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“Gun embodiment” study shows “innate bias” simply by being armed?

Shannon Watts from Moms Demand recently tweeted about a “gun embodiment” study:

Watts’ tweet, of course, must align with her anti-gun narrative. Never mind the details of the study and their methodology.

So let’s take a look at the details of this tweet, shall we?

Watts’ link takes you to the Colorado State University article entitled, “Wielding a gun makes a shooter perceive others as wielding a gun, too.

The CSU article author starts out this way:

“Accidental shootings of unarmed victims are tragically common, and sometimes they happen because the shooter misperceived the victim as also having a gun.

Nearly a decade ago, cognitive psychologist Jessica Witt wondered if the mere act of wielding a firearm could bias someone to perceive another person as wielding one, too – and more importantly, if such a bias could be scientifically measured. A series of experiments later, Witt and her research team concluded, yes and yes.”

The article also mentions this: “For this recent study, they’ve replicated the experiments with larger sample sizes and more confidence in their claims that the gun bias exists; that it can be measured via controlled laboratory experiments; and that it seems universal – that is, not changed by an individual’s prior experiences, general attitudes about firearms, or personality traits.”

You can read the whole article here.

The summary of Witts’ experiment was published on SpringerOpen and is entitled, Wielding a gun increases judgments of others as holding guns: a randomized controlled trial.”

From the abstract: “The gun embodiment effect is the consequence caused by wielding a gun on judgments of whether others are also holding a gun. This effect could be responsible for real-world instances when police officers shoot an unarmed person because of the misperception that the person had a gun.”

Witts’ experiment may have some valid points yet when you look at the experiment participants, you start to lose any confidence in their conclusions.

Participants were 212 students at Colorado State University (CSU) who received course credit in exchange for their participation. The sample was 71.1% female, 84.3% White, 82.9% non-Hispanic, and had a mean age of 19.2 years.

Remember, in their abstract they state that this experiment could explain real-world instances of when police officers shoot unarmed people.

What about the participants’ experience with REAL firearms? Yeah, that’d be a big fat ZERO:

“Participants then completed several self-report measures of individual factors via laptop computer and the Qualtrics survey platform (Qualtrics Inc 2019). First, participants indicated how often they use a gun. Possible responses were ‘never’, ‘less than once a year’, ‘1 to 5 times per year’, ‘6 to 12 times per year’, and ‘13 or more times per year’. The frequency was later dichotomized into ‘never’ and ‘at least once’ for purpose of the analysis.

So we go from experimenting with STUDENTS who have NO firearm experience/training to comparing their results to the possible, real-world actions of highly trained police officers?

I’m betting Shannon Watts never read the details of this experiment. All that matters to anti-gunners is the narrative.

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Schumer wants Biden to cancel student loan debt

Way to unify the country: Have taxpayers pay the debt of those who chose to enter into a contract.

Schumer wants Biden, through executive order, to immediately cancel up to $50,000 of student debt per borrower. Per the Yahoo story, Biden has called for forgiving $10,000 in student loan debt as part of a broader Wuhan virus relief package.

“Getting rid of student debt,” Schumer said during an interview with The Ink. “I have a proposal with Elizabeth Warren that the first $50,000 of debt be vanquished, and we believe that Joe Biden can do that with the pen as opposed to legislation.”

Guess who owns most of the public student loan debt? Taxpayers.

So let me understand this liberal logic: Government issues loan, government cancels loan, and then government puts one’s debt onto another taxpayer?

What a racket!

Heaven forbid the government actually look at the CAUSE of skyrocketing debt and develop a viable SOLUTION. Guess it’s much easier to make this problem “vanquish.”

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Don’t feel sorry for Baltimore: They DESERVE what they vote for

Last August I told you about Kimberly Klacik, a Congressional candidate for Maryland District #7 (in Baltimore). She summed up the MISERABLE state of that city in this campaign video:

Unfortunately she lost her race, probably because of the R next to her name. And she lost badly:

Kimberly lost to Kweisi Mfume, a professional politician who has done NOTHING to improve the lives of the residents in Baltimore.

Next time you hear another story about a murder, rape or riot in Baltimore, remember this: THEY DESERVE WHAT THEY VOTE FOR.

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China threatens to take Americans hostage if DOJ doesn’t drop charges against researchers

Chicoms best be careful – they aren’t dealing with a President Biden here (and hopefully they never will be).

The NY Post reports that the Chicoms are threatening to take Americans in China hostage if the Department of Justice doesn’t drop its prosecution of several Chinese research scientists arrested on in the U.S. this year. From their story:

“Chinese government officials have repeatedly warned their U.S. counterparts that Americans in China face being detained if its demands are not met, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

The drastic action — dubbed “hostage diplomacy” — would be in retaliation for the arrests of at least five Chinese military-affiliated scholars visiting American universities to conduct research.

The scientists were charged with visa fraud for allegedly lying to U.S. immigration authorities about their active duty statuses with China’s People’s Liberation Army.

The nation first began issuing the warnings over the summer, after Chinese research scientist Juan Tang, who worked at the University of California, Davis, was questioned by the FBI and took up residence for a month in China’s San Francisco consulate. Chinese officials vowed to retaliate if she wasn’t allowed to leave the consulate and return home, according to the report.

U.S. officials expected China to make good on the threat — but it didn’t, and the FBI arrested Tang in July when she left consulate grounds, the Journal reported.

Tang is currently out on bail after pleading not guilty to visa fraud charges. Her lawyer, Malcolm Segal, denied that China had sought to interfere in his client’s case.

At least four other researchers have been accused of hiding their ties to the Chinese military and pleaded not guilty to similar charges.

The State Department ordered China in July to close its Houston consulate and told all Chinese military researchers remaining in the U.S. to leave.

Sources told the Journal the decision was made after U.S. officials said Chinese diplomats were coordinating with the scholars to collect cutting-edge scientific research from American universities.

A State Department spokesman declined to address China’s alleged threats but told the newspaper, “We warn U.S. citizens that business disputes, court orders to pay a settlement, or government investigations into both criminal and civil issues may result in an exit ban which will prohibit your departure from China until the issue is resolved.”

Read the whole story here.

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Harmful to our community: University of Northern Iowa Student Gov Tried to Deny Pro-Life Group

Abortion is not only harmful, those who oppose it are apparently a HATE GROUP. Watch and weep:

It’s just amazing listening to these college students. The intolerance for any differing opinion is labeled as “hate.”

And they’ve all been indoctrinated with the narrative that “abortion is a human right.”

Good news though:

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Washington State teacher kicks 10-year-old out of online class for admiring President Trump

I guess one good thing that has come from remote learning is parents can see what some teachers are ACTUALLY doing to their kids.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo to Orthodox community: “If you’re not willing to live with these rules, then I’m going to close the synagogues”

Elections have consequences.

Starts around 1:50 mark.

Read all about Gov. Cuomo’s new shutdowns here.

And also remember: Rules for thee but not for me…

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Not healthy: This is your brain on feminism

It’s really sad what has happened to many progressive youth in our country today. Great job, demorats!

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“Freaky Hoody” loses teaching job after complaints of his tattoos; says “it’s disgusting”

Well, “disgusting” is the exact word I would use to describe kindergarten teacher Freaky Hoody.

From Yahoo: A heavily tattooed French schoolteacher said he was prevented from teaching kindergarten after a parent complained his appearance scared their child.

Sylvain Helaine, 35, said the parent of a 3-year-old student at the Docteur Morere Elementary School in Palaiseau complained their son had nightmares after seeing him. Although the boy was not in his class, Helaine said he was removed from the classroom for two months and then prohibited from teaching children under the age of 6 years old.

I think it’s just disgusting,” he told USA TODAY. “They didn’t even try to convince the parent that I was a good teacher and that I had a lot of experience … I felt betrayed by them and I’m a bit sad.”

The local education authority confirmed to Reuters that an agreement was reached to move Helaine because of his appearance.

Helaine said he’s been teaching for more than 12 years and that he’s only had a few comments from parents. He first decided to change his appearance while working in London when he was 27 because he felt he wouldn’t be judged.

He had his tongue and the whites of his eyes surgically blackened and got his first “layer” of tattoos over the course of three and half years.

“For me it’s only one tattoo, one body suit,” he said. “It’s constantly evolving.”

Helaine, who also does acting, modeling and comedy in his spare time, said he was 10 years old when he knew he wanted to be a teacher and hopes to keep doing it.

“Primary school teacher is a job that you want to be forever,” he said. ” I just want people to judge me for my work.”

What a completely unaware narcisisst. Seems more concernd with his own feelings than the reality that his appearance is not normal for children to see.

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College Edition: Another example of a screaming, TDS-infected libtard

What is it with leftists and their inability to properly express their emotions, other than screaming like demons?

Another example of TDS: A woman screams because of a Trump sign being waved on campus.

I pity the man (or employer) that has to deal with this womyn.

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