Grab Bag: November 2017

The uselessness of gun control is now a matter of scientific record, a suicide prevention organization rebuffs gun control organizations while partnering with a major firearms group, and a word on the Run in 2018.

1.) Programming Notes. A variety of topics for future updates was brought up in Worldwide Blueprint, although none of it was slated to start until Februrary.

After looking over the projects mentioned, I have decided that the Run will keep its usual pattern in January. The second update will be on the sex trafficking industry. This is a Run that, like the update to Debt, is a few years late, and the bi-weekly format allows for the article to get the research and attention it deserves.

Now, onto the news.

2a.) Statistics. A former 538 researcher has published an op-ed in The Washington Post detailing how she once believed gun control worked until she conducted thorough research on the subject. Put bluntly, she discovered that broad-stroke, one-size-for-all legislation is almost counterproductive in its approch, and almost never helps the specific situations that lead to most firearm-related deaths.

2b.) Enforcement. Meanwhile, This Is The Line found a study that found, shockingly, that many gun laws are completely ineffective because they aren’t enforced, and because the laws are ignored by criminals.

The research that gun control laws are ineffective. This goes along with the pre-existing body of research that virtually all gun laws aren’t Constitutional to begin with. (Andrew Branca has regularly noted that almost no gun law can survive strict constitutional scrutiny.)

3.) Anti-gun efforts. When it isn’t stepping on its own PR landmines, the NRA is also covering how anti-gun groups intend to push legislation in the wake of the Vegas shooting. A bulletin by the NRA-ILA outlines a remarkably ambitious (and doomed) wishlist of legislation anti-gun politicians are looking at. The bills range from universal background checks, to opening the firearms industry to a torrent of frivolous lawsuits, to banning “bump fire stocks.”

Of course, with the current Congress (despite a handful of caving Republicans), almost none of this has a chance of being passed. Still, as always, it is worth monitoring to see how politicians react. We figured that the Republicans would be united on healthcare at this point too, and even that couldn’t have been farther from the truth.

Sidebar: Open enrollment was sliced from 90 days to 45 days. If you’ve lost your insurer because they withdrew from the exchange, you have to December 15.

3.) Suicide. We’ll get considerably more in-depth on the subject of suicide next year, but for now we have this story about suicide prevention advocates rebuffing gun control groups. A suicide prevention walk organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention took place in San Diego. Moms Demand Action wanted a booth at the event, but the Foundation’s director said that “their organization’s legislative stance related to guns is inconsistent with our efforts. As a suicide prevention organization, we are not in the business of saying who can and cannot own firearms. We are in the business of saving lives.”
Surprisingly, the Foundation has built a relationship with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which apparently has led to a series of very pointed messages from both Moms Demand Action and the Brady Campaign.

Again, as discussed in Worldwide Blueprint, we will get into considerably greater detail on the subject of suicide next year.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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