity the media gave them.  They really need to stop making these people sound so awesome to others suffering from mental illness.  If they didn’t go wall-to-wall with coverage perhaps this kid would have never heard about that mass murder.  And never planned his.

Once again a person suffering from mental health problems chose a soft target for his crime.  A school.  Which is a gun-free zone.  Why?  Because he didn’t want anyone shooting back at him.  And once someone did arrive on the scene with a gun he would stop murdering innocent people.  And kill himself.  The lesson here?  If there were people with guns at our schools people wouldn’t make plans to murder unarmed people there.  Because all they want to do is kill a lot of innocent people before someone can hurt them.  This is the problem with taking guns away.  It doesn’t stop bad people from doing bad things.  It just makes it harder for good people to protect themselves from bad people.  Who are trying to shoot them.  Or throw bombs at them.

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A 15-Year-Old stabs his 10-Year Old and 4-Year-Old Brothers to Death

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 26th, 2013

Week in Review

With the Sandy Hook shooting, the Aurora theater shooting, the Tucson shooting, the Virginia Tech shooting, etc., the focus has been on the shooting.  Not the shooter.  The left is using these mass murders to advance gun control legislation.  Instead of addressing the mental health problems common to the shooters.  The focus is on the guns.  And nothing but the guns.  While people with mental health problems fall through the cracks.  Like that 13-year-old who tried to rape then killed his mother for taking away his videogame.  Who appeared to be well along in his mental health problems.  And then there’s this 15-year-old who was apparently just beginning his descent into mental health problems (see Utah boy, 15, arrested in stabbing deaths of brothers, 10 and 4 by Michael Mello posted 5/24/2013 on the Los Angeles Times).

“He’s an honor student, highly intelligent and never been in trouble with the law,” Poulsen told the Los Angeles Times. “According to the neighbors, he’s a little quiet, but they’re a great family.”

Late Wednesday afternoon, the suspect’s mother left him home to watch his 10-year-old and 4-year-old brothers while she took the family’s four other children to run errands. She returned two hours later, Poulsen said, and called 911 when she found the 4-year-old dead on the floor.

Deputies who arrived at the home found the 10-year-old’s body in the basement, but could not find the 15-year-old. Several local law enforcement agencies combed the area for the boy, and found him around midnight in a neighboring town about eight miles away.

We don’t know much about this yet but there may have been signs of mental health problems that people just missed.  Because it is usually a progression of withdrawal and isolation and a change in behavior before things like this happen.  Adam Lanza spent all his time playing violent videogames alone in the basement before shooting his mother and the Sandy Hook students.  James Holmes was working on his Ph.D. when he started doing poorly in his academic work and talked about wanting to kill people to a physiatrist before the Aurora theater shooting.  Jared Loughner’s strange behavior got him expelled from college before the Tucson shooting.  Seung-Hui Cho’s mental health problems were well documented before the Virginia Tech shooting.  Yet we missed these signs and failed to prevent these horrible acts.  Just as we may have missed some signs with this 15-year-old.  Because we’re still trying to push gun control legislation.  Instead of trying to address mental health issues that drive people to mass murder.

Guns have been a common factor in some of these crimes.  While mental health problems have been a common factor in all of them.  So it doesn’t appear to be the guns.  It’s the mental health problems.  For here we have another instance of some unsound person killing people.  But this one killed without a gun.  Perhaps we could have prevented this if the focus was on mental health.  And not the NRA.

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Rise in Gun Ownership and Concealed Weapons Permits result in Decline in Gun Violence

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 11th, 2013

Week in Review

President Obama and the Democrats were furious over the defeat of proposed gun control legislation in the Senate.  Which is controlled by the Democrats.  But enough of the Senate Democrats broke ranks and voted with the Republicans.  Why?  Well, unlike President Obama, a lot of those Senate Democrats will be running in another election in 2014.  And they come from states that don’t believe the Democrats’ lie about out of control gun violence killing more of our kids than ever.  And why do they believe this?  Because contrary to popular belief gun violence has been falling for the last two decades (see With gun violence down, is America arming against an imagined threat? (+video) by Patrik Jonsson posted 5/8/2013 on The Christian Science Monitor).

As part of a broader trend of declining crime, gun violence in America – while still high relative to other Western countries – has dropped by 49 percent from 1993 to 2011, while nonfatal gun crimes dropped by 69 percent, according to the US Justice Department.

But that slow-motion decline in Americans turning guns on each other has failed to register with most people, only 12 percent of whom answered the question correctly when asked by the Pew Research Center in a poll released Tuesday. Some 56 percent of respondents said they believed that gun violence had actually increased over the last 20 years.

The reasons for the perception gap are manifold, including a steady stream of high profile shootings and massacres, an increased focus on crime by national media and cable networks, and partisan sniping about gun politics. But the gap is so huge, agrees D’Vera Cohn, a senior writer at Pew, in an AP interview, that it’s hard to explain…

Since 1993, the rate of gun violence dropped by the greatest degree in the 1990s and has stayed relatively stable since the early 2000s. But recent years have witnessed a dramatic shift in US gun culture, with millions of Americans getting certified to carry concealed weapons and women increasingly joining the ranks of gun owners.

An estimated 8 million Americans now have concealed weapons permits, and thousands wear guns openly in the 43 states that allow it. Atlanta Police Chief George Turner told the Monitor recently that urban police no longer automatically assume a citizen wearing a gun is in the process of committing a crime, as they did just a few years ago.

Gun ownership has increased.  The number of people carrying concealed weapons has increased.  And gun crime has decreased.  Hmm.  What could possible explain the fall in gun violence?  It’s a mystery all right.

The Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media have convinced 56% of the people that gun violence has increased these past two decades when it hasn’t.  But why would the Democrats do this?  And why would they push for gun control legislation when it appears more gun ownership actually makes it safer in the United States?  For some reason they are just hell-bent on getting rid of the Second Amendment.

Here’s something to consider.  What do people like Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting), James Holmes (Aurora theater shooting), Jared Loughner (Tucson supermarket parking lot shooting) and Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech Shooting) have in common?  They shot unarmed men, women and children.  People who couldn’t shoot back.  Imagine if James Holmes picked a theater in Atlanta.  And how fast people would have returned his fire.  Sure, some will argue that they may have shot innocent people in the process of stopping a homicidal maniac.  But would they have killed 12 and wounded 58?  Probably not.  In fact, chances are that James Holmes probably never would have started shooting people in an Atlanta theater.  Because he would know that someone in that theater could shoot back.  Which is the last thing these people want.  Which is why they pick unarmed people to shoot.  And they don’t stop shooting until someone arrives on the scene with a gun.

Guns didn’t make these people kill.  They were all suffering from mental health problems.  They picked guns perhaps because they enjoyed those violent video games so much.  But here’s something else to consider.  These people were pretty smart.  All but one was attending or had attended college.  Who knows what kind of evil genius they might have turned into.  And what other weapon they may have chosen.  Or built.  Such as a bomb.  For one thing we’ve learned from the Boston Marathon bombing is that college kids can build bombs.  So we’d probably be better off trying to do something about our mental health system instead of trying to get rid of the Second Amendment.  For had we heeded the warning signs and taken these people off the streets Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson and Virginia Tech would not have happened.  That’s for certain.  But would banning guns have stopped these mentally troubled people from harming others?  Probably not.  For we can never be certain what these people would have done if we had left them on the streets walking among us even if there were no guns for them to use.

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13-Year Old tried to Rape Mother then Killed Her in a Fit of Rage for taking away his Call of Duty Videogame

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 5th, 2013

Week in Review

The Sandy Hook shooting, the Aurora movie theater shooting, the Tucson shooting (Representative Gabrielle Giffords) and the Virginia Tech shooting have one common element.  The shooters all suffered from mental health problems.  They weren’t radical conservatives.  They weren’t militia members.  They were not in the Tea Party.  These shooters didn’t commit their atrocities because of guns.  They went on these shooting sprees because our mental health system didn’t take these dangerous people off of the streets before they could harm innocent bystanders.  And what have we done since Sandy Hook?  Tried to pass gun control legislation.  Instead of fixing the problems of our mental health system.  And because of that we still miss warning signs.  And a 13-year old does this (see Noah Crooks reportedly tried to rape mother before killing her by Chelsea Hoffman posted 5/4/2013 on the Examiner).

The tragic death of his mother was gruesome, but the details being shared by multiple sources paint a picture of a deeply troubled teen who may continue to be a danger to society. The WFC Courier reports that two of the teen’s friends testified that his “behavior had changed” prior to the death of his mother. One friend testified that Crooks became aggressive suddenly…

Multiple reports are varied, but this source claims that the incident may have stemmed from his mother Gretchen Crooks taking away his Call of Duty video game. His lawyers are trying to prove that he suffers from intermittent explosive disorder — which can be a violent mental disorder. If this young man truly suffers from this affliction, he needs quality mental help away from society where he cannot be a danger to others.

Noah Crooks reportedly shot his mother at least 21 times with his .22 rifle after trying to rape her unsuccessfully. This horrific story is shockingly similar to incidents in the life of serial killer Edmund Kemper — who is murdered several coeds in the 1970s. Prior to his stint as a serial killer and necrophiliac, Edmund Kemper shot his grandparents at the age of 15 with his own hunting rifle. He did a short amount of time in a mental institution but was released back to society just in time for his body to fully mature as a young man. After Kemper murdered several college girls he ended his murder spree by murdering his mom and sexually assaulting her body. Kemper is now serving life behind bars in Calif., but what will come to be of this young man?

There were signs there that something was changing with this kid.  Former classmates provided testimony in court that Noah Crooks would occasionally stab other students with pencils.  A red flag if there was ever one.  Still, one wonders what they would have done if they had acted.  Would they have locked him up in an institution?  His mental illness was so new that his mother probably would have fought that.  Unaware of how fast he could get so violent.

Would this have happened if there was no gun in the house?  Well, he tried to rape her before he shot her.  So the assault would have started.  And if he was lost in a fit of rage he could have used another weapon.  Like a knife.  A blunt object.  Or his hands.  So the crime probably would have happened even without the gun.

Was the videogame to blame?  Well, if he didn’t have one it wouldn’t have been there to take away.  Sending him into that fit of rage.  But did it make him violent?  It is a violent game.  Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Shooter, had a spreadsheet of videogame scoring.  And may have been living a videogame scenario during his shooting.  But it doesn’t appear that Crooks planned his attack.  So it is unclear if the game had any influence in this crime.  Which really leaves mental health as the most likely cause.

As his behavior is shockingly similar to a serial killer who did similar things the state should look long and hard at his mental health and do what’s necessary to prevent this kid from maturing into something worse.  Instead of trying to pass new gun control legislation.  One has to wonder what might have happened in the Crooks home that day if they reformed the mental health system to better identify these early warning signs.  Perhaps building new mental hospitals to incarcerate the mentally ill.

Just think what might have been in place if they did this after Sandy Hook.  After Aurora.  After Tucson.  After Virginia Tech.  Which happened in April of 2007.  About 5 years before Crooks tried to rape then killed his mother.  If they had they may even have been able to stop at least one of these other massacres.  But, instead, all we’ve done since Virginia Tech is talk about the need for new gun control legislation.  Which has shifted attention away from something far more important.  Identifying these people who are a danger to others due to their mental health problems.  And getting them off of the streets before they can do harm to others.

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