Jun 27, 2016
commented on ICYMI: Gun Advocate Needed Her Guns To Protect Herself and Her Family
Including both licit and illicit firearms, the US has 101.05 privately-owned guns per 100 residents and Canada has 30.8 per 100 residents. The US has an annual firearm death rate of 10.54 per 100,000 residents (3.43 homicides, 6.69 suicides, 0.18 unintentional, 0.08 of undetermined cause) while Canada has a firearm death rate of 1.97 per 100,000 residents (0.38 homicides, 1.52 suicides, 0.05 unintentional, 0.02 of undetermined cause).
Focusing on homicide, the logical conclusion of the “guns aren’t the problem” argument is that Americans are naturally 3.42 times as violent as Canadians, which isn’t a very convincing argument. The rate of homicide by any method is 4.96 per 100,000 in the US and 1.45 per 100,000 in Canada, but if we factor the guns out, we get homicide rates of 1.53 in the US and 1.07 in Canada. In other words, the US is 3.42 times as violent as Canada in total, but only 1.43 times as violent without the guns.
We know that once the dust has settled and people have had time to think about the issue, they still won’t do shit about it. What the hell is wrong with them?
(Statistics are from the University of Sydney. I know the US numbers don’t add up arithmetically, but that’s how they’re reported in the university’s publication.)
Jun 23, 2016
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Good Priests, Shitty Bishops
Dan, watching you tell this personal story made me cry in the best way. Thank you for your vulnerability and courage. It gives the rest of us an example of being loving and having integrity. Someone to look up to with actual human emotions is so rare in US culture that we desperately need to see that emotions are ok for people to have.
Apr 20, 2016
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day:
You make a very, very good point, and at the outset I thought the same as you. The more I read though, the more I think that Dan has experience with people with limited use of a second language, and that he did a good job of explaining his idiom.
Apr 19, 2016
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Girthless And Mirthless
Good to hear that not all of the Christian sex ed programmes are abstinence only bullshittery. That's a nice thing to learn! It's not often that you hear about a Christian sex ed programme that actually educates people.
But that's just my point of view from Atheist Socialist Canada up here where all we ever hear about is your batshit crazy sex and body controlling Christians. It's nice to get another perspective!