Brian Kotowski

Brian Kotowski 1 year, 8 months ago on Hill Blackett Jr.: 2nd Amendment

Robert – addressing your points, in no particular order:

You used the horrific event in Stagecoach to assert, in very knee-jerk fashion, that "...the majority of homicides are people killing family members..." That's what's disingenuous because it's simply not true. Given that those on your side of the issue have been pushing that canard based on nothing more than Kellerman's deeply flawed survey, it's impossible not to view those espousing the argument as disingenuous at worst and ignorant at best.

As far as assailants knowing their victims, so what? In the vast majority of gang killings, the killers are known to their victims. Andrea Yates was known to all 5 of her kids. The DC snipers, on the other hand, were unknown to their 13 targets. It's a meaningless metric.

You write: “I believe that people especially women are much more likely to be killed by a family member (man) than they ever would be an intruder. ”

Your belief (and mine) is irrelevant absent anything to back it up. Let's look at women: The most relevant data I'm able to find comes from the FBI and the Justice Dept's National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The FBI (from which the NCVS seems to derive its information on this particular subset) doesn't break down girlfriends killed by boyfriends, but does collate wives killed by husbands. 4.6% of all murders in 2010, or .0009% of all women in America. The FBI does not disclose the murder weapons used in that 4.6%.

Attacks on women overall: the NCVS finds that the probability of serious injury or death via aggravated assault is 2.5x greater for women who offer no resistance v. those who resist with a gun. From which I arrive at the following perspective: while both men & women benefit from gun ownership, the advantage for women is especially pronounced. Given that the vast majority of assailants are men, the physical advantage weighs heavily in favor of the attacker. Having a gun therefore makes a bigger relative difference for a woman than a man. So: Women, arm yourselves!

Continued...

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 8 months ago on Hill Blackett Jr.: 2nd Amendment

Robert

I've seen the summary you've linked to and there's nothing in it with which I disagree. But citing it in conjunction with the Stagecoach tragedy absent any context seems a little disingenuous.

You don't want to debate, yet here you are deriding the Founders (& presumably the 2nd amendment) as anachronisms. Whatever. More to the point, the Supreme Court agrees with me, and not with you and Mr. Blackett Jr:

"Some have made the argument, bordering on the frivolous, that only those arms in existence in the 18th century are protected by the Second Amendment. We do not interpret constitutional rights that way. Just as the First Amendment protects modern forms of communications, and the Fourth Amendment applies to modern forms of search, the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding."

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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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