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  •  Guns and second-hand smoke (3+ / 0-)

    I agree with your view on guns in general, but I think your analogy in particular does not hold.

    In order to collect lottery winnings, one must buy a ticket and enter the game.  In order to "win" the gun lottery by getting shot, one does not need to purchase a gun.  One need only walk into a classroom, go to the movies, or live with a jealous lover.

    Guns, like cigarettes, have negative consequences even for those people who are not using guns.  Guns have a "second-hand smoke" effect, causing health problems not only for the users, but also for those people who do nothing more than find themselves nearby.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:46:29 AM PST

    •  You really don't understand the concept of (0+ / 0-)

      controlling for independent variables, do you.

      More junk pseudoscience reminiscent of the climate change deniers who toss around unsupported verbiage and pretend that it has significance beyond their cramped ideological viewpoint.

      •  Oh, DO enlighten us!! (0+ / 0-)

        Please, I would love to hear you tell us how controlling for independent variables has anything to do with winning the lottery - either the powerball lottery or the get shot with a gun lottery.

        "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

        by Hugh Jim Bissell on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 11:07:58 AM PST

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