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Gun Control After Wisconsin Shooting: ‘Everyone Looks At The United States As Uncivilized’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 9, 2012

By Sam Stein

WASHINGTON — America appears to be tiring of the gun control debate, even as mass shootings continue to occur. The fervor that erupted after the shooting in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. nearly three weeks ago has given way to what seems like a fleeting interest in Sunday’s shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis.

The media seems ready to move on from that event. The questions posed to lawmakers and the Obama administration have not been as aggressive or sustained as they were in the wake of Aurora. The usual gun control advocates have re-aired their grievances with the current state of legislative affairs, but even they have acknowledged that the conversation is tired and the outlook is bleak.

“Nothing’s going to happen over the next few months,” Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) said in an interview with The Huffington Post, “and whether or not something gets proposed after that, I can’t say.”

Markell isn’t some shill for the National Rifle Association. He called the gun lobby’s influence over lawmakers exaggerated and proudly boasted of the laws he passed in Delaware over the group’s objections. His resigned demeanor in the wake of the shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, however, was a reflection of political realities. The Obama administration has publicly conceded it won’t pursue new legislation.

“I agree with the president that it’s important to enforce the existing laws as they are,” he said. “I also think that given Republican opposition, given the fact that they control the House, it’s extremely unlikely anything would happen.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Bite the Bullet

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 31, 2012

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WASHINGTON — White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that President Barack Obama will “evaluate” new legislation that effectively bans online sales of gun ammunition, but he wouldn’t say whether the president could support it.

During the daily White House briefing, Earnest told The Huffington Post that he didn’t know if Obama had seen the bill filed Monday by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.). The measure would significantly curb the ability of people to anonymously buy unlimited amounts of ammunition via the Internet or other types of mail orders. It would also require ammunition dealers to report bulk sales of bullets to law enforcement.

Their proposal comes just weeks after the shooting massacre in Aurora, Colo. that left 12 dead and dozens more injured. The gunman had purchased more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition anonymously on the Internet shortly before going on his killing spree. The incident has revived calls for some kind of action on gun control, particularly given that nothing changed after the January 2011 shootings that killed six and injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), but neither Congress nor Obama has signaled a willingness to advance new gun safety legislation. Read the rest of this entry »

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World’s Deadliest Wealthy Countries

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 5, 2012

By Howard Steven Friedman,  Statistician/Economist for International Organization, Columbia University

 Before diving into any detailed analysis of government data, I usually hear the voice of one of my professors telling his favorite statistics joke. It went something like this, “Statisticians are brilliant people. They can analyze raw data, develop complex models, draw causal inferences and make bold projections of the future. They do this fearlessly, without concern for the minor issue that the data itself came from the fellow down the hall who wrote down whatever he felt like so he could get paid.” Analyzing government data isn’t quite as bad as that joke, but statisticians do need to be concerned about the danger of “garbage in garbage-out” in any work that do.

So how do these concerns about data quality relate to identifying the world’s deadliest wealthy countries? It starts with the fact that the data for crime is notoriously fraught with quality issues. Criminologists use the phrase the “dark figure of crime” to describe the amount of crime that goes unreported or undetected. This “dark figure of crime” represents the gap between the true crime rate and the rate found in official reports.

Knowing that the “dark figure of crime” is so large, I decided to focus on homicide rates in this article. Why homicide? For starters, it is a critically important measure of crime since it is perhaps the most extreme of possible crimes, the taking of a life. More importantly, it is considered to be one of the more reliable crime statistics.

So which wealthy countries have the highest homicide rates? Of the 34 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the countries with the five highest homicide rates are, in order: Mexico (highest), Chile, Estonia, the United States and Turkey (fifth highest). Anyone looking at that list would likely call out the fact that these countries, while all being in the OECD, are not equally wealthy. In fact, the United States has a GDP per capita that is more than twice that of any of the other top four most deadly OECD countries. A simple scatterplot, where each data point represents a different country and the US is displayed prominently, gives a clearer picture of how America stands. The graph below shows that for the OECD countries, the US has one of the highest rates of GDP per capita (a rough, but commonly used metric of wealth). You will also quickly see that the US is a major outlier in the general observation that wealthier countries tend to have lower homicide rates. Read the rest of this entry »

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Richard Lugar Voices Support For Assault Weapons Ban (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 18, 2011


With every action there is equal and opposite reaction. If we want to develop arms to kill somebody else, they will develop their arms to kill us or they will capture our arms to kill us. Arms could not be the source of Peace. Loving each other is one and only one way to create Peace in the Globe: http://wor­ldamity.wo­rdpress.co­m/2009/10/­28/kapilav­astu-day-a­s-part-of-­the-world-­peace-move­ment/
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