0.6% of all crime

So this is a power point slide from the government and it shows that gun crime in 2016 makes up 0.6% of crime in Canada or 3% of violent crime…

Of the 0.6% of crime committed with a gun I wonder how many were perpetrated by licensed gun owners, considering we get RCMP background checks daily, I think probably very little.  If this doesn’t show people that we’re focusing on the wrong things, then they’re ideologues who do not listen to reason.  If one truly wants to deal with crime (or even violent crime), there are many other avenues that will get results much quicker and as I mentioned yesterday, complicated issues require a whole bunch of issues to be addressed at the same time.

Why spam me?

So over the last week I’ve started receiving spam bots posting anti gun, funny since my reach is near nil but whatever.  I’m about as left as one can get on many issues (equal rights, environment, fiscal, domestic, & foreign policy) and I try to be as intellectually consistent as possible.  While I understand why people don’t like guns, I’ve always been a proponent that one should be able to do whatever the hell they want as long as it doesn’t affect anyone else.  I don’t use recreational drugs but I recently applauded that the Liberal party is at least talking about legalizing all drugs as the current war on it has been a colossal failure.

I find one of the biggest problems in politics these days is that the sides only yell at each other and are not willing to listen to reason.  I love debating, post some facts, I’d love to see them and counter with my own.  Why do I have to justify my one of my many hobbies, we don’t ask people why they need a Ferrari or Rolls Royce when a Honda Civic will get one from point A to B in the same “legal” time frame.  There are many things that are bad that people do everyday, some even kill and at a much higher rate than guns but we don’t seem to be talking about banning alcohol for instance.

Totally willing to have a conversation on gun crime and the root causes of it but to blame it on guns I feel is wrong.  There are no easy answers to many of the ills that affect society and the sooner we recognize that the better.  I don’t think banning anything is helpful it’s a position I’ve always taken, I’m ok with tight regulation though and as a gun owner I jump through many loops already.  How many people out there can say they get a background check everyday?  Well I do.

Let’s have a talk as adults, there’s no reason why one should be an ideologue on any issue as nothing is ever black and white.

Progress?

LOL well I guess this is bit of progress that the Republican candidate, a potential pedophile in Roy Moore lost by 1.5% in Alabama to Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

Doug Jones, a Democrat, won the special election on Tuesday to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, now the attorney general. Mr. Jones aimed to create a lead in the urban counties that include Birmingham and Montgomery, and across a band of largely black counties. Strong support for Roy S. Moore, the Republican, was expected in rural, mostly white parts of the state.

Source: New York Times

What is the world coming to where someone who should be shunned from society gets that close to being one a US senator…

FFS Climate Change is REAL!

God damn it why aren’t people taking climate change seriously!  We’re destroying the Earth simply because a small number of people need to make this imaginary thing called money a bit longer…

By telling the story of one polar bear, Nicklen hopes to convey a larger message about how a warming climate has deadly consequences.

Polar bears have long been unwitting mascots for the effects of climate change. As animals that live only in Arctic regions, they’re often the first to feel the impacts of warming temperatures and rising seas.

The large, half-ton bears find concentrations of seals on sea ice. During summer months, it’s not uncommon for polar bears to go months without eating while they wait for Arctic ice to solidify.

In 2002, a World Wildlife Fund report predicted that climate change could eventually lead to polar bear endangerment or extinction. Even then, the report found that polar bears were moving from ice to land earlier and staying on land longer, unhealthily extending the bears’ fasting season. By the end of summer, most bears studied by the World Wildlife Fund showed signs of starvation.

Source: National Geographic

Sigh perhaps the human species really is a cancer to the planet.

Get lost

Over the weekend I read this article on the CBC and I couldn’t help but find it so darn preachy.  Now I get it, my views are bias since I’m a gun enthusiast but frankly there are many things in the world that I don’t agree with yet I do not push my views onto others.

A child can touch a hot stove and they’ll learn that it burns, and they probably won’t do it again. But with a toy gun, there isn’t a similar outcome. Associating guns with fun is a problem, because it doesn’t challenge the tool itself as a problem. And it is a problem, because people are dying every day. If we don’t have these uncomfortable, difficult conversations about guns and what’s happening right now, and literally stop buying them, we’re complicit.

Source: CBC

I hate taking right wing talking points because I’m pretty liberal about things but if the above is the case, I hope he doesn’t let his kid play with cars or drink in front of the kid because cars and alcohol kill people at greater numbers than guns do.  I mean if the kid had some weird fetish with guns I might get it but by being so strict, guns will always have a mystique surrounding them and we all know how kids like to rebel and do stuff they’re not suppose to.  At a more primal level, we’re animals and look at how young carnivores play, mock combat so frankly it’s built into us.

If he doesn’t want his kids to play with guns fine that’s fair enough but don’t tell me what I should or should not do with my family.

Sigh

So the racist crap that’s bubbling up in the US is also starting to make an appearance here too.

“Can I see a doctor, please, that’s white, that doesn’t have brown teeth and speaks English?”

In proper English, that would be, “May I see a doctor, please, who’s white, who doesn’t have brown teeth and speaks English,” but why quibble with racists?

The woman captured on a video that was viewed thousands of times on Tuesday, making obnoxious demands in a Mississauga clinic, also has her stereotypes mixed up. It’s the English who are supposed to have terrible teeth — what would she have done if a proper English doctor showed up, with brown teeth?

Source: The Star

If I were there I would have said something, perhaps not so nice and I think the staff and other people there handled themselves pretty well.

Stupidity upon stupidity

So by now I’m sure you’ve heard that Donald Trump has pulled the US out of the Paris climate accords and of course he would, he doesn’t give a shit about humanity or the future. I have to say I also LOL’ed when I heard VP Mike Pence say this…

“We’ve demonstrated real leadership. We’ve demonstrated real progress,” Pence said in an interview with Fox News late Thursday. “But for some reason or another, this issue of climate change has emerged as a paramount issue for the left in this country and around the world.”

Source: The Hill

Yeah dumbass we want to survive as a civilization!  Ugh the stupidity from Republican politicians knows no bounds, even if I grant that climate change is a farce which I don’t but for argument’s sake; it still makes sense to go renewable!  Once the infrastructure is in place the energy is essentially free ugh.

Oh god not again!

So now that Republicans in the US controls Congress & the Presidency, they’re pushing this insane anti science curriculum in schools again.  What an absolute disaster this will be…

State and local legislatures in the United States are experimenting with new ways to target the topics taught in science classes, and it seems to be paying dividends. Florida’s legislature approved a bill on May 5 that would enable residents to challenge what educators teach students. And two other states have already approved non-binding legislation this year urging teachers to embrace ‘academic freedom’ and present the full spectrum of views on evolution and climate change. This would give educators license to treat evolution and intelligent design as equally valid theories, or to present climate change as scientifically contentious.

Source: Scientific American

I guess nothing that comes out of the Trump administration should surprise me but what the hell…  Evolution is the gold standard of scientific theories and intelligent design is not science, it’s not testable nor can it make predictions!  Seriously the answer to everything with that “theory” is that god did it.

Climate change, meh why does anyone in the Trump administration care about that, they’ll be long dead by the time the future generations have to deal with the affects it.  I guess Trump is trying to bring back all those manufacturing jobs in the future by bringing up a generation of uneducated morons (I guess it’s not really their fault though) who don’t know how to do anything.  He loves the uneducated and for some reason they love him right back. 

I truly weep for American children and their futures.

Ugh

Looks like Canadian kids are as stupid as American…

A 17-year-old boy is facing charges after he allegedly invited people to join him for a gunfight at the Scarborough Town Centre mall on Tuesday.

Toronto police say that at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, they were alerted to a social media posting “inviting people to Scarborough Town Centre to engage in gun battle.”

The post states that “burners not provided” and participants “must bring their own” guns. It offered a $10,000 cash prize for the “last person alive.”

Source: CP24

Even if this is a joke, I hope they throw the book at the boy and if not something tells me the guns wouldn’t be legal.

I HATE STAR WARS!

Ugh I can’t stand the Star Wars series (even though I do watch the movies, to complain later lol) and all the stupid comments the last two days have drove me nuts.  Stupid stories with poor imagination that’s all the Star Wars universe is.