1) I liked that the article actually presented the atheist position, i.e the one consistet with reality. And it was the first one in the list! That is so unusual. Happy that was the case.

2) Notice how believers are all over the place contradicting each other. They can’t even get their story straight and they want me to believe in “god”?

The universe behaves as we would expect it to if a god did not exist.

In reason:


angry-hippo asked:

Hey, not trying to be argumentative, but even bullet proof clothing won't fully absorb the impact of a bullet, especially a higher caliber round. It doesn't always stop penetration either, and his gas mask was hardly bullet proof. I'm not saying that the massacre in Colorado would have necessarily been prevented by firing at the attacker, but your certainty that it would not have might be incorrect.

True, still no one assumes that a ballistic vest will turn an assailant into a invulnerable superman. The actual point is that the odds a person has to prevail over an assailant with protective gear and a semi-automatic rifle that can shoot 60 rounds per minute with a high capacity magazine in tow is extremely low indeed. Hence the “more guns are the solution” nonsense the NRA peddles makes no sense whatsoever.

Here are some facts:

  •  Law enforcement shootings usually happen within a distance of 5 feet between the leo and the suspect.
  • Some studies show that of 10 shots fired by the officers only 15% hit the mark. 

Remember these are trained individuals at really close distances and under such stress look at the low hit rates. Can you imagine what are the odds an individual with a handgun could prevail over the assailant considering the gear and the environmental conditions (dark movie theater with gas and a crowd running around you) when you look at the statistics? 

Another fact is that just because the suspect has been shot does not mean it will lead to automatic incapacitation. Suspects with life ending wounds have still been able to kill the officers that shot them before dying from those wounds. 

Either we attempt to come with some sensible gun control laws or, to make the fight fair, we will have to walk around dressed in swat gear with AR-15s strapped to our backs wherever we go. If that is the “freedom” these second amendment nuts want I am not interested. Bearing arms in the constitution does not mean they can’t or should not be regulated. Even more so after this tragedy. End of story.