Monday, January 28, 2013

Why We Can't Fix Guns.

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Apparently the "systems approach to things" involves picking and choosing what you will and won't measure, and thus use as factors in your analysis. 

"Clever people and grocers, they weigh everything," ~Zorba the Greek~

As long as Group A says, "Use this, not that,"  and Group B says, "Use that, not this," you've simply added one more layer of BS to the discussion.  "Piled Higher and Drier," comes to mind, and Walt, my friend, that's the long form of PhD in some circles, in case you didn't know.'

"Should the metric for assessing the efficacy of restrictive gun laws be the gun homicide rate, or violent crime rates in general?  ~Gregory Goodknight at George Rebane's Blog~

It just might be that the efficacy of restrictive guns laws is zero, regardless of which rate is used.  You may be altogether asking for the wrong solution, to a problem of stress and psychosis in our dog eat dog, no holds barred, kick them when they are down, capitalist free market society.  Could it be that holding those values as core to the USA culture, is the real source of gun violence?

System analysis in simple and even somewhat complex engineering situations, where all is determined by physics, works most of the time, but the Japanese loosened their safety standards to get those batteries packs on through, and like the O rings on the shuttle, the desires of humans led to failures in the real world.  The desire known as boundless greed, has short circuited the safety of the social fabric, and until you fix that, you are going to have your 10,000 plus murder rates via gunfire nationwide, forever.  And with it, more Sandy Hooks.

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