2015-09-09 / Features

Internet In Bloom For The Layperson

By Ted J. Bloom

Ted J. Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A college librarian and professor in Downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor.  His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com and iTunes.Ted J. Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A college librarian and professor in Downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor. His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com and iTunes.

As one who has been following our global media for many years, recently the trend of gun violence has been overwhelming. This goes beyond the medium being the message or the importance of attracting sponsors to make a living. Even though I am a martial artist I am not a gun enthusiast. Weapons have increased dramatically in their sophistication since our US Constitution was written in 1787. Our second amendment now has different implications.  Further proof that times have changed, we no longer quarter soldiers as indicated in our third amendment. Drones, assault weapons and nuclear warheads had yet to be invented in 1787.  However, the American love of freedom, liberty and democracy still exists. As does distaste for tyranny and lifetime political appointments of oligarchs. 

Moreover, many assume anything on the Internet is empirical.  Not so.  The trick is determining which sources are the reliable ones.  Consider the following sobering statistics on US gun violence:

•One in three people in the US know someone who has been shot.

•Thirty-one Americans are killed with guns daily and 151 are treated for a gun assault in an emergency room.

•Every day 55 people kill themselves with a firearm and 46 are shot or killed in a gun accident.

•Our US firearm homicide rate is 20 times higher than the combined rates of 22 of our peer countries in wealth and population.

•A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used to kill or injure in a domestic homicide or suicide or accidental shooting than to be used in self-defense.  Sources for the above: www.bradycampaign.org, 2015, Princeton University Press, 2006, CDC's (Center for Disease Control) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars, 2015, and the Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care, 2010.

Consequently, is there one solution for this horrific shooting rampage fed by our media, weapon manufactures, the NRA and the US Constitution?  Probably not, however the Internet has a unique website that analyzes our differing gun laws in all 50 states so the user will know which states have stricter gun laws than others.  It does so in a humorous fashion--if it is possible to find humor in this deadly topic: www.crimadvisor.com.  This site even has a short video to pique your interest whether you are a law abiding citizen interested in the highest levels of gun safety or a ruthless gun trafficker only interested in your bottom line.  Did you know that only 60 percent of gun sales in the US require a background check? 

The other 40 percent of gun sales may be done online or in-person at a gun show with no background check depending on the state, enabling felons, fugitives, the mentally ill, gang members, hate group extremists, terrorists and virtually anyone to buy guns. For further details I heartily implore you to visit the sites listed above.     


 

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