Science by legislation to pin all evils on vaccines

I should have never gone over to check the online “newspaper” of the “autism epidemic” this morning. I was met with this post:

“Please click on the Take Action Link above to send a message to your member of the House of Representatives asking him or her to co-sponsor House Resolution H.R.1757, The Vaccine Safety Study Act. This bill directs the National Institutes of Health to conduct a retrospective study of health outcomes, including autism, of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children. The NIH adamantly refuses to do any study that compares health outcomes in these two groups. You have to wonder why.”

No, you don’t have to wonder why. The reason that kind of study is not done is because it would be unethical to do a randomized clinical trial, which is what these people want. Other studies, such as case-control studies, have already been done, and all show no association between vaccines and autism. But these people like to beat dead horses. Continue reading

Let’s arm ourselves to the teeth

Everyone is writing about the senseless act of violence that took away from this world 20 young lives full of promise. On the one hand, you have the dribbling idiots who say that we shouldn’t “politicize” this event in asking for gun control. (One or two of them may have also stated that the President showing tears of emotion while delivering a press statement about it was a sign of weakness.) On the other hand, you have the group of people who — like me — are wondering why anyone would need an assault rifle to defend themselves at home. And then, on the third hand, are those who say that it was the lack of armed people at the school that allowed this tragedy to happen.

It’s to that third group that I am directing this post. People who post things on Facebook like this…

What. The. [Redacted, but the word rhymes with “duck”].

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU? You really want faculty and staff at a school to have guns at their disposal on the off chance that someone comes at them, bro? And, if someone does come in, do you really want a firefight, with cops running in with their own guns to find themselves in the middle of a shootout? Is that what you really want?

Idiots. All of you.

Of course, this particular person then goes on to comment that teachers in Israel are armed, and we don’t see mass shootings happen there, do we? Well, the thing about Israel is that it just happens to be a place surrounded by “natural” enemies, where suicide bombings and other acts of terror are a very real danger. In the United States, not so much. Neither Canadians nor Mexicans want to come over and kill us left and right for sport.

Maybe I should point out to this person that the United Kingdom and, frankly, most of Europe gets by just fine without everyone being armed. On the other hand, you have countries like Afghanistan and other failed states where every boy gets a Kalashnikov rifle (aka an AK-47) when they come of age. And what do they have. (Hint: A failed state.)

It seems to me that the problem is not just that we have too many guns. Rather, we have too easy an access to guns mixed with a thinking that we can all be cowboys in the Wild West and shoot it out with each other, or at each other, for no good reason whatsoever. And, if someone has a really big beef with someone else and happens to have a gun… Why, let’s shoot first, second, third, and then ask questions.

But let’s just say that, yes, we arm ourselves to the teeth. We all carry guns. Again, what happens in a shootout at the mall where everyone brings out their gun? Who’s the bad guy and how can you tell? At least with the police and armed guards you know who they are because they have badges and uniforms. But arming civilians on the off chance that this happens? That’s just asking for someone to get shot.

At the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, this summer, do you really think that no innocent bystanders would have been killed had people in the theater shot back at the assailant? A dark theater room with a loud movie playing, and you think that there wouldn’t be SOME goddamned confusion?

I realize now that I’m about to end this post that I asked more questions and offered no real solutions. But, you know what? I don’t feel like it. What happened in Connecticut — and has happened recently over and over again —  is not happening because there are stricter gun laws. Gun control laws have gotten loose, very loose. I can go to the store right now and get an assault rifle, no questions asked. How does that make me safe? How does that make anyone around me safe, especially since I have zero training in how to use the goddamn thing?

So you know who I’m going to blame for this latest shooting and any others that will come? The same people that think that we should all be armed to the teeth. It is their thinking and their lobbying that has allowed too easy an access to weapons to people who don’t know how to use them, how to lock them away, how to keep them from unauthorized people. You did this. You allowed an assault weapon to get into the hands of someone who did the most horrible damage with it.