Sunday, April 25, 2010

UK Gun Control Failures: week of April 24, 2010

While England has some of the strictest national gun control laws, here is this week’s list of UK violence that the laws didn’t stop:
A schoolboy was arrested and questioned on suspicion of murder yesterday after a teenager was stabbed to death outside a birthday party in South London. In the latest outbreak of violence in the capital, Wesley Sterling, 16, suffered fatal chest wounds during the attack in Croydon. The killing followed earlier clashes at a nearby sports club when a group of people tried to gatecrash a 16th birthday party.
TWO guns are now being taken off the streets every day in the Lothians, as new figures show dozens of pump-action shotguns, rifles and handguns being destroyed by police in the last year alone.
Two separate murder inquiries have been launched over the weekend following the violent deaths of two men. Andrew Curran, 41, was stabbed to death in a Glasgow park on Friday night, and the body of William Downie, 28, was found on wasteground in Hamilton on Saturday.
A young father was stabbed to death in a fight outside a flat, police said last night. Anthony Kershaw, 25, died after a row with a 52-year-old man who had apparently called the police because of nuisance behaviour outside his ground-floor flat on a council estate in Rochdale.
A man was held at knifepoint by three armed intruders who broke into his house in Berkshire. One of the burglars is described as black, 6ft tall, with shoulder-length dreadlocks. The other two were white and wore hooded tops.
A drug dealer was jailed for 11 years at the Old Bailey after being arrested in possession of a sub-machine gun of the sort used in the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. Jordan Phipps, 23, was being watched by undercover police officers as he picked up the TEC-9 on a south London estate.
Source: London Times and the Scotsman and BBC News and Local London crime news

If the reason for gun control laws is to reduce violence and crime, the laws don’t work. How about treating the problems and not the symptom (guns)?

I am NOT saying UK should get rid of their gun control laws. But people here in the US look at the UK national gun control laws and think national gun control laws in the US would totally solve all crime and violence. These posts show they wouldn’t stop the violence and crime.
Having a gun will not make you go out and commit a crime.
Having a gun will not make you go out and kill your ex-girlfriend.
If you want to commit a crime, you will but a gun makes it easier.
If you want to commit a crime, gun control laws will not stop you.
If you want to kill your ex-girlfriend, you will try but a gun will make it more likely.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Chicago Marathon

The streets of Chicago will be a sea of people Sunday morning as tens of thousands of runners participate in the annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

It was just two years ago when marathon officials were forced to cancel the 26.2 mile race due to extreme heat. The outcome is expected to be much different Sunday according to race director Carey Pinkowski thanks in part to what he calls ideal running weather.

"One of the things I'm excited about is that for the last two years we haven't seen the traditional cascade of people throwing clothes off and we capture all of those garments and they go to a local charity so that's a great piece of our event," Pinkowski said.

Nearly 36,000 runners, from all 50 state and 100 countries are participating in the event

Source: WBBM 780
Normal Low is 47. Today was 34. I think the spectators were wishing for a little Global Warming.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

UK Gun Control Failures: week of Sep. 26, 2009

While England has some of the strictest national gun control laws, here is this week’s list of UK violence that the laws didn’t stop:
POLICE are treating an attack on a 21-year-old man in Drumchapel, Glasgow, as attempted murder and are looking for five men. The victim was injured in a disturbance in Ledmore Drive around 10pm on Saturday and taken to Glasgow Western Infirmary, where he was treated for stab wounds
Amran Khan, 29, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was gunned down in what is believed to be a gang-related attack, when he opened his door on hearing a disturbance.
A taxi driver who was shot and dumped in the boot of his car may have been the victim of a feud with another cabbie, according to messages left on a tribute website. Detectives investigating the murder of Stuart Ludlam, 43, who was murdered less than an hour after beginning his shift last Thursday morning in Matlock, Derbyshire, are studying messages left on his Facebook page as they search for a motive for the killing.
POLICE have investigated a three-year-old boy for disorder and vandalism, making him the youngest known suspect in a British criminal inquiry. The toddler is among 10 children aged five and under investigated for crimes, including sexual offences, since May.
A WOMAN who killed a disabled pensioner after stabbing him 18 times with a pair of scissors in a frenzied attack was jailed for 11 years yesterday. One of the blows inflicted by Henrietta Johnstone penetrated 67-year-old Andrew Powell's skull.
Where is the scissors registry?
The brother of a dead gangster was in a serious condition in hospital today after being shot in a city street. Edward Boyd, brother of Stewart ‘Specky’ Boyd, suffered extensive injuries when he was shot in Haughburn Road in Pollok, Glasgow, last night.
Phil Jagielka, the England defender, was held at knifepoint and forced to hand over jewellery valued at about £10,000 when thieves broke into his Cheshire home.
Source: London Times and the Scotsman and BBC News and Local London crime news

If the reason for gun control laws is to reduce violence and crime, the laws don’t work. How about treating the problems and not the symptom (guns)? I am NOT saying UK should get rid of their gun control laws. But people here in the US look at the UK national gun control laws and think national gun control laws in the US would totally solve all crime and violence. These posts show they wouldn’t stop the violence and crime.
Having a gun will not make you go out and commit a crime.
Having a gun will not make you go out and kill your ex-girlfriend.
If you want to commit a crime, you will but a gun makes it easier.
If you want to commit a crime, gun control laws will not stop you.
If you want to kill your ex-girlfriend, you will try but a gun will make it more likely.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

UK Gun Control Failures: week of Aug. 29, 2009

While England has some of the strictest national gun control laws, here is this week’s list of UK violence that the laws didn’t stop:
Two men have been arrested after a 23-year-old man was injured in a stabbing incident in Lincolnshire.
A 25-year-old man has been charged over an attack in Bedfordshire in which West Ham United footballer Calum Davenport was stabbed in the legs.
POLICE officers are called out to Scottish schools at least 32 times every day, it has been revealed. Teachers are asking police to investigate allegations of rape, serious assault and drug dealing. Among the most serious cases, an eight-year-old was collared for brandishing a knife, a nine-year-old detained for lewd and libidinous behaviour and a 14-year-old arrested for discharging a firearm.
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD girl who is battling cancer is recovering after two boys apparently sprayed her with deodorant and tried to set her alight. Scarlett Hellewell had to be rescued by neighbours when the pair pinned her down and attacked her with the aerosol can in Halifax, West Yorkshire. She escaped with bruises when the deodorant did not catch fire.
Where is the deodorant registry?
POLICE were holding an 18-year-old girl last night on suspicion of murdering a man hours after collecting her A-level results. It is understood she had been out celebrating her exam results on Thursday before rowing with the 22-year-old man.
Open heart surgery was needed to save a man stabbed in east London after going to buy a car from someone he contacted through the website Gumtree. But he was ambushed, then beaten, kicked and stabbed in the heart, lungs and abdomen, before the £5,000 he was to pay with was stolen.
A moped rider who fired gunshots at a man in a Bedfordshire street before speeding off is being sought by police. Witnesses in Ventnor Gardens, Luton, reported seeing a man on a red moped fire three shots at another man and ride away.
Source: London Times and the Scotsman and BBC News and Local London crime news

If the reason for gun control laws is to reduce violence and crime, the laws don’t work. How about treating the problems and not the symptom (guns)? I am NOT saying UK should get rid of their gun control laws. But people here in the US look at the UK national gun control laws and think national gun control laws in the US would totally solve all crime and violence. These posts show they wouldn’t stop the violence and crime.

Having a gun will not make you go out and commit a crime.
Having a gun will not make you go out and kill your ex-girlfriend.
If you want to commit a crime, you will but a gun makes it easier.
If you want to commit a crime, gun control laws will not stop you.
If you want to kill your ex-girlfriend, you will try but a gun will make it more likely.

Politicians in the US are now calling gangs “urban terrorists”. Why the switch in names? Because new gun control and drug laws are not being created. They figure “urban terrorists” will get them the new laws but they miss the point.

If you had worldwide gun control laws, gangs and criminals would still have guns as long as police and armies had guns. And people would still miss the point. Rather than looking for new gun control laws, figure out why people want to commit crimes and violence.

And why do people kill their EX rather than finding a new one?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

UK Gun Control Failures: week of June 20, 2009

While England has some of the strictest national gun control laws, here is this week's list of UK violence that the laws didn't stop: In a country with tough gun control laws:
An 18-year-old man is critically ill in hospital after a stabbing at a home in Nottingham.
The first “anti-stab” knife is to go on sale in Britain, designed to work as normal in the kitchen but to be ineffective as a weapon. The knife has a rounded edge instead of a point and will snag on clothing and skin to make it more difficult to stab someone. It was invented by industrial designer John Cornock, who was inspired by a documentary in which doctors advocated banning traditional knives. Mr Cornock, 42, from Swindon, said that the knife will cut vegetables, but will make it almost impossible to stab someone to death and will reduce the risk of accidental injuries. He said: “It can never be a totally safe knife, but the idea is you can’t inflict a fatal wound. Nobody could just grab one out of the kitchen drawer and kill someone.”
Two men have been injured in a shooting incident in the West Midlands. The men, aged 18 and 19, were found with gunshot wounds to their legs in Albert Road, Aston, Birmingham, on Monday night.
Armed officers were called out to a street in Manchester after shots were fired at a car and two homes. A Mercedes car was shot at a number of times and two homes were targeted in Scotland Hall Road in Newton Heath, police said.
Three men have been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences after a police officer was threatened with a gun in Cambridgeshire. Two police officers approached three men in Bedford Street, Wisbech, on Tuesday night. While dealing with the incident, one of the men threatened an officer with a handgun before running away.
A firefighter had to dive out of the way after a gang shot at him with an air rifle while he was tackling a blaze at a scrap yard in Greater Manchester. Mr Myers said: "This kind of incident is all too common, we have had bricks thrown at the fire appliances, firefighters have been spat at and now we are being shot at."

If gun control laws are suppose to stop crime and violence, they don’t work.


Saturday, June 06, 2009

Do Trees Communicate for Mutual Defense?

One of my more popular post is about the Mythbuster’s episode trying to prove Cleve Backster’s theory that plants feel pain. In checking how people use that post, I found this story:
According to an article by Jeanne McDermott in the December 1984 issue of Smithsonian Magazine, researchers have found that trees can actively defend themselves against these serious insect attacks, even to the point of communicating a warning to other trees in the vicinity.
Source: Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Like the theory of feeling pain, the plant communications hasn’t absolutely been proven. But it has been enough for more scientists and the Mythbusters to check the theories.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Chicago’s parking meter fiasco and ObamaCare

In an effort to plug a gaping budget deficit, Mr. Daley pushed a deal through the City Council a few months ago that privatized management of the parking meters for 75 years in exchange for a lump-sum payment of $1.15 billion.

In some areas, rates then rose fourfold. At most meters, there was no more free parking on holidays or Sundays, and some meters must be fed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Most vexing to drivers, however, is that thousands of newly installed credit-card and coin-taking parking meters simply do not work. They have been charging the wrong rates, failing to issue receipts (the only proof of payment) or not accepting money.

On Wednesday, so many of the downtown meters were out of order and spewing out error messages that the city did the unthinkable: it stopped writing parking tickets.

“I’ll take the responsibility,” Mr. Daley said at a news conference, angrily waving his hands in the air. “I’ll take it.” Source: NY Times
Meters in my neighborhood went from $.25 for 30 minutes, to $.25 for 15 minutes and finally to $.25 for 8 minutes. When it went to 8 minutes, nobody parked on the street. I thought they were shooting a movie and had cleared the streets. After the 6th day, I realized people were boycotting the meter rate.

Now they have replaced the meters with pay boxes. I have two problems with the pay boxes:
1) They are good for your health. You usually have to walk a half a block to get to the pay box and then you have to walk back to your car to put the slip on your dash. Finally, you walk to your destination.
2) The pay boxes are a stealth fee rate hike. With a meter if you paid for 30 minutes but got your task done in 10 minutes, others could use the leftover 20 minutes. Now the extra 20 minutes drives off with your car. You paid a higher rate. If someone pulls in immediately after you and the city could possibly get paid three times for the same 10 minutes.

Now what does this have to do with ObamaCare? It is how poorly it has been handled and do you want your health care nationalized? Yes, it was privatized but that was ineptly handled. With private healthcare, you can CHOOSE to change if your provider is inept.