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Prying the gun out of my cold live hands

Old folks are dangerous enough. I should know. I am one. Bad enough you allow me to hurtle down the highway in semi-control of a couple of tons of steel while thinking about science (at least I’m not thinking about decking some young thing or even decking some young thing while hurtling down the highway…

Boingboing had a short notice about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (“FARS”), plugging it as an all purpose dicing and slicing source for information on motor vehicle related deaths in the US. You can make your own custom queries to find out about auto fatalities in your own county.…

School killings

The second leading cause of death in the 5 to 18 year old age group in the US is homicide. These are school aged children and the first thing that comes to mind are the big names like Columbine and Virginia Tech. But we know there are other school-related homicides that kill only one or…

Carnegie-Mellon’s Dr. Strangeloves

Carnegie-Mellon is a great university and when it comes to robotics and computer science is always on the cutting edge. But does that cutting edge have to be so sharply lethal? Unmanned aircraft are showing up in the skies more often and today the US Army awarded $14.4 million to Carnegie Mellon to build a…

Armed and pedantic

Since I’m a professor I notice stories about professor’s rights. I’m all for having my rights. But there are some rights I don’t think professors need to have or should have:

We discussed Tasers quite a bit on the old site (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here) but not since we moved to ScienceBlogs. Tasers are the only widely used “non-lethal weapons,” delivering a jolt of 50,000 volts thrugh two small darts connected to the handheld gun by thin…

Guns, cars and potent toxins

In another post we pointed out that the number one cause of death in people aged 1 to 44 is unintentional injury. But some injuries are intentional, about half directed to other people and half self directed. Among people aged 15 to 44 intentional injury represents the second leading cause of death, about half homicides…

The astronaut and the BB gun

The sad saga of Anna Nicolle Smith has pushed the equally sad story of Astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak off the front pages and it’s not our intention to revive it. But we would like to call attention to one aspect that has received no discussion:

Wayne’s World, the UN and guns

Getting crank letters (or comments) goes with the territory on a blog. But what Sri Lanka’s UN Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam is getting seems a bit excessive. 100,000 letters from Americans complaining a UN Conference on illegal small arms trade is taking place on — imagine this — July 4, that sacred global holiday, American Independence…