Saturday, December 29, 2012

Guns Rise, Crime Sets

As California gun sales nearly doubled since 2002, gun caused injuries have drop 25%, and gun caused deaths declined 11%. The Sacramento Bee reports -
Gun deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California, even as the number of guns sold in the state has risen, according to new state data.
Dealers sold 600,000 guns in California last year, up from 350,000 in 2002, according to records of sale tallied by the California Attorney General's office.

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During that same period, the number of California hospitalizations due to gun injuries declined from about 4,000 annually to 2,900, a roughly 25 percent drop, according to hospital records collected by the California Department of Public Health.
Firearm-related deaths fell from about 3,200 annually to about 2,900, an 11 percent drop, state health figures show.
Most of the drop in firearm-related injuries and deaths can be explained by a well-documented, nationwide drop in violent crime.
The number of California injuries and deaths attributed to accidental discharge of firearms also has fallen. The number of suicide deaths involving firearms has remained roughly constant.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Military Suicide - Sometimes War Isn't the Answer

Media stories and anti-war groups frequently say American soldier suicides outnumber combat-related deaths and the 2012 track doesn't show any improvement. Stars and Stripes says there were more suicides than combat deaths this year.
Through November this year, potentially 303 active-duty, Reserve and National Guard soldiers took their own lives. In Afghanistan 212 soldiers were killed as of Dec. 7.
With a month left in the year, the Army set a grim new record with 177 potential active-duty cases.
Last year, there were 165 confirmed suicides, which was also a record. Among Army Reserve and Guard soldiers potentially 126 took their own lives, up from 118 in all of 2011.
However, what is not often told is that the majority of military personnel committing suicide never served in a war zone deployment, or had been deployed, nor had they ever been in combat.
"About 53 percent of those who died by suicide in the military in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, had no history of deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department. And nearly 85 percent of military members who took their lives had no direct combat history, meaning they may have been deployed but not seen action."
Such a sad reality. There are many reasons someone who has not deployed would get to that point of taking their own lives - depression, financial, sexual, broken relationships, harassment, substance abuse, and the list can include people who joined the military hoping order and discipline would give purpose to their existence and save their lives. It doesn't always work like in the movies. What we can know is that war is not always the answer. Sometimes, people just kill themselves.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Three Mandarin Oranges, Two Hard Boiled Eggs

...and an afternoon with my sisters, nieces and nephews is what I got for Christmas. How great is that?

Some people don't know and don't deserve what they've got. Twitchy has more examples - Spoiled ingrates complain about their Christmas gifts:

ZOONiGGA ; )@Zooniggah014got a dam TV I dont even watch tv like really i wanted a fucking iPad . but yet Jennifer gets a new laptop.! wtf fuck that!24 Dec 12
Shannon McKenna@Shannskii420I'm not trying to be a brat but my mom didn't get me one thing I asked for and she got me an iPad, I don't need this thing #areyouthinking25 Dec 12
Majesty@ebrianne17and my mom went directly against me. she asked me if I wanted the black or white iPad. I said white, of course. tell me why mine is black..?