cognitive dissonance

It’s… Complicated.

We all know by now that there’s a difference between the news we see on TV and the actual truth of the matter.

And yet, when we discover that the truth isn’t quite what we thought it was, we’re always surprised, often to the point where we’ll resist the new information.

Each of the startling statements in the following list contains some truth; some are even (more…)

Gun Control: What’s The Problem?

The United States is one of the most heavily armed places on Earth, measured per capita.  There are places that have been in civil war for long enough that all noncombatants have fled; they are less heavily armed than we.  And we see the results on the news on a daily basis, it seems; just the other night there was another mass shooting, an apparent ambush at a backyard barbecue.

So gun control appears to be a logical necessity.  Why is there even debate on the subject?

I’ve examined some statistics that may give us an answer, as well as a possible course going forward.  I’ll warn you now, though:  The answers I arrived at are vastly different than the ones I at first expected. (more…)