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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Koatanga » Thu May 30, 2013 7:49 pm

US gun deaths since Sandy Hook (just under 6 months) have now exceeded the total of American casualties in the entire Iraq war.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Fridmarr » Thu May 30, 2013 8:21 pm

And it's likely (as is normally the case) that the majority of them are suicides.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Nooska » Fri May 31, 2013 3:48 am

Which is really the saddest part of it.

We can argue all we like about whether gun control would have any effect on homicides by fireamr, or whether the statistic would just swicth.
But I have yet to see anyone actually argue that gun control would just shift the suicides by firearm into another category. A gun is horribly efficient at killing, and shooting yourself with the intent to kill more or less rules out any chance at ressucitation.

That, of course, also opens the debate on the right to decide the end of ones own life (or the lack of such a right) which is probably why it isn't mentioned (at least it isn't in anything that is carried across the pond). If that claimed right is a reason to oppose gun controle, then I would just add that I would prefer it not be selfadministered, and in the hands of trained physicians to make it as painless and safe as possible. (Note the whole sentence and context here, IF-THEN)
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Sagara » Fri May 31, 2013 4:25 am

I'm gonna take that suicide line and run a bit with it - don't get surprised if I contradict myself constatly, it's basically ramblings about the validity of considerind suicides in gun-realted death numbers.

So basically, suicides shouldn't be counted in gun-related deaths. That makes sense as long as you can uphold that the suicide would have happened without guns anyway, moving the onus of the cause from the weapon to the user. The only trouble with that theory is that it implies that one suicide equals another, which isn't quite true (but may actually be true enough).

If memory serves, in gun-restricted countries, the chief means of suicide is medication overdose for women and (if memory serves) hanging for men. Thing is, both of these methods have a few things working againt them, off the top of my head: preparation time (and thus, time to think things through), lethality (much lower), and perceied pain (for men, at least)

Thinking it trough, it does make sense to say that "some suicides can't be prevented by removing guns, and shouldn't be counted as gun-related killings", but it ALSO does make sense to say that "some suicides could have been prevented by removing guns, and thus they should be counted."

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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Shoju » Fri May 31, 2013 4:54 am

Put me in the camp of lumping suicide numbers into gun death statistics is a ploy to inflate numbers for media use. I don't care if the suicide could have been prevented with a gun or not. And I'm a proponent of gun law reform.

My problem with it, is that it leads to statements like Koatanga's, that includes those statistics, and doesn't account for them. It's just tossed out there, as a shocking statement.

I consider it a very Fox News type of thing, and one that makes me gag a little when I see it happen.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Sagara » Fri May 31, 2013 6:16 am

Or it could be because audiences are morons and will follow shock statements more than a long, thought-out, complex argument that defends both sides and lets the audience decide for itself (a.k.a. a freaking basic essay).
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Koatanga » Fri May 31, 2013 12:31 pm

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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Koatanga » Fri May 31, 2013 1:06 pm

Fridmarr wrote:And it's likely (as is normally the case) that the majority of them are suicides.

There is an interactive graphic at http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_ ... oting.html that counts the deaths since Sandy hook.

Out of curiosity I started to check how many were suicides. I started with May 30, 2013 (the most recent date), on which there were 11 gun deaths. Each has a link to an article about the death.

The results:
8 murders
2 non-working or login-protected links
1 possible duplicate
0 suicides

So I continued to the next day:
9 murders
8 shot by police
1 accidental death (2 year old shot himself while reaching for gum)
1 broken link
1 suicide - man shot himself after gunfight with police

I find it odd that for a site including suicides as gun deaths, in which the majority are supposedly suicides, that I would only find two cases of self-inflicted gunshot deaths, one being a toddler and one being a guy who killed himself after a gunfight with police, in 30 gun deaths. Neither are traditional suicides where a person eats a gun out of depression.

I did check one more day. I picked February 14th, Valentine's Day, figuring it would be a depressing day for lonely people seeing other people being happy with partners while they have nobody. I found one proper suicide, but it was a murder-suicide. Still no pure case of "man shoots himself out of depression" without cops or a murder or anything else involved.

I could go on compiling stats, but to be honest it's a bit depressing seeing photo after photo of crying family members. Feel free to research it yourself if you think you can find more suicides than I did.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Klaudandus » Fri May 31, 2013 3:17 pm

I gotta say something, and I'm sure some here remember me talking about it, but I almost ate my gun, in a bout of depression, several years ago...

The only reason I didn't do it was because I took my time driving several miles out of town, which kind of cooled me off to the whole idea of suicide.

Had I not cared about where I was gonna be found dead, I'd have blown my head off with it in my bedroom since it was so easy.

I sold my gun after that, and I dont have the itch to buy a new one... but if I did, I'd prolly want a background check performed on me, because... maybe trying to buy a gun after a serious bout of depression seems like a really really bad idea, even if I'm much better these days.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Fridmarr » Fri May 31, 2013 5:57 pm

Koatanga wrote:
Fridmarr wrote:And it's likely (as is normally the case) that the majority of them are suicides.

There is an interactive graphic at http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_ ... oting.html that counts the deaths since Sandy hook.

Out of curiosity I started to check how many were suicides. I started with May 30, 2013 (the most recent date), on which there were 11 gun deaths. Each has a link to an article about the death.

The results:
8 murders
2 non-working or login-protected links
1 possible duplicate
0 suicides

So I continued to the next day:
9 murders
8 shot by police
1 accidental death (2 year old shot himself while reaching for gum)
1 broken link
1 suicide - man shot himself after gunfight with police

I find it odd that for a site including suicides as gun deaths, in which the majority are supposedly suicides, that I would only find two cases of self-inflicted gunshot deaths, one being a toddler and one being a guy who killed himself after a gunfight with police, in 30 gun deaths. Neither are traditional suicides where a person eats a gun out of depression.

I did check one more day. I picked February 14th, Valentine's Day, figuring it would be a depressing day for lonely people seeing other people being happy with partners while they have nobody. I found one proper suicide, but it was a murder-suicide. Still no pure case of "man shoots himself out of depression" without cops or a murder or anything else involved.

I could go on compiling stats, but to be honest it's a bit depressing seeing photo after photo of crying family members. Feel free to research it yourself if you think you can find more suicides than I did.
I'm not saying that it is necessarily the case in the 6 month sample you chose. However, statistically when looking at annual data, suicides are generally a little more than half of all gun deaths. ( http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nat ... 3648_x.htm )

I don't think that necessarily means that they should be discounted, as guns are a much (by a mile) more effective way to commit suicide than any other popular choice, when considering gun laws. However, it is in my opinion a misleading data point when it's generalized into the same category as murders.

PS: Probably why you aren't finding suicides...According to the site you linked:
Slate wrote:Of course, these figures are incomplete. Not all reports get caught by @GunDeaths’ news alerts or his followers. Suicides, which are estimated to make up as much as 60 percent of gun deaths, typically go unreported. Nevertheless, we at Slate want to assemble the data as best we can.

That also means that if Slate is where your original data came from, then it was already mostly excluding suicides.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Koatanga » Fri May 31, 2013 8:13 pm

Fridmarr wrote:That also means that if Slate is where your original data came from, then it was already mostly excluding suicides.

Yes, the numbers there tally: 4,488 US casualties in the Iraq war vs. the 4,566 currently reporting on Slate. I didn't notice that it was excluding most suicides. That would have saved me some grim research.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Klaudandus » Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:47 am

Ah... the fringe gop!
http://freakoutnation.com/2013/05/31/go ... r-attacks/

That's a lot of derp right there.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Shoju » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:58 am

Koatanga wrote:
Fridmarr wrote:And it's likely (as is normally the case) that the majority of them are suicides.

There is an interactive graphic at http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_ ... oting.html that counts the deaths since Sandy hook.

Out of curiosity I started to check how many were suicides. I started with May 30, 2013 (the most recent date), on which there were 11 gun deaths. Each has a link to an article about the death.

The results:
8 murders
2 non-working or login-protected links
1 possible duplicate
0 suicides

So I continued to the next day:
9 murders
8 shot by police
1 accidental death (2 year old shot himself while reaching for gum)
1 broken link
1 suicide - man shot himself after gunfight with police

I find it odd that for a site including suicides as gun deaths, in which the majority are supposedly suicides, that I would only find two cases of self-inflicted gunshot deaths, one being a toddler and one being a guy who killed himself after a gunfight with police, in 30 gun deaths. Neither are traditional suicides where a person eats a gun out of depression.

I did check one more day. I picked February 14th, Valentine's Day, figuring it would be a depressing day for lonely people seeing other people being happy with partners while they have nobody. I found one proper suicide, but it was a murder-suicide. Still no pure case of "man shoots himself out of depression" without cops or a murder or anything else involved.

I could go on compiling stats, but to be honest it's a bit depressing seeing photo after photo of crying family members. Feel free to research it yourself if you think you can find more suicides than I did.



If it's using news articles as a way to track, it's going to be flawed. Most news organizations have a strict policy regarding the reporting of suicides. You wont find news articles about them, because it's a moral / ethical decision by news agencies to not report on suicides, unless the social status of the person involved would make it a "news story" above and beyond the fact that it was a suicide.

If you are looking for gun deaths related to suicide, you are going to need to find a place that reports based off of medical records, or death certificates, etc... because it wont be covered in the news.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Dantriges » Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:51 pm

But then it´s a better source if you want the numbers of people killed by guns excluding suicides.
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Re: Politics (formerly Election 2012)

Postby Koatanga » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:16 pm

I would prefer to keep suicides out of the equation, actually.

I just think it's a bit off to be all patriotic and go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan over, or using as an excuse anyway, the 5000 people killed in 9/11, but it's anti-American to even discuss gun control when nearly 5000 people die in the last 6 months. Isn't that a bit odd?

It's like it's fine to lose 5000 people as long as no buildings get destroyed. I'm generally not one for conspiracy nonsense, but this sure does seem like a case where anything that happens to the assets of the top 1% gets billions spent in retaliation (spent with the defense contractors owned by the top 1%, of course), but as long as the top 1% aren't inconvenienced by the rabble killing each other, it's all OK.

Because the numbers of deaths are similar, but the response is completely different.
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