The approach is simple: When gun control fails, it proves we need more gun control
AWR Hawkins writes:
On Friday, The Washington Post ran a column asking readers to “look away from the Confederate flag” and look instead at the gun alleged Charleston attacker Dylann Roof held in his hand….
WaPo published a picture of Roof holding a Confederate flag in his left hand and a Glock in his right….
…Ironically, WaPo admits gun control could not stop attacks like Sandy Hook and they admit, implicitly, that it did not stop Roof. Then they quickly point out that this is no reason for “defeatism” among gun control proponents. Rather, gun control should be pursued anyway:
Mr. Roof is not the real face of gun violence in the United States. Gun violence is an everyday problem that has many faces: Abusive husbands who fly off the handle; kids who accidentally shoot their friends — or themselves — while playing with their parents’ weapons; criminals who find it too easy to get illegal guns.
Public policy can’t prevent every gun death. But it can do a lot more than it is now: make it harder for the mentally ill, family abusers or criminals to obtain and keep firearms; crack down on gun trafficking; require proper gun storage; and reconsider laws that seem to encourage people to use guns in situations they consider threatening. Read the rest of this entry »
This week the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, awarded two large contracts to Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco, to create electrical brain implants capable of treating seven psychiatric conditions, including addiction, depression, and borderline personality disorder.
The project builds on expanding knowledge about how the brain works; the development of microlectronic systems that can fit in the body; and substantial evidence that thoughts and actions can be altered with well-placed electrical impulses to the brain.
“Imagine if I have an addiction to alcohol and I have a craving,” says Carmena, who is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and involved in the UCSF-led project. “We could detect that feeling and then stimulate inside the brain to stop it from happening.” Read the rest of this entry »
(AFP) Japanese police said Thursday they have arrested a woman for calling them more than 15,000 times over a six-month period.
Authorities repeatedly visited the 44-year-old and asked her to cease and desist.
When she failed to stop making the calls, which started in May, police slapped handcuffs on her.
“She made as many as 927 emergency calls in one day….disturbing our police duties,” said an official in the city of Sakai, near the western city of Osaka.
Authorities, who have so far ruled out mental illness for the woman’s behaviour, said her calls had “no real meaning”.