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Interesting Facts About Gun Control

I got this in an email from a well read relative
And thought I’d share it

There are 30,000 (33,636) gun related deaths per year by firearms. What is never shown, though, is a breakdown of those deaths to put them in perspective; as compared to other causes of death.
• 65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws - 21,175 o4 63%
• 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified
• 17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons - 11,208 or 33% including law enforcement.
• 3% are accidental discharge deaths - 505 0r 1.5%

So technically, “gun violence” is not 30,000 annually but drops to 5,100. Still too many? Well, first, how are those deaths spanned across the nation?
• 480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago
• 344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore
• 333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit
• 119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington DC (a 54% increase over prior years)

So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause.

This basically leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation or about 75 per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others. For example, California had 1,169. Alabama had 1.

Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California of course but understand, it is not the tool (guns) driving this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So if all cities and states are not created equal, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths.

What about banning assault weapons. In 2010 there were 358 homicides by rife or 5.6% of all gun deaths (not all were assault rifles although the term is quite vague) and 6,009 or 94.4% were committed with hand guns. In other words, over 95% of gun deaths were not committed by assault rifles.

Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assault; all are done by criminals to victims and thinking that criminals will obey laws is ludicrous. That’s why they are criminals.

But what of other deaths?
• 40,000+ die from a drug overdose – THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT!
· 36,000 people die per year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths
• 34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities (exceeding gun deaths even if you include suicide)
• 200,000+ people die each year (and growing) from preventable medical malpractice. You are safer in Chicago than you are in a hospital!
• 710,000 people die per year from heart disease. Time to stop the cheeseburgers!

So what is the point? If Obama and the anti-gun movement focused their attention on heart disease, even 10% a decrease would save twice the lives annually of all gun related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.).

A 10% reduction in malpractice would be 66% of the total gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides. Simple, easily preventable 10% reductions!

So you have to ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, why the focus on guns? It’s pretty simple. Taking away guns gives control to governments. This is not conspiracy theory; this is a historical fact.

Why is it impossible for the government to spill over into dictatorship?
Why did the Japanese not even attempt to attack California in WWII?
Because as they put it, “there is a gun behind every blade of grass”.
The founders of this nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did. They too tried to disarm the populace of the colonies because it is not difficult to understand; a disarmed populace is a controllable populace. Thus, the second amendment was proudly and boldly included in the constitution. It must be preserved at all costs.

So the next time someone tries to tell you that gun control is about saving lives, look at the facts and remember these words from Noah Webster “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed”. “The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States”.A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power.“

Sherlolly Appreciation Week 2017 - Day One

It’s not quite the 14th here, but I’m calling it close enough.  Utterly unbeta’d because that’s how I roll during Appreciation Weeks (apparently).  I am aware that Lestrade is a DI in the series, but this is set prior to Series 1 so I made him a Sergeant.  Also, I know absolutely nothing about medical jargon so please bear with me and my friend Google.

Sherlolly Appreciation Week 2017 - Day One (Non-Canon - First Meeting)

He Took Her Breath Away

The first time she saw him, he took her breath away.


She’d only been working at Barts for a few weeks—still technically shadowing Doctor Riker as she finished her “getting to know how we do things around here” training—when a slightly older gentleman came into the morgue.  

Doctor Riker introduced him as Detective Sergeant Lestrade with New Scotland Yard, and reminded her that they occasionally provided information regarding autopsies to the police.

Sergeant Lestrade gave her a slightly distracted smile, but it was obvious that the majority of his attention was focused on Doctor Riker.  “Have the results come through on the lab work I asked for?”

“You’ll have to ask Doctor Hooper,” Riker huffed. “I haven’t the time to humour your … associate; looking for traces of foul play that don’t exist, when Mrs Perkins clearly died from injuries sustained in a vehicular collision. Getting hit by a bus when you’ve darted into traffic can often prove fatal.”  He smirked and tried to share a ‘Can you believe this?’ look with Molly, which she pretended not to see.

“Yeah, I imagine it does.”  Lestrade nodded, then quickly turned toward Molly (and very deliberately away from Doctor Riker).  “So, the results?”

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dangerscully  asked:

Prompt, if the feeling takes you... road trip, car breaks down, somehow the conversation turns to death. As fluffy (it's possible!) or as angsty as you like, and about whoever's death you feel like.

Leaving or Waiting

Season 5 - Post Chinga || MSR || PG || tw: death

They’re too far back to hear the crunch of folding metal, too far away to help in any way other than by pulling half on to the central reservation to let the fire crew and the ambulance through. They’re too far away to know what has happened, but too close to escape and as the traffic builds behind them, ranks of cars leaning in to find out the ending, Mulder tunes the radio to a local news station.

They don’t talk, not even as people start to get out of the vehicles around them and turn to each other to try and comprehend the tragedy that has brought them together. Mulder methodically shells sunflower seeds into the cup holder and Scully stares straight ahead, the blankness of her expression masking her thoughts which dance from darkness to mundanity in the stillness.

Minutes pass and their car is an island of calm in a sea of people; they perfected the art of comfortable silences on a rural highway in New Jersey, back when chasing the Jersey Devil was the closest they’d gotten to running for their lives. Today though there’s a distortion to it, a sense that they are waiting for something significant to happen before they will speak, though neither of them had planned to say anything of importance when they’d got into the car.

It happens thirteen minutes after the traffic stops.

“It is with great sadness that we at KATC Radio must inform you that the driver and the passenger of the overturned car on route twelve have both been pronounced dead at the scene. The crash appears to have been accidental, most likely due to loss of control and there are no other casualties. Police have told us that the victims were an elderly couple, known in the local community, their loved ones have been informed. We’d like to express our deepest sympathy to all affected and will bring you regular updates on the efforts to clear the road for traf-’

Mulder slaps the radio off hard enough that the plastic cracks.

‘Because the state of the road is clearly the important thing here.’

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Over the past two years, after decades of declining deaths on the road, U.S. traffic fatalities surged by 14.4 percent. In 2016 alone, more than 100 people died every day in or near vehicles in America, the first time the country has passed that grim toll in a decade. Regulators, meanwhile, still have no good idea why crash-related deaths are spiking: People are driving longer distances but not tremendously so; total miles were up just 2.2 percent last year. Collectively, we seemed to be speeding and drinking a little more, but not much more than usual. Together, experts say these upticks don’t explain the surge in road deaths.

Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting Amid a historic spike in U.S. traffic fatalities, federal data on the danger of distracted driving are getting worse. By Kyle Stock, Lance Lambert , and David Ingold               October 17, 2017, 1:00 AM PDT                                                                                                                                                

Jennifer Smith doesn’t like the term “accident.” It implies too much chance and too little culpability.

A “crash” killed her mother in 2008, she insists, when her car was broadsided by another vehicle while on her way to pick up cat food. The other driver, a 20-year-old college student, ran a red light while talking on his mobile phone, a distraction that he immediately admitted and cited as the catalyst of the fatal event.

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Halloween - Polish Vocabulary

Trick or treat! - Cukierek albo psikus!

candy - cukierek  ♂

apple - jabłko ○

sweets - słodycze (always in plural!)

pumpkin - dynia ♀

lantern - latarnia ♀

costume - kostium ♂; przebranie ○

spider - pająk ♂

bat - nietoperz ♂

owl - sowa ♀

crow - kruk ♂

toad - ropucha ♀

fog - mgła ♀

cementary - cmentarz ♂

grave - grób ♂

gravestone - nagrobek ♂

candle - świeca ♀ ; znicz ♂ (candle in vessel which is only light on grave to honor the memory of person who passed away)

coffin - trumna ♀

ghost - duch ♂

skeleton - szkielet ♂

bone - kość ♀

skull - czaszka ♀  

eyeball - gałka oczna ♀ (knob - gałka ♀, eye - oko ○)

blood - krew ♀

guts - colloq. flaki; wnętrzności; colloq. bebechy (all of them always in plural! - singular form of - “bebechy” is “bebech” and it colloq. means “stomach”; “flaki” are also the name of soup, “tripe”; in singular form “flak” means tire without air)

dead body - trup ♂

over my dead body! - po moim trupie!

corpse - zwłoki (always in plural!)

afterlife - życie pozagrobowe ○

monster - potwór ♂

witch - wiedźma ♀; czarownica ♀

werewolf - wilkołak ♂ (wolf - wilk ♂)

vampire - wampir ♂

phantom - zjawa ♀

mummy - mumia ♀

curse - klątwa ♀

serial killer - seryjny morderca ♂

spooky stories - straszne historie

nightmare - koszmar ♂

haunted house - nawiedzony dom ♂

fear - strach ♂

to be afraid - bać się

I’m scared! - Boję się!

to be terrified - być przerażonym

“Nightmare Before Christmas” - “Miasteczko Halloween” (town - miasto, little town - miasteczko)

“Night of the Living Dead” - “Noc żywych trupów”

“The Dead Evil” - “Martwe zło”

“The Shining” - “Lśnienie”

Did You Know?: In Poland Halloween is very unpopular feast. It is presents in popculture and many culture events are organized in this time (horror movies nights, theme parties etc.), but many people think that celebrating Halloween is against their religious believes, accustom society with macabre and occultism or destroy Polish culture by foreign influences. Because Halloween starts to be celebrate by young people, catholic organizations try to make competitive festival, known as “Korowód Świętych” (”Procession of Saints”) or “Holy Wins”. Not very popular either.

Traditional, ancient Polish celebration connected with death were Dziady (lit. beggars, old men; “Forefathers’ Eve”). During this night people brought food and light on graves. “Dziady” were travelling beggars, people gave them food and asked to pray believing that they have special connection with afterlife. “Dziady” is the title of one of the most important poem in Polish literature, wrote by Adam Mickiewicz. Ok, author mixed pagan rituals with Christian beliefs, but it is still very good and spooky, seriously, go and read it.

Today in Poland people celebrate Zaduszki (”All Souls’ Day”). It is rather gloomy and sad day, families visit cementary, clean graves, put on them flowers and candles, sometimes meet with relatives and talk about deads. During Zaduszki are organised cultural events to honor artists who passed away.

Nightmarish Fact: because in Zaduszki people drive to visit cementaries in another towns, statistics of traffic (including fatal) accidents are high. Thanks to police action “Znicz” roads are now more safe, but still in this day you have to be escpecially careful.


Dr. Cynthia McKinney (under threat of death, intimidation, torture and much worse) This United States member of the House of Representatives WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED, SHE WILL NOT SHUT UP, SHE WILL NOT SIT DOWN, SHE WILL NOT ACCEPT BRIBES.

Dear God help us all.

For, this unique woman, this fearless woman, hopefully not the last of her kind, is under constant threat of being: cheaply discredited, dragged through Washington’s muck, intimidated, threatened with death (’suicide’) or threatened with the death of a loved one, publicly slandered, etc. etc.

Dr. McKinney is one of the last of her kind.

She is not only incorruptible, fearless, determined, also wants to drain the swamp, she will not be intimidated.




The Texas Killing Fields is the name given to a 25-acre patch of land bordering the Calder Oil Field in Texas. The area is located a mile from Interstate 45, also known as the Highway of Hell due to the high amount of fatal traffic accidents that occur on it. Starting in the early 1970s, the FBI and local police have found nearly 30 bodies dumped in the fields, mostly consisting of young girls. Many claim that the fields are “a perfect place for killing somebody and getting away with it.” It has been hypothesized that the killings were carried out by a serial killer, due to the similarities between the victims and dump site. Most of the victims have been 10-25 years old, with essentially the same hairstyle. Many of the bodies have also been dumped near a source of water. One possible suspect was murderer Edward Harold Bell, who confessed to the murders of 11 girls in Galveston County. However, due to a lack of evidence, police were never able to charge him for the I-45 murders. In 2012, DNA evidence proved that Kevin Edison Smith was the person responsible for the beating, rape, and strangulation of I-45 victim Krystal Jean Baker. Smith had been arrested on a drug charge, and detectives had taken the opportunity to scan the DNA on Baker’s dress and compare it to Smith’s, since technology back in 1996 when Baker was murdered inhibited the police force from doing so. A match was made, and Smith was sentenced to life in prison. However, Smith was never convicted of any of the other murders, and the killers of the rest of the women were never identified. In 2011, a film about the murders was released. Director Ami Canaan Mann visited the fields before the movie was made, and claimed that “you could actually see the refineries that are in the South end of Texas City. You could see the I-45. But if you yelled no one would necessarily hear you, and if you ran there wouldn’t necessarily be anywhere to go.”

The Hardest Things About Working in Mental Health

I’m going to do a more detailed post on this later, but this is a question I get a lot, both in-person and online. For those who don’t know me, I work as a mental health worker for homeless and at-risk youth. I hold a BA in psychology and I am working towards a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. The things I see in my workplace might be more extreme than other mental health settings, but then again, maybe they’re not. It’s a tough field to be in. 

If you’re considering a career in mental heath and all you’ve seen so far are rosy depictions in movies and television, you should know that:

- You’re going to meet a lot of people who die. People with mental health issues are more susceptible to everything from fatal traffic accidents to suicide to murder. You never get used to it.

- Compassion exhaustion is a thing. When I’ve spent all afternoon trying to console a 15-year-old homeless girl whose boyfriend beat her until she miscarried, it’s hard to come home and have empathy for a friend who’s upset over a bad haircut or a minor tiff with her boyfriend. 

- Your sense of humor changes. All of my coworkers, no matter what personality they started with, all have the same dark sense of humor after they’ve been doing this a while. It’s how you cope.

- Half of your job is just not getting sued. At least half of my day is spent filling out paperwork. I have to document every interaction I have, all day, every day. My whole work day is governed by a thousand petty regulations that hinder us from helping kids, but cover our asses from possible legal action.

- The lows are extremely low. I have seen kids succumb to addiction. I have seen kids develop psychotic disorders. I have seen good kids make one bad mistake that puts them in jail for a long, long time. Those are the kinds of lows I never experienced in any previous jobs. 

- The highs are extremely high. When you get to see a kid take charge of their life, get on the right medication, get stabilized and go off to college, it’s a kind of rewarding that I never experienced in any of my previous jobs. 

Despite all the challenges that come with my line of work, I love my job and I could never see myself doing anything else. Mental health work is the most meaningful thing I’ve ever done, and I hope that I’ll still be doing it in a long, long time. 

If you have any questions about my work, my schooling, or stories of your own to share, my inbox and asks are always open.   

Thought to Exist in The Wild

For the first six months of my veganism, I just could not let go of zoos. I had loved them since I was a child, every school project I did in primary school was about our local zoo and the animals whose lives I followed intensely. I knew their names, how many children they had and where they had come from. Accepting zoos as the terrible places they are was one of the most bitter things I have ever had to do. And the following is the essay that finally convinced me. I have yet to see it argued as beautifully and convincingly as this, it is well worth a read.

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Anton Yelchin, Actor in ‘Star Trek’ Reboots, Dies at 27

Film actor Anton Yelchin, famous for his roles in the “Star Trek” reboots and “Alpha Dog,” has died at the age of 27, TheWrap has learned.

“Actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning,” his publicist Jennifer Allen said. “His family requests you respect their privacy at this time.”

The actor was fatally pinned between his own car and a brick mailbox at his San Fernando Valley home, police confirmed to TheWrap.

Also Read: Hollywood Reacts to Death of Actor Anton Yelchin

Yelchin was en route to meet his friends for a rehearsal when the accident occurred — at approximately 1:10 a.m. on Sunday. After he did not show up, friends responded to his residence where they located him deceased by his own vehicle, police said.

Authorities do not suspect foul play.

Yelchin was best known for playing navigator Pavel Chekov in the rebooted “Star Trek” film franchise. The third film in the new series, “Star Trek Beyond,” is slated to open July 22, 2016.

Also Read: Anton Yelchin’s 10 Most Memorable Roles (Videos)

Yelchin’s friends and fellow actors expressed shock and disbelief, many taking to Twitter to share their grief.

“Star Trek” castmate John Cho wrote, “I’m in ruins.”

Karl Urban, who also shared screen time with Yelchin in the popular film series, tweeted, “I can’t believe it , I m fckn hurting bad !”

Yelchin also voiced a role for Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming Netflix animated series “Trollhunters,” set to premiere in December.

Also Read: Hollywood Reacts to Death of Actor Anton Yelchin

Filming has been completed on Gabe Klinger’s upcoming romantic drama, “Porto,” in which Yelchin starred with Chantal Akerman. No release date is set.

The actor has also wrapped production on Cory Finley’s dramatic thriller “Thoroughbred,” set to come out next year.

Also Read: ‘Star Trek’ Studio Mourns Anton Yelchin: 'He Was Beloved By So Many’

Yelchin was also cast in the television series “Mr. Mercedes” with Brendan Gleeson, though that project is listed on IMDb as in pre-production.

The late actor was born in Russia. An only child, he is survived by his two parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, who were pair figure skaters.

He first broke out in indies, like Nick Cassavetes‘ 2006 drama “Alpha Dog,” before moving to more prominent gigs, including two seasons as Hank Azaria‘s son on HBO’s “Huff” and Kyle Reese in 2009’s “Terminal Salvation.”

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'Star Trek' Actor Anton Yelchin Dies in Car Crash at Age 27
Anton Yelchin, a charismatic and rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new "Star Trek" films, has died at the age of 27.
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Anton Yelchin, a charismatic and rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new “Star Trek” films, has died at the age of 27. He was killed in a fatal traffic collision early Sunday morning, his publicist, Jennifer Allen confirmed.

Yelchin started small with roles in indie films and various television shows, before breaking out in films like the crime thriller “Alpha Dog” and the teenage comedy “Charlie Bartlett.” His biggest role to date has been in the rebooted “Star Trek” films — the third of which, “Star Trek Beyond” comes out in July.

Yelchin, an only child, was born in Russia. His parents were professional figure skaters who moved the family to the United States when Yelchin was a baby. Yelchin’s family requests privacy at this time.