Gun sales and safety both at all time high

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  1. Syne Sine qua non Valued Senior Member

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    Hearsay -
    unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part of one's direct knowledge
    an item of idle or unverified information or gossip; rumor​
    Hearsay and anecdotal evidence is not determined by motive. These guys relating unverified info doesn't magically grant your unverified info credibility. That's about as much support for a claim as a handful of people claiming to have witnessed a UFO, ghost, werewolf, aliens, etc.. Unless you're MR, that usually isn't compelling.
     
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  3. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Ordinary claims, like some laws aren't strictly enforced to the letter, do not. Take it for what it's worth, I don't care.
     
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  5. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    I'm denying that Obama's "speeches on gun control" (?) were even involved, let alone primary triggers as you claimed.

    It was his election, and re-election, that triggered the Obama-associated spikes you document there. Look at them, their timing, and the actual content of the speeches Obama made immediately prior.

    If you look at the breakdown and distribution of the gun sales and permit requests, if you go back and review the public discussion, the primary feature of his election that drove the gun spike was his race. Obama never held gun control to be a high priority, and none of his few and seldom mentioned gun control measures were unusually threatening or restrictive. But he was black, and a Democrat. That created panic - was used to create panic by the Republican media operations.
     
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  7. Oystein Registered Senior Member

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    Your facts fall into this. Obama had nothing to do with soaring gun sales -- that's the paranoia of the NRA right-wing Nazi wingnuts. Cowards, really. Afraid to be without a gun for the time it takes for them to drain their tiny penises.​
     
  8. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    Another factor in the lower accident rate is the concentration of guns in fewer hands - a smaller percentage of people own guns, those who do own more. That lowers the accident rate in a couple of different ways.

    It also points to an incoming saturation of the US market. Firearms tend to be durable goods.
     
  9. Randwolf Ignorance killed the cat Valued Senior Member

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    Nothing to disagree with here.
    Asking one to rank the severity does not present a false dilemma - there you go again...
    Such as New Hampshire or North Dakota, perhaps?
     
  10. Syne Sine qua non Valued Senior Member

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    Constitutional Carry states are trivially not comparable.
    Ignoring clear facts with copious ad hominems.
     
  11. Oystein Registered Senior Member

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    Relax there. The ad homs weren't directed at you. Unless you consider yourself an "NRA right-wing Nazi wingnut".

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  12. Syne Sine qua non Valued Senior Member

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    Never assumed they were directed at me, but they were bigoted ad hominems nonetheless.
    Not much different than saying "all blacks are lazy".
     
  13. Oystein Registered Senior Member

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    So?
     
  14. Syne Sine qua non Valued Senior Member

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    "Hate speech and stereotyping
    I6. Hate speech, defined as the vilification of groups of people based on their race, religion, country of origin, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation etc. is not tolerated on sciforums."​
     
  15. Oystein Registered Senior Member

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    Jeez. Keep your pantyhose on there Syne. You must really align yourself with the NRA crowd to take it so hard. In other words, take your meds and relax.

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    Besides, all those dastardly things I said about the NRA crowd are true. You didn't know that?
     
  16. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    When are you going to look up "ad hominem" in a dictionary?
    Thing is, you don't have to use big words because you're on a science forum. Your real sciencey-type folks will appreciate simple, accurate, honest, prose.
    Insulting people for their bad behavior is more or less the opposite of ascribing bad behavior to people as an insult. And neither is an ad hominem argument.
    Sure they are - with each other, and with other States. Why not?
    Although State aggregated statistics in this and other matters are notoriously misleading, if more carefully broken down and carefully handled they can lead to regional comparisons and circumstantial comparisons of different legal regimes, which may be informative. The States are after all the organizational structure of much of American law.

    One thing you can learn by doing that is that there is little if any correlation between "gun" prevalence in a given area (lumping all guns together, because that's what people do for some reason) and the rate of non-suicide gun violence in that area. No correlation means no positive or negative correlation. Beyond the obvious requirement for some minimum number of "guns" to have gun violence at all - a minimum long ago swamped everywhere in the US - the mere presence of greater or lesser numbers of generic firearms of some kind in the general vicinity does not seem to establish either risk or safety.

    And neither do wrinkles like carry permits, etc. This may be because the key numbers are likely to be the percentage of gun owners with carry permits, and the percentage of guns accessible only to such a gun owner.

    So much as anyone would celebrate any sign of adult responsibility and due diligence in the modern American gun owner, carry permits with their concomitant registrations and requirements and so forth don't seem to be a significant factor one way or the other.
     
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  17. Oystein Registered Senior Member

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    Poking fun of the behavior of the NRA crowd (which is what I did) and making a racially bigoted statement are two completely different things -- not even in the same ballpark. The first is poking fun at the behavior of members of a club, the second is an awful racist thing to say.

    Now here is an ad hom you can take to the bank: You are an idiot.
     
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  18. Syne Sine qua non Valued Senior Member

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    Apparently you need to.

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    Ad hominem (Latin for "to the man" or "to the person"[1]), short for argumentum ad hominem, is a logical fallacy in which an argument is rebutted by attacking the character, motive, or other attribute of the person making the argument, or persons associated with the argument, rather than attacking the substance of the argument itself. - wiki​
    And if any of those are "big words", we can all see why you need to consult a dictionary.
    There was no bad behavior mentioned other than those implied by the ad hominem ascribing Nazi association. Go look. So what specific bad behavior as you claiming?

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  19. Bells Staff Member

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    We get it. Believe me, we do.

    But please refrain from calling others "idiot".

    And Syne.. Please, for the love of all that is holy, stop making everything about you and claiming offense at things that were clearly aimed at "NRA right-wing Nazi wingnut"..
     
  20. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    You use the word for insults that have nothing to do with any argument, or rebuttal. There's no argument involved, hence no ad hominem argument. And if there were, it still wouldn't refer to the terms themselves - words are not "ad hominems", logically fallacious arguments are.
    Here's my post: " Insulting people for their bad behavior is more or less the opposite of ascribing bad behavior to people as an insult. And neither is an ad hominem argument. "

    Laziness is bad behavior you ascribed to black people in your analogy. The insult from others for observed bad behavior, the "ad hominems" you were reacting to? You have to see that for yourself. But the absence of ad hominem argument remains, perfectly clear.
     
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  21. Syne Sine qua non Valued Senior Member

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    You're being a bit obtuse or disingenuous if you don't read that as an association of all "NRA right-wing" with "Nazi wingnut", but whatever....I'm sure you'll never see anything against the right as a violation.
    I guess you missed the preceding "Your facts fall into this. Obama had nothing to do with soaring gun sales..." because ad hominem.

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    The full post was:
    He's clearly trying to refute the argument by claiming it is "paranoia" of "cowards"...directly inferring those ad hominems to arguer as a way to poison the well...also a psychogenetic fallacy.
     
  22. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    I don't see an argument or a rebuttal of an argument.
    You ascribed the gun sale spikes to Obama's speeches, he ascribed them to paranoia and the people suffering from the paranoia as Nazis, rightwing, wingnuts, and cowards. No ad hominem argument appears. And his evidence is as good as yours, btw.
    Dictionary time again. That's not well-poisoning, errors are not fallacies, and nobody knows what a psychogenetic fallacy is.
     
  23. Syne Sine qua non Valued Senior Member

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    It's called Google. Use it.

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