Dave H 
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Re: “A gas for liberty

I love how the press uses specific words to try to slant people's perspectives. My mother is an immigrant, but was never a migrant, and since she came here in accordance with our country's laws, she was never an illegal immigrant.
Let's be prefectly clear here.

Migrant: Someone who has no set residence, who moves around often, usually following seasonal work. Migrants can be citizens, legal residents, immigrants, or illegal immigrants. I have known many migrants who are US citizens by birth and have never been to anoth country.

Immigrant: Someone who comes from somewhere else, usually in reference to coming from another country. Immigrants can be here legally such as citizens or legal residents, or they can be illegal immigrants. Immigrants may or may not be migrants, but usually are not.

Illegal immigrant: Someone who enters another country in violation of legal methods established by law. Illegal immigrants may or may not be migrants. By trying to push past the fence and the border patrol agents, the people doing so tried to enter the country illegally and therefore would have been illegal immigrants had they succeeded.

I looked closely at the photo of the women dashing off with kids around her and if you find the original, uncropped, high resolution picture, it is quite clear that the Reuters photographer staged it.

We also need to be clear that the people in this and other caravans did not just spontaneously just pack up and head to the US. They were very carefully organized by groups like Pueblo Sin Fronteras. They did not stop in the nearest country to seek asylum, and they did not seek out the nearest US consulate or embassy to seek asylum. They refused multiple opportunities to seek asylum in Mexico or to register with the UNHCR. Instead, the organizers deliberately pushed the people to the US border and ports of entry in order to create a crisis. These organizers then coach the people, 95% of whom are adults males, not women and very few children, exactly what to say to try to get asylum, even telling them to outright l!e on applications and in interviews. Most of the people in the caravans are not really fleeing persecution in their home country, they are actually coming for economic reasons, which means they should get in line with everyone else. The organizers did not have the people march all the way here, they often chartered or arrenged for busses and trucks.

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Posted by Dave H on 12/05/2018 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Reader: My AR-15 will never kill anyone

"My AR-15 will never kill anyone "

An overwhelming majority of the approximately 11 million such rifles in circulation never will.

1.6 times: Statistically, a person is a person is 1.6 times as likely to be murdered by someone using blunt objects like hammers and clubs than to be murdered by someone using ANY type of rifle, much less by someone using an AR-15.

2.3 times: A person is 2.3 times as likely to be murdered by an unarmed person than to be murdered by someone using ANY type of rifle, much less by someone using an AR-15.

5.2 times: A person is 5.2 times as likely to be murdered by someone using knives or cutting instruments than to be murdered by someone using ANY type of rifle, much less by someone using an AR-15.

"Either way we need to look at the reason behind these and not just the tool used."

Yep. The only way to significantly modify a behavior is to focus on the behavior and the root causes, not the object used in the behavior. Time after time as a society we try the lazy approach of focusing on the object only to have it fail. It is far easier (as well as dishonest) to blame the firearm and the NRA than to blame the person and the society that helped form that person's social norms.

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Posted by Dave H on 11/23/2018 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Reader: Build a new kind of AFA chapel

Nothing about the USAFA chapel runs against the separation of church and state, which BTW is not really in the Constitution, but rather comes from a letter by Jefferson. The Constitution, more specifically the First Amendment as the Constitution itself only prohibits religious tests to hold offices, simply prohibits the federal government from establishing a religion or prohibiting the practice of a religion. Peter is just one of those people who thinks that since he doesn't believe in God, no one else should be allowed to.

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Posted by Dave H on 11/16/2018 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Beavers drive a wedge between Manitou Springs environmentalists, business owners

Beavers can cause a lot of damage through felling trees and building there dams. Contrary to what some think, their dams are not necessarily a beneficial thing -- in fact frequently are not. Many of the trees they cut down don't grow back very well and they can increase erosion and flooding, exactly the opposite of what many people claim.

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Posted by Dave H on 11/16/2018 at 6:33 PM

Re: “The election is finally over, and now we know just how divided we really are

Mike probably got his information about the video from his fake news masters. I have watched the original and the "doctored" video and they did nothing to it to change how it looked except to zoom in. Even in the original video it is very clear that Acosta did put his hands on her.

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Posted by Dave H on 11/16/2018 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Reader: Remember to be thankful

Odins odds appear to be for a given year. Which, given that we celebrate giving thanks annually, would be the normal thing to do. And his point is correct, a person's chances of dying from a mass shooting event are extremely low. The odds you gave for a lifetime are very suspect at best considering the average lifespan, how many people will die over that lifespan and rfom what causes. But by all means, feel free to continue embarrassing yourself Huck.

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Posted by Dave H on 11/16/2018 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Indy's 2018 midterm election endorsements

"Supports a nationalized system of background checks for firearms purchases, "

Proving she is completely ignorant of current state and federal law, since we have had this for many years.

"as well as a ban on the sale of assault-style weapons."

Again, proving her ignorance.

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Posted by Dave H on 10/23/2018 at 1:35 PM

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