Yesterday I held my first firearm and let me tell you it was scary as hell⠀
I have always wanted to learn how to shoot- but a part of me was always scared- scared of the power - scared of the “what if” situations that rolled around in my head ⠀
Finally the situation came when a girlfriend of mine asked my fiancé and I to go shooting for her birthday, I instantaneously said yes - I was PUMPED - then as I was watching the safety video at the shooting range all these feelings came rolling in - anxiety - nervousness- fear. ⠀
I know how powerful guns can be and while I am pro 2nd Amendment, not so pleasant Situations came rolling into my head - ⠀
we then proceeded to check in - put our safety glasses and ears on and went into a “hot range” ⠀
The first gun shot I heard I actually jumped - even with head phones on it still was SO loud- Brandon and Alyssa set up their guns and ammo as I watched around me everyone shooting their targets- “bang bang bang” my heart raced - I felt like I was going to cry- I can’t even tell you why but so much energy was coursing through me-⠀
My fiancé and dear friend talked me through how to load the magazine and hold the gun safely. “Now slowly pull the trigger” I shook and instantly started sweating. I took the first shot - hit my target - a hot shell smacked my shoulder - I shook, I sweat and I repeated until the magazine was empty - unloaded the gun and walked back shaking with adrenaline. ⠀
“Holy fuck- that was intense” and yet while I was petrified going in, I know felt a new found respect for the gun - for myself for getting over my fear - I was excited for my next turn - learning how to aim better and stand more comfortably. Gaining more confidence with each shot ⠀
These actions happen to MOST of us whenever we try something new - FEAR - UNEXPLAINABLE FEAR - some shake, some sweat some even throw up when they are in new situations. But USUALLYYY once we DO the action that we are SO scared of we get a sense of RELIEF - gain a new sense of CONFIDENCE- we LEARN - we GROW ⠀
So anyone that is struggling taking that next step in life - career or self development - try to remember that first time when you we
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HOW A BOTCHED STUDY MISLED THE WORLD ABOUT THE U.S. SHARE OF MASS PUBLIC SHOOTINGS
In 2015, President Obama made a claim following a mass shooting that has since become a widely accepted narrative: “I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings; this just doesn’t happen in other countries… We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.” The White House followed up the assertion by pointing to a then-unpublished paper by criminologist Adam Lankford claiming that the United States had 31% of public mass shooters between 1966 and 2012, despite having less than 5% of the world population. It concluded that our high rate of firearm ownership was to blame.
The press ate it up. “Americans make up about 4.4% of the global population but own 42% of the world’s guns. From 1966 to 2012, 31% of the gunmen in mass shootings worldwide were American, according to a study by Adam Lankford, a professor at the University of Alabama.” reported the New York Times. The Washington Post: “American exceptionalism and the ‘exceptionally American’ problem of mass shootings”. Time magazine: “Why the US has 31% of the World’s Mass Shootings”. CNN: “Why the US has the most mass shootings”. The Los Angeles Times - “Why the U.S. is No. 1—in mass shootings”. Similar stories were published in hundreds of outlets around the world.
And they’re all wrong.
New research indicates that, not only does America not have the most mass shootings, we actually have far fewer as a percent of our population than the rest of the world. The study finds that, despite having 4.6% of the world’s population and 40% of the world’s firearms, just 2.88% of the world’s mass shootings take place here.
Researchers used the same criteria that the original paper purported to use: a mass shooting which killed four or more victims in public places such as malls, schools, places of worship, businesses, government buildings, etc., motivated by hate or terror or crime etc. They excluded shootings that resulted from gang or drug violence or were the government sponsored (ie. war). *Continued in comments*
NPR: “THE SCHOOL SHOOTINGS THAT WEREN’T”
The U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, “nearly 240 schools ... reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting” regardless of whether anyone was hurt. It’s a number that is far higher than most other estimates.
But NPR, not exactly known as a conservative media outlet, decided to investigate the claim. It reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened.
In 161 cases, schools or districts attested that no incident took place. In four cases they found that the reported incident didn't meet the government's parameters for a shooting. 59 couldn’t be confirmed either by the schools or media reports.
NPR was able to confirm just 11 reported incidents, either directly with schools or through media reports. A separate investigation by the ACLU also was able to confirm fewer than a dozen of the incidents in the government's report, while 59% were confirmed reporting errors. For comparison, the Everytown for Gun Safety database, citing media reports, listed just 29 shootings at K-12 schools between mid-August 2015 and June 2016.
The Education Department, asked for comment on the report, said it relies on school districts to provide accurate information in the survey responses.
The data comes from the “Civil Rights Data Collection”, which requires every public school — more than 96,000 — to answer questions on a wide range of issues. Schools have complained about the reporting burden and complexity of the survey, and independent reviews have confirmed widespread clerical errors related to writing numbers in the wrong box or misunderstanding the questions.
Yet the report has been cited by the media and gun control advocates in their quest to further restrict firearms.
This is entirely a post on legalese but the long and short of it is the Washington Supreme Court got the decision right and the lower courts and the pro gun petitioners to the court got it wrong on the legal points.
The court noticed the complaints were true in fact just not breaking any laws.
It’s not the courts job to restrain initiatives before they are enacted into law but for very narrowly defined instances like the signatures were faked. Beyond that it is for the Secretary of State to decide. The court gets its powers if and when the initiative becomes law.
Beyond this point I dig into the law but say little to nothing the court hasn’t said.
Is for review of the signatures not a review of the petition or its format. See donohue vs Cole.
If you’re not checking the signatures you get no relief under
As for general mandamus powers of the court, they’re not that general.
The Secretary of State made a decision that is theirs to make as a matter of law. Whilst there are guidelines which the Secretary has ignored and was a shameful misuse of power it was in fact not illegal and was beyond the scope of the court to rule on.
The SOS made a decision within the discretionary powers of the office. The court has rightly backed off and said this is beyond our jurisdiction. “The act of mandamus compels performance of duty, but cannot lie to control discretion”
No where in either
Rcw29A.72.100 nor RCW29A.72.170 is the Secretary compelled to allow or deny a petition based on readability, correctness or formatting. The acts sighted don’t have bearing on the complaints raised. The arguments made by the petitioners to the court and their lawyers amounts to, this aught not have been done and is therefore illegal not there are laws that have been broken and therefore this is illegal. Well by that standard Captain Thomas Preston is guilty.
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