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Member Since 16 Oct 2002
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In Topic: Plea deals are bribery and should be illegal

16 October 2015 - 11:29 PM

Plea deals can potentially be much, much worse than that. Just ask Richard Glossip.

Glossip's execution is controversial in that he was convicted almost entirely on the testimony of Sneed, who confessed to bludgeoning Van Treese to death with a baseball bat by himself and who was spared a death sentence himself by implicating Glossip.

He is on death row because the actual murderer Justin Sneed told police that Richard paid him in order to avoid the death penalty himself. No physical evidence ties Richard to the crime, and inmates incarcerated with Justin Sneed have stated that he brags about getting the blame pushed onto Richard.

In Topic: GUN ownership, Killings - a US epidemic

09 October 2015 - 11:34 PM

These are the difference between a mental-health style diabetic that will have minor issues for life, versus a mental health broken ribs or pierced lungs that need immediate trauma care but will be quickly recovered. The triggering items seem to be an event, a serious emotional blow. It isn't about if they got the guns legally, but the availability of emergency emotional health care right before the event.

That makes more sense, but what is the solution? Mandatory hugs? Might be worth a try...

In Topic: GUN ownership, Killings - a US epidemic

09 October 2015 - 11:03 PM

Background checks need to be tightened and include mental health red flags.

It's not just the background checks that are a problem. I believe that all states have a 72 hour hold to wait for the background check, but I've heard on the news that some states leave it up to the owner of the shop to decide to sell it or not if the background check hasn't came back by then.

I mentioned that in my post as well. The default needs to be to forbid the sale if the background check fails to come back for any reason.

We also need to remove guns from those who commit domestic violence. It is a very strong indicator for potential homicide. However, without gun registration it is much more difficult to do.

In Topic: GUN ownership, Killings - a US epidemic

09 October 2015 - 10:47 PM

Background checks at the time of purchase do nothing in most cases. The weapons can be owned by a person for years, or by parents, or otherwise bypass the check.

Mental health is the key here. Mental health after traumatic events like job loss, relationship changes, death of loved ones, or stresses at work/school are often triggers for gun use. The use may be against themselves in the form of suicide, or against others.

It isn't so much mental health at the time of purchase, but at the time of use.

The data disagrees with you.

Repeal of Missouri's background check law associated with increase in state's murders

Webster and colleagues found that the spike in murders in Missouri following the PTP law repeal only occurred for murders in Missouri committed with a firearm and was widespread across the state's counties. Following the change in Missouri's gun laws, none of the states bordering Missouri experienced significant increases in murder rates and the U.S. murder rate actually declined by over five percent. The researchers also analyzed annual data from death certificates through 2010 compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and determined that the repeal of Missouri's PTP law was associated with a twenty-five percent increase in firearm homicides rates.

Myth vs. Fact: Violence and Mental Health

People with serious mental illness are 3 to 4 times more likely to be violent than those who aren't. But the vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent and never will be.
Most violence in society is caused by other things.
Even if we had a perfect mental health care system, that is not going to solve our gun violence problem. If we were able to magically cure schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, that would be wonderful, but overall violence would go down by only about 4 percent.

In Topic: GUN ownership, Killings - a US epidemic

09 October 2015 - 01:17 PM

The (theoretical) Zionist plan is to drive the Arabs out of Palestine? Correct? But the Arabs are leaving everywhere but Palestine. So isn't the Zionist plan backfiring?


And we may want to course correct the thread back to gun ownership in the near future ;)


I assume you're not referring the the nearly 750,000 Arabs who fled during the armed Jewish takeover of what is now Israel? That's 80% of Arabs who were in the area that were displaced by Zionism in a single year. Maybe you're referring to the 100,000 Arab youth who would flee Gaza if the blockade were to open? They can't. Gaza is a prison designed to contain the Palestinians until Israel can find a palatable way to get rid of them. Meanwhile, Israel continues the ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem.


On the topic of guns... We need mandatory training and licensing for owning private weapons. I think it's stupid to blame gun manufacturers for how their products are used, but I think gun stores, private sellers and family members should definitely be culpable if they either knowingly or through negligence put guns into the hands of a killer. For example, recently an 11 year old boy shot and killed an 8 year old girl because she wouldn't show him her puppy. He obtained the gun from an unlocked closet. The owner of that gun should be charged with murder as well. The only way to reliably be able to do this is to track gun transfers.


Background checks need to be tightened and include mental health red flags.

  • The shooter at the movie theater in Louisiana managed to purchase a hand gun despite being denied a CCW permit due to domestic violence and being sent to a psychiatric hospital by a judge. This is unacceptable.
  • The Charleston Church shooter was able to buy a gun even though it should have been denied. Under Federal law, if there is a delay in NICS processing, the gun can be transferred to the purchaser after three days. This is unacceptable. The default has to be to deny the sale until the NICS report comes back clean.
  • The gun used in the school shooting in Marysville, WA should have been denied but the domestic violence protection order was never entered into the system. The father should be charged with murder for allowing his son access to the weapon, and the person who screwed up the reporting of the domestic violence protection order should be charged as an accessory to murder.
  • The 2014 Fort Hood shooter was able to purchase a firearm while being treated for depression and anxiety. This should raise a red flag in the system, and trigger a follow up with the psychiatrist on whether they recommend denying the weapon purchase.
  • The Sikh shooter was charged with criminal mischief and was known to be associated with a white-power group. This should have raised red flags and prevented the purchase of a firearm.
  • The man who shot Gabby Giffords was forced to withdraw from college because officials feared for the safety of staff and students. This should have raised a red flag and prevented the sale of firearms.
  • The 2009 Fort Hood shooter was under investigation by intelligence agencies for ties to a radical cleric in Yemen who is known for anti-American teachings. This should have raised a red flag and prevented the purchase of a firearm.

I mentioned red flags above a number of times. I think it should be very easy to get a red flag on your record, but I don't mean to suggest that those immediately disqualify someone from purchasing a weapon. I mean they should require human investigation into the situation. Possibly including interviews with gun buyer and psychiatrists involved in treatments if necessary. This, combined with the default fail if the report doesn't come back in time would go a long way to reducing these types of incidents.