There are an estimated 785,000 new heart attack cases in the United States each year, with no established treatment for repairing the resulting damage to cardiac tissue. Lead researcher Karen Christman, a professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, said the gel forms a scaffold in damaged areas of the heart, encouraging new cell growth and repair.
And the one thing that the great men choreographing our Kabuki-style debate over gun rights have ensured is that we can’t have any honest discussion about such weapons themselves. If the last twenty years or so of political stalemate on the gun front have taught us nothing else, it’s that the traffic in automatic weaponry designed to maximize bloodshed is a sacrosanct individual right, vouchsafed by the country’s founders in the Second Amendment to the Constitution. In reality, this mythic notion is of very recent vintage, and runs counter to everything about the actual wording and historical context of the Second Amendment. The doctrine of individual rights as the basis of gun ownership was formally inscribed into constitutional law only as a result of the US Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller decision, which overturned the District of Columbia’s handgun ban. That major legal decision—together with the millions of dollars that the gun industry’s lobbying arm, the National Rifle Association, lavishes on the political system—has effectively reduced the prospect of any substantial ban on assault weapons into what’s known in the debased vocabulary of our national politics as a “nonstarter.”
He could have just stopped with ‘honest’ or ‘discussion’. I don’t think that part about “well regulated” militia is difficult to understand. In every forum on the net that takes comments it jumps from some suggestion of relatively mild gun safety regulation to accusations of banning guns. As trees are not asphalt, as the sky is to the ground, as bullet are not flowers, regulation is not banning. If one side of the debate is so deeply afraid, and made angry by that fear that all they can psychologically muster in the way of arguments is deflection, denial and fear, than you’re in the business of trying to get the pitchfork and torches mob to stop killing the suspected warlocks.