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Nuclear Unicorn

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You go, grrrrl!

Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Sat Jun 6, 2015, 11:35 PM (7 replies)

If someone gives you an octopus in exchange for a favor

Does that constitute squid pro quo?
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Thu Jun 4, 2015, 01:19 PM (2 replies)

x-post: Gun violence is the real problem with our country and it's time for our politicians

Gun violence is the real problem with our country and it's time for our politicians to finally do mo


And the other night in Washington, D.C., a 28-year old reporter named Charnice Milton was shot to death in the southeast part of that city while waiting for a bus after finishing her work for the day for Capital Community News.
When it is over, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, said this: “Unfortunately, wrong place, wrong time.”
It is as much a definition of a country of guns right now as anything else: The wrong place in America is a bus stop where a young woman with everything ahead of her is waiting for a bus to take her home from work. One more time, on one of the streets that the police of this country so often try to police in vain, the wrong place at the wrong time turned out to be anywhere.

How can a bus stop be the "wrong place" and after work be the "wrong time"? How is it we as a nation have become so complacent with gun violence that this death can be attributed to "wrong place, wrong time"?

I posted earlier about a bill requiring liability insurance on firearms and cited the cost of gun violence at $12 billion a year. http://www.democraticunderground.com/12628959 I was wrong. According to this article in Business Insider the cost, including medical, extended care, psychological support, rehabilitation, investigation, incarceration and increased security is $227 billion. I was off a bit. That's half the military budget which is the largest single part of discretionary spending.

When politicians talk about cutting spending how about they look at the cost of gun violence and try to do something about that instead of cutting SNAP?

edit to add link to Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/gun-violence-costs-america-more-than-229-billion-every-year-2015-4

DU Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/12628986

A couple of points --

First, this is what the OP excised --

A guy comes by on a dirt bike, a guy with a gun, aiming at somebody else, but Charnice Milton, a young woman with a master’s degree from Syracuse University, with big ideas about being a famous reporter in the nation’s capital, is the one who is hit, and then gone.

In other words this was a deliberate act of pre-meditated murder. The shooter intended to kill someone else; Ms. Milton was caught in that crime. In fact, the intended victim used Ms. Milton as a human shield.

Second, this is Washington DC where the local government harasses law-abiding citizens with nuisance laws. Obviously the gun control regime in place did nothing to prevent the killer from obtaining his weapon.

Third, in the vein of the already in-place nuisance laws, the OP wants liability insurance. This is yet another nuisance law. How this would have changed the outcome is anyone's guess. I'm not sure how liability insurance counts when committing a deliberate act of assassination even if the wrong person is killed.

Do people intent on murder even buy insurance to cover the incidentals of their actions? I strongly doubt it.

In other words, what we have here is yet another cynical exploitation of a tragedy involving deliberate criminal behavior to push yet more laws on people who are the target of criminals.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed Jun 3, 2015, 11:46 PM (2 replies)
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