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  1. Mass Shooting at Walmart in El Paso

    I believe the Norway figures are from when they started tracking the death rates from mass shootings which was from 2009 until now..so yes, the last 10 years. Because of that incident, Norway has a higher death rate from mass shootings than any other country in the world. (Over the past 10 years). I agree that we should be looking at gun violence deaths vs mass shooting deaths. Mass shootings seem to bring the most attention to gun violence but overall they are responsible for a very small % of overall gun violence deaths globally. So contrary to what CNN and the rest of the media would like everyone to believe, mass shootings aren't the main problem when it comes to gun violence. Not even close. Your 20-25 times "risk" number for the U.S. vs other countries is overblown. For starters, what would be considered a "comparable country"? There are no countries in Europe with a population anywhere near the U.S, etc The closest country to the U.S. with anywhere near its population would indeed be, Brazil. And Brazil has much stricter gun laws than the U.S. Anyway, the gun death rate in the U.S. is 12.21...which from first glance looks very, very high. But what you don't see when they use that figure is that 7.32 of those are from suicides. So the REAL number (gun homicide rate) in the U.S. is actually 4.46. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate 4.46 is a high number but it's still nowhere near countries such as: Honduras: 66.64, El Salvador: 26.49, Jamaica 30.38, Venezuela: 26.48, Guatemala: 26.92, Columbia: 17.74 and Brazil at 20.7.
  2. Mass Shooting at Walmart in El Paso

    Statistically, you have a better chance of dying from a mass shooting in Norway than in the U.S. Darn backwards country that Norway is.
  3. Mass Shooting at Walmart in El Paso

    Mass Shootings By Country 2019 What is a mass shooting? Or perhaps a better question, what defines a mass shooting? The United States Congress defines mass shootings as incidents where there are at least three people, or more, who are shot and killed by an attacker. Mass shootings do not always happen at random, for sometimes, the perpetrators of the mass shooting is a family member, a friend, or a peer of those who are murdered as a result of the act. Other countries have different definitions of a mass shooting. School shootings are a common type of mass shootings, as saddening as it is, especially in the United States. Though there is not actual global definition of a mass shooting, the general consensus is that a mass shooting results from armed weapons taking the lives of many people at one time. What are the countries with the most mass shootings? While this data is difficult to research, here is a list of the top 20 countries with the highest estimated firearm-related death rate. This does not accurately portray the countries with the most mass shootings, but it does give a better idea of gun violence in the world. 1. Honduras (60.00 deaths per 100,000 people) 2. Venezuela (49.22 deaths per 100,000 people) 3. El Salvador (45.6 deaths per 100,000 people) 4. Swaziland (37.16 deaths per 100,000 people) 5. Guatemala (34.10 deaths per 100,000 people) 6. Jamaica (30.72 deaths per 100,000 people) 7. Brazil (21.9 deaths per 100,000 people) 8. Colombia (18.65 deaths per 100,000 people) 9. Panama (15.11 deaths per 100,000 people) 10.United States (12.21 deaths per 100,000 people) 11. Uruguay (11.52 deaths per 100,000 people) 12. Montenegro (8.91 deaths per 100,000 people) 13. Philippines (8.90 deaths per 100,000 people) 14. South Africa (8.3 deaths per 100,000 people) 15. Paraguay (7.76 deaths per 100,000 people) 16. Mexico (7.64 deaths per 100,000 people) 17. Argentina (6.93 deaths per 100,000 people) 18. Barbados (6.6 deaths per 100,000 people) 19. Costa Rica (6.3 deaths per 100,000 people) 20. Peru (5.53 deaths per 100,000 people) In terms of specific mass shootings, according to the Gun Violence Archive, the United States has had over 255 mass shootings in 2019 as of August 2019. There were 340 mass shootings in 2018 in the United States, which is a 26% increase from 2014, which had 269 mass shootings. Contrary to popular belief, comparing countries by mass shooting is actually more difficult that one would think. Other countries have other definitions of what qualifies as a mass shooting, and they have different organizations and entities keeping track of the number of mass shootings each year, so this makes it difficult to compare mass shooting rates between different countries. However, there have still been some researchers that try to compile this information. There is a common misconception that the United States is one of the top few countries, if not the top country, that have the highest mass shooting rates. In 2015, the United States was actually number sixty-six on the list of countries in terms of mass shooting rates according to a study done by the Crime Prevention Research Center. In this study, looking at the United States alongside all the countries in Europe alone, the United States has the 12th highest mass shooting rate. A few of the European countries with a higher mass shooting rate than the United States include Russia, Norway, France, Switzerland and Finland. More recent studies about mass shootings by country are still being conducted. In recent years, the Crime Prevention Research Center looked at the death rates that resulted from mass shootings between the years 2009 and 2015. Here are the average death rates, in millions, per country, between 2009 and 2015. The countries are already listed in order of the highest death rates to the lowest median death rates. Norway 1.888 Serbia 0.381 France 0.347 Macedonia 0.337 Albania 0.206 Slovakia 0.185 Switzerland 0.142 Finland 0.132 Belgium 0.128 The Czech Republic 0.123 The United States of America 0.089 Austria 0.068 The Netherlands 0.051 Canada 0.032 England 0.027 Germany 0.023 Russia 0.012 Italy 0.009 Now that we've looked at the average mass shooting death rates, let's compare those to the frequency at which these mass shootings occur. The countries on this list are also on the list of mass shooting death rates, but the order is noticeably different. The top eighteen European or American countries in terms of mass shooting frequency include... Macedonia Albania Serbia Switzerland Norway Slovakia Finland Belgium Austria The Czech Republic France The United States Canada The Netherlands Italy England Russia Germany Now for the list of European and American countries paired with their mass shooting frequencies. Macedonia 0.471 Albania 0.360 Serbia 0.281 Switzerland 0.249 Norway 0.197 Slovakia 0.185 Finland 0.184 Belgium 0.179 Austria 0.119 The Czech Republic 0.096 France 0.092 The United States 0.078 Canada 0.056 The Netherlands 0.059 Italy 0.017 England 0.015 Russia 0.014 Germany 0.013 Mass Shootings By Country by Population: Flag Name Death Rate per 1 mil Population 2019 Norway 1.888 5,378,857 Serbia 0.381 8,772,235 France 0.347 65,129,728 Macedonia 0.337 2,083,459 Albania 0.206 2,880,917 Slovakia 0.185 5,457,013 Switzerland 0.142 8,591,365 Finland 0.132 5,532,156 Belgium 0.128 11,539,328 Czech Republic 0.123 10,689,209 United States 0.089 329,064,917 Austria 0.068 8,955,102 Netherlands 0.051 17,097,130 Canada 0.032 37,411,047 Germany 0.023 83,517,045 Russia 0.012 145,872,256 Italy 0.009 60,550,075 http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/mass-shootings-by-country/ http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/mass-shootings-by-country/
  4. Mass Shooting at Walmart in El Paso

    https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2019/aug/05/viral-tweet-about-mass-shootings-country-it-needs-/ That viral tweet about mass shootings by country? It needs additional context A statistic about mass shootings in the United States compared to 23 other countries exploded on social media after attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. New York City Democratic activist Keith Edwards saw his Aug. 3 tweet shared nearly 390,000 times and liked by over 800,000 and reposted on Instagram and Facebook. Using emoji symbols for each country’s flag, Edwards wrote that so far in 2019, the United States has had 249 mass shootings, while Mexico had three, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Brazil and Canada had one, and many other countries had none. Critics on Twitter shot back that places such as Brazil and Mexico had much higher murder rates than the United States. But murder rates and mass shootings are different claims. We wanted to see what more we could learn about Edwards’ comparison. Relied on a broad definition of mass shootings Edward based his tweet on information from the Gun Violence Archive, an independent research group that tallies shooting deaths and injuries in the United States. At the time of Edwards’ tweet, the Gun Violence Archive counted 250 U.S. mass shootings for 2019. (As of this writing, it now stands at 255.) The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as an incident where four or more people are shot, not including the shooter. Because of that definition, the archive’s tally includes 129 shootings in which no one died. "We do not have a generally accepted definition of mass shooting in the United States, which leads the Gun Violence Archive’s numbers to be inflated because it is based solely on a body count and not context," said Jaclyn Schildkraut of the State University of New York in Oswego. "There are qualitative differences in a person who kills their family versus what took place in El Paso and Dayton this weekend." Other researchers agree. "Citing those numbers in the context of events like El Paso might lead people to think that the Gun Violence Archive counts reflect the type of mass public shooting with victims selected apparently at random," said Rosanna Smart, an analyst at RAND, a nonprofit consulting research group. "All gun violence is tragic, but different types of gun violence may be more or less responsive to different types of policies and interventions," she said. Congress defines "mass killings," as three or more people killed. The FBI and the Congressional Research Service use a standard of four or more deaths. By that definition, the archive data show 20 mass shootings this year. International comparison hangs on thin data The problem with setting the Gun Violence Archive number against the count of mass shootings in other countries is that researchers don’t know how other nations define these incidents, or what data lie behind the tweet. "What we might call a mass shooting another country may flag as terrorism or genocide, so standard keyword searches might miss that," Schildkraut said. University of Alabama researcher Adam Lankford wrote recently that the United States has six times as many mass shootings as the global average based on its population. He reached that finding by culling out cases of lone shooters worldwide. Still, the tweet’s precision for 2019 stumps Lankford, because the hard data are missing. "I do not know whether or not it's accurate about the lack of mass shootings writ large in those other countries this year," Lankford said. Lankford echoed the point that it would be "very important" to know the definition behind the numbers. International comparisons of mass shootings are subject to debate, largely based on what sort of incidents are counted. At the end of the day, Lankford said the data support a more cautious conclusion than Edwards tweeted. "Some countries almost never experience public mass shootings that result in four or more victims being killed, while in the United States, we experience them regularly," he said. Our conclusion Edwards said the United States had had 249 mass shootings while Mexico had the next closest number with three and other nations had fewer. There are several problems assessing the accuracy of this claim. The tally Edwards cited includes incidents in which no one died, which stands in sharp contrast to the many deaths in El Paso and Dayton. It includes many situations, such as gang conflict and family killings that have no similarity to a lone gunman opening fire. And there’s no global definition of what constitutes a mass shooting. Broadly, the data support the idea that the type of killings in El Paso and Dayton occur more frequently in the United States. But the precision in the tweet goes beyond what the numbers can say. Basically, the Tweet was BS. For anyone with any sense of what is happening in countries like Honduras, Venezuela, Brazil, etc the numbers were obviously twisted and wrong. Mass shootings in the U.S. are bad enough without some Twitter troll having to make up and twist statistics.
  5. Vote for me!

  6. The Religion/Spirituality Thread

    So if the people of a state overwhelmingly support the new law, isn’t that democracy at work?
  7. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Out of curiosity, do you really think the Democrats have a chance beating Trump by just nominating a ‘potato’? lol They will need a very strong candidate, imo, to even have a chance.
  8. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Take a moment and read your own post. For someone who is somewhat "moderate" you come across as criticizing Trump the same way the left has done since day one. You're a smart guy...why would you take the same line as the rest of the left? The same line that the right has become numb to? "Trump didn't build a wall and Mexico isn't paying for it" blah blah blah Guess what? The right doesn't care what you say about the wall because (at least) some of it is getting built. So when you say it isn't, the right just thinks you are lying. And stop calling this some sort or "win" or "loss". This isn't a game. Give Trump credit (no matter how difficult it is for you to do so) where credit is due and then discuss what you would do differently. And maybe you don't think Trump deserves credit for anything. But the fact is that the U.S. is in an economic boom. Whether you think Trump's policies have anything to do with it, is irrelevant. For the average Joe that has a solid job and can take care of his family, things are good. (And please don't post some odd article about how some people lost their jobs...because it doesn't matter to the average voter. When they see the market at record highs, their 401k's gaining 15-20% per year, overall unemployment at record lows, etc etc...that's what they see). Could you start an argument about the long terms effects of the current policies? Of course you could. And those arguments probably have merit. But they will be thrown to the side because of the approach that the left is taking. You're not going to convince conservatives that Trump's policies could potentially be damaging years down the road. It's not going to happen in an economic boom. I just received my voter ID card. It says that I have "No party affiliation". That's the way I have been registered since I was 18. At this point, I have no idea who I will vote for in the next presidential election. The left is a mess. For a party that was boasting "long term" dominance a few years back, for the average voter, the left is scary. How can they allow the extreme elements to dominate social media and push the right further right? As far as the right goes, they have Trump. And Trump is Trump. You know exactly what you are getting with Trump. Whether you agree with the way he runs things or not, for the average voter, they know where he stands. You cannot say the same thing for the left...and that's what scares people.
  9. The Hangover/I'm an Alcoholic Thread

    Morning after beer buzz...aka, you were still somewhat drunk. Good chance if you were to take a breathalyzer, you would have failed. And yep, your hangover is typically delayed until later that day or the day after. The best part is that you don't really feel "drunk"...you just feel good, stress free and ready to go.
  10. US Politics/Elections Thread

    "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's" Mathew 22:21 Jesus responds to Pontius Pilate about the nature of his kingdom: "My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But now (or 'as it is') my kingdom is not from the world" (John 18:36); i.e., his religious teachings were separate from earthly political activity.
  11. US Politics/Elections Thread

    I don’t really disagree that the system needs streamlining. And in certain cases, especially for those that have been here a long time, with no criminal record, with children, etc exceptions can be made. That said, it doesn’t mean we can just open up the borders indefinitely, until it gets fixed. The best way to handle it, imo, is from a moderate, bi-partisan approach, where both sides come together and actually get something done. Having one side screaming "Abolish ICE" and the other side yelling, "Send them back" gets nothing done.
  12. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips went out to Georgetown University to ask students a simple question about a certain president’s comments on deporting illegal immigrants. Phillips began the conversation talking with students about President Trump’s announcement that he would be using ICE to deport criminal illegal aliens. He then proceeded to read them a 2014 quote from President Barack Obama in which he cracked down on illegal alien criminals. “We are a nation of laws,” the quote started. “Undocumented workers broke our laws and I believe they must be held accountable. Especially those who may be dangerous. That’s why over the last six years deportations of criminals are up 80 percent and we’re going to keep focusing on threats to our security." "Whats your thought on that quote and that policy in general?” the Campus Reform reporter asked. As you can imagine the students, of course, attributed these “racist” remarks to The Donald. “I think that policy comes from a place of white American nationalism,” a student said. “Donald Trump has embraced this rhetoric of racism and xenophobia — that is not beneficial to our country at all,” another explained. "I think that's a bad decision 'cause the United States should be open to immigrants,” one student added. Phillips then proceeded to tell the students the quote was not from the president they love to hate, but from the one that they held so close to their hearts. “I’m gonna show you the person that said that quote,” he said. And lo and behold, it was President Barack Obama. The students' reactions: “I thought it was the Trump administration that said something like that,” a student said after admitting her surprise. “I didn’t expect it to be Obama… it never occurred to me that it could be him,” one said. “It just shows the hypocrisy in politics,” a student correctly stated. “One person can say something five years ago and the next thing you know it doesn’t apply to them anymore and they can be the morality police for whoever is in charge now.”
  13. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported more immigrants this fiscal year than any full fiscal year of Donald Trump's presidency, but it has yet to reach Barack Obama's early deportation levels, according to new internal Department of Homeland Security figures obtained by Axios. Why it matters: With four months left in the fiscal year, it puts Trump's deportations in perspective and shows the reality behind the anti-immigrant pledges that have come to define his presidency. By the numbers: Under the Obama administration, total ICE deportations were above 385,000 each year in fiscal years 2009-2011, and hit a high of 409,849 in fiscal 2012. The numbers dropped to below 250,000 in fiscal years 2015 and 2016. Under Trump, ICE deportations fell to 226,119 in fiscal 2017, then ticked up to over 250,000 in fiscal 2018 and hit a Trump administration high of 282,242 this fiscal year (as of June). ICE and DHS didn't respond to a request for comment. https://www.axios.com/immigration-ice-deportation-trump-obama-a72a0a44-540d-46bc-a671-cd65cf72f4b1.html You really should do some research on the subject instead of just playing partisan politics. And this isn't about LEGAL immigration. It's about ILLEGAL immigration. For some reason, you seem to be missing that (not so) small, but very important, fact.
  14. US Politics/Elections Thread

    What? lol Despite what you have been brainwashed into believing, the US has never really had ‘open borders’. Back in the early 1900’s immigration from many countries was ‘open’ but there was still a process to be followed. So yes, illegal immigrants have been deported historically. As a matter of fact, Obama deported more people than Trump has up until this point in his presidency. Shocking, isn’t it? Maybe the immigration system needs some streamlining but that doesn’t mean you have open borders in the meantime.
  15. SCOM is nearing 1 billion views on YouTube

    Easily one of rock's GOAT songs...deserves every accolade it gets...and the video is an all-time classic as well. Here's to a billion more, SCOM!
  16. US Politics/Elections Thread

    If you take out the penis part, you might be on to something. j/k
  17. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Come on now, no one is excluded. If my Dad & Grandfather tried coming over here illegally, they would have been sent back as well back in the day. It's all about doing it legally vs illegally. In other news, how goes Brexit? This guy is giving it two thumbs up.... Congrats on your new PM.
  18. US Politics/Elections Thread

    The relationship between France and the U.S. is just fine.....
  19. Futures bodyguard gets knocked the fuck out

    Textbook definition of a sucker punch. I'm not sure how that guy was proud of that. Smh.
  20. Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on fire

    Kudos to the Parisian firefighters who risked their lives to save the historic church.
  21. US Politics/Elections Thread

    PR moves by cops? Did you watch the video? Pretty sure the cop was not expecting the guy to bring him on the Steve Harvey show. And as a Christian, you should be advocating for this type of behavior among citizens and police, not berating it. And stop blaming everything on capitalism. It's not a perfect system but it certainly trumps communism. You want to talk about parents not being able to take care of their children? How did parents fare during the reign of Mao Zedong? How about under Stalin? How about present day Venezuela under Maduro? Communism is responsible for the deaths (through murder, starvation, etc) of over 110 million people from 1900 to present day. How can a rational human being even attempt to justify it?
  22. Best Sandwiches

    Tony Luke’s is awesome. My personal favorite but if you ask people from Philadelphia, everyone has a favorite...so you could hear 6-7 different places. But Tony Luke’s is definitely top 5 in almost everyone’s book. Yeah, I’m originally from Philadelphia, still have friends and family there so I try to go back at least once a year to visit. The Italian panini’s I like the best are from the Abruzzo region of Italy...which is where my family is from. Just like Philadelphia, if you ask someone from Italy their favorite, everyone has a preference/region....but Abruzzo is well respected among Italians that have been there and tried the food/sandwiches. Next time you’re in the US find a Chick Fil A...you won’t regret it...and it’s the only chicken sandwich you really don’t need mayo for....that’s why they’re so good. 👍👍
  23. Impending US/UK war with Iran

    Well, that "impending war" didn't last long.
  24. Impending US/UK war with Iran

    It's pretty obvious neither the U.S. nor Trump wants or needs to go to war with Iran...especially 16 months away from the presidential election. Iran knows this...hence why they seem to be running amok. For the U.S. to get involved, Iran would have to do something bad/stupid enough to upset even liberals....so that any sort of intervention would have the vast majority of US (political) support from both sides. (Unlikely).
  25. Meh...I'm pretty sure the trailers are made that way so no one can say for sure what the plot is...aka, there's probably going to be a twist or two...or three. And they aren't going to give any of them away in a trailer.