- "Life and death in the most violent country on earth: Brutal killing of ex Rangers star Arnold Peralta is just another grim statistic in land where someone is murdered every 74 MINUTES"--Daily Mail. According to the article, Honduras (population 8.7 million) has the highest murder rate in the world (outside of warzones), with 5,581 murders in 2014. (That is a rate of 64.4 per 100,000). It should be noted that Honduras has strict gun control laws: guns may only be sold from a limited number of outlets, all operated by the government; a person must have a license to buy a weapon; the total number of weapons a person may own is 5; and there are restrictions on the types of weapons and prohibition on carrying weapons in public.
- Related: "Numbers Don’t Lie – the Statistic You Need to Prove the Gun Grabbers Wrong"--Ammo Land. "The top 10 major US cities account for almost 1,700 deaths or 20% of all murders with guns. Gun deaths are not spread evenly across the country; they are concentrated in a few urban centers where lax policing and failed liberal policies have created poverty and drug dependency leading to the rise of gangs and shootings. We could reduce the US murder rate by 20% if we addressed the issues of our inner cities. No gun control needed."
- Related: "Josh Earnest: White House Flabbergasted, Shocked by Rising Gun Sales"--PJ Media. Dear Leader is, once again, disappointed in us. Yet another reason for him to replace us with an electorate more amenable to his desires.
- Related: "How Many Mass Shootings?"--Schafer's Self-Defense Corner. He writes:
What we have to remember when looking at statics about violence is that America is actually a pretty safe place and the lion’s share of all the violence reported on in these statics is actually gang on gang violence that occurs in select small pockets of bad neighborhoods in some of our biggest cities. If you hear a story that 5 people were killed in a shooting spree you’re probably picturing 5 innocent law abiding citizens like yourself being gunned down by a criminal, however, chances are if you looked into the story a little more chances are the shooting happened in a bad neighborhood in a big city and it was one gang shooting another gang, probably over drugs.
I’ve always liked www.motherjones.com and they been keeping a database on mass shootings that goes back to 1982. However, theirs filters out the white noise, so to speak, so we can see the real problem. Their data base looked at instances where 4 or more people were killed but they removed cases of gang on gang violence, domestic violence situations that occurred in a private residence, and cases of armed robbery. After these things were removed what was left was just instances of what you think a mass shooting should be: some asshole shooting up a public place.
So, how many times has some asshole shot up a public place this year? 4 times. There have only been 73 true mass shootings in the US since 1982 (which is still too many). In those last 33 years there has only been 502 people killed in mass shootings, a number that sounds large but when put in context it really isn’t. Over the last 33 years 15 people have died, on average, by being caught in a mass shooting each year while 52 people die each year from lightning strikes.
You are nearly 4 times more likely to be killed in a lightning strike than in a mass shooting. What are your chances of dying in a lightning strike? I looked it up and according to the National Center for Health Statistics it is: 1 in 89,930.
- "Yemeni fighters kill scores of Saudi backed foreign fighters in Yemen"--Press TV. With a ballistic missile fired from a vehicle mounted launch system. SNAFU has more in his post: "Saudi Arabia is getting smashed in Yemen...what do we call an insurgent force that uses ballistic missiles?"
- "America's Immigration Challenge"--The Atlantic. The author notes:
... it seems clear that the large majority of legal immigrants choose to come—or, more exactly, are chosen by their relatives—for their own reasons. They are not selected by the United States to advance some national interest. Illegal immigrants are of course entirely self-selected, as are asylum seekers. Even the refugee process, reportedly the most tightly screened, operates to a considerable extent outside national control: The first assessment of refugees is typically made by the UN High Commission on Refugees from within camps it operates. That explains why, for example, Christian Syrians make up only about 3 percent of the refugees admitted to the United States, despite accounting for 10 percent of the country’s population: Fearing violence from Sunni Muslims, they apparently hesitate to enter UN camps in the first place.
Donald Trump’s noisy complaints that immigration is out of control are literally true. Nobody is making conscious decisions about who is wanted and who is not, about how much immigration to accept and what kind to prioritize—not even for the portion of U.S. migration conducted according to law, much less for the larger portion that is not.
- Related: "Multiculturalism is a sham, says Angela Merkel"--The Washington Post. She admits that assimilation and peaceful-coexistence is impossible, yet still supports open borders.
- Related: "Inside Britain's Sharia courts: There are now EIGHTY-FIVE Islamic courts dispensing 'justice' across the UK. This investigation into what really goes on behind their doors will shock you to the core."--Daily Mail.
- "How much more depraved can ISIS get? Group's Sharia judges order children with Down's syndrome and other disabilities to be killed in chilling echo of the Nazis"--Daily Mail.
- Juxtaposition with this: "Obama: 'Our Most Important Mission' Realized in Climate Agreement"--PJ Media.