Another rant. I know Google posts the link below my comments, but I am going to be referencing his "questions" numerically as they are numbered in his article, so it may make more sense to read that first.
I know nothing of the author and the only thing I know about the Huffington Post site is that articles from it occasionally come up on my Google news.
Overall This article is a good example of my utter lack of faith in the media. I realize this is from the "Blog" section of the website and not truly news, however I still think if you are going to be posting on a very public forum that is trying to be considered (guessing here) a credible, authoritative, news source, you need to meet a higher standard. The attempts at grandstanding and trying to shock the audience have no place in a news outlet, though they seem to be everywhere. A basic understanding of the principles of logic and statistics should be required.
Anyway I guess the only thing that remains is to try to find a way to remove Huffington Post from the possible sources on news app.
#1. Aside from the shock factor for those as uninformed as the author these numbers are meaningless for a number of reasons. First the numbers need to be normalized in order to compare them. Second, Correlation does not equal Causation. Third, since people without access to guns have found other ways of committing murder so you really need to compare violent deaths across all these countries if you really want to prove anything. Finally a comparison of Assault vs Attempted Murder vs Murder in countries with varying gun laws might prove interesting. Just guessing here, but people that try to commit murder with guns are probably a lot more likely to succeed. There is definitely room for some interesting discussion in that direction.
#2 In his speech President Obama used the AK-47 as his example of Assault weapons that belong on the battlefield (I find that choice very interesting, but that is a discussion for another time). Swapping in the AR-15 was likely done to try to connect everything back to Holmes better, however it kind of destroys the point as the Military uses M16s and M4s, which are very similar to the AR-15, but the AR-15 was designed specifically for civilian use. I also never liked President Obama's statement as it seemed he was trying to create an artificial binary choice. Yes Assault Rifles don't belong on the streets and yes they do belong on the battlefield, but those aren't the only choices. Civilian adapted Assault Rifles, Person Defense Weapons, etc. (AR-15, PS-90, and many others) are perfectly fine at a range or other safe, controlled setting. Also I think there are few people advocating the removal of background checks.
#3 Why do any Lobbyists have that type of power in Congress? I know little about the specifics of the system, but it seems to me that something needs to be done to completely overhaul the way that aspect of our government works.
#4 So many things. Use of the word Artillery is just for the shock factor. This is the first article I've seen that says Holmes had 9k rounds. 6k rounds does not seem an excessive amount. Anyone who shoots regularly could probably go through over half that in a month or less. Bullets are relatively harmless without a firearm, buying in bulk is cheaper just like everything else.
#5 The increase in background checks was a result of the increase in people buying guns, not because gun dealers decided to follow the law more closely.
#6 To shoot in competition or at a range. #7-11
These are all really comments about problems with the media, which I find very ironic.
#12 First it seems that the state of Holmes' apt. is being used as a reason that he shouldn't have been allowed to surrender, ridiculous as nothing was known about this until after the fact. Second his entire question sounds like advocating removal of the principle of "Innocent until proven guilty" as well as the right to Due Process. Just let the police be judge, jury, and executioner.#13-14
There are still issues with racial prejudices in our country, however I guess I still have faith in humanity that the police would have handled this the same way.