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    Re: What do you suppose has stopped more violent crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggen View Post
    Well, it was a third grade poll.
    Hardly - it was simple, sound and provocative, as illustrated by the responses - such as yours - that did everything except address the question that was asked.

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    Re: What do you suppose has stopped more violent crime?

    Is this a trick question?
    "We have more responsibility than power, I think. The newspaper can create great controversies, stir up arguments within the community or discussion, can throw light on injustices....just as it can do the opposite. It can hide things and be a great power for evil." -- Rupert Murdoch, 1968

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    Re: What do you suppose has stopped more violent crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    Is this a trick question?
    Nope. One has stopped more than the other. Which do you think?

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    Re: What do you suppose has stopped more violent crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    those who think citizens ought to outsource personal safety to the benevolent big brother government tend to be hostile to those who think that one's own personal safety is mainly an individual duty
    *chuckles* little over the top maybe?

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    Re: What do you suppose has stopped more violent crime?

    Honestly truth is this. If some one is determine to attack you neither will likely save you, both are too slow if your adversary is better prepared or more powerful which is usually the case.
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    Re: What do you suppose has stopped more violent crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggen View Post
    This is such a stupid poll I think I'll start one of my own.

    Which do you suppose has caused more violent crime?

    A) Cell phone

    B) Revolver
    Actually saw this post right after I made my poll.

    I think a gun is more useful if you're being attacked but I answered cell phone because there's so many more cell phones than guns.
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    Re: What do you suppose has stopped more violent crime?

    I'm an avid supporter of the second amendment and gun owner, but I said cell-phones not for the silly reason the OP listed, but because the introduction of cell phones has massively increased the coverage area for police who can hear about a crime that hitherto would have gone unreported due to lack of an immediate payphone or home phone. The benefits from increased police response, crime reporting, and the subsequent removal of criminals from the streets has probably been a massive boon.

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    Re: What do you suppose has stopped more violent crime?

    All you people seem to assume that if a victim brandishes a gun the criminal is going to decide to run away. That might be true, but just as a victim should rightly feel threatened by a criminal with a gun, a criminal will feel threatened by a victim with a gun. And the criminal already has his gun out and pointed at the victim in the most logical scenario. As western cinema makes clear, guns are only really effective if you're the first one to draw.

    For that reason, I suspect a cellphone is more likely to stop violent crime than a gun. Not because it is particularly likely to stop violent crime, but because an additional gun seems more likely to exacerbate the situation.
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    Re: What do you suppose has stopped more violent crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    All you people seem to assume that if a victim brandishes a gun the criminal is going to decide to run away.
    Compared to a victim brandishing a gun...
    Is it more or less likely that criminal will run away when his victim brandishes a cell phone?
    Is it more or less likely that criminal will run away when his victim brandishes nothing?

    That might be true, but just as a victim should rightly feel threatened by a criminal with a gun, a criminal will feel threatened by a victim with a gun.
    First, see below.
    Second... this is why the criminal is likely to run away.


    And the criminal already has his gun out and pointed at the victim in the most logical scenario.
    Not so. 70% of violent crime does not involve an attacker with a gun.

    For that reason, I suspect a cellphone is more likely to stop violent crime than a gun. Not because it is particularly likely to stop violent crime, but because an additional gun seems more likely to exacerbate the situation.
    So... your response in non-sensical. Roger.

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