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Missouri Takes Lead Reducing Gun and Domestic Violence

MadisonWannabe Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 9:00 PM
A quote from David Usher earlier in this discussion: All: JUSTMC is a liberal troll throwing out all sorts of nonsensical nonsense. I will not waste my time responding to him any more as he lays out nothing deserving an honest academic discussion. JustMC has debunked David Usher to the point he has resorted to name calling and lying to prevent any more discussion on this matter. This law is a real bad idea for everyone and should be hidden in the compost pile.
David R. Usher Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 1:48 AM
JustMC did not debunk anything. Rhetoric and ridicule are not substitutes for citations of authorities.
JustMC Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 2:45 PM
Mr. Usher's statement above is fairly telling.

Take "rhetoric" for a second. It is unclear how ANYTHING said by anyone here, whether in the article or in the comments, is to be considered anything but rhetoric. So, the critique of so-called "rhetoric" is itself, rhetoric no different from any other rhetoric.

As for "ridicule", as others have noted, anyone can view what I wrote and consider my points, and can contrast that with Mr. Usher's early abandonment of the discussion in favor of calling me a "liberal troll." So, at BEST his criticism of "ridicule" is hypocritical. I would go further, saying it is both unfounded AND hypocritical.
JustMC Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 2:58 PM
Third, let us consider "citations of authorities." Citations of authorities are only as good as the authorities, and the extent to which one believes in those authorities. Far too often people cease to think and instead take the word of supposed "authorities." For instance, ask yourself what you think when you hear of a "climate scientist" making some sort of claim.

So, when Mr. Usher cites the expertise of panels of former dug addicts as the authorities who should be given license to decide whether people in domestic disputes maintain or forfeit basic legal protections about innocence until proof of guilt? Setting aside whether you believe those "authorities" are even experts in substance abuse, who cares? Even if they are,...
JustMC Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 2:58 PM
...should that magically trump all other context of the domestic dispute being considered? And should it automatically revoke hard-won legal protections of the individual from the state? Of course not.

Missouri House Bill 402 is a major step forward reducing gun violence, domestic violence, and other forms of serious violence. For decades, federal and state policy attempting to impact these growing problems failed because the policies were pointed in the wrong direction.

Substance abuse in the family is the leading factor and primary driver of many kinds of gun-related crimes, domestic violence, and other offenses.

Substance abuse is tightly bound to domestic violence. Three-quarters of serious domestic violence is associated with substance abuse at the time of violence (Fig 3). This statistic does not include substance abusers who...