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My Weird Debate on Guns with the Characters of “Mad Men”

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You know what I think about guns in this country and you know I have no problem sharing those views from this tiny little soap box once in awhile. For some reason I caught the attention of the Twitter accounts belonging to some serious fans of the TV series Mad Men. In the end it was of no clear point — debating gun policy in this country rarely is. But it was a fun way pass a Sunday morning…..

It all started when I tweeted this:

“Roger Sterling” took exception, using language that was obviously acceptable for the period in which the character exists:

Since I’m familiar with the series, I decided to engage:

At which point “Don Draper” joined in.

At which point “Pete Campbell” joined in:

At this I decided to escalate the conversation further:

If you’re not familiar with the series, then it’s important to know that Ken Cosgrove is the character who gets infamously shot in the face by a General Motors executive during a weekend hunting trip in rural Michigan while trying to win an advertising deal. He wears an eyepatch for the remainder of the series. He also grows to loathe Pete Campbell and eventually leaves the agency.

Roger was incensed at the very mention of Ken’s name.

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June 22nd, 2015 at 9:56 am

Here’s Your American Exceptionalism

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This is what the Second Amendment gets us: Three times the rate of firearm homicides than any other developed nation (ex-the narco states like Mexico and Colombia) each year. Take an average town of 100,000 people and kill three people every year, for that is the statistical trend we are experiencing in this country. If you wanted to find a solid case for American exceptionalism, you just found it. We are exceptional at killing each other and doing nothing meaningful to stop it.

How the U.S. compares to other wealthy nations on gun homicides per 100,000. Via The Washington Post.

As Christopher Ingraham writes in The Washington Post’s Wonkblog

…[W]hen it comes to gun homicide, the U.S. stands out from the rest of the world’s wealthy nations. According to homicide data collected by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and compiled by The Guardian newspaper, the U.S.’s annual gun homicide rate of 2.97 fatalities per 100,000 people is triple the rate seen in most of the world’s other wealthy nations, defined in this chart as countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It excludes Latin American countries like Mexico that have traditionally had high murder rates, often due to political instability and the drug war.

Harvard University’s Injury Control Research Center weighs in here with a collection of research on the prevalence of firearms and the link to their criminal use. Basically its review of the academic literature comes down to this:

Where there are more guns, there are more homicides.

The academic evidence shows strongly and definitively that this is true across the U.S. and other high-income countries, and also on a state-by-state basis within the U.S.

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June 19th, 2015 at 10:04 am

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A Stunningly Sad, Yet in the End Oddly Encouraging Statistical View of War

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June 8th, 2015 at 10:52 pm

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January 7th, 2015 at 12:05 pm

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Yes England, that was me on your radio this morning.

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I was on the BBC Radio 4 program “Today” this morning in London and overnight in the US. The segment covers the hacking of the iCloud accounts of a few celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence. I got a few texts from friends in Europe who happened to hear it and were impressed that I was up and coherent in the middle of the night. Thankfully the fine staff of the BBC offered to record the segment before I turned in for the night.

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September 2nd, 2014 at 9:20 am

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