May 11, 2013

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"Sharp drop in gun violence, but most killings still involve firearms", by Jerry Markon, The Washington Post.

Posted by Pukie at May 11, 2013 5:00 PM
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Cell phones now causing major injuries and deaths due to texting while driving... Dammit collect all those cell phones
Please for the love of God keep this out of. Crossfit. We get enough of this stuff, keep the feel good articles or hero articles going, please

Comment #1 - Posted by: Mark at May 10, 2013 6:50 PM

Anyone else notice the original picture on the left was of Nate Hardy holding an M4 and the article had the typo of "byt Jerry Markon"?. (I have the screen capture) Reloaded the browser several times and the picture was changed as was the typo. The new changes remained the same throughout the refreshes. Did someone at HQ realize the hypocrisy?

Comment #2 - Posted by: D-ron at May 10, 2013 6:52 PM

Gun control has worked so well in Chicago and DC. You cannot fix an internal problem with an external solution.

Comment #3 - Posted by: Steve at May 10, 2013 7:52 PM

I don't know what to say other than I would rather not have the politics that are shoved down my throat everywhere else show up on the main site. Can we try to keep it neutral as possible? I'll keep my opinions to myself if you will.

Comment #4 - Posted by: Ed at May 10, 2013 7:52 PM

Did you guys read the article? This is the key fact:

"Overall, the Justice Department report said, firearm-related homicides dropped from 18,253 homicides in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011, while nonfatal firearm crimes declined from 1.5 million in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011."

Those are massive decreases in gun violence. It doesn't sound like a pro-gun-control post to me.

And Mark, doesn't a decrease in violence and crime qualify as a "feel good" article?

Comment #5 - Posted by: Russ Greene at May 10, 2013 7:54 PM

Did anybody know that CrossFit made a huge debut on NCIS LA?! all of the hero WODs were mentioned, and Fran made an appearance. Big steps for our community in being recognized.

Comment #6 - Posted by: Jeff Russell at May 10, 2013 8:03 PM

I didn't realize the CrossFit modal domains included political issues

Comment #7 - Posted by: Richard at May 11, 2013 12:06 AM

read freakonomics for some interesting postulation on the precipitous drop in violent crime that occured over the past several decades.

Comment #8 - Posted by: jsp at May 11, 2013 1:11 AM

significant drop in gun violence offset by exponential year by year increase of gun purchases during the same period. especially since 2008.

Comment #9 - Posted by: bookman at May 11, 2013 4:31 AM

WTF does this have to do with crossfit?

Comment #10 - Posted by: Henry Mentrak at May 11, 2013 5:28 AM

Russ-
Yes I did read it. The article did mention how gun violence has gone down dramatically. But it then went on to mention how 70% of all homicides were committed with a firearm, so in their minds, there is still work to be done.

Comment #11 - Posted by: Steve at May 11, 2013 6:28 AM

I'm pretty sure they posted this quote as a sly joke which is supposed to hint at the guns on the arms of those who do crossfit.

But that's just what I thought when I first saw it...

Comment #12 - Posted by: Sarah at May 11, 2013 7:42 AM

Regardless of what side of fence you are one, its my opinion that these hot button items should remain out of C F site, and have feel good items such as inspiring athletes, clean water projects in Africa, schools, etc. we are all involved in the world events and we all care... With that being said C F is to help us live better lives and should be respit ... The other solution is I just quit reading this site and follow a box that is A political

Comment #13 - Posted by: Mark at May 11, 2013 8:32 AM

I don't understand why some people are getting bent out of shape when HQ posts articles like these in the main site. I think it should spark level-headed, engaging conversation.

Comment #14 - Posted by: Fitz at May 11, 2013 9:34 AM

I still consider myself a relative newcomer to CrossFit.com having begun regularly reading this page in 2008, years after its inception. Having taken it upon myself to read "The Cluetrain Manifesto" I feel I have a handle on why CrossFit.com exists and why there are non-exercise related articles posted on Rest Days. Maybe some of the folks who want to "re-shape" the nature of this webpage would do themselves some good by expanding their points of view and reading a little bit. P.S. Thank you for providing an awesome website for free. I feel entitled to none of it, but grateful for all of it.

Comment #15 - Posted by: Mike A. at May 11, 2013 9:58 AM

Crossfit is not political. The post are meant to spark a fire in you and fuel your workouts. I love it. If you talk bad about crossfit or good about crossfit, You are still talking about crossfit. That's all that really matters.

Comment #16 - Posted by: Rulon at May 11, 2013 10:13 AM

This is a free website owned by Greg Glassman and he can post whatever he damn well pleases. I have enjoyed the rest day articles for years, I wish you pain in the ass complainers would go bitch among yourselves. There are plenty of websites that bitch about crossfit, go find one of those and make yourselves at home.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Mike E at May 11, 2013 10:47 AM

The mainsite has been posting pieces like this for years, along with various essays, interviews, and classical music pieces. This is nothing new. They are not drawing lines or telling you how to think. I am in favor of keeping them.

Comment #18 - Posted by: McQuaid at May 11, 2013 11:01 AM

No rest for me today.

For time:
95 pound Thruster, 15 reps
Run 200 meters
65 pound Thruster, 20 reps
Run 400 meters
45 pound Thruster, 30 reps
Run 800 meters

13:19 including changing weights. Had to walk a portion of the 800 meters. It was a terrible experience and I loved every minute of it.

Comment #19 - Posted by: G at May 11, 2013 11:29 AM

No rest for me, either.

100 burpees for a warmup. Thanks to HQ for the "Roxanne" burpee idea. Mine was to Jump by Van Halen, Pump it by Black Eyed Peas, and Thunderstruck by AC/DC (do a burpee for every "Thunder").

Then four rounds of the bear complex in order to keep up with much needed squats. I need to repeat this more often!

Things that I am thankful for:

1) my daughter taking an extended nap.
2) the ability to do a WOD.
3) Living in a country - where by the statistics, 99.7% of us do not encounter a gun episode directly. I wonder what the statistics would be for indirect gun violence?
4) For the haters out there, Coach and HQ are pretty die hard libertarians. Read David Boaz's a Primer on Libertarianism. I got it on Itunes. Pretty hard to argue with.
5) I have been watching much of the debate (Main Media is fairly biased towards gun control). I watched PBS with Bill Moyers and the parents of "Ben", one of the children gunned down in Sandy Hook. The parents were very well spoken. I appreciated their point of view.

Overall, when the 2nd amendment was passed, all they had were muskets and cannons. Imagine how the revolutionaries would have faired had they not had the same type of firepower that the British had had.

As the years passed, the weaponry became more advanced. The second amendment is as strong today as it was then. The civilians do not have access to the high powered weaponry that the military has. If an individual was so inclined and had the means, I would encourage that person to purchase as much firing power as possible. For instance, a Barrett M-50 costs $10,000. Each bullet is quite expensive. It is what the military uses for long range sniper with extra firepower punch.

The AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle. If there is one thing that I do not like about the debate is the changing in definition of the term "assault".
The AR-15 is not an assault weapon.

Furthermore, the rifles used in killings are at 380 out of the 11,100 killings. By far and above, the handguns have much more use in this area.

What is not being spoken about is the fact that the gun related killings are symptom of something below the surface.

We still need to fix poverty. We still need to fix mental health care.

We need to ensure that our country has the proper nutrition, rest, hydration, and exercise. These things will do wonders.

Let's work on these things and see where gun violence goes.

Very Respectfully,

Stuart Richardson

Comment #20 - Posted by: Stuart Richardson at May 11, 2013 12:55 PM

The second amendment is about freedom and Crossfit is one of the few companies that truly promotes freedom (thought, enterprise, trade, posted workouts, games coverage, workout advise, etc.) that has come out of the u.s. in the past oh I don't know 50 years. Anyone who says a post like this doesn't belong on mainsite, just doesn't get it! Crossfit is freedom and this mainsite should address everything freedom related. Including, but not limited to, threats to our freedoms, and I believe it is a wise choice to inform people of factual articles pertaining to these topics to keep people informed. Pretty simple solution, if u don't want to read the article don't click on the link enjoy the picture and go about ur business until their is somthing on the site you want to read. You see that is how freedom works, you don't have to read the article if you dont want to. Guaranteed Freedoms should never be considered political by the way because they should never be considered as somthing that can be taken away. A little long but there are a couple dynamics going on here and I wanted to address just a couple.

Comment #21 - Posted by: Morden at May 11, 2013 1:33 PM

I second that @ #19 G no rest for the wicked...

For time:
run 800m
30 push ups
30 sq
30 dips
30 su
30 pu
30 du
30 lunges
30 box jumps 22"
row 800m

18:24 slow but nice sweat!

Comment #22 - Posted by: JBR M/37/5'9"/168 at May 11, 2013 1:33 PM

Redid yesterday's session, having watched #9's (yesterday's #9!) video link.

17.5 kg's for all 5 rounds.

Comment #23 - Posted by: Simon Boote at May 11, 2013 4:13 PM

Nice to see CF HQ is covering left-wing propaganda also now....

Comment #24 - Posted by: Kenneth Eriksen at May 11, 2013 4:18 PM

Thank you for Posting HQ!!!!!!

Those are very intriguing statistics

Comment #25 - Posted by: R.I.P. Milton Friedman at May 11, 2013 6:40 PM

I am glad to see that the exercise if the mind has returned to rest days. "Back in the day" current events topics were used to engage in debate that was based on the premise of the article posted. Logical argument , both pro and con, was the WOD. Those who posted with rants and emotion were quickly chastised and sent on their way. It was never about who was "right". It was and should continue to be all about the exercise of presenting and defending a logical argument.

I am looking forward to future opportunities to develop the mind.

Comment #26 - Posted by: Bailey at May 11, 2013 6:47 PM

I just read the entire article and it actually seemed balanced and not swayed toward either side of the current gun laws debate. Here's an excerpt that stood out to me:

"Less than 1 percent of state prison inmates who possessed a gun when they committed their offense obtained the firearm at a gun show, the report said. Gun shows were central to the measure recently rejected in the Senate: It would have extended the current background-check requirement for firearms purchases from covering only sales at licensed dealerships to any sale that takes place at a gun show or was advertised in print or online.
About 40 percent of state prison inmates obtained their firearms from illegal sources such as theft or through a drug deal, the report said, while 37 percent got their guns from a family member or friend. Those findings are based on data from 2004."

I interpret that as stricter gun control will not stop bad people who are intent on killing someone with a gun. Actually, with any weapon for that matter.

Comment #27 - Posted by: GBelle at May 11, 2013 7:29 PM

As an Australian and a Police officer who carries a firearm every day , I for one am very grateful for the gun control we have in this country. Helps keep me and all Australians safe.

Comment #28 - Posted by: Gibbo at May 11, 2013 9:03 PM

@Gibbo, thanks for your service to the community!

Comment #29 - Posted by: GBelle at May 12, 2013 7:57 AM
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