Dwayne Rabideau

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Dwayne Rabideau
Posted over 2 years ago
Solving gun violence in the US in today's insane political climate requires a solution that makes it painless for everyone.
Shawn, I am glad that you brought up Switzerland because their model flies in the face of what you believe. The per capita gun homicide rate in Switzerland is 11x greater than that of Great Britain who has a hand gun AND automatic/semi-automatic gun ban. In fact in all gun related deaths period, Switzerland's rate 15x that of Great Britain Canada who has strict handgun regulations and bans on automatic and semi-automatic weapons is still 2x safer than Switzerland and 7x safer than the US per capita. The percentage of overall homicide rates and percentage of gun homicides in that number also tell the tale. Switzerland 72% US 68.3% Canada 28.3% Great Britain 8% China (handgun ban) 3% Japan (handgun ban) 1%
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Dwayne Rabideau
Posted over 2 years ago
Solving gun violence in the US in today's insane political climate requires a solution that makes it painless for everyone.
I'm sorry Pat, contrary to what you believe I was not provoked. The issue with online discussion is that the writing does not accurately express a person's emotion or lack there of. My choice of the word asinine was poorly chosen. But for the sake of this entire argument, too much is left for conjecture and not facts. People will use selective points in an effort to represent their point of view. What I do believe is statistics and follow through by looking at "Cause and effect" What you cannot deny is the body count that comes from gun possession.
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Dwayne Rabideau
Posted over 2 years ago
Solving gun violence in the US in today's insane political climate requires a solution that makes it painless for everyone.
I disagree here. Brits have the same amount of freedoms if not more than Americans. Here the problem. The act of eliminating illegal hand guns in GB has allowed that OVERALL homicide rate to drop 75%. The act of banning handgun possession in China has allowed their overall homicide rate to become 1/4 that of the US. You are 144x more likely to die of a gun homicide in the US than in China, 200x vs Japan, 11x vs Great Britain, 7x vs Canada, 4 x vs Australia And with Canada who experiences the most influence from American society AND shares the world's longest unprotected border, their experience with severe handgun restrictions shows it does work. In fact as a Canadian, I feel freer knowing that I will most likely ever mean my demise at the end of a gun in the hands of a fellow citizen. So trying to excuse them by saying we are not them carries no merit because you haven't even considered going the direction. It is just another deflection.
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Dwayne Rabideau
Posted over 2 years ago
Solving gun violence in the US in today's insane political climate requires a solution that makes it painless for everyone.
First of all no form of homicide is acceptable and each case needs to be dealt with at some level. But in life, you need to tackle the bigger problems before you deal with the smaller ones. You offer a straw argument when you talk about higher percentage of stabbings in Canada. The reason the percentages are higher is because there is a lack of guns and in particular handgun to do their bidding. And even still, per capita our OVERALL per capita homicide rate is a fraction of what it is in the US. The same could be said for Great Britain. On the flip side, as stated in an earlier post Switzerland has a 11x greater rate of gun homicides than Great Britain and they are forced by law to own guns. Do you see the correlation here. As a Canadian citizen, I have every much a right to a say as you do because it is your problem that feeds some of the gun violence here as it does in Mexico.
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Dwayne Rabideau
Posted over 2 years ago
The introduction of a nation wide canal system in the US
I just want to be clear, we are talking about excess flood waters triggered by excessive rain fall. I do understand that water flows downstream but that is where locks and pumping stations come into play. Locks work like dams and in a channel size as I described are more than sufficient to do so. The effort is a cumulative one requiring each state to make the effort to fill them. When an impending storm such as Sandy were to blow threw, the canals would be lowered to allow any flood waters to be diverted to the canal allowing them to fill. I will offer a situation that I am familiar with. In southeast Quebec, the St Francois River floods each spring and every time a hurricane skims the east coast of Canada. The Saint t Francois leads into a series of lake and rivers that eventually lead to Lake Memphremagog which borders Vermont and Quebec. A canal could tap the waters of Lake Memphremagog on the Vermont side in order to gets its annual fill. That fill would easily be replaced by the spring flooding from the Saint Francois. The flood waters from the Saint Francois would exceed the need to fill the less than 300 miles of canals that could effectively be built in that state with excess maybe used to help New York if needed. And to give you a perspective of the volume of water needed to fill the canal? It is equivalent to the volume of fresh water consumed by NYC in a 10 day period.
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Dwayne Rabideau
Posted over 2 years ago
Solving gun violence in the US in today's insane political climate requires a solution that makes it painless for everyone.
Andy, I am simply pointing out that there "Cause and effect" which influences the difference in statistics. Yes, guns are being removed from criminals but they are also being removed from irresponsible citizens may not be showing criminal intent, are still breaking the law knowingly or not. The issue of high magazines et al is a straw argument because they do not account for the massive majority of gun related crime. It is handguns that are. But to put your argument into perspective, the shooter in Newtown had access to both even though the mother was complying to the law. It was her son who removed those legal weapons illegally and used them illegally even though he was subject to a background search of which he failed. And that is the problem. As long as guns are available, they can and will be used.