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    Andy Brown


    Research indicates that more on duty police officers are killed in states with more guns. The American Journal of Public Health, looked at federal data for firearm ownership and homicides of police officers across the US over 15 years. It found that states with more gun ownership had more cops killed in homicides: Every 10 percent increase in firearm ownership correlated with 10 additional officers killed in homicides over the 15-year study period.

    In addition, a 2016 review of 130 studies in 10 countries, published in Epidemiologic Reviews, found that new legal restrictions on owning and purchasing guns tended to be followed by a drop in gun violence — a strong indicator that restricting access to guns can save lives.

    The majority of Americans are tired of hearing the overused rejoinder coming from the NRA and the politicians it owns about how gun control would not have stopped the most recent mass shooting or tragedy, but the facts clearly show when gun ownership goes up, homicides go up in general and that includes the men and women in blue.

    Let’s not stop there, although the point made is clear. Guns are not the only factor that contribute to violence. (Other factors include, for example, poverty, urbanization, and alcohol consumption.) But when researchers include other confounding variables, they have found time and time again that America’s high levels of gun ownership are a major reason the US is so much worse in terms of gun violence than its developed peers. Congress is bogged down by conservatives who are owned by the NRA when it comes to gun control legislation of any type, and even reasonable improvements can not get through. The cries of second amendment ‘rights’ and ‘they’re coming for your guns’ go a long way in keeping conservatives in power in the rural lesser educated segments of society, and that is where conservative power is based. But it gets worse. The conservatives also refuse to deal with poverty and urbanization. The big cities are a mess. Too many people have no homes, no jobs and those with jobs don’t make enough money to rise up out of poverty. Federal monies dried up years ago to fix any problem that conservatives believe is a local problem and should be handled by the states. This is their typical reason for stalling legislation that would not just provide more funding but also set federal standards for following through with state programs for the mentally ill and substance abused.

    Every analysis you can imagine all point to the lack of Congressional action on so many different but related subjects and the lack of Congressional action is clearly the result of Republican conservative leadership. You can not solve country wide problems with the typical ‘less government’ approach of the GOP.

    Evidence from 130 studies in 10 countries suggests that in certain nations the simultaneous implementation of laws targeting multiple firearms restrictions is associated with reductions in firearm deaths. Laws restricting the purchase of (e.g., background checks) and access to (e.g., safer storage) firearms are also associated with lower rates of intimate partner homicides and firearm unintentional deaths in children, respectively.

    The conservatives will tell you that reforming the system to deal with mental illness is one of the few areas where there is serious bipartisan cooperation but American politics in 2016 and the highly dysfunctional Congress is stymied from action so far even in areas that have broad and deep bipartisan support, like Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, the opioid crisis and criminal-justice reforms. The House only seems capable of passing bills to overturn the ACA that go nowhere.

    Further analysis is even more succinct about the dysfunction in Congress. The blame sits squarely on the shoulders of the Republican conservatives and their radical march to the right.

    Then there’s the latest rage over white police killing black citizens. Rather then focusing, as the mindless right wing do, on the behaviors of suspects or conversely the behavior of rogue police, it is more valuable to look at root causes and attempt to fix them. Racism is alive and well in America and getting worse. Understanding the roots of racism is a large topic, but again the solutions are available but won’t be implemented by a GOP led Congress that fears for its power and its own wealth. When you starve education like the GOP has done for decades, both at the federal and state level, you foster a society where misinformation and disinformation rule over clarity and facts. The conservatives don’t want voters to be fully informed. Period.

    The tragedy in Dallas only underscores each and every one of these points. The principal shooter was a decorated veteran with no criminal record but clearly was a victim of undiagnosed PTSD based on his social networking profiles. The lack of overall service available to members of the military and veterans is another issue that has suffered tremendously as a result of conservatives trampling action in the Congress.

    So conclude what you want. The real issues in America especially over the last 22 years are not getting the attention nor remedies they need because of conservative Republicans.


    In other news, water is wet.

    Andy Brown

    The hypocrisy of conservatives is also old news, but what the NRA is not doing right now shows they are also a racist organization . . . like the conservative politicians they own.

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