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Another problem with Republic is that they frequently lie about the reason for their cancellations. Recent flight from Denver, the plane was at the gate and the weather in Hayden was (reported by a local) to be clear. Gate agent says "We are just waiting for the crew to arrive and then we will begin boarding." Five minutes later, she comes on again and announces, "This flight has been cancelled due to weather." Now, aside from the general disgust with lying airlines, this matters because when a flight is cancelled due to weather, the airline is not legally obligated to provide passengers with anything but a booking on some later flight. But if a flight is cancelled due to mechanical or other airline-related reasons, they must pay for your meals, hotel stays and sometimes even alternate transportation (like a rental car or Alpine Taxi). I agree with Dan; safer to drive to Denver than risk flying out of Hayden on these lame planes.
OK... so, by that logic, the answer to reducing violent crime is more authoritative policing, stop-and-frisk policies, and so on. You may well be right... so, why does John Fielding need an assault rifle in such a well-policed city?
Brian, you're the one who brought up the numbers, which I then put into context. Your point was that, despite its strict gun-control laws, NYC is extremely violent. The facts show the opposite. If you don't think gun laws have anything to do with gun violence, fine--next time, don't make that connection.
Furthermore, you started your previous post with "you might want to look at the here & now." Giuliani hasn't been mayor for 12 years. In 1998 (under Giuliani) there were 40,000 cops in the city; today (under Bloomberg--a clear gun-control advocate), there are a little more than 35,000. And yet 2012 saw the lowest homicide rate in history...
Brian, NY state has one of the lowest rates of gun deaths in the country--fewer than 5 per 100,000 in 2008, according to data from the CDC. Of course, 400 in NYC sounds like a lot, until you remember there are 8.5 million people living there.
John Fielding, you might want to update your impression of NYC from the 70s classic The Warriors. In the past decade, the city has seen everything from 9/11 to massive blackouts to Hurricane Sandy, with little to no looting, let alone rampaging gangsters. And somehow, the citizens of said city are OK with adopting the strictest gun-control regulations in the country.
Why is everyone harshing on Scott W.? I don't agree with everything he says, but he does his research, and his comments are well reasoned and thoughtful. Who cares if he posts a lot? If you don't want to read him, maybe YOU should get off the blog and go outside.
And for those of you missing YVB, he's right here, quotation-mark happy as ever. Feed the birds, and cheers!
Rob, the statistics speak for themselves. Posting a few anecdotes that show exceptions to the rule doesn't change the data, which clearly shows that guns in the home (or on the person) kill far more innocents than criminals. As a writer for the paper, you really should know better. As a political commentator, you are diluting your credibility.
Rob and Brian, anecdotes are not the same as data.
Scott, your last comment made me laugh... I am in the same mysterious boat! Maybe the Mayans were right :-)
If Scott and Fred agree this is bad, I think we can safely say it's a terrible idea :-)
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