I don’t really have time to write up the kind of posts these stories deserve, at least not in a timely manner, but I’d still very much like to share.
First, something that should come as a surprise to no one. A CDC study has found that states with loose gun laws and high degrees of gun ownership have the most deaths by gun violence, while states with tight gun laws and low amounts of gun violence have the fewest:
In the comments for that post, there was a link to an older one that should also come as no surprise, which demonstrates that yet another study has found that the United States has far more gun deaths than any other developed country. I mean, it isn’t even close.
In more positive news, it turns out that nearly half of Americans are now willing to concede that poverty may result from something other than character flaws in the poor! Why, it’s almost civilized! I blame the economic crash. There are far too many people in this country – maybe far too many people, period – who don’t care about anything that doesn’t touch them directly. With that in mind, it seems more likely that a large percentage of the American people has experienced poverty for themselves now, than that they’ve grown some empathy.
In more genuinely positive news, a California state senator is pushing a bill that would require universities to adopt an “affirmative consent” standard of sex. In other words, “she didn’t say no” would no longer be a defense. Naturally, the usual crowd of misogynists and rape apologists has their knickers in a twist over this. Check it out here for further information and a good brawl.