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40 Reasons For Gun Control 

1. Banning guns works, which is why New York, DC, & Chicago cops need guns.
2. Washington DC's low murder rate of 69 per 100,000 is due to strict gun control, and Indianapolis' high murder rate of 9 per 100,000 is due to the lack of gun control.
3. Statistics showing high murder rates justify gun control but statistics showing increasing murder rates after gun control are "just statistics."
4. The Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban, both of which went into effect in 1994 are responsible for the decrease in violent crime rates, which have been declining since 1991.
5. We must get rid of guns because a deranged lunatic may go on a shooting spree at any time and anyone who would own a gun out of fear of such a lunatic is paranoid.
6. The more helpless you are the safer you are from criminals.
7. An intruder will be incapacitated by tear gas or oven spray, but if shot with a .357 Magnum will get angry and kill you.
8. A woman raped and strangled is morally superior to a woman with a smoking gun and a dead rapist at her feet.
9. When confronted by violent criminals, you should "put up no defense- give them what they want, or run" (Handgun Control Inc. Chairman Pete Shields, Guns Don't Die - People Do, 1981, p.125).
10. The New England Journal of Medicine is filled with expert advice about guns; just like Guns & Ammo has some excellent treatises on heart surgery.
11. One should consult an automotive engineer for safer seatbelts, a civil engineer for a better bridge, a surgeon for internal medicine, a computer programmer for hard drive problems, and Sarah Brady for firearms expertise.
12. The 2nd Amendment, ratified in 1787, refers to the National Guard, which was created 130 years later, in 1917.
13. The National Guard, federally funded, with bases on federal land, using federally-owned weapons vehicles buildings and uniforms, punishing trespassers under federal law, is a "state" militia.
14. These phrases: "right of the people peaceably to assemble," "right of the people to be secure in their homes," "enumerations herein of certain rights shall not be construed to disparage others retained by the people," and "The powers not delegated herein are reserved to the states respectively, and to the people" all refer to individuals, but "the right of the people to keep and bear arm" refers to the state.
15. "The Constitution is strong and will never change." But we should ban and seize all guns thereby violating the 2nd, 4th, and 5thAmendments to that Constitution.
16. Rifles and handguns aren't necessary to national defense! Of course, the army has hundreds of thousands of them.
17. Private citizens shouldn't have handguns, because they aren't "military weapons", but private citizens shouldn't have "assault rifles", because they are military weapons.
18. In spite of waiting periods, background checks, finger printing, government forms, etc., guns today are too readily available, which is responsible for recent school shootings. In the 1940's, 1950's and1960's, anyone could buy guns at hardware stores, army surplus stores, gas stations, variety stores, Sears mail order, no waiting, no background check, no fingerprints, no government forms and there were no school shootings.
19. The NRA's attempt to run a "don't touch" campaign about kids handling guns is propaganda, but the anti-gun lobby's attempt to run a "don't touch" campaign is responsible social activity.
20. Guns are so complex that special training is necessary to use them properly, and so simple to use that they make murder easy.
21. A handgun, with up to 4 controls, is far too complex for the typical adult to learn to use, as opposed to an automobile that only has 20.
22. Women are just as intelligent and capable as men but a woman with a gun is "an accident waiting to happen" and gun makers' advertisements aimed at women are "preying on their fears."
23. Ordinary people in the presence of guns turn into slaughtering butchers but revert to normal when the weapon is removed.
24. Guns cause violence, which is why there are so many mass killings at gun shows.
25. A majority of the population supports gun control, just like a majority of the population supported owning slaves.
26. Any self-loading small arm can legitimately be considered to be a "weapon of mass destruction" or an "assault weapon."
27. Most people can't be trusted, so we should have laws against guns, which most people will abide by because they can be trusted.
28. The right of Internet pornographers to exist cannot be questioned because it is constitutionally protected by the Bill of Rights, but the use of handguns for self defense is not really protected by the Bill of Rights.
29. Free speech entitles one to own newspapers, transmitters, computers, and typewriters, but self-defense only justifies bare hands.
30. The ACLU is good because it uncompromisingly defends certain parts of the Constitution, and the NRA is bad, because it defends other parts of the Constitution.
31. Charlton Heston, a movie actor as president of the NRA is a cheap lunatic who should be ignored, but Michael Douglas, a movie actor as a representative of Handgun Control, Inc. is an ambassador for peace who is entitled to an audience at the UN arms control summit.
32. Police operate with backup within groups, which is why they need larger capacity pistol magazines than do "civilians" who must face criminals alone and therefore need less ammunition.
33. We should ban "Saturday Night Specials" and other inexpensive guns because it's not fair that poor people have access to guns too.
34. Police officers have some special Jedi-like mastery over hand guns that private citizens can never hope to obtain.
35. Private citizens don't need a gun for self-protection because the police are there to protect them even though the Supreme Court says the police are not responsible for their protection.
36. Citizens don't need to carry a gun for personal protection but police chiefs, who are desk-bound administrators who work in a building filled with cops, need a gun.
37. "Assault weapons" have no purpose other than to kill large numbers of people. The police need assault weapons. You do not.
38. When Microsoft pressures its distributors to give Microsoft preferential promotion, that's bad; but when the Federal government pressures cities to buy guns only from Smith & Wesson, that's good.
39. Trigger locks do not interfere with the ability to use a gun for defensive purposes, which is why you see police officers with one on their duty weapon.
40. Handgun Control, Inc. says they want to "keep guns out of the wrong hands." Guess what? You have the wrong hands.
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The British Medical Journal published a study analyzing the advice given by TV personality "Dr. Oz". 
Half of his advice is "baseless or wrong". 
These assholes should not be allowed to peddle their bullshit anymore. It's not harmless; it really harms real people.
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Old joke that's terribly relevant here:

Q: What do you call alternative medicine that really works?

A: Medicine
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YOU are HERE. Everyone you've ever heard of lived and died here. Nobody has ever been anywhere but here* (for certain values of "here" to include Earth's moon). 
We currently have ONE world, and unless we establish footholds other places (not just Mars: we could live in floating cities in Venus and the gas giants, and then there's the moons of Jupiter and Saturn to think about), we risk being a footnote to history, wiped out like the Dinosaurs by a passing lump of stupid rock.
So quit bitching about science expenditures and the NASA budget, and help us out of this one-world trap we're in.
 
Carl Sagan: November 9th, 1934 - December 20th, 1996

There are many science communicators these days willing to enlighten the masses and explain the amazing things we can do because of science and technology. It could be said that we have so many today because Carl Sagan inspired others to follow in his path, including two of the preeminent science communicators of our day; Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

There were not as many science communicators in Carl Sagan’s time, making him unique, and extremely important. From Cosmos to Pale Blue Dot and The Demon-Haunted World, Sagan didn't just teach us why science and technology are amazing, he taught us a way out of the superstitions and fears from our ancient history, and how to make a fantastic future possible. He passed away on this day in 1996, still fighting against pseudoscience and the dangers of being ignorant of the science and technology that holds our civilization together. In his last television interview he spoke on this subject. You can view a segment here:

http://www.upworthy.com/a-science-icon-died-17-years-ago-in-his-last-interview-he-made-a-warning-that-gives-me-goosebumps-5

These words relate to NASA as well. The efforts and achievements of NASA are sometimes taken for granted or misunderstood. If the public has a better understanding of NASA, they can see why it deserves a budget that can help humanity become more than it is now. To honor Sagan’s legacy, you can take action now to invest in our future:

http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action

#NASA   #Penny4NASA   #Sagan  
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Spouting talking points at each other is not having a meaningful political discourse. 
The powers that be have so divided the public into voting blocs that there's no more discussion and certainly no meaningful compromise. . . it's all venom and hatred, when we're really not all that different in our needs and desires.
I think we need to come together, and actually listen to one-another again, and do what's best for the country as a whole, in the long term, instead of voting our wallets for next year, or next term.
I think we need to impose term-limits on ALL elected officials, and make "politician" a temporary calling rather than a career.
There's really not much difference between the Republicans and Democrats, except for their pet wedge issues. Not that these issues aren't important, but we're not getting any closer to any meaningful solutions by hurling hatred across the valley between political mountaintops. 
How about we try something different?
How about you decide for yourself not to be owned by any political party, and  THINK about what's best for the country and the world?
How about you check out what the Libertarians have to say. And I mean really go read the Libertarian website and listen to actual libertarians, not just go by whatever you've heard some talking head say about them. Decide for yourself.
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Been saying something very similar on FB for awhile. Like I say I call myself a Centrist because I believe all sides have something right about them. However, at this point we've got to stop the division and find mutual points in order to progress and not just fluffed hear say to divide.  You hit it spot on my friend.
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Hahhahaha! No, let the golfers keep golfing on the range IF THEY DARE! Heh heh heh :)
 
I couldn't agree more!
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"Pretending to know everything closes the door to finding out what's really there." -- Neil deGrasse Tyson
 
The key of learning, education and figuring things out is curiosity, and to be curious is to be open-minded, modest, humble, persistent and hungry. 

#neildegrassetyson   #skepticism   #criticalthinking   #openmindedness   #antitheism  
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I'm just gonna leave this here where I can find it again later... FOR SCIENCE!
#forscience!
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Longmire Renewed!!!! 4th Season on Netflix!
Netflix is rescuing Longmire. The Western crime thriller was cancelled by A&E this year after three seasons, prompting an outcry from fans, but the streaming service has ordered a fourth season of 10 new
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Amazing Lebanese food and desserts. I want to go back at lunch for the buffet to try everything!
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It had been nearly a year since we've been to Indigo, but we were greeted personally by the owner, who asked about the other members of the family not present. He greeted every other guest who arrived during our meal with the same friendliness and genuine warmth. The atmosphere is quiet and casual, as is the service.The food is buffet style (I've only ever been during lunchtime), with choices of various curry type dishes, vegetables, chicken and lamb, with salads, naan (bread) and desserts. The curry and massala are spicy without being overly hot. If you like very hot food, try the Indian chili peppers on the salad bar ;)We highly recommend the Taj Mahal beer as an excellent accompaniment to the meal, but be warned; it's a large bottle, so share.If I still worked in Shreveport, I would eat here far more often, but it is definitely worth making a trip over for lunch or dinner.Also, Indigo has just opened a new restaurant in Lewisville, TX, just north of the Dallas area. I highly recommend my friends in DFW try it out and report back.
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I went to this man with what I thought was a difficult problem, and he saved me from having to buy an entirely new pair of prescription mirrored sunglasses. This man knows his business, and is a pleasure to watch. His workspace is tightly packed with all the bits and bobs he needs to do his work. It's a joy to see craftsmanship in a disposable-commodity world, and he's a craftsman.
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You should eat here. If travelling on I-20, this place IS worth diverting off the highway and making your way down to the south side of the loop for lunch. You won't be disappointed. This place is very very good. They make Gyro sandwiches (pita with roasted meat) that are bigger than a baby's head. The fries and pita chips were overcooked for my taste and/or the oil is too old, but they were having trouble with their fryer the last time I was there, so I'll give 'em some slack. I'd eat lunch here three times a week, if it wasn't on the other side of Tyler from where I work. The decor is Spartan (hah, see what I did there?) but you get to graffiti the walls with markers. It's totally got a College-town hangout feel to it. I miss eating authentic Greek food (I lived in Greece as a kid) and this place helps satisfy my craving for gyro and falafel. Note of warning: The "Ghost Sauce" is deadly hot. My wife loves spicy foods, the hotter the better, uses Sriracha like ketchup. But the Ghost Sauce took the skin off her tongue. Be careful! ~Rick
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Don't expect white tablecloths and snooty waiters. Don't ask how many Michelin stars they've been awarded.... it's just not that kind of place. This restaurant is attached to a "country store" gas station, and at lunchtime the food is fast and hot. And delicious. The service is excellent, and it doesn't hurt that the staff are gorgeous and friendly. If you're hungry for lunch, get there before 2 pm, as they shut down after the lunch rush. Tell Katrina that "Baby" sent you ;)
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It seems that Lashley Tractor Sales has hired some Search-Engine Optimization gunslingers, and shows up high in the Google search results. But beware! They want to charge a _minimum_ of $9.99 shipping, even for a booklet. They claim their only shipping method is FedEx. I asked for a more reasonable shipment via USPS, and they refused. Avoid these people, and give your local dealers some business instead.
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