What are you TALKING about? I went back and read last night and posted an updated response. Not that being ill-informed is a crime; there is certainly enough of it here to go around…but when I realize I have been ill-informed about a subject I address that and correct it, if possible. I read about this subject EXTENSIVELY last night and was fascinated.

And maybe I should have been more clear; I sort of assumed that since government-funded law enforcement agencies have created some of the most comprehensive global databases ever, that they would, if not actively track, at the very least have access to records that could be compiled and aggregated to produce the statistical findings referred to in this post.

That they DON’T is still the point I was trying to originally make: they DON’T because THEY CHOOSE NOT TO. Because they don’t want to be transparent. This is the age of information. Every time someone shows up dead of a gunshot wound there should be a record of it somewhere. That these records are being falsified, or not “correctly” recorded, and that they aren’t on a nationwide system that can be tracked is more than an oversight.

I was kidding about Missouri-it’s just where our data is housed where I work and Kansas City seems to do a fair bit of housing data. I could have easily said Wazoo or Jupiter’s moonbeam- my point was that somewhere, everything about everything has been collected and stored and needs just to be put with the right combination of other things to spit out the answers we seek. It was hyperbolic and over generalized, sure, but that was kind of my point.

I have no idea to what you were referring when you addressed ME rudely just now, but I was not then, nor have I EVER been, disrespectful towards you or ANYONE ON THIS PLATFORM.

As a matter of fact, I have always acted in deference to you, because my mother taught me to respect my elders no matter who they are, for the simple reason that they have lived more life, and gathered more wisdom, than I have. On top of life wisdom, you are an attorney. A good one, I imagine. So you are more wise, but also, you KNOW more stuff.

As I am NOT an attorney and am baffled by almost everything that can be batched under the heading “LEGAL”, I have always trusted (or assumed) that you were being truthful here and also that you were right. I have learned a great deal from you. I would never try and “give you directions” or teach you a lesson. As I’m sure you would never imagine there would be anything of value that you could learn from me.

I have watched you go for the jugular on several occasions, and just automatically assumed that the other person gave you good reason. I’ve watched you skewer people, without mercy, and always just chalked it up to your profession. I have held you above reproach because someone with as much love for family as you seem to have deserves to be held above reproach


As if I’m a child.

Which, if it were about the subject at hand, I would, as usual, defer. But this wasn’t about that. This was about something I can’t even figure out.


I have never disrespected you and I ask that you don’t disrespect me.

And yes, I AM YELLING.

Because I did nothing to you and this is what *I* got to wake up to this morning.




I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

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I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

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