States with stricter gun laws and lower rates of gun ownership in general saw a lower rate of mass shootings between 1998 and 2015 than did other jurisdictions where gun laws were more relaxed, according to a new study.

A study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found a “significant[ly]” higher rate of mass shootings and other gun crimes in states that enjoyed higher rates of gun ownership among the population.

“States with more permissive gun laws and greater gun ownership had higher rates of mass shootings, and a growing divide appears to be emerging between restrictive and permissive states,” the study concluded.

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  1. Go with me on this Robert, I want to draw a parody-comparison to further affirm this study in the BMJ…

    A study was completed this summer in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and Bridger-Teton, and Shoshone National Forests, simultaneously with 10-gallon lit and burning fire-pits per one camper. In the first hour of the experiment 1,000 campers with their lit fire-pits entered the forests and parks. Result? Every camper enjoyed their very private roasted marshmallows and hot dogs.

    At hour two 1,000 more campers with their lit fire-pits were allowed into the forests and parks. Result? Every camper enjoyed their very private roasted marshmallows and hot dogs. At hour three 1,000 more campers entered the forests and parks with their lit fire-pits, marshmallows, and hot dogs. Same results, except some campers complained about the smoke blowing into their faces and inhaled into their lungs. Nevertheless, this process continued every hour with 1,000 additional lit fire-pits entering the parks and forests.

    By day three of this experiment 72,000 campers and fire-pits were all burning as camping space and clean air were reducing every hour. No matter, there are lightly-or-no and unregulated rules for camping, fire-pits, marshmallows, and hot dogs. After all, this is a FREE country where every single citizen has the right to camp, have and use a fire-pit and/or cook marshmallows and hot dogs to their hearts content, 24/7, 365 days a year!

    At the end of the 2nd week with over 2.4 million campers and fire-pits crammed so close together, fights broke out and many fire-pits kicked and tipped over. Sadly, with thousands and thousands of other camper’s fire-pits all four National Parks and Forests were completely destroyed by wildfires, and thousands of campers killed and unrecognizable.

    But Emergency Authorities along with fire-pit-camping enthusiasts and their big-pocketed lobbying groups placed sole blame on one marshmallow and hot dog that were overcooked — the wind didn’t blow them out — coupled with a 3-4 year drought. Since this study/experiment fire-pit sells and revenues are skyrocketing in fear that there may not be anymore forests to camp in anywhere in America!

    Thank you Robert for indulging me. 😉

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  2. Robert, you’ve posted many precise, truthful posts and news articles about our nation’s leader and leaders around him and those in powerful, wealthy positions… all who are VERY poised to do our people good. And yet… 😔 we have a Twitter maniac at the helm attacking some of our most Constitutional and established institutions. So I hope this very apropos song from my blog’s March Music — that speaks to the type of “leadership” we Americans have too often, especially now — works here, if I may. Listen closely to Ronan Harris’ lyrics.

    [audio src="https://professortaboo.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/all-our-sins.mp3" /]

    If it doesn’t work or show up, I’ll post the YouTube link.

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    • Many of the states with lax gun control laws are also resistant to keeping statistics on gun violence; so, it makes quantifying the problem very difficult. That’s why we haven’t seen many studies like this in the U.S. If societal problems can’t be quantified, then they are much harder to fix through the political process.

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      • At one time, CDC was tasked with maintaining the data on gun violence, but early in Trump’s administration I believe that duty was taken away from them. Gee … I wonder if the NRA had a role in that? 🤔

        Right … if the problem can’t be quantified, why then, it must not exist! Sigh. The founders must surely be turning over in their graves and cursing themselves for putting that 2nd Amendment in the Constitution.

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        • The Dickey Amendment was added to the 1996 omnibus spending bill through coercion by Republicans and the NRA which mandated that CDC funds cannot be used for researching gun violence. During the Obama Administration, Democrats tried several times to remove it from the budget but were unsuccessful. In 2018, the language of the law was changed but not the actual restrictive policy. So, the CDC has been prevented from doing this kind of research for over two decades. See also: Why gun violence research has been shut down for 20 years

          Yes, I think the Founders would be very unhappy now about the 2nd Amendment.

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        • Well I certainly had my facts mixed up, didn’t I? Thanks for the info! And the link. I found Matt Bevin’s comment that “You can’t regulate evil” as a justification for not having gun legislation, interesting. Then … doesn’t that mean that we shouldn’t have regulations against, say, murder? Or torture? Or bank fraud? If you can’t regulate evil, then why bother to have any laws, eh? These people sound like bloomin’ idiots to me! Sigh.

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        • I usually ignore anti-gun control rationalizations from the far-right because, as you observantly pointed out, it cannot be morally justified. There is some good news on this front, however. The once-mighty NRA is struggling big time. After all the terrible mass shootings in recent years, many states are passing (or trying to pass) new gun control laws; and, this is compelling the NRA to spend big bucks in lobbying and legal fees to combat them. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for us, the Mueller investigation has exposed and consequentially cutoff the NRA’s previously secret revenue source from Russia. Just last summer, the NRA announced it was in dire financial condition and has since been keeping a relatively low public profile. This story hasn’t been getting a lot of media coverage, but it is having a real effect on public policy – for the good.

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        • I recall hearing that they were in trouble last summer, but didn’t pay much attention, figuring it was just a ploy to rake in more donations. But, if they are, in fact, struggling financially, then I am doing a happy dance. What can we do to hasten their demise? Thanks for the explanation … I appreciate it!

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