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You need to review your history. The crime rate in NYC started falling over twelve years before Bloomberg took office in 2001 and the aggregate crime rate shows no inflection point tied to his election. It simply continues the same decline it had exhibited before he was elected. http://www.realclearpolicy.com/blog/2013/02/26/new_york_city_cut_crime__and_incarceration_434.html In other words, his gun laws did nothing but make life more annoying and uncomfortable for law-abiding citizens and could not be proven to reduce crime: the same result as all other national studies of the effect of gun control.
Errr, Yes they are. The Eastern Yellow Jacket constructs nests almost exclusively underground and the more aggressive German Yellow Jacket (first seen in Ohio ~1975) though a more opportunistic builder will burrow underground as well. Like Jeeves, I have mowed over my fair share of Yellow Jacket nests in the past and am well familier with how the burrows look.
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William2842 Wrote: Feb 02, 2013 6:49 PM
Note that the above response did not resort to ad hominem attacks, cited references that can be checked and did not cast any aspersions on the original poster.
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William2842 Wrote: Feb 02, 2013 6:47 PM
The numbers are based on surveys of population conducted in 1993 and 1994 by the Centers for Disease Control. The results were confirmed by a 2000 study in the "Quantitative Journal of Criminology" (Vol 17). The results of these findings were then expanded to the total expected for the entire US population. This is not an unusual technique in statistics. Even if we reduce these results by a factor of 5 to account for conservancy and then say that only 50% of those were an actual prevented death the pro-defense side still comes out ahead by a factor of roughly 20 to 1 based on 2010 data (~11,000 homicides).
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William2842 Wrote: Feb 02, 2013 6:35 PM
OK For the year 2010 Speticemia Infections 34,812 (tell your doctor to wash his hands!) Accidental Drowning 3,782 Smoke / Fire exposure 2,782 Falls 26,009 "non transport" 82,898 poisoning 33,041 Drug induced 40,393 Alcohol 25,692 Accidental Shooting 606 Now, not to minimize those deaths. That's 606 lives. If you want to focus on it, how about realizing that most of those are still by illegally obtained firearms in urban environments. You hear about the scholarship winning kid of the heart surgeon being accidentally shot because it is so damn rare. Based on this logic we should ban alcohol and cars.
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William2842 Wrote: Feb 02, 2013 6:04 PM
I have been an Olympic sport fencer for several decades now and have dabbled in two-weapon schools of fencing for some time. I'll take a gun any day of the week.
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William2842 Wrote: Feb 02, 2013 5:58 PM
The second amendment to the constitution recognized a pre-existing (prior to authoring the said document) of free men to self defense up to and including defense against their own tyrannical government. It is, in essence, the doomsday clause of the constitution. We should not shy away from this position.
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