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Comment Archives: stories: Voices: Hoppe

Re: “Bringing guns to school makes us safer, right?

“A study done last year by Boston University confirmed the obvious, finding that between 1981 and 2010, states with more guns had higher homicide rates.”


Since firearms ownership is based on estimates since there is no Federal firearms registration.

The inconvenient facts:

California which received a grade of 81 out of 100 from the Brady Campaign for its gun control laws had a homicide rate of 4.9 per 100,000 and 1,792 firearms homicides in 2011. The National homicide rate was 4.8 per 100,000. California the Brady Campaign’s highest rated stated but it did not receive a score of 100. This is likely because California doesn’t ban all civilian firearms.

Citizen disarmament zealots and their organizations would argue that California has a high murder rate because of their metropolitan areas (SMSA.) However, Texas has the most SMSAs and receives a score of 4 out 100. Yet, the homicide rate in Texas was 4.4 per 100,000 in 2011.

The Brady Campaign views Vermont as the worst case scenario, and they give Vermont a score of 6 out of 100 for its firearms laws. However, though citizens in Vermont are free to carry firearms both openly or concealed without a permit, and despite the fact that they are free to carry their firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol and even while consuming alcohol, the homicide rate in Vermont was 1.3 per 100,000 in 2011. The rate for the nation was 4.7 per 100,000. Of the eight homicides that were committed in Vermont in 2011 four were committed with firearms.

Washington State received a score of 15 out of 100 from the Brady Campaign. Yet, Washington’s homicide rate was 2.4 per 100,000, and their total firearms homicides were 162. Utah received a score of 0, but its murder rate was 1.9 in 2011 26 of them were committed with firearms. North Dakota also received a score of 2, and their murder rate was 2.5 per 100,000, 6 of them were committed with firearms. Montana had a score of 2, and their murder rate was 2.8 per 100,000. The rate for the nation, 7 of them were committed with firearms and Idaho received a score of 2 and their murder rate was 2.3 per 100,000, 17 of them were committed with firearms.

Gun control does not equal homicide control.

Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Brady Campaign

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Posted by William Ewart on 04/01/2014 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Bringing guns to school makes us safer, right?

Looks like Hoppe skirts the issues again and blames 'guns"
for homicides in Indy.
The problem with guns is young black males with guns
who solve any issue with a bullet. Black leaders in Indy
are continually addressing this issue to the blind eye of
Hoppe who is white. There are collations working hard to
solve this issue and there is Hoppe blaming guns. How
lame and blind can one be?

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Posted by roger that on 04/01/2014 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Bringing guns to school makes us safer, right?

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Posted by Elizabeth Impossible on 03/31/2014 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Bringing guns to school makes us safer, right?

thousands of guns are funneled into chicago from indiana. News flash: they don't have border patrol

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Posted by Elizabeth Impossible on 03/31/2014 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Bringing guns to school makes us safer, right?

What about Chicago and D.C., Detroit etc. where guns are pretty much banned or severally restricted?

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Posted by Dale on 03/30/2014 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Pot at the State Fair?

Hemp is not marijuana…let's at least get people over this confusing point. Hemp is cannabis…marijuana and industrial hemp are simply two ways we talk about the cultivars of the cannabis species. The word marijuana speaks to the reality of having enough THC content to get a person high.

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Posted by Seedman Zero on 03/21/2014 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Pot at the State Fair?

The "War on Marijuana" has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful "War on Drugs" that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our tax dollars fighting a never ending "War on Marijuana", lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It's a no brainer.

The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

Marijuana is much safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

Let's end this hypocrisy now!

The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less "crimes" because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

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Posted by Brian Kelly B Bizzle on 03/21/2014 at 11:33 AM

Re: “What's so hard about mass transit?

Portland light rail is a boon doggle. 90% of light
rail is a bust and heavily subsidized.
They are very expensive...let the free market build it if they can see a profit.
If the government builds it, it will run a deficit and the
tax payers will wind up subsidizing it, like the Amtrak
to Indy. Riders pay $25 and taxpayers $50 for a single
rider to Chicago. Enough is enough.
Use buses, they are much cheaper, more flexible in route
changes, and can be like the Mega Bus on the east coast
which is a very successful private enterprise.
Oh, and we had a light rail. It was called the Monon Rail,
remember? We could have used that, but no...the bike, ped
folks tore it up so they could walk and bike. In short, they
sowed what they seeded.

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Posted by roger that on 03/12/2014 at 9:23 PM

Re: “What's so hard about mass transit?

It would be far more convincing if Hoppe cited a study that stated light rail is not for Indiana's municipalities. Light rail is not for everyone, but to say it is a boondoggle when there have been successful implementations of it across America (LA, Salt Lake City, etc comes to mind) is being dishonest.

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Posted by Jason on 03/03/2014 at 11:10 AM

Re: “What's so hard about mass transit?

Reference for previous post:

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Posted by shayloure on 03/02/2014 at 10:45 PM

Re: “What's so hard about mass transit?

If the raise on income tax is limited to no higher than .25 of one percent, then why does it matter what type of transit we have? If developers can get light rail with that type of budget constraint, then why not? Why can't central Indiana have passenger rail service? Northwest Indiana does. And look, they even have a way to fund it thanks to the rest of the residents of Indiana.

"Currently, the PMTF is funded from a dedicated .67 of one percent and the CRSF is funded from .123 of one percent of sales and use taxes collected statewide. The ERSF is a special state fund generated from property tax on a railroad company’s distributable property that provides service with a commuter transportation district established under IC 8-5-15. The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) is currently the only commuter rail district eligible to receive the CRSF and the ERSF."

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Posted by shayloure on 03/02/2014 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Hoppe's run-in with the law, a ticket in the snow

You went to Chicago, what do you expect?
You know Chicao cops that have to meet quotas, right?
Stopping in Indiana at a stop sign is between 2 and 6 seconds.
Yep, it is in he Indiana Code. Try that in real life or next time
a cop is behind you, stop for 6 seconds, and keep a copy of the
code with you. The deferral might cost a lot more than a buck

Posted by roger that on 02/25/2014 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Hoppe's run-in with the law, a ticket in the snow

Find out if there is a deferral program! You go to the courthouse, pay the ticket, and ask to be in the deferral program. Then if you do not have another ticket within a year, they do not report it to the insurance company, and I don't think there are any points on your license. I think you can do this in multiple counties. I don't know if you can do it out of state, but maybe you can. No one specifically tells you about the program, you have to ask.

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Posted by Annette Grande Magjuka on 02/25/2014 at 5:53 AM

Re: “Hospitality cut with coal ash

Indiana: "Charging Back To The 19th Century". That's closer to the truth.

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Posted by CarmelBill on 02/21/2014 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Capitol of mystery meat

Thank you for writing this, very well done.
There have been a number of bills introduced recently that would give special rights to big ag to the detriment of everyone else in this state. Fortunately, they haven't had much luck yet. The meat industry is running scared right now, and they'll do just about anything to protect themselves. Meat consumption in the US had declined for 7 consecutive years, so we have not seen the last of their desperate attempts to keep the truth from getting out to the public and do whatever they want to do regardless of who they harm.

Posted by Joel Kerr on 02/20/2014 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Indiana's date with destiny

To abrogate the fundamental rights of a minority by vote of a majority is EXACTLY what our Constitution is meant to protect us from. No different than all the poor people voting to force the wealthy to give them their money (after all, there are a lot more poor people than there are wealthy People), or the Christians to vote that no one can be Jewish or Atheist (once again, more Christians than any other sect, at least in the US). You may be good with THIS ONE, but what about when it's time to attack YOUR freedom, liberty and rights? Still going to be OK with that, Bucko?

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Posted by Mike Myers on 01/30/2014 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Indiana's date with destiny

Could not have said it better. I hope all of us Hoosiers are on the right sided of history with this Vote!!

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Posted by Carol Bertsch on 01/30/2014 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Indiana's date with destiny

You're wrong. You obviously don't understand law.

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Posted by Michael Haskett on 01/30/2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Indiana's date with destiny

The bill is not discriminatory. It treats everyone identically. Anyone in the state of Indiana, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, would be able to marry anyone else of the opposite sex. Of course, that's not the law that the gay community wants, but it's not discriminatory.

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Posted by hannamel54 on 01/29/2014 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Indiana's date with destiny

Wouldn't it be awesome, if the voters turned out and beat it? All those universities, all those folks in Marion County? I think it would be close.

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Posted by Jack Nolan on 01/29/2014 at 5:40 PM


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