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  While the death from firearms has declined, the incidence of wounds has risen. Perhaps because of an improvement in medical procedures dealing with gunshot trauma?  
Yeah well, I didn't see a single rebuttal. There was a lot of "no, you're wrong" and some pointless name calling. But no rebuttal or even an argument...   The nearest thing to an argument was the line: "Of course the only way they are truly able to achieve such monopoly is by assistance from the state." Which is a ludicrous supposition particularly when MJ agrees with my point on the gravitational mass of capital.
That's a utopian view of the market, similar to to how the right criticizes Communism and Socialism as relying upon a utopian view of human behaviour. Yes, the market sponsors initiative and innovation, but the observed reality is that corporations left to their own devices strive to protect and grow their market share with the aim of achieving dominance, with a monopoly being the desired end state.   Capital has gravitational mass. The more capital you have, the...
Child Soldiers   http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/03/21/photos-bulletproof-fashion-for-kids/   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/02/boy-shoots-sister-my-first-rifle/2128573/   They might arm their children but I bet they don't want a bar of sex education...
A US perspective on the Australian perspective... Gold!     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pOiOhxujsE   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYbY45rHj8w   "Never again will a political career end in a senseless act of meaningful legislation."
Re the guys that aren't suspects.... Maybe they were just into The Punisher... .
Global warming may be contentious (for some) but I don't think that you can argue that CO2 levels have risen dramatically since the industrial revolution and coupled with that, the size of carbon sinks have been rapidly shrinking through de-forestation. Which begs the question - where does all the CO2 go...? Into the oceans?   The science surrounding CO2 absorption in the oceans is fairly simple and fundamental. Perhaps we need to think of the broader consequences...
  Well the 18th amendment was repealed because it was a failure, and led to more problems than it solved, so I guess there is a precedent.
Ummmm.... you absolutely SURE about THAT number....   And then there's the whole lack of causation etc....
      How about something like:    Quote: State laws govern the possession and use of firearms in Australia. These laws were largely aligned under the 1996 National Agreement on Firearms. Anyone wishing to possess or use a firearm must have a Firearms Licence and, with some exceptions, be over the age of 18. Owners must have secure storage for their firearms. Before someone can buy a firearm, he or she must obtain a Permit To Acquire. The first permit has a mandatory...
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