Brian Kotowski

Brian Kotowski 1 year, 6 months ago on Hill Blackett Jr.: 2nd Amendment

I'd like to see Robert furnish some data in support of his assertion, but

a) I suspect he has none and is merely parroting a popular and erroneous talking point, and
b) I believe I may know from whence that talking point was derived.

As the NYT regurgitated again this year: “But there is a more fundamental problem with the idea that guns actually protect the hearth and home. Guns rarely get used that way. In the 1990s, a team headed by Arthur Kellermann of Emory University looked at all injuries involving guns kept in the home in Memphis, Seattle and Galveston, Tex. They found that these weapons were fired far more often in accidents, criminal assaults, homicides or suicide attempts than in self-defense. For every instance in which a gun in the home was shot in self-defense, there were seven criminal assaults or homicides, four accidental shootings, and 11 attempted or successful suicides. ”

The Kellerman study is so admired by the left that its very questionable methodology is never mentioned (but was nonetheless pointed out by the New England Journal Of Medicine a year after Kellerman released his “findings”). Here's how they arrived at that particular conclusion: whenever someone was shot to death in or near their home, Kellerman & Co would ask family members if a gun had been kept in the home. If the answer was yes, it was assumed that very same gun was the murder weapon - whether it was or not. Of the 444 cases cited in the study, there were only 8 in which “the investigating officer specifically noted that the gun involved had been kept in the home.” 8 out of 444. .018%. But one should never let the facts corrupt an agenda.

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 6 months ago on Hill Blackett Jr.: 2nd Amendment

The windy city celebrates the holiday weekend with 6 dead & 22 wounded (so far). Clearly, authorities need to fund a public information campaign - the perpetrators appear curiously unaware that guns are banned in Chicago. Once apprised of the law, these illegal weapons will be abandoned and the violence will stop.

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 6 months ago on Steamboat Today losing advertising director, editor

Boise's a great place to raise kids, and your paychecks'll go a lot further. Best to you and your family; you'll be missed.

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 7 months ago on Garrett Wiggins: Why I joined the lawsuit

Bill - there are 9 sanctuary cities in CO. Should the elected officials in those jurisdictions resign? If not, why?

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 7 months ago on Rob Douglas: 'These people don't belong'

Harry

I've been here a decade, and I've never seen or heard of a cyclist being cited. Doesn't mean it's never happened, of course, but my impression is that cyclists are given a much longer leash here than motorists.

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 7 months ago on Rob Douglas: 'These people don't belong'

First time for everything: I think Rob's gone overboard on this one. Granted, Mr. Ward sounds like an epic dirtbag, but piling on with allegations of malice seems a tad silly. Even dirtbags, I suspect, would prefer not to have a body on their conscience.

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 7 months ago on Theo Dexter: Cartoon poor taste

Way to completely miss the point of the cartoon – which attempts to draw attention to Americans being held all over the world, and entitled to some of the attention lavished upon the unfortunate women in Ohio. Kenneth Bae, for example, presently doing 15 years hard labor in North Korea because the whackos there don't like him. Alan Gross, in the early stages of a 15 year Cuban prison term for selling cell phones to Cuban Jews. Saeed Abedini, imprisoned in Iran for his Christian evangelism there.

With all due respect, Mr. Dexter - call your mommy and have a good cry.

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 7 months ago on Hill Blackett Jr.: 2nd Amendment

Wedel doesn't argue from conviction. He just argues. Devil's advocate can be interesting on occasion. But when it's the only song on the playlist, the most productive course is to tune out.

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 7 months ago on Hill Blackett Jr.: 2nd Amendment

"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let's not have any native militia or native police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order throughout the occupied Russian territories, and a system of military strong-points must be evolved to cover the entire occupied country." ~ Adolf Hitler, dinner talk on April 11, 1942, quoted in Hitler's Table Talk 1941-44: His Private Conversations, Second Edition, Pg. 425-426.

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