A few months ago, conservative senators felt the need to kill a popular, bipartisan proposal on firearm background checks, and relied primarily on a single talking point: the proposal might lead to a firearm database. The very idea of some kind of national gun registry was so offensive to the right that the legislation had to die at the hands of a Republican filibuster.
It didn’t matter that the bipartisan bill had no such database. It didn’t matter that the bipartisan bill explicitly made the creation of such a registry a felony. All that mattered was that conservatives had a lie they liked, and which they used to great effect.
Four months later, Steve Friess reports that a massive, secret database of gun owners exists after all. But it wasn’t built by the Justice Department or the Department of Homeland Security; it was compiled without gun owners’ consent by the National Rifle Association.
The wage gap and lack of women in Congress may in small part be due to anti-women sentiment, but in vast majority comes down to women’s choices. Even the experts cannot conclusively tie any of the gap to direct discrimination, even though they can easily attribute large portions to a number of factors. Does that mean these shouldn’t be addressed? Of course not. It doesn’t demonstrate oppression, though, especially because that extra money has some pretty serious costs attached.
Sources aren’t worth anything when they’re all demonstrably wrong.
Hello! ClantilyScad.com here. Just wanted to say thanks for the trackback and thank you for fact-checking things! I wasn’t comfortable saying that I read all the statistics myself in my post, but I am happy that intelligent, reasonable people are agreeing with it. It’s entirely possible to discuss the numbers without applying causation or abstract social stereotypes that may or may not have merit, and I’m glad some people realize this. Thanks again!
RGZ-95C ReZEL Commander Type ( Defenser A-Unit ) First project for me in … a year or so? I’m going to start with a ReZEL kit as I’ve never built one. My very first painted kit was a GM that I butchered with red paint and I kind of want to bring that same feeling that I had with this kit. The backpack is to be determined, but the main body of the kit will be the focus at first.
White: Glossy White Red: Matte Red w/ darker matte red drybrush Grey: Gunmetal with silver drybrush Accents / Thrusters: Chrome
This all a very VERY lofty project considering I haven’t been in the game for a while, but I feel like aiming high will only force me to try harder.