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26 Responses to Contact

  1. Mandy says:

    I appreciated your informative post about physics and stats in criminal justice. My writing team is putting together a post about some of the criminal justice debates you discuss in your blog. Would you be interested in letting us cite you/ link back to your page?


  2. Stranger says:

    Mandy, you are welcome to use any original content here. The usual courtesies apply, a mention of the blog, a link to the source post, and if you use content that links to an off site source please preserve the links.


  3. Russell says:

    It seems that Quigley is another politician who is determined to get his name in the never ending list of anti-gun zealots. Why do we continue to elect these worthless individuals? Don’t they understand that if every gun in the world were removed from existence, a criminal would still find a “weapon” to commit his intended crime. Cars, baseball bats, screwdrivers, butcher knives, ropes, etc. would all have to be removed from society, or marked with a “special” serial number. This is getting too crazy !!

  4. John Kornegay says:


    I stumbled across this old paper and wonder if the “low Japanese crime rate” of 1993 is still true. I must admit I cannot see living in the intrusive society described in this paper regardless of the crime rate.

    Thanks for an interesting blog.


  5. mike scourby says:

    I am doing research on how guns are purchased. I was hoping you could answer some questions?

    You are saying guns like what were used by the Aurora shooter are not and can not be purchased on internet? Are gun shows the place where most guns are purchased? Are there background checks done at gun shows? There is a lot of mis information out there I am trying to be accurate in my research.

    Of course I will site your web page and info if I use it.


  6. Todd says:

    Just thought I’d drop a line – been reading this site off and on over the last two years and I’ve recently come to the conclusion that this is easily one of the best blogs I read. Thanks for posting regularly…

  7. David says:

    I have my own firearm related blog at I found your site while surfing around for other gun blogs. Just wanted to say hi.


  8. joe says:

    I was looking for accidental gun death statistics and found some numbers on your site. Could you email me your sources? I found unintentional firearm injuries, firearm suicides, and intentional firearm deaths on the CDC website, but couldn’t find numbers for unintentional firearm deaths. Thanks.

  9. Judy says:

    Here is the problem with your statistics: The guns are often “stolen” from people the user or seller knows, such as a girlfriend, with a record with no felons. I have served on the jury in two murder cases in DC and this was true in both cases. In both cases, the girlfriend testified that she had no idea the boyfriend took the gun from her. But in one case, the camera at the gun shops showed him picking it out and doing everything to select it, while she just paid for it and put it in her name.

  10. Skinnedknuckles says:

    The statistic “40 percent of gun sales do not include a background check” is currently flying around the media. I believe you have addressed this in the past but I couldn’t find a relevant post. Could you provide the probable background for this statistic and what the real statistic might be. I’d like to be able to refute it if possible.


  11. Shelly says:

    I read on the FBI site that homicides by gun were 12,996 in 2010, your site quotes them at under 10,000. I was just wondering where that number came from as I sited your blog for the numbers and someone pointed out the difference. Thanks!

  12. Skinnedknuckles says:

    In today’s letter from MAIG to the President, the statment was made “They are also disproportionately used to kill law enforcement officers; approximately one out of five law enforcement officers slain in the line of duty is killed with assault weapons.” On the Officer Down web site, for 2012, 45 of 121 Line of Duty deaths were due to gunfire, but there is not further breakdown available there. Do you have a more detailed resourse? “One in five” would indicate about 25 deaths due to “assault weapons”, or over half of all gunfire related deaths, by my math.

  13. Skinnedknuckles says:

    I recently read an article (Mother Jones, I believe, but I lost the link) which claims that the “oft mentioned claim that there are over 20,000 gun laws” is incorrect that that it is at most 300. Again, can you help us out with some information on the more realistic number of gun laws? A breakdown by federal/state/local would be helpful. Thanks, as always, for real data.

  14. Erik Jones says:

    Good day Senator Feinstein,

    My Name is Dr. XXX, I am not a resident of your state, and however I am a citizen of this great nation. I have been a member of the Armed Forces for over 21 Years (Military Police) and I do defend the Constitution of the United States.

    Maam, as a concerned citizen that is simply distraught over the levels of violence that is plaguing the world today, I am seeking your assistance in submitting a Bill that could be extremely controversial but is paramount in the reduction of violence.
    I understand your stance on “Gun” Control and you are submitting a Bill this month to reintroduce the “Assault Weapons Ban” with some added control measures. As you accert these control measures will reduce the ever growing violence by infringing on law abiding citizens rights. My proposal would have a similar end state by doing the same.

    I have authored a bill proposal and it is currently being reviewed by legal counsel for proper formatting and completeness. However, I wanted to invite your immediate response.
    This is a simple process, “REDUCE WORLD VIOLENCE BY BANNING RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS”. Now, I understand this seems simply absurd, but please let me explain.
    You see Maam, Not all Muslims are Terrorists, but almost all terrorists are Muslim. By “Banning” the Muslim religion you in fact will curb Terrorist bombings, senseless killings and violence. Now I know the 1st Amendment guarantees Freedom of Religion, however while we are “Infringing” on other constitutional rights, let’s not leave anything to chance. A few radical, murderous Muslims have ruined it for all those law abiding, hard working citizens.

    Now, those that are currently Muslim may still practice however their future children may not practice any faction of the Muslim religion. This law should be implemented on the 1st day of Ramadan.
    1.) Upon death, the Korans, prayer rugs and any affiliated religious articles must be turned into the federal government to be destroyed.
    2.) The production, manufacturing, or transfer of Korans, prayer rugs and any affiliated religious articles will be prohibited. All Leather Bound Korans will be destroyed immediately (They last Longer).
    3.) All current Muslims must submit a background and genealogy report to include, Photos, DNA and Fingerprints.
    4.) They must register themselves as a Muslim on a National Religious Roster.
    5.) Their Names, Address, Phone Numbers and Personal information will be placed on Google Maps for public viewing
    6.) No more Muslim buildings of worship will be built and those will be limited to only 5 per state.
    7.) A “Religious” Tax will collected yearly ($200) for those “Grandfathered” and those proceeds will be given to Americas Deceased soldiers fighting the Global War on Terror.

    Maam, I understand this proposal is extreme while infringing on rights and liberties. However, with the absurdity of the “Assault Weapons Ban” and its implied control measures, we cannot simply stand by and let innocent soldiers get blown up, killed or mangled by the violence being raged by the Muslim terrorists.

  15. Rob Morse says:

    I’m asking you for a favor. I was using your website for statistics and am confused by a chart on page You list the stats as both injuries and deaths. Can you give me the source of the data so I can figure out if the chart is injuries of deaths?
    You can get back to me from my website or by e-mail if that is easier. Thanks.

  16. JFSebastian says:

    You might like the warped stats in this article. It seems the reality distortion regarding the brit police and their crime problem is still quite strong.

  17. Trigger says:

    You might be interested in this article:

    The part that jumped out at me was this:

    “Maybe if we had played dead, they would have stopped,” said Adams. “If the point of the knockout game is to knock out, we kept getting up to help each other. We didn’t play right.”

    Adams describes himself as a “passive person,” and while he said the head injury erased his memory of the attack, he doesn’t believe he could have said anything to provoke the men’s wrath.

    “He’s the most non-confrontational person I know,” Doucette agreed.

    It seems that perhaps the body language of a “passive person” is what enticed the assaulters to pick these two as their victims. They were in Condition White as opposed to Condition Yellow.

  18. dskoo65 says:

    you CANNOT add the two decibel ratings together when using both ear plugs and muffs. it does not work that way. using 30 db muffs and 30 db plugs gets you to around a 35 db protection.

  19. Stranger says:

    Actually, it does work that way. Since it would be a bit of vainglory to cite my own paper on the subject; Fred Terman’s Radio Engineers Handbook, page 1, “Decibel Tables” will do nicely. And should be available at any respectable library.

    10 Decibel, or 1 Bel, represents a power ratio of 10:1, either “gain” or “loss.” Add 10 dB of gain to 10 dB of gain, you have 20 dB of gain and, with 1 Watt input you gain 20 dB or 100 Watts of output.

    If you place an attenuator with a ratio of 30 dB, or an input to output power ratio of 1,000 to 1 to a precisely similar 30 dB attenuator the overall attenuation would be 60 dB, with an overall attenuation of 1,000,000 – because 1,000 divided by 1,000 is 1,000,000.


  20. Trendy says:

    It seems that Connecticut has already passed a resolution granting the governor police state powers. What are the odds of the president declaring this same thing nationwide sometime soon?

    • Stranger says:

      If one of Obama’s invited pestilences gets out of control, it is a virtual certainty that a state of emergency and martial law will be declared. Including a ban on possession of firearms.

      And, like Concord bridge, something we will have to deal with when we get there.


  21. John says:

    Do you think you can cite which sources you used for your article, “What Percentage Of Crimes Committed With Illegal And Legal Guns?” It has strong supporting facts for the paper I am doing on the effectiveness of gun control in America and would like to know where all of your statistics had come from. Much appreciated.

  22. Stranger says:

    John, since the topic is o general interest, your request for links is here.


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