Profile overview for beren.
Submission statistics

This user has mostly submitted to the following subverses (showing top 5):

22 submissions to guns

21 submissions to news

5 submissions to gunsarecool

4 submissions to AskVoat

4 submissions to politics

This user has so far shared a total of 65 links, started a total of 7 discussions and submitted a total of 600 comments.

Voting habits

Submissions: This user has upvoted 217 and downvoted 31 submissions.

Comments: This user has upvoted 558 and downvoted 72 comments.

Submission ratings

5 highest rated submissions:

CNN investigates NRA funding, finds most of it comes from average people, not "gun makers", submitted: 10/24/2015 12:52:26 AM, 252 points (+268|-16)

Poll: NRA more popular than Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, submitted: 10/25/2015 1:27:27 AM, 206 points (+226|-20)

PEW: ANNUAL FIREARM-RELATED HOMICIDES DOWN NEARLY 50 PERCENT FROM 20 YEARS AGO, submitted: 10/25/2015 3:40:55 PM, 92 points (+101|-9)

Crowds eat up Cajun restaurant's gun stance, submitted: 10/27/2015 7:52:55 PM, 91 points (+93|-2)

Gun Confiscation Fantasies Are Fast-Tracking The Democrat Party To Destruction, submitted: 10/26/2015 4:48:28 PM, 82 points (+97|-15)

5 lowest rated submissions:

Why Bernie Sanders Is Wrong About Private Prisons, submitted: 9/29/2015 4:21:18 PM, 0 points (+4|-4)

Do you pay more in taxes than you have to?, submitted: 10/17/2015 6:06:34 PM, 0 points (+1|-1)

What Bernie Sanders Doesnt Understand About Germanys Free College, submitted: 10/23/2015 4:43:17 PM, 0 points (+5|-5)

Powerful new NRA ad OBLITERATES gun-grabbing liberal stereotypes, submitted: 10/26/2015 11:58:18 PM, 0 points (+1|-1)

Good Guys With Guns, submitted: 10/25/2015 7:51:06 PM, 1 points (+2|-1)

Comment ratings

3 highest rated comments:

CNN investigates NRA funding, finds most of it comes from average people, not "gun makers" submitted by beren to news

beren 0 points 45 points (+45|-0) ago

The anti gun crowd has to have a big bad lobby to blame because otherwise they can't reconcile that their point of view is flawed and based on emotion instead of facts. That's why they can't believe that so many people donate so much money to the NRA and that they truly do speak for the people.

Study: We've wiped out half the world's wildlife since 1970 submitted by vicarious to news

beren 1 points 43 points (+44|-1) ago

The article starts out by talking about the hunter who killed Cecil the lion and then goes on to talk about how the world's animal populations are declining as if to exclusively link the two. I'll just come out and say it, this is bullshit. Full disclosure, I am did not grow up hunting, but I have recently started the process of learning so I can. I have taken the required hunter's education to get a license and I have been researching the subject which is why I can say with a fair amount of certainty that when you see articles like this, it is emotion driving the author, not science.

Hunting can be a good or a bad thing depending on how it is used, take the Buffalo for instance. We nearly drove them to extinction but you can go to the store today and buy ground bison. Today we use hunting as a conservation tool. You cannot just go out and hunt a deer, you have to buy a tag from your state's game department, and they control the numbers of tags year to year after carefully researching the populations and the environment that year. It is true that animal populations are declining, and that in the past hunting had a part in that, but the biggest problem for non-humans on planet earth has not been hunting, but human sprawl and environment devastation.

Hunters want to preserve the environment and pay more money than any other group in taxes and fees to help in that effort. There is a national 11% tax on guns, ammo, and archery equipment because of the Pittman-Robertson Act (also known as the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act) of 1937. Then hunters pay every time they hunt an animal. Trophy hunting can also help save endagered species like the black rhino and yes, even lions.

As an example, say you have a herd of 50 animals. Lions, Black Rhinos, whatever. And the top male in the herd gets to breed, but the top male in this herd for whatever reason, maybe he's too old, he can't breed. At the same time, he is keeping the younger, healthy males from breeding. Some biologists study the herd and conclude that if they don't do anything, in 5 years the herd will still be 50 animals, but if that top male were taken out of the picture, the population will increase in that time. So what they do is auction off the hunt of that particular animal and now not only is the animal problem solved, but now there's a lot of money to pay for more research, guards to keep away poachers, etc.

Bigger bite for health law penalty on uninsured. "The federal [tax] penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695" submitted by TerriChris to news

beren 1 points 41 points (+42|-1) ago

"The only changes you’ll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold.”

  • President Barack Obama, June 6, 2009

3 lowest rated comments:

The Wall Street Journal gets whacked: How its Bernie Sanders hit piece completely backfired submitted by cynoclast to politics

beren 10 points -9 points (+1|-10) ago

True. If you guys are going to publicly, continuously profess your undying boundless blind idolization of a politician who has exactly zero chance of getting elected, then I'm going to publicly complain about how stupid it is.

The Wall Street Journal gets whacked: How its Bernie Sanders hit piece completely backfired submitted by cynoclast to politics

beren 13 points -7 points (+6|-13) ago

Salon.com bashing another news org.... ROFL

Fears Windows 10 will blow data caps submitted by hyperaddic to news

beren 10 points -7 points (+3|-10) ago

Oh good lord, when is the fear mongering going to end? Optional "feature" updates (the big ones) can still be deferred, it is only the security updates that automatically get downloaded/installed. What's the next one gonna say? "Windows updates gives your computer autism"?